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Boudreau Overcomes Brain Injury, Returns to Poker for 4th-Place Finish
Two years after suffering a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, poker pro Kevin “Phwap” Boudreau made a triumphant return to the poker tables this weekend.
Boudreau only not played the Mid-Stakes Poker Tour event in Colorado but actually came in fourth place for $34,000.
It was a startling turn of events for Boudreau considering doctors weren’t sure if he would ever open his eyes again, let alone talk or play poker.
Boudreau Out of Action Since 2013 WSOP
Boudreau originally suffered his brain hemorrhage, which was accompanied by a stroke, in the Rio Parking lot while on break from a 2013 WSOP event.
He was rushed to the hospital where he was placed in an induced coma. He nearly died from the incident.
It’s been a long journey for Boudreau but his condition eventually started to improve. Earlier this year he played a Sit & Go organized by friends and family at the Rio.
His fourth place finish in Colorado puts him just shy of $500,000 in lifetime tournament earnings.
A respected member of the poker community, Boudreau’s performance garnered congratulations from some of the game’s most well-known players including Vanessa Selbst, Tom Dwan and Scott Seiver.
Here’s a look at some of the top players who chimed in on the result:
Holy sheeite congrats to @KevinPhwap on an amazing tourney. Welcome back!— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) November 17, 2014
Results don't make the story, people do. And @KevinPhwap proves that. A true inspiration that I take strength from.— Scott Seiver (@scott_seiver) November 17, 2014
Go @KevinPhwap ! Pretty damn inspiring— Mike McDonald (@MikeMcDonald89) November 17, 2014
@KevinPhwap Congrats on the great run!— Jonathan Little (@JonathanLittle) November 17, 2014