Professional Poker player Kevin ‘Phwap’ Boudreau is in an induced coma after having a blood clot in his brain. The tragic news was broken by friends and fellow poker players Matt Stout and Peter Jetten on Saturday night US time.
Jetten, who has been keeping the public informed of Boudreau’s condition via Twitter, said that Phwap “had a very large blood clot in his brain” and “will likely be in ICU for weeks”. Stout said that Phwap also had a blood transfusion after he was rushed to hospital.
Phwap is a veteran of the WSOP, with his best performance coming in the 2010 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. Boudreau took out second place in that event and won $313,792 for his solid performance in that tournament.
Boudreau was also active at this year’s WSOP before his sudden and tragic hospitalisation, participating in two events. He came 22nd in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’Em Event (#17) and 117th in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event (#22) just four days ago. His Twitter account also shows that he was active as recently as Friday.
A number of fellow poker players have already given their full support and condolences to Boudreau and his family. Jetten took to Twitter to call for “good vibes” to be sent to Bourdreau as he remains in hospital.
Justin Bonomo expressed his best wishes and hoped that he would “come back to the tables again soon”. Dan Smith echoed his well wishes and support for Boudreau, describing him as “one of those guys everyone loves”. Fellow poker pro also expressed his support, saying that “our thoughts and prayers are with [Phwap]”.
Jetten has advised that anyone who would like to directly express their support and well wishes to Phwap and his family can do so to his father, Jim Boudreau, via his Facebook account.