Throughout the 2012 World Series of Poker so far the Irish boys and girls have had little to shout about in terms of deep runs. The legendary Donnacha O'Dea did manage a fifth place finish in Event #37 but Jason Tompkins is looking to go four places higher than that when play resumes in Event #54 later today.
Tompkins, known as blaaaaaah666, finds himself third in chips with just 15 players remaining in the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em event and in with a real chance of walking away with a coveted gold WSOP bracelet and the $500,075 first place prize. Tompkins' 907,000 chips only trail Ken Fishman (1,400,000) and the overall chip leader Will Jaffe (1,947,000) so he will be quietly confident of going the distance in this tournament.
The man from Athy Co. Kildare has a number of impressive live scores to his name including a €50,000 haul for finishing second in the 2009 European Deepstack Poker Championship, €25,000 for another runner-up finish in the 2010 Celtic Poker Tour Main Event in Carlow and more recently €19,450 for winning the €2,500 buy-in High Roller event at the European Deepstack Poker Championship in Dublin.
We almost had another man to cheer on in the final stages but John Eames busted late in the day to finish in 18h place. Things just did not go Eames' way for the last few levels of the day and he basically committed his stack when he opened to 140,000 from early position leaving himself around 15,000 behind. Amazingly Ken Fishman opted to just call instead of putting him all-in and the pair shared a flop. Eames' last few chips went into the middle and Fishman called turning over in the process. Eames revealed and needed an ace to win or running cards for a split but they failed to materialise as the turn and river were the and respectively and Eames' run was over.
Play resumes at 13:00 Las Vegas time (21:00 UK time) and PokerNews will be brinign you the very best in live updates right up to the eventual winner. We have our fingers crossed in hope that the eventual winner is Tompkins