Johnny Chan

Johnny Chan


Johnny Chan is a Poker player of Asian origin who is best known for winning two back to back World Series of Poker Tournaments.

This is a feat that is not likely to be emulated in the near future given the fact that the fields for the tournaments have increased in recent years. Chan himself attributes his successes in these tournaments to the fact that no one had ever played against a big game player of Asian origin and thus this gave him and advantage. He also says that people just took bets on him without knowing his capabilities and he scored heavily on the surprise factor.

Chan was born in China in 1957 and grew up in Hong Kong till the age of six from where his family shifted to the US. He was discouraged from playing poker in his teens by his family who wanted him to run the restaurant business that his family was engaged in. He complied with this for a while and went on to college to major in Food and Tourism. However his love for poker made him drop out of college and head to Las Vegas.

For much of his early playing career, he was known to win large amounts but also lose them the next moment. He started with the $500 guarantee and slowly moved up to the $10,000 bids. There were several instances of Chan having to scrape together to make ends meet, but he did not give up on the Poker career that he had always dreamt about. He made a mark in the tournament category with his reputation established as a big game player who could hold his nerve on the big finals.

His successes in the World Series of Poker are legendary and he is the only one to win ten World Series of Poker finals to date. He almost made it a hat-trick in 1989 but lost to Phil Hellmuth. He attributed this loss to overplaying the hand. He is known to keep an orange with him when he is playing and this has been construed as a lucky charm by many. Chan however says that he used to keep it to ward off the smell of tobacco back in the days when smoking was allowed in Casinos.

Johnny Chan known as the "Orient Express" has won over 4 Million dollars in tournament wins alone and his earnings from other games are equally big. Thus, the player who was called by many as "talented, but could not control his temper" succeeded in the big stage when it mattered. Chan makes an appearance in the TV show "Poker after Dark" and this is watched my millions across the US. He is married with six children and an equal number of houses. Chan competed in the Poker Superstars championship having come back after losses in the finals and being a sort of comeback kid on the block. His ambition of owning a casino may very well become true in the years to come.

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