Criminal charges against Paul Phua dropped

admin | March 4, 2019 | 0

Two weeks ago Paul Phua went to trial in Macau and has now been “found innocent of all charges in a criminal case file against him years ago in Macau.” The news was distributed this week via a press release.

Paul Phua

Just as it was the case in the U.S. trial, things basically fell apart and charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence. In the U.S. it was, because evidence had been obtained illegally and was so dismissed, in Macau “experts testified that his phone and computer records conclusively showed that he had not participated in taking any bets and had not cooperated with any betting ring.” read more

Bryn Kenney wins the Aussie Millions Main Event…

admin | February 4, 2019 | 0

Like we said, despite Bryn Kenney entering the final day at the bottom of the rung, he was undoubtedly the biggest threat at the Aussie Millions Main Event. He was the most decorated and experienced player with over US$25 Million in live earnings, and he displayed it. After a grueling three-handed battle running over four hours, a deal was struck with Michael Del Vecchio and Andrew Hinrichsen to end the game abruptly. Kenney was granted the victory and now adds Australia to his impressive list of accomplishments.

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Top 10 achievements by Asia-Pacific players in the…

admin | January 4, 2019 | 0

2018 has come to a close and what an incredible year it was for players from the Asia-Pacific region. While there are many to acknowledge, here’s our list of top 10 player achievements for the year:

Michael Soyza tops Asia GPI ranking

Michael Soyza – Photo PokerStars

Malaysian pro Michael Soyza turned up the notch this year accumulating over $2.65M in live tournament earnings and rising to top rank of the Asia GPI standings with 3,112,36 points. This also placed him 13th in the overall GPI ranking. read more

Spotlight on the Metro Card Club: The year…

admin | January 4, 2019 | 0

2018 shined brightly on many destinations in Asia and for this article, we put our spotlight on the Metro Card Club aka Metro – one of the pioneers of poker in the Philippines.

For those unfamiliar with this incredibly popular poker joint, it is the largest brick and mortar poker room in the country, and for many years, it was the largest in Asia. Many of today’s top Filipino pros started at the Metro including Mike Takayama, the first homegrown Filipino 2018 WSOP bracelet winner. read more

PokerStars Red Dragon returns: James Lee and Romain…

admin | December 4, 2018 | 0

After a period of uncertainty, PokerStars have brought back the prestigious Red Dragon series, with the latest edition being hosted in Jeju, Korea. Events are already under way and winners have been crowned, but there is plenty more poker yet to be played. The series kicked off with the Baby Dragon event and will continue through to the conclusion of the Main Event on December 9th.

James Won Lee wins Baby Dragon

James Won Lee – Photo PokerStars

The ₩1,200,000 million (US$1,081) Baby Dragon event got the series rolling, with 298 players buying in, generating a prize pool of ₩312,900,000 (US$281,745). 32 players went on to reach the money and there was a strong Chinese contingent still in the running as the final table was assembled. Regardless, an opening event Chinese victory was not to be. The two surviving Taiwanese players, Chi Ying Tsai and Wei Cheng Yin put in creditable performances, taking 4th and 3rd place respectively, leaving China’s Dong Chen and James Won Lee to duel for the top prize. No deal was made and the players went head to head for the title. Lee rode his luck during the confrontation, winning a flip before rivering a wheel with a small ace when up against the AT of Chen. Once he had grabbed the initiative he kept pressing and was able to grind his opponent down and win his second career PokerStars Live title. Lee picked up ₩74,310,000 (US$66,911) for his win. read more

APT Finale Philippines 2018: Mikiya Kudo wins the…

admin | December 4, 2018 | 0

The end of the year is a busy one for poker players in the region. One of the ongoing festivals attracting players is the Asian Poker Tour’s last event of the season taking place in the Philippines

The APT Finale 2018 is currently underway at Resorts World Manila. The festival runs from November 27 to December 6. Half of the games have already concluded including 3 of the 5 guaranteed events. The first featured tournament, the Main Event P10M guaranteed was won last night with Japan’s Mikiya Kudo defeating Korean pro Lim Yohwan at heads up. read more

Michael Soyza officially joins Natural 8’s “Team Hot”

admin | December 4, 2018 | 0

Michael Soyza has enjoyed a close relationship with Natural 8 in recent years and has been seen wearing their logo on several occasions when lifting trophies and playing at the tables. While his affiliation was not official back then, it certainly is now. Natural 8 have announced that Michael Soyza is now part of their group of Team Hot ambassadors.

