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Poker pros' cash hasn't freed betting suspects

Poker pros' cash hasn't freed defendants in Las Vegas illegal World Cup betting case

Poker pros' cash hasn't freed betting suspects

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Lawyers in Las Vegas are asking immigration authorities to release a wealthy Malaysian businessman who was charged in a World Cup betting scheme and remains in custody even after his poker star friends posted his bail.

Fifty-year-old Wei Seng Phua and his 22-year-old son, Darren Phua, are among eight people charged with setting up an illegal sports book in a Caesars Palace villa and taking World Cup bets. Bail was set for $2 million for the father and $500,000 for the son.

Court records show poker professional Andrew Robl and 10-time World Series of Poker Champion Phil Ivey together posted $2.5 million to secure the Phuas' release.

But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement put a hold on their release.

Phua's attorney tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal he'll challenge the detention.

Updated : 2021-04-22 02:42 GMT+08:00