Upon checking in on some action at the table, Ray Chiu was kind enough to fill the PokerNews team in a couple of hands recently played by Paul Phua that saw him shoot up to 145,000 in chips.
On the first hand, Chiu said Phua and one other opponent took an flop and both players checked to see a come on the turn. Phua's opponent bet and Phua just smooth called the bet. The river completed the board with a and Phua's opponent bet 7,200. Phua raised to 17,200 and his opponent tank-called, but only called. Phua showed two aces — — for a flopped full house. His opponent also flopped a full house with the , but some how, didn't go broke.
Chiu said that shortly after that, Phua raised to 1,800 from early position and found calls from the small blind and Chiu himself in the big blind. The flop came down with two diamonds and action checked to Phua. He bet 3,800 and the small blind check-raised to 8,200. Chiu got out of the way before Phua came back with a reraise to 19,200. The small blind made it 40,100 and Phua shoved. The small blind called holding middle set with the . Unfortunately for him, Phua had flopped top set of eights — .
The top set of Phua held up after a blank turn and river and he moved his stack way up to 145,000 in chips.