Phil “Poker Brat” Hellmuth is off to a slow start in his quest for a 14th gold bracelet at the 2014 WSOP Asia-Pacific but that’s the least of his concerns.
Hellmuth has been having respiratory problems at the table and he’s already considered leaving altogether Australia altogether.
“Being 0-5 down here is no big deal,” he said. “I’m having a much bigger issue trying to breath.”
It’s not a new problem for Hellmuth as he ran into similar issues at the 2011 WSOP when he was in the midst of nearly winning Player of the Year.
“I remember being so sick at the 2011 WSOP that I couldn’t even talk to people,” he said.
“I had my hat pulled down. My glasses on. My headphones cranked. Yet I had three second places finishes.”
Similar Problems for Hellmuth at 2011 WSOP
It got so bad in 2011 that Hellmuth finally had to seek medical assistance.
“I had a paramedic check me out in 2011,” he said. “They didn’t know what to tell me. It didn’t make sense. I went into an after-care clinic and they couldn’t tell me anything either.”
Hellmuth would later get checked out back home in California where they diagnosed him with a form of Asthma.
“They gave me an inhaler but unfortunately it actually seems to hurt me so that sucks,” said Hellmuth.
It’s gotten bad enough here in Australia that Hellmuth was considering heading back to the USA.
“I actually paid the money to go home early yesterday but I thought to myself, ‘This isn’t life or death,’” he said.
It remains to be seen if he’ll stick around for the entire series but Hellmuth said he was trying to remain positive.
Hellmuth is actually coming off a significant WSOP in Las Vegas that included seven cashes, one of which was a runner-up finish, but for the Poker Brat it’s pretty much all about the bracelet.
“On the surface it looked like a great WSOP,” he said. “But that’s on the surface. I like to win a bracelet.”