Posts Tagged ‘Sam Trickett’

Natasha Sandhu ripped for plagiarizing Poker Articles

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

natasha-sandhu-plagiarizing-poker-articlesAs somebody who’s been spinning out medium-to-above-average poker articles for almost a decade now, I’m not big on plagiarizing other people’s work. Sure, poker writers get “ideas” from each other and blissfully benefit from all the gossip threads that TwoPlusTwo users dig up from the dark recesses of the internet. But to completely steal somebody else’s work and slap your name on it…well, even Kim Jong-il might find something morally irreprehensible with this.

But apparently Natasha Sandhu doesn’t, or at least she claims ignorance in the matter of not knowing that plagiarizing is wrong. Poker sleuths ran a few of Sandhu’s PokerTube articles through Copyscape and found that a great deal of her writing was verbatim from other sites (see picture below, not the sexy bikini picture on the right).

Sandhu, who first became poker-famous through her engagement to Sam Trickett, combined with her hot looks (she’s a model), began working for PokerTube last year. And as I previously explained, her initial job was to provide video content for the site. Well, it seems that this job evolved into writing duties too, which, based on the current evidence, suggests that this went about as well as the Hindenburg and the Friends spin-off Joey.

To be honest, my in-depth knowledge of the plagiarizing subject comes from accounts on this TwoPlusTwo thread, which originally began as an attack against PokerTube for “stealing content.” I already got into this subject before, which you can see here in my PokerNews vs. PokerTube article.

natasha-sandhu-plagiarizing-poker-articles-2As for the Sandhu discussion, which begins in the later pages of the thread, somebody named “bubbleswubbles” seems to have the scoop, or at least from their opinion. I’m not 100% ingrained in the poker community, in fact I’m a serial forum lurker, akin to some 50-year-old bar hack/creeper who goes around photobombing bachelorette party pictures. So I don’t really know who bubbleswubbles is and if they had their writing ripped off by Sandhu. But regardless of their vendetta against the model, they do make some decent points about Sandhu claiming innocence, such as the following:

“I see it differently. She’s a full grown adult woman of at least somewhat average intelligence who stole someone else’s article and claimed it as her own. I can understand not wanting to judge people, but truth be told, she didn’t take responsibility. She didn’t say, yes, I stole someone else’s work and claimed it as my own, knowing that it was wrong to do so and that was a lousy thing to do. Instead, she acted like a child or someone too unknown to understand that what she did was wrong and played on people’s sympathy to try to weasel out of admitting that she did indeed know that it was wrong and did it anyway because she thought she could get away with it. There is a huge difference between not knowing something is wrong and not caring that it is wrong. She just didn’t care. In accepting that, you are saying that you think she is essentially a simple minded person. Do you really think that she is so stupid as to not know that something as basic as stealing someone else’s work and saying she was the creator of said work is wrong. Clearly she’s not a genius, but unless she is handicapped in some way, she knew exactly what she was doing and just did not care. By pretending to be too stupid to understand, she did play the victim card. I suspect she’s morally handicapped, not mentally handicapped.”

“They (PokerTube) don’t appear to care either, that doesn’t make her less responsible for what she chose to do, it just makes them wrong as well. Clearly you want to accept her excuses and I’m sure she is extremely adept at tugging on people’s little heart strings and playing the victim and I get the urge to want to be forgiving, but I don’t think it hurts to call someone on what is clearly unacceptable behavior and I don’t think it would kill her to just suck it up and admit she knew what she did was wrong and did it anyway and learn a lesson from it. If she’s not competent to make decisions for herself, perhaps someone could be assigned to hold her hand and help her make these complicated moral decisions that the rest of us manage to make on a regular basis. Yes, we all make mistakes, but then we admit to them, hang our heads in shame and learn from it. If I do something wrong, I at least have the balls, so to speak, to admit to it. I don’t flutter my eye lashes, act like a child and try to manipulate people into thinking I’m too dumb to be held responsible for what I did.”

All I can say is, ouch!!

Trickett’s Hot Fiance, Natasha Sandhu, lands PokerTube Job

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Those who are familiar with the poker career of Sam Trickett may have heard of his fiance, Natasha Sandhu. The beautiful model has been with Sam for nine years and is sometimes the subject of poker gossip.

The reason why we’re discussing her now is because she’s landed a new gig with PokerTube. She’ll be doing interviews and providing an inside look at poker rooms and tournaments.

In her first video blog, Sandhu visits Nottingham’s Dusk Till Dwan, where she takes viewers into the Trickett Room. This is only fitting when you see pictures of her fiance plastered all over the room. It’s a little hard to hear the interview that she does because of the background noise. But the audio is a lot better when Sandhu shows footage of a cash game that’s taking place in the Trickett Room.

Another section of the clip shows Sandhu interviewing her equally hot sister, Danielle, a Trickett Room host. This portion mainly focuses on the laid-back vibe in the poker room and how the players enjoy being there.

