The High Rollers Move to London

There are players lurking in the deep, dark depths of the Hendon Mob who have more flags than an Olympic games, and one of them is NOT Paul Phua. Paul Phua is a 48-year old businessman from Asia who currently calls Malaysia is home. If you create a search in Hendon Mob bearing the name of Phua you won’t find a series of flags. Instead you will find just one. It’s the flag of the United Kingdom with the words £1,000,000 written by the side of it. Yes, Paul Phua only has one recognisable cash to his name and it is for £1 million. Unfortunately, for Phua this means that he is down in lifetime tournament earnings – something that is not recorded on the Hendon Mob database – because he only plays in the highest buy-in games in the world, and as this is his first-ever cash it is simple mathematics that says he is still in the red.

Paul Phua earned that flag and first-ever cash in the £100,000 No-Limit Hold-em High Roller event that was held in the famous Aspinalls Club in London. Phil Ivey, Philipp Gruissem, Erik Seidel and Sam Trickett just four of the 20-runner field that contributed towards Phua’s winning haul. Four places were paid with Richard Yong receiving £570,000 for second, Winfred Yu £330,000 for third and Terje Augdal £200,000 for fourth.

Interestingly, the top three places all went to participants of the recent Big One for One Drop event that was held at this summers World Series of Poker (WSOP).