Johnny Chan

Johnny Chan

American poker player of Chinese descent
Date of Birth: 26.04.1957
Country: USA

Biography of Johnny Chan

Johnny Chan, an American poker player of Chinese descent, is a legendary figure in the poker world. He is the winner of 10 WSOP bracelets and has twice emerged victorious in the Main Event of the WSOP, making him one of the most accomplished poker players in the world. Chan is known by the nicknames "The Great Wall of China" and "The Orient Express".

Johnny Chan

Born in 1957 in Guangzhou, China, Johnny Chan's family moved to Hong Kong when he was five years old. In 1968, the Chan family immigrated to the United States, settling in Phoenix, Arizona. Later, they relocated to Houston, Texas, where they opened a Chinese restaurant. It was expected that Johnny would join and eventually take over the family business. Adaptation to life in the States came easily to Johnny, as he grew up being active, athletic, and very sociable.

Johnny Chan

At the age of 15, Johnny learned to play poker, and he was immediately captivated by the game. Little did he know at the time that poker would bring him millions of dollars in the future. Johnny had his first experience in Las Vegas when he was 15 years old, as part of a high school bowling team. It was there that he fell in love with poker for money. He later attended the University of Houston, studying restaurant and hotel management. However, he did not stay in university for long. As soon as Johnny turned 21, he fled to Las Vegas to pursue a career as a professional poker player.

From the very beginning, Johnny Chan experienced success in poker. He won the WSOP tournaments in 1987 and 1988 with ease, and came close to winning in 1989, but was defeated by Phil Hellmuth in the final. It was during this time that the cunning and assertive Asian player was nicknamed "The Orient Express". As time went on, Johnny Chan's luck continued to favor him. When he won his 10th WSOP bracelet, even his detractors had to admit that his success was not solely due to blind luck, but to his skill and ability to play poker. However, many still consider Chan to be a lucky upstart.

Interestingly, Johnny Chan eventually followed in the footsteps of the family business he once ran away from. With his poker winnings, he opened his own restaurant in Las Vegas, located in the Stratosphere Hotel. In addition to his involvement in poker and the restaurant business, Chan is also a personal mentor. One of his students is Jamie Gold, the winner of the WSOP Main Event in 2006. However, Johnny Chan's Internet project, the poker room Chanpoker.net, was not successful and was soon closed.

Like many well-known poker players, Johnny Chan has authored a couple of books on poker, including "Play Poker Like Johnny Chan" in 2005 and "Million Dollar Hold'em: Winning Big in Limit Cash Games" in 2006. Overall, Chan's total prize winnings approach $10 million. In his personal life, it is known that he is married and has six children with his wife. Johnny is also passionate about playing water polo and bowling, which he has enjoyed since his school days. It is also a long-standing dream of Johnny Chan's to open his own casino in Las Vegas.

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