All in all, the vBlog that Sandhu does isn’t too bad, despite the previously discussed background and audio issues. It definitely looks like she’s got what it takes to bring interesting content to viewers in the future. It’ll especially be nice to see what she comes up with at the World Series of Poker this summer. Trickett, the new Everest Poker ambassador, will be playing in around 25 bracelets events at the 2014 WSOP, so Sandhu will no doubt be hanging around Vegas plenty as well.

Daniel Negreanu pissed that Rafael Nadal won

Friday, December 20th, 2013

A little over a week ago, Rafael Nadal won his first live poker tournament at the EPT Prague celebrity event. Not only did Nadal generate €50,000 for charity with this victory, but he also gained a little respect from the poker community…that is, unless you’re talking about Daniel Negreanu.

According to TMZ, Negreanu merely thinks that the tennis star got lucky whenever they tangled horns on the felt. “He got two lucky hands,” Negreanu said, “that’s the only reason why he beat me.”

The two hands that Negreanu is referring to saw Nadal double up through the 6-time WSOP champion and add to his stack. On one occasion, Rafa was all-in with Q-3 against Daniel’s A-9, and still took this hand down. The other hand was more of a coinflip since Negreanu’s pocket 3’s were cracked by Nadal’s Q-9 combo.

When you look at these two hands, it really only appears that Rafa got lucky in one case. Nevertheless, ‘KidPoker’ is ready for a rematch and is pretty confident that he’d pull out the win. “I’m down and ready to go for a rematch! I’d win this time. Obviously. I’m suppose to win every time.”

We have to agree with Negreanu’s assessment on how another poker game between he and Nadal would go. After all, the Canadian has been playing in poker tournaments since 1997, and he’s earned $19,549,209 throughout his illustrious career. With his massive total in winnings, Negreanu ranks third all-time behind Antonio Esfandiari and Sam Trickett.

Nadal may not bring this same pedigree, but he has been working to improve his poker game. The 13-time Grand Slam tennis champion started playing online poker in July of 2012, and has continually worked to iron out leaks. But even with his recent dedication to poker, it’s unlikely that Nadal could keep out-performing Negreanu.

Partouche Poker Tour closing

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Another controversy has struck the Partouche Poker Tour after this organization failed to cover an alleged €5 million guaranteed event. There were 556 participants who bought into the €8,500 tournament in hopes of winning a piece of the €5 million prize pool. However, the actual pool only hit €4.25 million, and the PPT didn’t want to cover the €725k overlay.

Claims were made by PPT chairman Maxime Masquelier that this French Riviera tournament was never supposed to offer a €5 million guarantee. But Justin Bonomo showed some evidence that suggested otherwise when he tweeted:

Good thing I posted screenshots instead of links. @partouchepoker is actively deleting instances of the word guarantee. Very incriminating…If @partouchepoker fixes the prize pool I will forgive. Otherwise I will never play there again and I will keep spreading the word.

Because there has been so much controversy surrounding this debacle, Patrick Partouche decided to close the tournament series indefinitely. Here is his explanation on why:

For forty years I have dedicated my life, my name, my family, to gaming, including poker, my passion. And now I hear that what we do is not enough, is not honest. The Partouche Poker Tour bears my name, that of my family. I will not accept, my staff will not accept, that people can say ‘Partouche are thieves’, ‘Partouche are cheats’. As a result, this week you attended the last edition of the Partouche Poker Tour.

Partouche seems to think that there was no miscommunication on the website, and they had no intention of deceiving players; however, some pro players have provided pictures off the PPT website clearly stating that the money was guaranteed.

There have been really good past events hosted by the Partouche Poker Tour, including last year when Sam Trickett won a €1,000,000 prize in the Season 5 Main Event. Unfortunately, we won’t get to keep seeing these great tournaments since Partouche seems bent on canceling the series.

Sam Trickett signs with International Stadiums Poker Tour

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) has been given the green light to run it’s much-discussed event at Wembley Stadium in London. The poker tournament will be held from May 31st to June 6th, 2013, the prize pool could reach an impressive €20 million, and 30,000 players are expected.

As for the latter, Sam Trickett will be doing his best to help reach this 30k figure since he’s signed on with ISPT. He’ll join Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi as an official ambassador for this organization. The Brit spoke about his signing by saying, “As a poker player, I have to be associated with such an enormous event. Being part of this tournament means being part of the history of poker.”

At only 26 years old, Sam Trickett is already one of the world’s most successful grinders, having earned the 2011 British Poker Award for UK’s Best Cash Player. Trickett is also a prolific tournament player who is ranked fourth all-tine in live winnings with $16,471,099. A large chunk of this amount recently came in the WSOP $1 million Big One for One Drop, where he collected $10,112,001 after finishing runner-up.

Trickett is now preparing to promote and play in the €600 buy-in ISPT Wembley Stadium online qualifiers; these satellites include a single rebuy and double add-on. It’s also worth mentioning that 1,000 players will be allowed to skip the initial online days and go straight to Day 3 (live) for €6,000.

