Poker pro Phil Hui had a great run at the 2019 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and he was happy to share some of his secrets to success.
The former golfer cashed in a total of 10 events at the 2019 WSOP including four final tables and one major victory. He took down the $50,000 Poker Players Championship (PPC), taking home $1,099,311.
Hui is an accomplished poker pro who had 1 WSOP gold bracelet and four gold Circuit rings prior to playing the 2019 WSOP.
He defeated a field of 74 players in the PPC event to earn the highest payout of his poker career. While thousands of poker pros left the WSOP disappointed, Hui walked away with lots of cash.
He shared some of the disciplines that he follows in his life which he believes has helped him to be more consistent at winning.
Self-Study Pays Off
Hui developed an interest in poker over a decade ago. He would play cash games with his friends while on tour as a professional golfer. He would grind on the mini golf tours during the day and then play cash games at night. His first documented poker result was in 2009 when he took part in the WSOP Circuit. The following year, he was able to win his first Circuit ring in a $345 No-Limit Hold’em event in Lake Tahoe which paid out $25,494.
To date, Hui has scored 12 wins and collected nearly $3 million in live winnings, both coming from playing mixed games and no-limit hold’em. Hui was able to hone his skills in mixed games by practicing and playing a lot of pot-limit Omaha, H.O.R.S.E and other formats. He considers himself a self-taught pro who learned through observation and experimentation.
Hui focused on $300 tournaments and learnt a lot of valuable lessons from these tournaments. He’d watch videos on PokerGO, review all of the final tables and closely pay attention to how Phil Ivey, Shaun Deeb, and the best poker players were doing their thing.
Chasing the Player of the Year Title
Winning the $50K PPC, along with his other impressive results this summer gave Hui enough points to be in the running for the 2019 WSOP Player of the Year (POY) title.
He is currently in the top five of the POY leaderboard and is now focused on capturing the title. He will look to earn more points POY points at the WSOP Europe which kicks off in October.