Paul Kitsos DEAD: 'Smalls' Dies On Flight To WSOP

06/08/2010 11:25 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Paul Kitsos, a "morbidly obese" would-be World Series of Poker competitor, died during his flight to the tournament, according to the New York Post. The newspaper reports that he died from an apparent heart attack.

Paul "Smalls" Kitsos was 55 and owned a women's apparel company, according to the paper. After pressing the panic button on his flight to San Francisco, he began "sweating profusely and breathing heavily," the Post reports.

He was reportedly pronounced dead shortly before 6:30 PM.

According to, Kitsos earned nearly $400,000 playing poker during 18 different events since June 2005.

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