Johnny Chan

General Information about Johnny Chan

Johnny Chan was born in 1957 in Guangzhou, China. He is one of the most professional Chinese-American poker players of all time. He won lots of tournaments – including 10 bracelets in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) events.

Chan puts in lots of work to get to where he is today. As an immigrant from China, life wasn’t always rosy for him and the poker game wasn’t career he wanted to have for himself at the initial stage of his life, but today he is one of the richest players in poker.

Poker Career

At the World Series of Poker tournaments, Chan participated in the 1987 and 1988 edition, thus, making him the first foreign player to win the event. A videotape of the 1988 edition showcased a cameo appearance of Chan. It is necessary to note that Chan was at the brink of winning his third consecutive title, but he finished 2nd in 1989 to Phil Hellmuth. Chan is also known to be the first player to win WSOP in a row.

Chan is also the first poker player to win 10 bracelets in WSOP tournaments and he defeated the likes of   Phil Laak in a Texas hold ’em event. However, it is only Phil Helmuth that has more WSOP bracelets than him: Phil Helmuth has 15 WSOP bracelets. Due to his feats in the poker industry, Chan was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2002.

Chan, in 2008, played so well that for the first time in this career, he cashed out in the Main Event since 1992; he earned $32,166 for his 329th-place finish.

He also cashed out in the Main Event that took him to the 156th place for $57,102.

Chan also featured in the $400,000 Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament in February 2005, where he earned $20,000 chips out of $3,200,000 in play to finish in second place to Gus Hansen. To further his earnings and reputation in the poker industry, Chan participated at the Poker Superstars II tournament. During this tournament, Chan won 22 players that competed in the tournament and he made it to the final stage of the tournament. In the final, he defeated Todd Brunson to win the $400,000 grand prize. Chan also competed in the Poker Superstars II tournament the following year but he only reached the semi-final stage after being defeated by Brunson.

Moving forward, Chan also took part in the Bob Stupak’s 1981 American Cup poker tournament after defeating more the players that competed in the game in less than an hour. As a result of this feat, he was named “The Orient Express”.

It is also important to know that Chan has never made a final table before on the World Poker Tournament.

This great player has also featured on the 2004 and 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions events.

Playing Style

Chan’s playing style involves taking one street both in order to pot-control and in order to limit the opponet’s positional advantage. His playing style is also an aggressive method. Chan is often called a bully at the table often times and it has served him well.

Johnny Chan Bracelets at the WSOP

Year Tournament Price Money (US$/EU€)
1985 1.000$ Limit Hold’em $171.000
1987 10.000$ WSOP Main Event $625.000
1988 10.000$ WSOP Main Event $700.000
1994 1.500$ Seven Card Stud $135.600
1997 5.000$ Deuce to Seven Draw $164.250
2000 1.500$ Pot Limit Omaha $179.400
2002 2.500$ Limit Hold’em $34.000
2003 5.000$ Limit Hold’em $224.000
2004 5.000$ Pot Limit Omaha $158.100
2005 2.500$ Pot Limit Hold’em $303,025

A few videos from Johnny Chan

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· Published 04.05.2019 · last updated 27.12.2020

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