Sam McElhinney was a finalist in Series 68.
McElhinney won four games in his run and was the only Series 68 finalist whose entire heat run was played under the "original" 15-round format, which was replaced by its newer counterpart during the run of the player who defeated him, Andy Platt. McElhinney returned to face Joe McGonigle in the quarter-finals but was defeated in a game best remembered for a special guest surprising Rachel Riley on her 1,000th show.
|#||Date||Type||Contestant 1||Score||Contestant 2||Guest||Lex||Max|
|5658||7/03/2013||P||Philip Jarvis||76 – 81||Sam McElhinney||Chris Packham||Susie Dent||118|
|5659||8/03/2013||P||Sam McElhinney||82 – 61||Juliette Bains||Chris Packham||Susie Dent||120|
|5660||11/03/2013||P||Sam McElhinney||70 – 51||Ian Dobkin||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||120|
|5661||18/03/2013||P||Sam McElhinney||93 – 66||Ricky Roberts||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||135|
|5662||19/03/2013||P||Sam McElhinney||67 – 114||Andy Platt||Jon Culshaw||Susie Dent||127|
|5718||25/06/2013||QF||Joe McGonigle||108 – 83||Sam McElhinney||Myleene Klass||Susie Dent||124|