Joshua Mccully from Australia
Last Updated on May 19, 2024

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Australian Joshua McCully has been playing Poker since he was 19, first as a pastime but soon the Aussie’s interest got him serious enough to play on-line tournaments hosted outside of Australia to augment his income as a working student at university. So serious was McCully about the sport that he participated in a 2017 government hearing to revoke Australia’s Interactive Gambling Bill of 2001 which effectively bans on-line gambling including poker in the country.

Joshua McCully begins online poker career

Joshua McCully from Australia

McCully’s’s early success had come from on-line poker after all. While it is is still banned in Australia, Joshua McCully shifted gear to live events and captured his first title at The Championships 2017, Sydney Main Event Warm Up. His next milestone was in December of 2018 with a deep run, finishing 4th at the World Series of Poker International Circuit Sydney No Limit Hold’em $5K Challenge Event. He bagged his first top cash of $62,833. McCully would focus his professional efforts for the next few years in World Series of Poker (WSOP) ONLINE Events.

Joshua McCully gets on the live felt

Joshua McCully would get back the feel for the real felt in October 2022 winning the Check Raise Poker Championships, Brisbane Hornet Super High Roller Event then backing it up with a deep run, finishing 4th, at the December edition of the World Series of Poker International Circuit Australia Super High Roller (Ring Event) cashing in another 5-figure prize money for an accumulated $64,092 in winnings.

Australia's Josh McCully wins at WPT Prime Cambodia
Josh McCully

This momentum would continue through 2023 where McCully would snag a runner-up finish at the World Poker Tour Prime Gold Coast Super High Roller Event, banking a first ever 6-figure cash of $ 107,732.

The Aussie burned the felt all throughout the rest of the year, stringing a series of top finishes at the World Poker Tour Prime Cambodia High Roller Single Day Event in March, Asian Poker Tour Phu Quoc High Roller Event in April, Asia Pacific Poker Tour Cambodia Super High Roller and World Poker Tour Prime Vietnam 100M Super High Roller Events both in May, then back-to-back top table finishes at the Asian Poker Tour Summer Series Da Nang Superstar Challenge and Single Day High Roller Bounty 8 Max Events. McCully would pad his career live-event winnings by more than $260,000.

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The Australian hot hand would continue in 2024 with a final table finish at what had become the richest event in Asian Poker History, the January edition of the World Poker Tour Cambodia Championship with a record prize pool money of $ 2,432,760. McCully benefitted from a three-way ICM deal struck by chip leader Konstantin Held from Germany, securing a 2nd place finish and a career best cash of $ 277,291. He would bring his skills to the high stakes Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Jeju in March, cashing in the $15,000 + 900 No Hold’em 8-Handed Event with $134,000 for 7th place.

Joshua McCully is currently ranked 160th in the Global Poker Index and 35th in the Australian All Time Money List with a Total Live Earnings of $1,463,836. His total Online Earnings have reached an astounding $ 11,222,018.


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*Profile by Mike Alcazaren

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Tricia David

Tricia David has long experience as a recreational poker player and has been covering poker events since 2010 for numerous outfits in Asia. She spent one year working part time with Poker Portal Asia then became editor and lead writer for all event coverage of the Philippine Poker Tour (PPT). Under the PPT, she overlooked content for their website, and produced live updates on all their events. In addition, she served as the live and online events website content writer for the Asian Poker Tour. Currently, she does live events reporting in Asia for online news site Somuchpoker and is also one of their news contributors.

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