Midwestern Poker Player Eric Thompson Unexpectedly Passes (1969-2018) – PokerNews.com

September 04, 2018


The PokerNews Live Reporting Team is currently covering the WinStar River Poker Series, and it was there the poker world received the sad news that Eric Thompson, a well-known player on the Midwestern mid-major circuit, passed away unexpectedly on September 1 after suffering a heart attack.

At the time of his passing, Thompson, born August 20, 1969, had a stack in the $100K Oklahoma State Championship Kickoff Event at the Hard Rock Tulsa. Instead of removing his stack from play, the decision was made to blind him off. They also honored him with a moment of silence before the start of play on Day 2.

McFarland: “As fiercely competitive as he was on the felt, he was equally caring and conscientious in the real world.”

Dating back to 2007, Thompson amassed $545,075 in tournament earnings, which put him 19th on Oklahoma’s all-time money list. His best cash of $103,228 came when he took down the 2014 Choctaw Fall Poker Series Championship, which means his banner still hangs at Choctaw poker events.

Other highlights on his poker résumé include winning the 2010 Hard Rock Tulsa Poker Open $340 NLH for $41,132, finishing second in the 2015 Choctaw Fall Poker Series Monster Stack for $35,976, and winning the 2015 Grand Poker Series $240 Seniors Championship for $20,190.

Eric Thompson’s banner hangs in Choctaw.

Many players took to social media to express their disbelief and share memories.

“Eric we had so many hours of Poker played together and it was always a battle,” said friend and fellow poker player John Reynolds. “You was also always there willing to share your hotel rooms and talk Poker. We had many a fun time all over, Tulsa, Siloam, Joplin, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Durant. I will cherish

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