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Rick Trigg Reels In Devilfish Cup Title For $250,000

Rick Trigg

Sheffield’s Rick Trigg secured his largest-ever live poker tournament prize and took his lifetime winnings past $1 million by coming out on top of a stellar field in the 2019 Devilfish Cup.

Devilfish Cup 2019 Final Table Results

1Richard Trigg$250,000*
2Paul Siddle$200,000*
3Fabian Gumz$115,150
4Jack Sandford$80,000
5Tom Hall$58,000
6Simon Trumper$43,000
7Scott Margereson$33,000
8Dominic Cullen$26,000
9Kahle Burns$21,000

*reflects a heads-up deal

The Devilfish Cup raised in excess of $62,000 thanks to Dusk Till Dawn and the World Poker Tour donating each $300 tournament fee to charity, a superb gesture.

David “Devilfish” Ulliott was a legendary character and it was no surprised that some of the biggest names in world poker turned out to honour the late Poker Hall of Famer. Bruno Fitoussi, Adam Owen, former WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson, former Hendon Mobster Joe Beevers, Anton Wigg and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier were among the names who entered but failed to cash.

Also in the same category were such luminaries as Jaime O’Connor, Barny Boatman, Jeff Kimber, Robert Romanello, Manig Loeser, Sam Trickett, Rainer Kempe, Nick Marchington, Robert Yong, Benny Glaser, Marcel Luske, and Niall Farrell.

Daniel Wilson Bursts the Money Bubble

Daniel Wilson burst the money bubble when he ran out of steam in 24th place, locking up a $10,000 cash for the surviving 23 players. Yiannis Liperis was the first player to bust inside the money places and he was joined by a list of players that read like a who’s who of poker.

John Duthie, Richard Kellett, Jack Slater, Matas Cimbolas, Jack Sinclair, Jake Cody, Javier Zarco and Australia’s Kahle Burns, the latter falling in ninth-place for $21,000 and setting the official final table.

Dominic Cullen, fifth-place finisher in the 2009 EPT London Main Event, busted in eighth-place for $26,000 before Scott Margerson pushed his ace-jack into the pocket jacks of Jack Sandford. Sandford flopped a set to send Margereson, known as “Aggro Santos” online, to the rail in seventh-place for $33,000.

Simon Trumper was a close friend of the Devilfish and did everything in his power to take down the tournament honouring his name. Unfortunately for Trumper, his tournament ended in sixth-place for $43,000. Trumper committed his short stack with king-queen from the hijack and Trigg called in the big blind with the lowly nine-trey. A three on the flop was enough to cut down Trumper.

Satellite specialist Tom Hall was the next casualty, losing a coinflip against Fabian Gumz. Hall pushed all-in with pocket threes from the small blind and Gumz called with ace-nine from the big blind. An ace on the flop left Hall drawing to two outs, which failed to materialise on the turn or river.

Fourth-place and $80,000 went to Sandford, again to a coinflip. Sandford’s pocket nines were no match for the ace-queen of Paul Siddle thanks to an ace on the turn. This impressive result more than doubled Sandford’s lifetime live winnings.

Done Deal

Heads-up was set soon after Sandford’s departure and it was Trigg who sent the tournament into that stage. Gumz moved all in with what turned out to be pocket fours and Trigg reshoved with ace-king. The low pair remained best on the flop and turn, but Gumz was “Greensteined” thanks to the king of hearts appearing on the river. Gumz collected $115,150

Trigg and Siddle struck a deal before the one-on-one battle began, each locking up $200,000 and leaving $50,000 and the trophy to play for.

Siddle doubled early on when a cooler of a hand saw both players make trip aces on the river, but Siddle’s kicker came into play. Trigg then doubled when his ace-king got their against Siddle’s pocket deuces with two aces on the flop.

Trigg drew level then began turning the screw, using his vast online experience to full advantage. The final hand saw all the chips go into the middle on {j-Hearts}{10-Spades}{8-Clubs}{8-Hearts} board, Siddle holding {10-Clubs}{3-Hearts} and Trigg {8-Diamonds}{6-Hearts}. The five of spades completed the board, busting Siddle and confirming Trigg as the 2019 Devilfish Cup champion.

A delighted Trigg took to Facebook shortly after posing for his winner’s photo and said “I’m so proud to win this trophy. Devilfish was one of the main characters to act as a catalyst to me starting to play poker. So happy!”

The victory takes Trigg’s lifetime live poker tournament winnings soaring past the $1 million mark. He also has more than $8.6 million in online poker tournament winnings.

Trigg will now likely join the arms of hopefuls on Day 1B of the $1.5 million guaranteed WPT UK Main Event that costs $3,300 to enter.

  • Rick Trigg took down the 2019 Devilfish Cup at the WPT UK festival for $250,000.

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