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The Sam Trickett Blog: The Bahamas and Aussie Millions

What a beautiful place the Bahamas is.

All I can think about is losing all six massive flips. I have been on the upside of variance in the past so I know I have to take this. It’s not the money that hurts though. It’s losing. I hate losing.

What a beautiful place the Bahamas is.

I think the key to a successful poker career is gratitude. Here I am, in the Bahamas, and I am complaining about a card game. Fortunately, the realisation of my sub-conscious actions hits me pretty early these days.

I am so grateful that I get to visit places like the Bahamas. It was my first visit and I will be back. That said, it wasn’t a great trip poker-wise. I didn’t win any key pots. I bubbled the $25k. That was a huge tournament – and a ridiculously good one, too. Mike McDonald called time on my $10k tournament - another lost flip.

It wasn’t a great start to the year from a poker perspective. I lost every major pot. It happens, that’s poker. It’s tough but there’s nothing you can do about it. As long as you can come out of the other end, look back, and be happy with your decision, that’s all that counts. Keep on doing more of the same. The tide will change. I haven’t regretted a single big hand.

Just because I am financially secure doesn’t mean I just shrug off these big buy-ins. If I play badly it takes me days to get over my mistakes. I am highly self critical - another reason why I believe I have been so successful. But when I get unlucky I get over it quickly. Six out of six lost flips? When was that?

I have been incredibly lucky to achieve what I have. How dare I complain when variance comes a long and gives me a taste of the other side of the plate? There are so many great players who have not achieved what they have deserved. I never lose sight of that.

Bricking everything at the start of the year is not great though. You want to pick up a result. History tells you a lot. Look at all the great starts to the year, and how players went on to own the scene for the next 12-months. Dan Smith and Erik Seidel are two players who immediately spring to mind. It’s important to set up the year nicely.

The Aussie Millions was fantastic as always. The Main Event was the most amazing tournament. All these elderly recreational players, wearing these huge cowboy hats, surrounded me. They beat the crap out of me. I couldn’t win a pot against them.

I worked out a long time ago that worrying is bad for your health. It puts you in a poor state of mind. It drives negativity. It kills positivity. There is no point in worrying. I am not a worrier.

I had a huge bet on the Superbowl. It lost in the most horrible fashion. I was like 1/20 on to win with a few minutes to go and I lost the lot. I was with Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius and they also lost. It was a real bad beat for the three of us. Then Phil went and won the tournament. That lifted our spirits again. It was an emotional roller coaster.

It was also fun to see Richard Yong win the $100k. I was railing him, and the ending was hilarious. He made the call thinking he had the flush draw. He misread his hand. There he is, playing this huge tournament, and he calls with nothing. I thought he had a set. I thought, “What is he doing?”

There has been a lot written about Richard of late. I don’t take a lot of notice of it. He has always been good to me. I like the guy, and it was great to see him win. He may have heaps of money, but all he wants to do is play poker. The guy loves the game. And he beat Ole Schemion heads-up! I was as excited watching him win as I was for Phil.

I’m used to being in the winners photo shot. I just didn’t think I would start of the year being in someone else’s!

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