Paul Phua

Phua is and will likely always remain one of the most interesting people ever to have graced the game of poker.

As far as life stories go, they don’t come more colorful than Paul Phua’s, the billionaire businessman with a passion for poker rising through the ranks to become one of the most powerful men in Macau.

Wei Seng "Paul" Phua was born in Borneo, Malaysia back in 1964 and rose from poor beginnings through the construction industry and Kuala Lumpur backstreet gambling houses to running the world’s biggest bookmakers IBCBet.

It’s clear he moves in the highest circles, playing the nosebleed stakes in Macau along with Ivey, Dwan and a host of other big name pros – and Phua holds his own, a hard worker at the game he loves.

He had to work hard, as back in the mid-noughties he was just another rich whale, allegedly blowing millions along with business partner and fellow poker convert Richard Yong. According to English-Chinese bookmaker Tom Hall:

“Paul and Richard were the biggest whales in the world. They were losing $30 million to $100 million every year on baccarat. I said, 'Hey, you guys should try poker. You can play other players, instead of losing to the house'.”

In Brett Forrest’s incredibly detailed ESPN account of Phua’s dealings, he writes:

"They didn't know how to play. In Macau, there was no one to teach them. Phua and Yong gathered a small group of associates for regular games, these experienced gamblers teaching themselves this new game as they went along."

With 2011 and the Black Friday shockwaves which hit the poker world, the biggest pros were looking for new pastures – and Phua with Yong offered them untold riches and adventures in the Far East, not only leading to their own games improving but also offering business opportunities in the poker staking world.

Now, several years on, in tournament play, Paul Phua has over $4.5million in earnings – although every penny is from the Super High Rollers (from as far afield as London and Melbourne to Monte Carlo and Manila) taking down his first-ever tournament cash for £1million ($1,621,297) at London’s Aspers Casino in 2012 in the £100k buy-in event.

Whatever people might think of his business background and connections, his love for poker is evident, and the new Paul Phua Poker website and school is testament to his desire to explain the game at all levels to all players.

Video content interviews with Ivey, Dwan, Colman and others gives an insight into how the best players in the world think, while rules, strategy and general information fills out an increasingly popular hub for those interested in the game.

Phua is and will likely always remain one of the most interesting people ever to have graced the game of poker.

Read More
4 days ago444Jhffff,

Published 4 days ago

Triton Poker Super High Roller Jeju 2018 Cash Game - Episode 7

It's time for the final part of the Triton Poker Jeju High Roller cash game featuring the richest players and businessmen in the w...

1 week ago521Dandfgrwbn,

Published 1 week ago

Triton Poker Super High Roller Jeju 2018 Cash Game - Episode 6

Episode 6 of the biggest cash game held by Triton Poker in JeJu! Expect the biggest pros, richest amateurs and shot takers to...

2 weeks ago389Jbella21,

Published 2 weeks ago

Triton Poker Super High Roller Jeju 2018 Cash Game - Episode 5

The $1,000,000 buy in cash game continues as the biggest names in the industry collide on the felt in the biggest gave ever televi...

2 weeks ago661bfdhddnd,

Published 2 weeks ago

Triton Poker Super High Roller Jeju 2018 Cash Game - Episode 4

Tom Dwan is back as he makes an appearance and plays the biggest televised pot of all time in the Triton High Roller cash game whi...

3 weeks ago572BellaForza,

Published 3 weeks ago

Triton Poker Super High Roller Jeju 2018 Cash Game - Episode 3

The $1,000,000 buy in Triton cash game is back and features the biggest and richest poker players on the planet. You will wit...

3 weeks ago735Bellagio1,

Published 3 weeks ago

Triton Poker Super High Roller Jeju 2018 Cash Game - Episode 2

The big names are back for Episode 2 of the Triton High Roller $1,000,000 buy in cash game held in Jeju. Expect 7 figure pots...

3 weeks ago1,045Bellagio1,

Published 3 weeks ago

Triton Poker Super High Roller Jeju 2018 Cash Game - Episode 1

♠♥♣♦ Triton Poker Super High Roller Series 2018 Cash Game: Buy-in: ₩ 1,000,000,000 (USD 1,000,000) for 1,000,000,000...

2 months ago525killjoy1987,

Published 2 months ago

Millions Russia $100k Super High Roller Final Table

The Triton sponsored $100,000 buy-in Super High Roller at the partypoker Live Millions Russia in Sochi reaches it's final table, h...

4 months ago1,481BDJB,

Published 4 months ago

High Stakes 'Short Deck' Poker with Phil Ivey

The exciting 'short deck' version of poker makes its way to the high stakes arena at the 2018 Triton Series. With a €200,000 buy...

4 months ago3,339Bellagio1,

Published 4 months ago

Super High Roller Cash Game Part 2 - With Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey + More!

Part 2 of the  HUGE €2000/€4000/€4000 ante cash game with over €8million on the table during the 2018 Triton Sup...

Who Stakes Tom Dwan?

There are a few candidates for Dwan’s bankroll/backer Mr Big role, but let’s get the potential horror stories out of the way first...

Live Poker Events, 4 years ago

Businessmen and Celebrities at the WSOP: Who They Are and What They Do (2)

Big:T;he first part of this article focused on some of the big television names who took some time off from their busy schedules and came down to Las Vegas to enjoy in one of their favorite pastimes

Tom Dwan: Face Of Paul Phua Poker

Paul Phua’s slick new poker website is up-and-running – and who better for him to have as a guest in his first two videos than Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan.

Paul Phua and Wai Kin Yong: How To Beat Really Good Players?

This week we see an Asian businessman introducing us to Malaysia’s newest young talent - Wai Kin Yong.

Paul Phua Poker: Montenegro Moments

The who’s who of the high-stakes world descended on the resort for its official re-opening and it’s the subject of a little bonus video from the guys at Paul Phua Poker.

Phua’s Tips From the Top

Paul Phua brings us the world’s best pros sitting on our shoulder handing out tips and advice. The first in his ‘Tips from the Pros’ videos features Ivey, Cates and Colman!

Top 3 Best Businessmen In Poker

This article is going to focus on three men who HAVE successfully translated their excellent business acumen into highly lucrative poker success.

Live Poker Events, 1 year ago

Fedor Holz Wins Triton High Roller For $444,893

A slew of high-roller heavyweights were battling it out in Budva, Montenegro for the Triton High Roller title and a share of the almost $1.25 million prizepool on offer.

Phil Ivey and Paul Phua: What is 'Short-Deck' Poker?

His relatively new website provides lots of information for poker players to improve their game and Paul Phua continues with that theme by sitting down with Phil Ivey.

Phil Ivey and Paul Phua: What Makes a Great Player?

The adrenaline-fuelled poker days which saw massive pots against his fellow nosebleed legends may be over for Phil – but he still loves the game.