By: Pocket Bullets Paris
Back in July the FBI arrested Wei Seng “Paul” Phua and his son, Wai Kit ‘Darren’ Phua for allegedly leading a multimillion-dollar World Cup betting scheme. Richard Yong and his son Wai Kin Yong were also arrested for being connected to the same illegal betting operation supposedly being masterminded by Phua and operated from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Caesars did not have anything to do with this alleged illegal betting operation and they weren’t in any way implicated by the FBI. This past Tuesday Phua and his son pleaded not guilty to illegal gambling charges.
Some of our best known and certainly classiest poker players sprung into action during this years World Series of Poker. Phil Ivey and Andrew Robl posted $2.5 million to bail out Phua and his son. That was not all, later that week Ivey and Dan “jungleman” Cates put up another $2 million to bail out Yong and his son.
Johnson “John” Juanda and Tom “Durrrr” Dwan also pitched in. Juanda sent a letter to the FBI calling the Yongs men of “honor and integrity,” and Dwan put up his Las Vegas homes for the defendants as a part of their release.
Both Phua and Yong have been involved for years in the super high-roller community. They both have played in numerous six-figure events in Macau and Las Vegas and everywhere in between. They both played in the inaugural $1 Million BIG ONE for ONE DROP. They are not just well known classy players, they’re both extremely well respected through out the world of poker.
Poker may be a game where anyone can go on tilt and turn the poker tables upside down but when you’re a player of integrity and honor, even if you go on tilt from time to time, poker players got your back!