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Poker Pro With COVID-19 Plays Online From Mexico Hospital Bed

Four-Time WSOP Bracelet Winner Shaun Deeb Continued His WCOOP Grind, Despite Being Hospitalized With Coronavirus


Being hospitalized with COVID-19 won’t stop Shaun Deeb from playing online poker.

With more than three weeks of tournament action in the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker, the four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and high-stakes tournament regular left his Albany-area home at the end of August and traveled to Mexico so that he could battle against online poker’s best. It’s a trek that many tournament professionals decide to make so that they can play against the rest of the world on the international-facing poker site.

Unfortunately for Deeb, he contracted coronavirus a couple weeks ago and the symptoms hit him hard. Sunday afternoon, Deeb tweeted that he had been keeping quiet about his positive diagnosis for about a week and a half, but that he might “need your guys help making a tweet or two go viral so I don’t have to get hospitalized in Mexico.”

In a subsequent post, he said that playing tournaments while infected with the virus was extremely tough. He was sleeping during every five-minute break. Even worse, he was unsure what to tell his two young children back in New York.

Later Sunday evening, he was admitted into a hospital in Playa del Carmen. He shared a video of his hospital room, which also showed the IV he was hooked up to.

Time to rest and recover, right? Wrong.

Deeb was frustrated with an error message claiming that he wasn’t in the proper jurisdiction to play for real money on PokerStars.

After getting his connection squared away, he confirmed that he was still going grind the last few days of the tournament series from his hospital bed.

As luck may have it, the trip to the hospital may end up doing wonders for Deeb’s results for the rest of the series. In a response to Brian Horton, who implored him to stop playing and get some rest, Deeb said that he felt “better today than any other session in two weeks" with "the meds and IV helping.” He also mentioned that he had some side bets that were motivating him to keep playing.

There are few things that will cause Deeb to miss a WCOOP series. He infamously missed the birth of one of his children in 2016 to stay in Canada and play the series. On the day his son was born, Deeb won one of his eight WCOOP titles.