Malaysia gambling pro nabbed in Vegas

Malaysia gambling pro nabbed in Vegas
Shut down: Phua among the accused arrested over an illegal gambling ring.

LAS VEGAS - Four Malaysians were among eight people arrested here over an illegal gambling ring that logged in millions of dollars in bets for World Cup games.

The four were arrested together with four others from Hong Kong and China for allegedly operating the illegal gambling ring, the South China Morning Post reported.

Phua Wei Seng, 50, a former top gaming junket operator at Macau's Sands casino, was accused with the others of running a scheme that took bets over Wi-fi and DSL lines that asked casino employees to install in their suites at Caesars Palace here.

The others Malaysians arrested were Phua's son Darren Wai Kit, 22, YFour Malaysians were among eight people arrested here over an illegal gambling ring that logged in millions of dollars in bets for World Cup games.ong Seng Chen, 56, and Yong Wai Kin, 22.

The non-Malaysian suspects were Tang Hui, 44, of China, as well as Zhang Yan, 40, Yung Keung Fan, 46, and Herman Chun Sang-yeung, 36, all of Hong Kong.

During their arraignment, a federal judge allowed Phua and his son to stay with a Las Vegas doctor and poker enthusiast while awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for Aug 4. None of the suspects entered pleas at the hearing.

Phua, also known as Paul Phua on the professional poker game circuit, took part in the original Big One For One Drop tournament at the 2012 World Series of Poker.

Recently, he came in sixth at the 2014 European Poker Tour Grand Final Monte Carlo ‚100k Super High Roller.

While awaiting hearing, Phua was required to post US$2million (S$2.5million) cash bail, wear a GPS monitoring device, and put up his US$48million (S$60million) private Gulfstream jet as collateral, among other conditions.

Phua's lawyer, David Chesnoff, argued in court that his client had cooperated with authorities since a July 9 raid, despite having the means to leave the country.

"He had access to an aircraft that can fly anywhere in the world," Chesnoff said of Phua, who has an estimated worth of as much as US$400million (S$500million).

"In fact, he stayed here."

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