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Poker’s Sam Trickett says he was attacked, beaten after ‘One Drop’ event


Christopher DeVargas

Sam Trickett faces off against Antonio Esfandiari in the final round of the Big One for One Drop at the World Series Of Poker at the Rio Pavilion, July 3, 2012.

Updated Friday, July 6, 2012 | 10:36 a.m.

British poker pro Sam Trickett’s night of celebration in Las Vegas after his runner-up finish in a World Series of Poker tournament turned sour when he says six men jumped him.

According to a picture and post on Trickett’s twitter account he had been out celebrating a second-place finish at the Big One For One Drop poker tournament at the Rio on Tuesday when the men spat on his girlfriend and beat him up. The attack left bruises on his cheek and forehead, and a cut on his nose.

@samtrickett1: “Is this what happens if ur successful? Literally beat the (stuffing) out of me and spat in @NatashaSandhu (his girlfriend) face all over nothing…”

Later Natasha Sandhu posted about the altercation as well.

@NatashaSandhu: “It wasn’t a mugging or anything just over nothing, sam is fine...gonna spend some quality time together now :)”

Trickett had won a $10.1 million for his finish in the tournament. Trickett tweeted later about spending the day with Sandhu, suggesting he is OK after the altercation.

A Metro Police spokesman said that as of Friday morning, no report about the incident had been filed with police.

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  1. With ALL the cameras and security EVERYWHERE, me thinks he might be exaggerating. The implication in the article is that he was in a casino and got mugged. Like casino security ANYWHERE won't step in if someone is getting mugged On Property....... or was he were he SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN.....this half of the story sounds MIGHTY FISHY....

  2. Author, there are not enough details in your article to make it really informative. A shame.

  3. As any security person could tell you but won't, for fear of panic in the resort guests: There are blind spots everywhere! Security cannot look everywhere at once. One camera is usually on a unmanned monitor and never usually seen unless someone catches it on the few seconds it is shown by someone directly.

  4. I find that it's the loser of a fight that say's he was jumped by 6 men when in reality it was one and he is ashamed to say he got put back in his place. And the truth be known it probably didn't have anything to do with poker or his success. And the spiting thing was probably a sneeze or a cough that sprayed her and she made a big deal about it until her man got mouthy. Just speculation from me.

  5. Where was the Poker Brat when this went down? :)

  6. If I had just won 10M at a public venue, I would have immediately asked the Rio to help me make personal security guard arrangements. The Rio would have gladly helped me retain protection services.

  7. This story looks like the Reporter picked it off a Blog. It would have been nice if an Actual Reporter would have done a follow-up and given us many more details.
    Did it Happen at the Rio? or Elsewhere.
    What does Rio Security have to say.
    What does Metro Have to Say.
    What/Who instigated the Fight?
    What if anything was Stolen?
    These types of stories have major implications on our tourism industry - these shallow stories are irresponsible.

  8. This is not an article, this is a report about two twitter posts. Nothing more.

    Seems to many get upset about nothing these days.