World Series of Poker Star Hellmuth Out Temporarily With COVID-19 – Agora Poker

World Series of Poker Star Hellmuth Out Temporarily With COVID-19

World Series of Poker Star Hellmuth Out Temporarily With COVID-19

This World Series of Poker in 2022 was anticipated to be the famous poker festival’s return to “normalcy” or at least as that word applies in the era of COVID-19.

The 2020 WSOP was a tortured version where a series of bracelet events were contested via online poker tourneys and then a weird hybrid Main Event was cobbled together, with scant attention paid to it much like horse racing’s Triple Crown races that year.

In 2021, the WSOP put together an in-person event in the familiar setting of the Rio All-Suites Resort and Casino but the tournament was deviled by controversy regarding mask-wearing and vaccine mandates. That produced predictable social media sniping and bickering, plus international players were largely absent.

So, this year was the year the WSOP was supposed to be back to the halcyon days of vying for bracelets and life-changing money as much of the gambling world, and certainly in Las Vegas, has been partying like it was, well, 2019.

No masks, no vax verifications — just good ol’ check, bet, raise, ship-it.

Uh, not so fast.

Some players at the WSOP have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days, most notably — and to his credit, explicitly publicly — Phil Hellmuth , probably the most famous active poker player in the world (with apologies to Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and the mostly-retired Doyle Brunson).

Hellmuth has taken leave temporarily from the WSOP, which is currently in furious action at the Bally’s-Paris casino complex on the Las Vegas Strip, and notified all with the following Tweet on June 7: Just tested positive for Covid. Thought maybe I was immune (neither of my sons got it, nor did my Mom)…Good news: no cough. Not hungry all day! Mind is a little foggy as I slept “17 awful hours.” I feel like my best chance for a bracelet was todays @WSOP $10,000 Omaha 8/B, sigh — phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) June 8, 2022 Before the virus drove him from the tables, Hellmuth reportedly played in two WSOP events so far and cashed in one. He finished 136th in the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8-or-better, for $2,400, according […]

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