Beginning of the end of the Tom Dwan era?
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Today in the 3-Bet we find high-stakes regular Andrew Robl posting a $1.5m bond for Macau high roller Paul Phua, Tom "durrrr" Dwan's summer maybe signalling the end of his storied poker fame and Daniel Negreanu has big plans for his 40th birthday celebrations.
1) Robl Posts $1.5m for Phua
One of the stories semi-lost in the World Series of Poker Main Event scramble was that of famed Macau poker high roller Paul Phua.
Phua and a group of eight Chinese and Malaysian nationals were arrested at Caesars Palace in Vegas on July 14 over allegations of an illegal betting operation.
Authorities claim the group was running a bookmaking business out of their Caesars villa and taking bets on the World Cup.
Also arrested in the sting was Phua's son Darren and another high-stakes poker regular, Richard Yong. The Las Vegas Sun reported the FBI linked the group to the 14k Triad, one of Hong Kong's largest crime syndicates.
Arrested in Macau in June for similar charges Phua was ordered to post $2m bail plus put his $48m private jet up as collateral. Given Phua's international history American poker pro Andrew Robl also agreed to put up a $1.5m bond in support of his friend.
Robl's declaration has since been posted in the 2+2 poker forum by poster "gobig."
2) Dwan Moving Further Off Poker Radar?
No big bracelet bets. No more action in his abandoned durrrr Challenge with Jungleman. Barely a blip on the World Series of Poker with just a brief Main Event appearance (and early bustout) to report.
Is this officially the end of the public Tom Dwan era in poker?
Given he (reportedly) spent most of the summer battling a Limit machine at Aria and, we assume, playing only private cash games, it's safe to assume the biggest poker celebrity of the past seven years has no plans to move back into the poker spotlight any time soon.
Given the ho-hum-ness of his last tweet from Vegas, at the very least his visible poker future seems in doubt.
3) Negreanu Goes Big for 40th Birthday
Phil Hellmuth went out for pizza with his family in Northern Wisconsin for his 50th birthday this week.
Daniel Negreanu? He's going in the opposite direction for his 40th. If you're in Vegas and anyway related to poker (or not), sounds like one you don't want to miss.