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Poker Pro Suddenly Dies from Heart Attack at Tournament in Oklahoma Casino

Tags: Eric Thompson, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Oklahoma, RIP.
Posted on Monday, September 10, 2018 by "T".

No one thought that tragedy would strike at a certain player while at a poker tournament scheduled on September 1 Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Mid-stakes poker pro Eric Thompson from Tulsa, Oklahoma suffered a heart attack at some point during a break in the inaugural event of the 2018 Oklahoma State Championship of Poker.

Tournament staff then decided to blind off his chip stack in the event instead of removing his stack from play. Later in the tournament a moment of silence was held for Thompson, also called "Big E" in the poker community.

Eric Thompson, age 49 (year 1969), first began cashing in on major poker tournaments since 2007. His biggest career win was when he won a 2014 Hold'em event at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant for $103,000. A banner in honor of his win still hangs in said casino. He accumulated $545,075 worth of live tourney scores throughout his poker career which put him in 19th place on the Oklahoma's all-time money list, according to The Hendonmob website.

In the WSOP Main Event this summer in Las Vegas, he made it to at least day 3. In a post he made on his Facebook page he said after he busted at the tournament, "Thanks for all the support everyone, Unfortunately, this will not be my year. On to the next one."

According to his player profile in the WSOP site, he has a total of 26 cashes worth $98,085.

He recently just had his birthday on August 20.

A funeral service was held for Thompson on September 7 Friday in El Reno, Oklahoma.

Source:
https://www.pokernews.com/news/2018/09/midwest-poker-player-eric-thompson-passes-31988.htm

 


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7 comments for "Poker Pro Suddenly Dies from Heart Attack at Tournament in Oklahoma Casino"

 doubletop7779/10/2018 7:37:23 AM GMT
What a tragic story and my heartfelt condolences go out to his friends and family at this sad time. It looks like he really loved playing poker and was well respected in the poker community
 Mober9/10/2018 9:22:32 AM GMT
Always sad reading about things like that with sudden death.
And of course you can say he was young. Only 49 years of age.
But we dont know anything about his health.
He was doing well with overall winnings from poker also.
 Calmplay9/10/2018 3:22:45 PM GMT
Too young to die, must be something wrong with his health. RIP Eric Thompson.

 CALICUL9/10/2018 7:14:18 PM GMT
Unfortunately there are many people who do not know that they have different health problems and do not periodically check the hospital to find out their health. They think: i'm ok with my health and they get to die with 20-30 years earlier than normal. It is very bad. Sad
 bowie19849/10/2018 11:07:59 PM GMT
Unfortunate event to be honest, but at least he died doing what he loved the most I think. Playing cards, making money, gambling etc. The sad fact that his chips probably got redistibuted after among all the other player at his table.
 Gerimantas9/11/2018 8:40:20 PM GMT
Of course sad situation but maybe for poker player it is not bad to die at poker table, i hear some singer say he want to die on stage singing some song, so maybe it is sake situation here. No on eknow when you die and you cannot ask for someone
 misteriopj9/19/2018 1:39:20 PM GMT
It is unfortunate what happened, it is a natural thing to happen to any person, unfortunately it happened in the middle of a poker tournament that rests in peace and keeps hitting the pieces from the sky

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