No Poker For Phua (update)

Judge refuses application from Las Vegas defendant

Paul Phua's application to be permitted to play poker whilst he awaits judicial decisions on illegal sports betting charges in Las Vegas (see previous InfoPowa reports) has been refused by Judge Carl Hoffman.

Malaysian national Phua and his son Darren are out on bail of $2.5 million but may not leave Las Vegas until a $13 million illegal sports betting case has been finalised. The duo currently await a judicial ruling on whether FBI actions at the time of their mid-2014 arrest were legal.

Whilst out on bail the two defendants are constrained by court order from participating in gambling activity.

The Associated Press new agency reports that in his ruling Thursday Judge Hoffman rejected defence lawyers' arguments that poker poses no risk, and assurances that the Phuas wouldn't flee the country.

Online Casino News Courtesy of Infopowa

More news


About the Author... Total Posts Written: 9,462


The man with the plan here at Casinomeister. Bryan Bailey has been running Casinomeister since its launch in June of 1998. He has watched the industry grow from its primeval stage to what it is now. The Meister has attended nearly 100 conferences in the past 20 years and has either been a speaker or a panel moderator for at least 60 events. He has always been an advocate of fairness and reason and is known to like German beer, a good Scotch, and astrophography.

See More Posts