The 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) is going to celebrate one of the most emotional comebacks in poker history, as Kevin "Phwap" Boudreau is joining the field of this year's Main Event.
This will be the first time for Boudreau at a WSOP Main Event table since a terrible accident that occurred in 2013 when he collapsed in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant during the dinner break of an event.
Boudreau suffered a severe brain injury accompanied by a stroke, and he was quickly hospitalized to undergo an emergency operation before he was placed in ICU for five weeks. After a complicated rehabilitation process, Boudreau was finally allowed to head back home only in December, six months after the episode.
As Boudreau's father told PokerNews in a conversation with Chad Holloway one year later, "His condition was very challenging at that time, so legal difficulties with facilities and insurance were big hurdles to overcome. He had very rare infections that created care and transfer issues."
Yet, despite the terrible incident and the fact that doctors didn't know if he would make it, Boudreau fought through his recovery and, with the help of the love of his family, his long-time girlfriend, and his friends, he finally managed to head back right there where he belongs, the poker table.
After a visit at the 2014 WSOP, when he also finished third in a 10-person satellite knocking out good friend Peter Jetten, Boudreau came back to tournament poker in November last year, during the 2014 edition of the Mid-States Poker Tour Golden Gates.
Now, exactly two years after the accident that nearly cost him his life, the player is ready to sit at the most important event of the season, and it comes with the help of 888poker.
"As 888poker is the WSOP main sponsor, Kevin approached us to ask if he could play the WSOP Main Event," Itai Pazner, SVP at 888 Holdings said. "Given the challenges that Kevin has faced over the past couple of years and his determination to resume his playing, 888poker was honored to enable him to join this prestigious event, together with 128 players 888poker sent, and fulfill his wish to compete with the world's top players."
During the event, Boudreau will also try to best his performance at the 2010 WSOP Main Event when he finished 213th for $48,847.
The impressive comeback will also be part of The Kevin Boudreau Documentary, a work by Canada's poker player and filmmaker Ian Tuason that aims to bring his remarkable recovery and fight to the large public.
"[The documentary] will use voice over narration and combine visual effects and animation to drive Kevin's narrative forward," the author told PokerNews. "The film will show present-day video footage leading up to the Kevin's big game, intercut with stories from his past surrounding his stroke, all weaving together as Kevin nears the big climax of the tournament itself."