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Son Of Paul Phua To Plead Guilty In Gambling Case

April Trial Date Still Set For Paul Phua

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The son of high-stakes poker player Paul Phua has decided to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge in the case that alleged he was involved in facilitating illegal betting on the World Cup via a villa at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Darren Phua, 23, will plead guilty to the transmission of wagering information, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. As part of the deal, he will forfeit $125,000.

There’s currently no date yet for the formal entering of the plea or his sentencing.

Paul Phua still has his case pending.

Lawyers for the Phuas have argued that evidence against them was obtained by shady—and illegal—law enforcement techniques. A judge sided with the defendants, but prosecutors have appealed and are still pursuing the case, which still has an April trial date.

It’s unclear if Paul Phua will actually have his case go to trial.

Six other individuals were accused of wrongdoing, and all have had their respective cases resolved. Five pleaded guilty to some wrongdoing, while one had his case dismissed.