Inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, 2002
Sits with a 'lucky orange'
Wears a diamond rattlesnake ring
Married with six children and six houses
|April 29, 2003||34th World Series of Poker, Las Vegas||$5000 No-Limit Hold'em||1st||$224,400|
|May, 1988||19th World Series of Poker, Las Vegas||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship||1st||$700,000|
|May 11, 1987||18th World Series of Poker, Las Vegas||$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em World Championship||1st||$625,000|
Johnny Chan moved with his family to Phoenix from Hong Kong in 1968 when he was nine years old. The Chans later moved to Houston where they owned restaurants. Though Johnny's parents wanted him to work with them in the restaurants, he had an unquenchable thirst for poker.
His talent was evident early on but he needed time to wed it to the discipline required of a pro. Once he accomplished that, he became one of the top players in the world. Of the nine gold bracelets he has won so far, two are from back-to-back championship events in 1987 and '88. In 1989 he came within a whisker of winning for a third consecutive year, but finished second to Phil Hellmuth. One of the elements of Johnny's victory in 1988 that so impressed people was that he had lost the biggest pot in the history of the tournament and then came back to take the title.
Johnny appeared as himself in the movie 'Rounders.' In the film, Johnny's thespian sidekick Matt Damon watches him many times over on a videotape beating Eric Seidel in the actual 1988 World Series. Damon goes on to beat Johnny in the film; the chances of him doing so in a real-life, unscripted situation are as unlikely as Johnny is great.
Johnny 'the Orient' Chan is famous for his extremely aggressive style. He talks the talk, and walks the walk. 'I like to attack. Not too many players try to bluff me. If there's any bluffing or stealing, I'm going to be the one to do it.' Johnny has boasted that Amarillo Slim is too yellow to sit down at the poker table with him. 'I'd eat him alive,' he warns.
Despite Johnny's fearsome reputation, he is one of the most well liked players in the poker world because of his innate friendliness. Not only is he well rounded in regards to his mastery of many poker variations, but he also does as well at the high stakes tables in Las Vegas as he does in tournaments.
As the first Chinese-American to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, he occasioned his fellow countrymen an additional measure of pride. Indeed, Chan and Doyle Brunson are the only two living players who have been victorious in two WSOP main events. On the economic level, Chan and Phil Hellmuth are about even for the spot of the greatest WSOP winnings in history.
To be sure, if you were to ask any poker professional, the majority of will tell you that this is the man to beat.