July 06, 2012 06:42 ET

Sam Trickett Top of European Poker List With $10m Score Launches WSOP Main Event Betting Pool and Market as Trickett Prepares To Return to The Felt

LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - July 6, 2012) -

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Sam Trickett is now the all-time European money winner in poker, off the back of his runner-up finish in the largest buy-in poker tournament in history. sponsored poker pro Trickett won over $10 million for finishing second in the World Series of Poker $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament, boosting his career earnings to nearly $16.5 million worldwide.

The unique event was held in Las Vegas in support of the One Drop organization, which promotes access to clean water and is championed by Guy Laliberte.

Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil, created the tournament in conjunction with the WSOP. Eleven percent from every buy-in was donated in support of One Drop, amounting to over $5 million.

There was plenty of support for Trickett at the final table, with many Brits on the rail at the ESPN stage and many more watching on the Internet on a fifteen minute delay that revealed all hole cards.

Trickett played a near flawless game as revealed by the cards, at one stage midway through the final having managed to increase his stack despite picking up what the stats revealed to be the worst cards at the table.

Trickett has had a blistering eighteen months on the poker circuit. Prior to this week he won over $4 million in tournaments from Australia to Monte Carlo, including a first at the Partouche Poker Tour main event and a first and second in two super high roller events at the Aussie Millions.

Trickett will now turn his attention to the main event of the World Series of Poker, the $10,000 buy-in event beginning on July 7 and playing through July 17, when the final table of nine players will halt play to return in October for the finish.

Defending champion is the German Pius Heinz who defeated 6,865 entrants last year in winning $8.7 million.

To coincide with the WSOP main event, has launched a free to enter WSOP Main Event Survivor Pool with a $5,000 prize pool.

The Survivor Pool is the perfect way to follow your favorite players in the WSOP and win money doing it. Pool entrants hand pick their team and assign each player a dollar value from a fictional starting bankroll of $10,000 dollars. Entrants receive points based on how many days each player on their team survives in the main event. Entrants can choose from a selection of fifty of the world's leading players, including Phil Ivey, Sam Trickett, Jason Mercier, and Phil Hellmuth.

In addition, has launched a betting market surrounding the WSOP main event. Betting is on whether or not a selected player will cash in the main event. Markets are currently offered on ten players, including Jason Mercier, Tom Dwan, and Antonio Esfandiari.

Both the WSOP markets and the WSOP Survivor Pool will remain open until play starts in the main event on July 7 at twelve noon PST.

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