Tony Ma

Tony Ma is a Vietnamese American professional poker player.

Born in Vietnam, Hieu "Tony" Ma was a member of the Vietnamese Navy during the 1970s. He escaped communist Vietnam and sought asylum in the U.S. in the mid-1980s. Once settled, he found work as a welder and truck driver. His spent his off time playing the games of the day, mostly Pai Gow poker and dominoes.

Ma was unhappy working a regular job, so he decided to be a professional poker player. His goal was to make a steady income and a living for his family. With a decent bankroll, he started playing in the California card rooms and was successful immediately.

Ma played his first tournament at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles in 1994 and did very well. His skills got a lot better after writing down his mistakes in order to learn from them. Shortly thereafter he made a name for himself and got his start on the poker circuit.

In 1996, he won a WSOP bracelet and $360,000 in the $5,000 Limit Hold'em event, making the final table of the first event he ever played. At the final table were John Bonetti, Johnny Chan, and T.J. Cloutier. Ma refused to make a deal when all the other players wanted to.

Ma was recognized as one of poker's top tournament players and was named Player of the Year by CardPlayer in 1999.

Ma won another bracelet at the 2000 WSOP Limit Hold'em for $367,040.

In 2005 at the Five-Star World Poker Classic $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em, Ma came in first place and won $435,980.

In 2005 Ma finished 3rd in the $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em event for $118,240.

In 2005 Ma won the California State Poker Championship No-Limit Hold'em Championship for $384,025.

Ma has 8 WPT cashes and made the final table of the first season Pro-Celebrity Invitational Tournament, finishing in 5th place.

As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $4,100,000.


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she is some grumpy beeotch that hangs around the circuit and the local LA casinos, a total donkey, just like him

DonkeySlayer on November 15, 2006

Results for the year 2005 (so far)

Tony Ma
From: El Monte, CA
Rank: 10
Total Points: 2,710
Total Winnings: $1,324,296
Total Final Tables: 7

Tournament / Event Date Place Points Winnings
2005 California State Championship
No-Limit Hold'em Championship Final Day 9/25/05 1 756 $384,025
2005 Legends of Poker
No-Limit Hold'em 8/20/05 12 0 $4,840
2005 Legends of Poker
E.O. Seven Card Stud High-Low 8/OB & Omaha High 8/OB 8/18/05 6 48 $2,480
2005 Legends of Poker
No-Limit Hold'em 7/30/05 12 0 $2,790
2005 36th Annual World Series of Poker
No-Limit Hold'em Final Day 6/16/05 9 120 $43,805
2005 36th Annual World Series of Poker
Pot-Limit Hold'em Final Day 6/05/05 3 640 $118,240
2005 Third Annual Five-Star World Poker Classic
No-Limit Hold'em Championship Final Day 4/24/05 14 96 $94,355
2005 Third Annual Five-Star World Poker Classic
No-Limit Hold'em Final Day 4/15/05 1 828 $435,980
2005 World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit-Rio Las Vegas
ESPN The WSOP Circuit Championship Final Day 3/22/05 10 53 $29,525
2005 World Poker Challenge
No-Limit Hold'em Championship Final Day 4/01/05 25 0 $10,352
2005 Shooting Star
No-Limit Hold'em Championship Final Day 3/11/05 27 48 $25,000
2005 L.A. Poker Classic
No-Limit Hold'em Championship Final Day 2/22/05 44 0 $15,499
2005 L.A. Poker Classic
Seven Card Stud Final Day 2/10/05 13 0 $1,184
2005 L.A. Poker Classic
Omaha High-Low 8/OB Final Day 2/04/05 8 52 $3,031
2005 L.A. Poker Classic
Omaha High-Low 8/OB Final Day 1/29/05 7 69 $2,837

Unregistered on October 14, 2005

I doubt he plays there. He probably just got paid to advertise the site.

HPG ADMIN on September 27, 2005

Tony wore An Absolute Poker shirt at the WSOP circuit event. Anyone know if he plays there, and what his username is?

Lard on July 20, 2005

This guy is Mr Personality.

Unregistered on June 29, 2005

I saw this guy upclose at the bellagio at the final table at a $5000 buy in tourney. This guy is ruthless makes all the right moves preflop. And his stare at his opponents is the meanest thing ive ever seen.

Pasha Esfandiary on May 24, 2005

played with the guy many times and what happened is his luck ran out.Cant play bad and win all the time

mikeca on October 27, 2004

good player.....he may have a few big wins left in him

duck on August 24, 2004

Exactly...what happen to him. I'll tell you...HE SUCKS!

buttface on June 22, 2004

this guy was so hot a couple years ago. what happened to him?

Unregistered on June 6, 2004

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