Michael Soyza
Michael Soyza – Photo APT

Team Natural 8

As the newest recruit, Soyza will not look at all out of place among the talented stars already assembled by Natural 8. He is the Malaysia and Asia GPI number 1 ranked player with over US$3,000,000 in live cashes and ranks 14th in the world in the GPI standings. He joins a roster of Natural 8 players which includes Kitty Kuo, Bryan Paris, Dong Kim and Henry Buhler. read more

Jack Sinclair wins WSOPE Main Event Title

admin | November 4, 2018 | 0

Jack Sinclair banished the memory of an 8th place finish at the 2017 WSOP in the best way possible last night, winning the WSOPE Main Event for 1,122,239 Euros ($1,279,352). He outlasted a field of 534 players to claim his first career bracelet, besting a final table that included former WSOP Main Event winner, Ryan Riess.

Jack Sinclair – Photo King’s Casino

A star-studded field

The event was a lengthy affair, with 6 days of play leading up to the final table. 7, if you count the two, day 1 starting flights. Many illustrious names descended on King’s Casino in Rozvadov, in the Czech Republic. By the end of the third day, many had fallen by the wayside, but one name really stood out. 2013 WSOP Main Event champion Ryan Riess led the chip counts, with over 4.2 million chips compared to his nearest challenger’s 2.4 million. Igor Kurganov and Sylvain Loosli, both familiar names on the WSOP circuit were also flying high, with two-time bracelet winner Norbert Szesci and Sergio Aido a little further down the order. read more

Dinh Xuan Dinh bests Danny Tang at the…

admin | October 4, 2018 | 0

The penultimate day of the inaugural WPT Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City had a wide range of side action filling every seat at the Pro Poker Club. By the midnight cutoff, three titles were claimed and one bagging up with the final 9 remaining. We’ve got those stories for you below.

Dinh Xuan Dinh wins the High Roller event

Like we said in an earlier post, the WPT Vietnam High Roller event was one of the hottest tickets with 224 entries turning up over the two starting days. With each entry at VND 44,000,000, today’s 67 remaining players were welcomed in with a VND 8,691,200,000 (~US$372,250) prize pool of which 28 players would get a slice. Taking home the largest cut of VND 2,072,670,000 (~US$88,650) was Vietnam’s Dinh Xuan Dinh after he defeated Danny Tang at heads up. read more

Catching up on the WPT Vietnam side event…

admin | October 4, 2018 | 0

With the WPT Vietnam Main Event now in the books, it’s time to catch up on the side event action. Currently running is the WPT – Pro Poker Superstack Classic. That’s a three-day event and by the size of the field, it looks like players will be seeing a very nice pot for that. Registration has now closed. We have the official numbers below along with results of all the other events that have concluded plus the WPT Asia Swing Player of the Year current standings.

WPT – Pro Poker Superstack Classic


Players returned today for Day 2 of the WPT – Pro Poker Superstack Classic with registration still open for another four rounds, approximately 2 hours. A steady stream of players were seen signing up to bring the total runners of this event to 195. With buy-in at VND 11,000,000, players are looking at a prize pool worth VND 1,891,500,000 (~US$80,930). The money will be reached today with 25 players paid. The eventual winner will receive VND 470,850,000 (~US$20,150). Today’s goal is to play down to the final 9 players then bag up for a night’s rest to complete the race tomorrow. read more

Join the Best PPPoker Clubs with Somuchpoker

admin | September 4, 2018 | 0


PPPoker has gained tremendous popularity over the last few months with its innovative app granting you access to Online Home Games!

