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Phil Hellmuth and other poker stars test Positive for COVID at the WSOP 2022

Tags: 2022 WSOP, coronavirus, David Baker, Doyle Brunson, Phil Hellmuth.
Posted on 13 June 2022 by "T".

It looks like more and more players, including Phil Hellmuth, have tested positive for COVID at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas.

WSOP management and organizers were confident in opening again its doors for all poker players to take part in their annual poker event for the year 2022, but unfortunately, in the opening weeks, the coronavirus has reared its ugly head once again.

To get a glimpse of how many people there are at the venue, see this June 5 video clip from the WSOP opening ceremony.

Several poker players have reported they tested positive while at the series, and one of them was Phil Hellmuth who caught the virus despite being already vaccinated.

He revealed his positive COVID test on Twitter Tuesday night after playing two tournaments on the WSOP schedule. He joined in Event #7: $10,000 Omaha Hi/Lo 8 or Better Championship, and Event #10: $10,000 Six Handed Dealer's Choice Championship. This means every dealer and player that was at the table with him would have to monitor their health and if they become symptomatic, would have to pull out from any tournament they are taking part in.

It comes days after another poker player, David Baker, contracted the virus.

Meanwhile, Baker has initially remained quiet about his positive test for the virus, only informing WSOP officials. Afterwards, he announced it on Twitter.

Doyle Brunson skipping the 2022 WSOP
In light of recent events, Doyle Brunson wrote on Twitter a disappointing yet understandable news on Sunday, June 12.
looks like covid is everywhere at the WSOP. I'm gonna have to miss some tournaments I wanted to play but there are 2 unvaccinated in my house.

The poker legend's wife Louise has pre-existing health conditions that make her vulnerable to the virus. Therefore, he has decided to skip this year's WSOP so that he doesn't risk infecting the woman he's been married to for the past 60 years.

For those following poker Twitter recently, everyone already knows that the virus has been spreading around Bally's and Paris. The current coronavirus strain is deemed more contagious than the previous strains, say experts. With poker players, dealers and other people present in close proximity for hours on end, an outbreak is bound to happen at some point.

Lara Eisenberg, who won the 2021 WSOP Ladies Championship, also tested positive for the coronavirus. She has left some advice for those who also get infected during the WSOP.

Other players who tested positive include:

Dylan Weisman

Mike Gorodinsky

Chris Wallace


Above are some of the well-known players who have tested positive, but you will see that COVID appears to be widespread right now at the series when you Twitter search the words ‘tested positive WSOP'.

Under the best circumstances, Hellmuth, Baker and anyone else who tests positive will be out of action for five days. After that, they need to show they have tested negative for the virus to be allowed back in to the tournament tables at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

The WSOP Main Event kicks off on July 3, and the 53rd annual WSOP is being held for the first time at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

This year there are no mask or vaccination requirements enforced at the WSOP and the responsibility is on the players to follow the CDC guidelines of self-reporting. 



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 dule-vu17/06/2022 07:08:40 GMT
How to protect when you need to seat with other players,to talk,to take cards!
 geseco1218/06/2022 16:02:49 GMT
Therein lies the problem, it is a bit complicated with respect to these games, where they are always in direct contact with other players, plus the chips are also a means of contagion, which is why you have to take measures before entering a poker tournament.
 CALICUL18/06/2022 16:09:33 GMT
most of the planet has realized that this Covid 19 is a planetary prank and they continue to lie about this non-existent virus. These poker players have the flu or maybe pneumonia, but not Covid. It is my opinion and the opinion of many people and i maintain it.
 RoninHarper18/06/2022 17:17:20 GMT
G'day mates
Wow it truly saddens me to see that WSOP is being ruined for played by Covid 19.
It just seems this damn pandemic is never going to f'ing end.
people just keep gathering together in large groups in indoor venues an then they get all confused when more people get infected with Covid 19.
I mean really people, it is not rocket science, wake up!
 CALICUL18/06/2022 17:22:00 GMT
maybe humanity will realize the truth...
 antonis32118/06/2022 17:41:52 GMT
What matters is for them to become healthy again . They can play tourneys all year , even if they miss the wsop entirely or most tourneys of the series . Also they have to protect their family . Its been almost 3 years and still we are talking about COVID . I hope this comes to an end once and for all very soon Smile
 CALICUL18/06/2022 17:49:05 GMT
maybe they want to trick them and get another vaccine...
 RoninHarper19/06/2022 04:48:56 GMT
G'day mates

