About Paul Phua
Paul Phua has travelled all over the world playing Texas Holdem poker, but he never forgets where he is from.
Paul Phua was born in 1964 in Miri, Malaysia. His culture and background is very important to him. In fact, Phua Wei Seng is the name he was born with, but at the poker table he calls himself Paul Phua.
Malaysia is a country split into two halves – East and West. The capital, Kuala Lumpur is in the west, but Paul is from Sarawak, the less visited east side. When Paul was young, Miri had maybe 150,000 people living there. Nowadays, it is maybe double that. It’s now a city.
Phua Wei Seng came from a humble background, a world away from the successful casino junket operator and poker star that he would become.
Paul Phua – an emerging mathematician
He loved sport from a really young age, playing badminton, soccer, basketball, softball, and a little bit of table tennis. He would try his hand at whatever sport he could. But he also had a curious mind too. During recess, boys would gather under the tree and play cards, and Phua Wei Seng would join them, keen to understand what was going on. He found he was great at maths, working out probabilities, remembering lots of different numbers. Those skills would come in useful later in life around the Texas Holdem card table!
Paul Phua’s hatred of losing
With all of this learning and observation, Phua Wei Seng soon got good at cards. Even from a very young age, he hated losing, whether that was at basketball, softball, or another sport. And that also applied to when he was playing cards! Whenever he lost at sport or cards, he would ask himself the same questions. “Why did I lose? What did I do wrong?”, and he would take the results of those questions and improve things the next time around.
It’s a lesson Phua Wei Seng, or Paul Phua, still uses to this day. One thing as a beginner you would soon realise when you read through the website is that there is one strand of advice that runs all the way through it. That is to always keep evaluating, always keep learning, always keep studying what you have done. Could you do it better next time? And what you now know should mean that you make a different decision to the one you might have made five minutes ago.
Read about Paul Phua’s top tips and strategies here.