If you have never tried it, make sure to contact us to discover this brand new online poker experience! Somuchpoker will ease every step to your PPPoker Experience: read more

Victorious Poker Club

admin | September 4, 2018 | 0

victorious poker tournament schedule

victorious-poker-logoVictorious Bridge & Poker Club is a legal poker club under the Bridge & Poker Vietnam Association, located in the District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City. It was established to bring professional tournaments to the poker community in Vietnam.

Victorious Poker regularly organizes several day events such as the “Victorious September Cup“. read more

38 Poker Club

admin | September 4, 2018 | 0


38-Poker-HCMC-logoOpened in 2018, 38 Poker Club is located by the river in the District 3 of Ho Chi Minh City.

Open every day, it offers guaranteed poker tournaments of No Limit Hold’Em and Pot Limit Omaha. Free drinks and food are offered to the players. read more

EPT Barcelona: Piotr Nurzynski wins record-breaking Main Event…

admin | September 4, 2018 | 0

Another highly attended PokerStars LIVE event stormed past with the 2018 European Poker Tour Barcelona attracting huge numbers from start to finish. Last night, the largest Main Event field in the stop’s history concluded with two players coming out as millionaires. Poland’s Piotr Nurzynski earned the title after defeating China’s Haoxiang Wang at heads up. Nurzynski pocketed the largest of €1,037,109 (~US$1,208,000) plus a PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship Platinum Pass worth US$30,000.

Piotr Nurzynski & Haoxiang Wang – Photo PokerStars

The €5,300 (~US$6,155) buy-in Main Event pulled in a record-breaking 1,931 total entries (1,474 players, 457 rebuys) for an enormous €9,365,350 (~US$10,907,500) prize pool. Prior to the final day, the weeklong event saw pieces of that large pot dished out with 296 players ensured a cut. read more

APT Championships series stirs up the Philippines in…

admin | September 4, 2018 | 0

Undoubtedly, one of the most attractive Asian destinations for many poker enthusiasts is the Philippines. From the ample amount of events offered per year, to the hospitality, the vibrant Manila nightlife, and the stunning beaches just a short flight away, players are practically assured an enjoyable time both on and off the felt.

Coming September 13 to September 24, the country stirs up with the Asian Poker Tour returning to Resorts World Manila for the second edition of the APT Philippines Championships 2018. This highly popular festival is one not to miss with 22 events lined up and over PHP 20 Million in guaranteed prizes. read more

[Watch] Phil Hellmuth crushes Poker After Dark for…

admin | September 4, 2018 | 0

Phil Hellmuth’s woes when it comes to televised cash games are well documented, with a series of high profile losses and blow ups having been broadcast to the world. This has always been an oddity in his career however, especially when you consider his unrivalled success at the tournament tables and record haul of WSOP bracelets. Finally, this week, Hellmuth has found an upswing at the televised cash tables, banking $300,000 and a fantastic session on Poker After Dark.

Aces hold

During the two sessions that Hellmuth walked away from with profit, a crucial hand came up against Jean Robert Bellande, in which Hellmuth held pocket aces, and JRB somehow levelled himself into getting everything in with AJ. Hellmuth held up, and he was well on his way to a huge winning session. read more

Exclusive Freeroll on 888Poker: $150 for Grab –…

admin | August 4, 2018 | 0

We have teamed up with 888poker! The poker room will be offering exclusive $150 freerolls to Somuchpoker followers every Sunday!

The field size is expected to be small, you have a great chance to get your hands on some easy money. You do not have to make any sort of deposit to play the freeroll, just open an account and follow the instructions to receive the password. read more

Win your APL Xi’an Main Event Ticket Online…

admin | August 4, 2018 | 0

The Asia Poker League will once again visit China, bringing a third Chinese APL event to all the players who wish to be involved. The festival will span 8 days between August 14th and 22nd.