well I think it is obvious that until people stop gathering together in large groups in indoor venues that the Covid pandemic is never going to go away. They will also keep telling people that Covid 19 numbers are on the rise so they can keep making Billions of Dollars on vaccines.
I mean really people, it is not rocket science, wake up!
 dule-vu19/06/2022 09:24:16 GMT
Just that they stop testing people and problem is solved!
 antonis32119/06/2022 16:23:44 GMT
I had my two vaccine shots , I was forced to do it , or else I couldn't go shopping , or else tests every fy***"* time . Unfortunately one month later the vaccination restriction measures were called off , so that makes me feel like a sucker lol . Anyway , the vaccination doesn't offer guarantee that you won't get sick by COVID , Hellmuth is one more example of this truth
 dule-vu19/06/2022 16:28:13 GMT
Who know what will be in autumn!
 geseco1220/06/2022 00:25:24 GMT
The problem is that many people do not have their vaccinations, and sometimes they are more vulnerable to contracting the disease, but hopefully this will end soon, but in the meantime we must always take care of ourselves in order to take care of our family.
 CALICUL20/06/2022 00:28:27 GMT
for anyone who wants to know covid 19 is no longer a pandemic, nor did it represent the truth. Putin from Russia proved this when he entered Ukraine. If there was a pandemic, it would not stop, but the lies about Covid stopped on February 24 ....
 geseco1221/06/2022 02:07:03 GMT
in my country they are still taking care of themselves, using masks, having their vaccinations and also being aware that we are still exposed to contagion, that is why we must take action on this.
 dule-vu21/06/2022 05:10:45 GMT
In my country almost everything is finished,just in hospitals people have masks,other is in normal!
 geseco1222/06/2022 02:46:39 GMT
although there are fewer and fewer people infected, we must always take care of this disease, it is very dangerous, we must take care mostly of the elderly, it affects everyone, that is why we must always be aware of it.
 dule-vu22/06/2022 03:35:20 GMT
Just that they let people to do whatever they want!
 geseco1224/06/2022 17:11:06 GMT
if we want to end this disease we must all take care of ourselves so that it ends, but sometimes we do not pay attention and we do not take care of ourselves and the consequences affect not only those around us but everyone, it is a very contagious disease.
 CALICUL24/06/2022 17:15:23 GMT
covid 19 vaccines does not help, because the hospitals have been and are in every day with vaccinated people who is hospitalized... A big lie, where they said is for big protection, but it is not true. Big Pharma lies a lot and people have been fooled... The tests are also false because even their inventor said : his tests is not for that...
 geseco1225/06/2022 21:25:41 GMT
The problem is that many people do not want to be vaccinated, and that is why contagions happen between people, we must take care of ourselves to protect not only ourselves, but also our family.
 CALICUL25/06/2022 21:27:25 GMT
I think the time has come for this ovid 19 masquerade to end and for the doctors to tell the truth they have hidden so far. People have been vaccinated in vain and people get sick even if they have been vaccinated
 geseco1227/06/2022 01:12:40 GMT
many people who have been vaccinated have been infected, that is why there is no safety in vaccines, they are not 100% effective, that is why we have this problem, now we must take care of ourselves as much as we can to end this as soon as possible.
 CALICUL27/06/2022 01:14:44 GMT
the vaccine is not safe, you are right and a lot of people have died or have big problems with it. Astra Zeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer or Sputnik are the same poison that is not good for anything. Mankind has been fooled...
 antonis32128/06/2022 06:23:30 GMT
I guess if it was the previous years , then of you got iller you would stay on quarantine for weeks or month or for more . But now it's a standard procedure , no worries , players can get back to action again at the poker tables . Haven't seen the tables at WSOP , do they still wear masks or only the dealers or nobody at all ??
 dule-vu28/06/2022 07:11:35 GMT
its good that they could back on tables,but its stupid when they have this kind of test,but there is no problem!somebody from big number of players must be positive!

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