Businessman and former casino junket operator, Paul Phua, has created an online poker school with the likes of Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey bigging him up as one of the best amateur poker players on the planet.
Paul Phua is following me on Twitter.
Paul “MalACEsia’ Phua has decided to raise his profile in the poker community after creating a new website called: Paul Phua Poker. The website gives you a glimpse into Phua’s personal life and his route into poker via the casino junket business.
Phua isn’t messing about. The website is well polished, and his team have already created Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Google Plus, and YouTube accounts.
The site contains plenty of training videos with Phua acting in the role of teacher. And I assume the free-to-use model is the gateway to a pay-per-view model that will arrive sometime shortly. There is already a link to a ‘Poker School,’ but it currently takes you to the Internet’s graveyard.
And Phua has a few heavyweights backing his project. Phil Ivey is quoted on the site as calling Phua better than ‘a large percentage of professional players.’ Tom ‘durrr’ Dwan said that Phua ‘is always one of the best poker players in almost any poker game he sits down in.’
I assume Phua sits down in some easy games?
‘He doesn’t pick easy games,’ said Dwan.
Is Phua going to use his extensive connections in the higher echelons of poker to create a series of incredible videos, or will the site be aimed at the amateurs with Phua using his ‘best amateur player in the world’ tagline to go for that particular niche?
Only time will tell.
Businessmen and Poker
Phua is one of many successful high-profile businessmen to become a regular fixture in the High Stakes Poker Scene in recent years joining the likes of Bill Perkins, Talal Shakerchi, Cary Katz and co., in the biggest games in the world.
In 2012, he beat 20 entrants to take the £1m first prize in a £100,000 High Roller held at Aspers Casino in the UK. Then in 2013, he finished third in the A$50,000 High Roller at the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP-APAC). Phua also won the €100,000 High Roller at the most recent One Drop Extravaganza in Monte Carlo.
In June of last year, officials cleared Phua of operating illegal online sports betting operation out of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Phua was ordered to spend 10-months under house arrest at a friend’s house in Las Vegas and had to put up $2m in bail money and his $48m Gulfstream jet as collateral.
ESPN called him the world’s biggest bookie.
The FBI told the world that he was a high-ranking member of the 14K Triads.
“I am an investor, I’m a gambler, and I’m a risk taker,” Phua told PokerNews in a 2016 interview where he called the allegations ‘bullshit.’
He can add ‘poker coach’ to that list.