ISPT Wembley is the brainchild of Groupe Bernard Tapie, and this event looks to destroy Europe’s old attendance record for a poker tournament (1,765). Even if just a fraction of the 30,000 players show up, the tourney should easily beat the record.

Antonio Esfandiari wins $18.35m – Does Winnings List have any Meaning?

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

The biggest poker news of the week is no doubt Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari winning the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament. He navigated through a 48-player field and on towards victory as much of the poker world watched with intent interest. And a huge reason for all the interest was the $18,346,673 first place prize on the line!

Once Esfandiari finished Sam Trickett off in heads-up play, he was the recipient of this insane fortune….or at least he and his backers were. Seeing as how The Magician sold a lot of his shares in order to meet the hefty buy-in and cut down on variance, he likely received less than 50% of the $18.35 million. However, the full amount goes down in the record books and vaults him towards the top of the all-time live poker tournament winnings list with $23,245,828.

This is certainly nice for the headlines and could definitively bring some more recreational players into the game. However, it completely obliterates any sort of relevancy that the all-time tournament winnings list used to have.

These days, the tourney winnings list doesn’t mean much to a lot of players because they can’t compete with top-level pros who have lots of backing. Furthermore, events like the Big One for One Drop are more like glorified sit and go’s than anything since only a small number of players are competing, yet ridiculous amounts of money are up for grabs.

So how should we view the poker tournament winnings list in today’s era? Well it’s a fun little thing to look at from time to time, but you certainly can’t measure one’s overall tourney success from this. That said, there are still some very fine players towards the top of the winnings list – it’s just that the average grinder will never have an opportunity to compete with them.

Big One for One Drop Results

1. Antonio Esfandiari — $18,346,673
2. Sam Trickett — $10,112,001
3. David Einhorn — $4,352,000
4. Phil Hellmuth — $2,645,333
5. Guy Laliberté — $1,834,666
6. Brian Rast — $1,621,333
7. Bobby Baldwin — $1,408,000
8. Richard Yong — $1,237,333
9. Mike Sexton — $1,109,333

Jake Cody named Poker Player of the Year

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

Jake Cody started the 2011 WSOP off with a bang after winning the $25k No-Limit Hold’em Heads-up Championship. And his reward for winning was a massive $851,192 prize and a WSOP gold bracelet. Perhaps even bigger than the bracelet though was the fact that Cody became only the fourth person ever to win poker’s triple crown, which includes winning a WSOP, EPT and WPT title.

With Cody joining the ranks of poker’s elite, it’s no surprise that he cleaned up at the 2011 British Poker Awards by taking “Player of the Year” and “Best Tournament Player” honors. As for the voting process, the 2011 British Poker Awards are a unique deal because those attending the Poker in the Park festival get to vote on winners.

Seeing as how Poker in the Park is held in London, it’s not surprising that the UK’s Cody was able to take the Player of the Year title – although this isn’t to say that he didn’t earn it. In addition to Cody winning a couple of awards, quite a few other UK pros earned some hardware, including Chris Moorman (Best Online Player), Sam Trickett (Best Cash Player) and Matt Perkins (Best Breakout Player).

The British poker fans did show some love to people outside of the UK since they voted Jason Mercier as the “Best International Player” and Kara Scott as the “Best Poker Personality.” It’s no surprise that Mercier would win an honor since most poker tournament rankings – including ESPN’s – continually put the Florida-based pro at the top of the list. As for Scott, the Canadian hostess of Poker After Dark seems to be loved by all in the poker community since she’s got looks and a great personality (as the award alludes to).

24-Year Old Sam Trickett Wins World Poker Open

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

I always feel a twinge of jealousy when I find out that a poker player younger than me has won a major tournament. The most recent in the trend of young poker winners is Sam Trickett, a twenty-four year old poker pro from the UK, who just took home $200,000 for winning the PartyPoker.com World Poker Open IV in London.

Trickett used to be a professional soccer player. However, after he suffered a knee injury in 2005 his gaming selection changed from soccer to poker and he has been claiming fame as a poker pro ever since, though he hasn’t had many huge wins under his belt. Trickett won the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Luton Main Event back in 2008, taking home a $210,000 prize, and he has taken home a prize that is almost as large with his World Poker Open win.

Trickett came out on top after fierce competition with a variety of well-known poker pros, including John Duthie, Andrew Robl and Juha Helppi. He beat Canadian poker pro Yevgeniy Timoshenko in a heads up game at the end of the tournament. Trickett commented on his win saying, “To finally win a big tournament is brilliant. It is great to hear people saying congratulations rather than commiserations.”

The final table payouts for the World Poker Open London were as follows:

1 – Sam Trickett – $200,000

2 – Yevgeniy Timoshenko – $110,00

3 – Toby Lewis – $75,000

4 – Juha Helppi – $35,000

5 – John Duthie – $25,000

6 – Andrew Robl – $20,000

7 – Dale Hoy – $15,000