Sam Trickett unveiled as the Official Sky Poker UK Poker Championship Ambassador, as Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) owner Rob Yong continues to try and grow the UK game at its grass roots.
British poker fans have another tournament to sink their teeth into as Dusk till Dawn (DTD) partner with Sky Poker to host the inaugural Sky Poker UK Poker Championships £800,000 Guaranteed Festival due to take place 17-23 Feb.
The idea – as are most ideas in UK poker – comes from the mind of the DTD owner Rob Yong, and once again his thoughts are on the grassroots level of the game.
“We wanted to make this into a grass roots old fashioned festival, where you had a chance to win money all week, and not just play the main event, bust and then go home.” Yong told Sky Poker representative Tony Kendall.
Yong understands the UK game better than anyone, and he realizes that a successful poker tournament is only as successful as the promotion that surrounds it. With that in mind Yong has managed to secure a deal with Sky Poker, who will not only sponsor the event, but they will be filming the event for eventual television broadcast, and supplying online qualifiers through the Sky Poker tributary.
The British All Time Money winner, Sam Trickett, has also been signed up to act as an Ambassador for the event that will be held at the club where he has his name emblazoned over the High Stakes Room.
“I spoke to Sam and explained what we were doing and that Sky would like him to represent the festival and he is happy to do this. We have a room dedicated to Sam as he started playing his poker in 25p games, at this very club, and we have named our high stakes club after him as a sign of respect.”
The tournament will start with a £3,000 High Roller event and Sam Trickett will be posting a blind or two in that one, as he will when the £500,000 Guaranteed £1,000 Main Event kicks off in earnest.
Kendall confirmed that the event will be filmed by the Sky Poker crew and will be aired in an edited series on Sky Sports at some time in the future.
“I am delighted that the Sky Poker UK Poker Championships are coming to Dusk Till Dawn, the club where it all began for me. This event has been a long time coming and it will be great to have an official championships like other countries do. I will be playing the High Roller, Heads Up and the Main Event, but there are also other championship events if I am unsuccessful in those. Really looking forward to working with Sky Poker and Dusk Till Dawn to promote this event” – Sam Trickett