The event will be hosted by the Xi’an Baoyulin Poker Sporting Club and will include a Main Event tournament with a buy in of CNY5,500 (approx. US$800). The guarantee for the event is set at CNY 3,000,000. read more

Mikita Badziakouski wins Triton Super High Roller Series…

admin | August 4, 2018 | 0

Mikita  Badziakouski goes back to back

Mikita Badziakouski – Photo Triton Poker

Back to back Main Event titles in any live poker series is something most players only ever dream of, but for Mikita Badziakouski that dream has become a reality. Not only that, but he has accomplished his feat in a series that richly rewards its winners. The Triton Super High Roller Series crowned its new champion and handed him HKD$41,250,000 (USD5,255,456) this week, except of course, he wasn’t a new champion at all, having won the previous Triton Super High Roller Main Event in Montenegro just a few months ago. This event, held in Jeju, South Korea attracted 55 runners, many of them world-class high stakes pros, with each competitor paying HK$2,000,000 (US$256,420) to enter.

The final payouts for the Main Event are as follows: read more

Poker in India

admin | August 4, 2018 | 0


Influenced by both Eastern and Western cultures, India has a huge history in many different card games (Gin, Bridge), and even created some of their own. In 2006, Teenpatti, a poker variant, started becoming popular in India, and many experts agree that India is the largest and fastest growing online gambling market in the world.  Nowadays, close to a million Indians play real-money poker on a regular basis, even though uncertainty surrounding the legal landscape of the game remains. This gambling craze is particularly true during the times of festivals such as Deepawali and Holi, where the gambling business upgrades to 30-40% in India. read more

APT heats up July with the Vietnam Ho…

admin | July 4, 2018 | 0

This July, the Asian Poker Tour heads back to Vietnam to host their fifth event of the season, the APT Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Championships. The upcoming event promises to be bigger than before with twelve days of nonstop poker festivities taking place at the Pro Poker Club from July 11 to July 22.

See You In Vietnam – Photo APT

As always the festival offers an exciting roster of events however what everyone will be eyeing is the Main Event – VND 6 Billion Guaranteed (US$261,300). Last January saw 664 entries for the 3M guaranteed Main Event making it the largest attendance in the tour’s history. With the guarantee now doubled, expectations are high for another massive turnout. read more

Asian Teams flying high in $1,000 Tag Team…

admin | July 4, 2018 | 0

The Tag Team event is one of the more unusual events seen at the WSOP each year, with players forming partnerships or groups, and sharing playing duties between them throughout the tournament. This year’s event had a $1,000 buy in, and saw 1,032 teams take part, creating a prize pool of $928,800.

Nikita Luther & Giuseppe Panteleo – Photo WSOP

Many star players chose to take part, but as play got down to the final table, many of the bigger names had fallen. Interestingly though, there was still a strong Asian contingent vying for the title, with many Asian teams having already cashed up to that point. read more

I-Cheng Lin wins the 784-entry Manila Super Series…

admin | June 4, 2018 | 0

Another installment of the Manila Super Series has come and gone and once it again it produced an impressive field with 784 entries charging the felt at City of Dreams Manila. The series is one of the lowest buy-in festivals hosted by PokerStars LIVE with this year’s editions in Manila offering players a chance at a PokerStars Players Championship Platinum Pass at a very affordable PHP10,000 (~US$190).

After four days of Main Event action running from May 31 – June 3, Taiwan’s I-Cheng Lin seized the title, the PHP1,225,000 (~US$23,300) first prize, and the coveted PSPC Platinum Pass worth US$30,000. This was Lin’s first major victory of his career. read more

Lee Yin How wins the record-breaking Asia Poker…

admin | June 4, 2018 | 0

The largest poker tournament Vietnam has ever seen wrapped up with Singapore’s Lee Yin How winning the Asia Poker League Main Event. Last night, Lee Yin How withstood the final 9 round to emerge as champion and capture the VND 1,476,360,000 (~US$64,700) first place prize money.

Lee Yin How – Photo Team SG

Ever since tournament poker opened up to local players in Vietnam, one of the most popular venues to play has been the Pro Poker Club in Ho Chi Minh City. This club has been the site of the APL Road Series Vietnam ongoing for 11 days until June 4. The highlight was the Main Event which saw a record-breaking 864 entries pony up the VND 11M entry fee for a prize pool of VND 8,380,800,000 (US$367,500). Out of this nice chunk of cash, only 108 players earned a cut. read more