Paul Phua

Paul Phua
GPI rank: 157
WSOP Bracelets: 1
Total Live Earnings: $27,353,190
Malaysia Malaysia
Nickname: MalACEsia
Last Seen in: 2023 Poker Dream Manila
The Hendon Mob


Wei Seng Phua, orPaul Phua as he is more commonly known, is a mega-rich Malaysian businessman and poker player, who is usually found playing high-stakes cash games and tournaments in Macau, although he does frequent Super High Roller events that are part of the Triton Poker Series.

Born in 1964, Phua, surprisingly, did not begin playing Texas Hold'em until he was in his 40s. Phua considers himself an amateur poker players despite amassing more than $25 million in live poker tournament winnings. He attributes his rapid rise in the game to the fact fellow high-stakes stars Tom Dwan, Gus Hansen, Chau Giang, Patrik Antonius, and Phil Ivey frequenting Macau casinos in the early 2010s.

Although Phua prefers cash games, and Short Deck Hold'em in particular, he has an impressive tournament resume. His first recorded live cash came in a £100,000 buy-in event at Aspers Casino, London, United Kingdom, in September 2012, which he won after defeating Richard Yong heads-up. Phua walked away with £1,000,000 ($1,621,297) for his victory.

That impressive haul remained Phua's biggest-ever score for almost seven years. He bested it when he finished second to Jason Koon in a Triton Poker Super High Roller Short Deck event in Jeju, South Korea, which earned him the equivalent of $2,025,607.

Phua has since reeled in a handful more seven-figure scores, including a career-best £2,558,305 ($3,113,429) in August 2019.

Founding the Triton Poker Series

Phua founded the Triton poker Series in 2015, a series that features mostly Super High Roller touraments. its events attract the biggest names in poker. Despite playing in almost all of his tour's events, a Triton Poker Series victory eluded Phua for some time. However, he won a €30,000 buy-in seven-handed No-Limit Hold'em event at the Triton Poker Series Madrid in May 2022 to finally enjoy a win.

Paul Phua's Five Biggest Live Poker Results

April 2019£100,000 Triton London Main Event2/130£2,558,305 ($3,113,429)
May 2019HK$1,000,000 Triton Montenegro Short Deck2/98HK$17,100,000 ($2,178,871)
April 2022$250,000 Super High Roller Bowl Europe2/32$2,080,000
March 2019HK$1,000,000 Triton Jeju Short Deck2/81HK$15,900,000
September 2012£100,000 High Roller1/20£1,000,000 ($1,621,297)

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2023 Poker Dream Manila
Short Deck Super High Roller
2nd 12,920,000 PHP
2022 PokerStars EPT Barcelona
€25,000 Single-Day High Roller I
2nd €349,010
2022 PokerStars EPT Barcelona
€25,000 No-Limit Hold'em I
3rd €174,070
2022 Triton Poker Cyprus
Event #2: $100,000 NLH 8-Handed
7th $324,500
2021 Super High Roller Bowl Europe
Event #7: $100,000 Short Deck Hold’em
2nd $728,000
2021 Super High Roller Bowl Europe
Event #5: $50,000 Short Deck Hold’em
4th $231,000
2021 Super High Roller Bowl Europe
Event #3: $25,000 Short Deck Hold’em
5th $90,000
2019 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #12: €100,000 Diamond High Roller No-Limit Hold'em
10th €177,477
2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London
£100,000 Short Deck Main Event
4th £974,500
2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London
£100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
2nd £2,558,305
2018 partypoker LIVE MILLIONS Russia
₽3,000,000 Triton Poker High Roller
5th 10,500,000 RUB
2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro
HKD $1,000,000 Short Deck Ante-Only
8th 3,295,000 HKD
2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza
€100,000 No-Limit Hold'em
1st €752,700
2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final
€100,000 Super High Roller
6th €385,000

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