PMA PASSPORT: Aussies in Asia

It’s been a busy month on the Asian poker circuit, with a plethora of major tournament series taking place everywhere from Cambodia to Vietnam to the Philippines and more. With a considerable Aussie continent having made its way north to take part, PokerMedia Australia takes a look at how or guys and gals have fared.


Without doubt the star performer of the past month or so has been Brisbane’s very own John “Bert” Perry. Perry’s impressive run began during WPT Prime Cambodia at NagaWorld in Phnom Penh, where he topped a field of 125 starters to win the US$3k NLHE High Roller. That result, which included a final table featuring fellow Aussie Dylan Wayne, saw Perry net a cool US$105,487 (AU$156,200) top prize, although he wasn’t done yet.

Next stop was Vietnam for the Asian Poker Tour’s APT Phu Quoc series – held at the unfortunately named Corona Resort & Casino – where Perry enjoyed a deep run in the Main Event. His fifth-place finish from a field of 284 runners netted him a US$33,837 (AU$50,100) payday, followed by another fifth-place finish in the Single Day High Roller for US$13,099 (AU$19,400).

But there was even more to come for Perry. In late April he made it two high roller wins in less than a month as he took out the Super High Roller event at the U Series of Poker (USOP) in Hanoi for around US$98,000 (AU$145,100), then added two more final table appearances at APT Taipei in early May, which included a US$35,633 (AU$52,800) score in the Single Day High Roller event.

Not a bad month’s work!


Perry’s own feats aside, it was another strong showing by the Aussie continent in Phu Quoc, Vietnam, where APT Phu Quoc ran from 24 March to 2 April.

A standout was none other than Josh McCully, who like Perry was also coming off success at WPT Prime Cambodia where he won the US$2,200 No Limit Hold’em Mini High Roller Single Day Event, defeating WPT Ambassador and poker influencer Brad Owen heads-up.

McCully added another trophy to the cabinet in Phu Quoc, taking out the Single Day High Roller for around US$22,600 (AU$33,500) in an event where three of the five players to cash were Aussies (including Brendon Rubie). McCully also added two more 5th place finishes in Vietnam to top up the kitty by nearly US$13,000 more (AU$19,000).

Phu Quoc proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Australians, with three more collecting trophies during the week. Anton Lu won US$8,000 (AU$11,900) by taking out one of the Turbo 8-max events, Jia Williams matched that feat by winning another Turbo 8-max event for a similar amount, while Matthew Bevin enjoyed a US$13,300 (AU$19,700) payday for winning the Double Stack event.

It was nearly a winning series too for none other than 2022 Star Gold Coast Champs winner Jennifer Cassell – also the partner of Perry – who finished runner-up in two consecutive Freezeout events.

Jennifer Cassell


The U Series of Poker made its debut in Vietnam from 14 to 24 April and once again the Aussies were front and center throughout the week.

As mentioned previously, the star of the show was Perry, who took down the Super High Roller event for US$98,000 and followed that up with a third-place finish in the High Roller Finale for another US$28,500 (AU$42,300).

Also claiming a side event victory was Brendon Rubie, who took home US$6,500 (AU$9,600) in the Bounty Event, while the Main Event saw Australia’s Phat Thanh Nguyen make a strong final able surge before falling in 6th for US$26,700 (AU$39,500). The Main Event was ultimately won by Vietnam’s Dai Ngoc Nguyen for a handy US$151,400 (AU$224,200).

It would be remiss of us not to throw a shoutout to Dylan Wayne, who shortly after the USOP wrapped reached the final table of the World Poker Championship Hanoi Main Event in late April, finishing sixth for US$21,300 (AU$31,600).

Dylan Wayne


With the future of tournament poker at their former strongholds of Crown Melbourne and The Star Sydney still very much under a cloud, there is plenty happening across Asia for those looking to sharpen their skills ahead of the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

As we speak, the Asian Poker Tour (APT) is underway in Taipei with plans to return to Vietnam for APT Hanoi later this month. Aussies in the field in Taipei include Perry, Cassell and Wayne, plus Yita Choong, Adam Kharman, Neb Blanusa, Rehman Kassam, Sean Ragozzini and many more – we’ll update you on their results in our next PMA Passport.

Also kicking off is the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Cambodia at NagaWorld, while a brand-new series called Poker Dream – established by the former head of Poker King Club in Macau, Winfred Yu – is taking place at Newport World Resorts in Manila. Among those taking part are Tom DwanPaul Phua and Danny Tang.

Tom Dwan is currently taking part in the first ever Poker Dream Manila.

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