Sam Trickett recently competed in and won the PartyPoker.com event named the “Road to Old Trafford.” The event was a €250 buy-in that awarded €10k to the winner. Sam Trickett emerged triumphant, and he decided that he would give that prize to the “Love the Dream Foundation Charity” which belongs to Rio Ferdinand. The event also boasted some of the biggest UK football legends including Bryan Robson, Dwight York, Norman Whiteside and Quinton Fortune according to Pokernews.com. This also furthers the relationship between football and poker that has seen numerous team brandings, charity events, and signing of pros by PokerStars and others.
Rio Ferdinand was unable to attend the event, because he was playing in a match that day, but he personalized souvenirs for each of the final table participants. While the amount might seem like a small amount to someone like Sam Trickett who has over $19.5 million in tournament earnings at the age of 27, it still is an impressive donation to any charity and will help many people get things they couldn’t have previously.
This move is also good for Trickett’s reputation which has taken a few hits over the previous years, because of different media reports and Twitter/Facebook battles. This doesn’t erase all of those transgressions, but it does go a long way to rehabilitating his image, and it gives people less to complain about. If Trickett continues to make small, but powerful gestures of this sort, it could finally help earn him the respect that he deserves as one of the better high-stakes tournament players in the world.