On Saturday, 1st September, it was not the usual at a poker tournament held at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Eric Thompson has collapsed and died. A local player collapsed and was announced dead on arrival after he was rushed to the hospital.
According to pokerNews, who first carried the story, a local professional poker player Eric Thompson suffered a heart attack during a break midway through the kickoff event at the 2018 Oklahoma State Championship Poker. The story has already been confirmed by other news outlets.
After his untimely and shocking demise, the casino blinded off his stack in the event. Also, to honor Eric Thompson, there was a moment of silence later in the tournament.
About Eric Thompson
Thompson was born 49 years ago and started playing professional poker less than a decade ago. However, he did hit the ground running right away. He broke even after winning a hold’em event at Choctaw Casino Resort in 2014 for $103,000. The win is the best live cash in his career and up to date, a banner commemorating this win still stands in the casino. According to the Hendonmob, Thompson’s total live earnings currently stand at $545,075 which is impressive considering the fact that he rarely participated in high roller events.
In the United States All Time Money List, Eric Thompson ranks 1,838th, 3,474th on the All-Time Money List, 2,125th on Global Poker Index, 19th on Oklahoma All Time Money List, and 6,464th on popularity ranking.
This summer at Las Vegas, Thompson had participated in 3 WSOP events where he performed rather impressively for a first timer. However, his best finish was on the $365 No Limit Hold’em (Event #10) where he finished 4th. He also made it to day three of the WSOP main event. Afterward, he took to his Facebook page where he wrote “Thanks for all the support everyone”.
For sure, Oklahoma has lost an astute poker player whose star was just starting to shine. He will definitely be missed.
A funeral service for Thompson will be held 0n 7th September in El Reno, Oklahoma.
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