When Bookies Go Bad: Paul Phua

While those in the know will certainly be familiar with the name Paul Phua, most people have never heard of this unassuming, modest figure born in Borneo, Malaysia who just happens to be the world’s biggest bookie. Best described as the “unknown king of international gambling”, Phua is a business man, poker play, and rumoured to be a senior member of the 14K triad – a Hong Kong criminal group.

From humble beginnings as a construction worker to jet setting around the world in a $48 million Gulstream V jet, Phua has been plagued by rumours of criminal activity for years. The FBI finally thought they had him beat – only to watch him walk away a free man.

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