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High-Stakes Poker Player Paul Phua, Son Only Defendants Left In Illegal Gambling Case

Five Others Have Pleaded Guilty To Federal Charges


According to reporting from Bloomberg, Paul Phua and his son, Darren Phua, are the only defendants remaining in the criminal case stemming from this summer’s raid on a villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The other defendants have pleaded guilty.

Eight people in total were arrested for the alleged illegal gambling operation.

Four men and one woman have agreed to plead to one count each of illegally transmitting wagering information and will forfeit about $1 million, Bloomberg reported.

None received jail time. They were hit with monetary penalties and some received probation.

Charges were dropped against another individual.

Lawyers for the Phuas are arguing that the government violated their fourth amendment rights because it was an illegal search that led to the indictment.

Paul Phua is known for playing high-stakes cash games in Macau and Las Vegas. Him and his son received bail money from poker pro Phil Ivey. Over on the Internet, Phua has played under the Full Tilt screen name “MalACEsia” and lost millions on the software.

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