Four-time WSOP bracelet winner Shaun Deeb revealed to his Twitter followers on Sunday night that he is currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Deeb has been in Mexico, where he is visiting the country as he plays the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP), which began on August 30th.
Deeb is one of the more prominent members of the poker community to be diagnosed with COVID-19, a disease that has so far been detected in 31.1 million people worldwide, including 6.86 million in the United States. Many believe the actual number of infected to be much higher due to undetected cases.
Since announcing the news, Deeb has been providing his fans with frequent status updates on his Twitter page. Despite being hospitalized and the illness running him “into the ground,” Deeb appears to be in good spirits, even making light of the situation he finds himself in:
You not really a #wcoop grinder if you’re not one handed 10 tabling on touch pad in a Mexican hospital with covid
— shaun deeb (@shaundeeb) September 21, 2020
Deeb has apparently known or suspected he has COVID-19 for a week and a half.
He had originally hoped he wouldn’t need to be hospitalized in Mexico but indicated his experience has been better than he expected. He did note that he was having connection issues joining WCOOP events, with PokerStars displaying a message that he could not play real money gaming from his location. At the time of being admitted into the hopsital, Deeb had made multiple Day 2s in upcoming WCOOP events.
If and when he does get his connection back, participating in the WCOOP doesn’t to be affecting his ability to play. “I will say this wcoop grind while sick was on a whole another level for me I may lost a chunk but I played the best at like 10% Strength sleeping during ever 5m break ever day.”
Fellow poker players react
Since revealing the news, poker players have extended well-wishes to Deeb in his recovery:
Hope you get home safely, and get well soon, Shaun. Fingers crossed for you.
— Joe Stapleton (@Stapes) September 21, 2020
So sorry to hear that Shaun. Sending healing wishes.
— Jennifer Tilly (@JenniferTilly) September 21, 2020