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Top 10 UK Stories of 2011: #9, Eames Continues To Get It Quietly

John Eames (Photo: Francesco Rizzo / WPT)

In all walks of life there are some people who just seem to fly under the radar, whether intentional or not, and poker is no different. There will be many of you reading this article who are wondering who this "Eames" is in the title of the post, that is because he is one of the kind of people mentioned above but it will only be a matter of time before the name John Eames is known by all, you mark my words.

Eames has been a regular on the live tournament circuit since 2008 but like many players of his generation he cut his teeth playing online. Better-known to some as johne147, Eames has won more than $1,540,000 from online poker tournaments despite not being one of the mass multi-tabling, huge volume players. The Southport-based pro makes up for a lack of online volume by playing in scores of live events each year, and his results are extremely impressive.

In 2009 Eames had $252,495 in cashes and he improved that in 2010 by cashing for a total of $554,608. This year he has won even more, cashing for $620,581 taking his career earnings to $1,465,474. This year's haul was his reward for cashing in no fewer than 16 major tournaments, reaching four final tables and taking down one event.

Looking at his Hendon Mob Database page, Eames' year started at the Aussie Millions where he had three minor cashes and narrowly missed out on a final table appearance, coming tenth in the A$1,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout. The following month he finished third in the PokerStars European Poker Tour Copenhagen Main Event for a career-best score of $257,011 before reaching the final table of the Irish Open a couple of months later.

A cash in the EPT San Remo Main Event was followed up with a trip to Las Vegas for the 2011 World Series of Poker festival. He narrowly missed out on a WSOP final table appearance when he finished 15/4,178 for $29,743 and he went on to make the money in two other events. But despite these most impressive of results it is the last few months of 2011 that have really helped Eames climb to 26th in the Global Poker Rankings, just nine spots behind the seemingly invincible Jake Cody.

A trip to the WSOPE in Cannes turned out to be the right decision as he made the final table of the €1,000 event, eventually finishing seventh, and he followed that up first with a cash in the €1,500 six-max Pot Limit Omaha tournament before coming 20/593 in the €10,000 Main Event. Then to crown off another great year at the felt Eames finished ninth in a €2,000 Bounty event at EPT Prague before chopping a €2,000 side event with Roberto Romanello for a cool €101,750.

Here at UK PokerNews we are excited to see what 2012 holds in store for the talented youngster and we expect big things! We have had the pleasure of working with Eames on various poker tours and he always handles defeat graciously and success with modesty, like a model pro if you like, and you want people like that to be highly successful. Ladies and Gentlemen Mr John Eames.

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