About Chau Giang

Chau Giang
Name Chau Giang
Current Residence Las Vegas Nev.
Born Jul. 7, 1955

Despite the fact that Chau Giang is not one of the most recognizable poker pros, he is regarded by many as one of the top high-stakes cash game players in the world.

Giang has spent much of his poker career focusing almost exclusively on cash-game play, with the exception of the World Series of Poker. Recently, though, he has begun playing more major events and has already garnered three WSOP bracelets and numerous other substantial cashes, the biggest of which was his second place finish in the 2005 $10,000 World Poker Open.

Born in Vietnam, Giang made his way to the States in the late 1970s. Arriving in Florida, he struggled with minimum wage jobs before learning to play poker while working as a cook in Colorado. After enjoying moderate success as a card player he decided to move to Las Vegas to pursue his career as a professional.

Giang is an all-around player with well-developed skills in all forms of poker, although many believe him to be most skilled in Omaha Eight-or-Better. Once in Vegas and playing regularly, he quickly fought his way up the food chain and became well-known in the poker community for earning more than $100,000 in his first year.

Now one of the most respected and feared high-stakes cash game players, Giang has enjoyed winning streaks that have bordered on the supernatural. At one time he was winning so consistently, rumors of his use of voodoo magic - gossip Giang himself did nothing to either spread or dispel - began circulating through the card rooms.

Giang was a regular in the Big Game at the Bellagio and it was there that he became involved in the series of outrageously high-limit heads-up battles with Texas billionaire Andy Beal. Giang, along with a group of the world's best poker pros, banded together and pooled their bankrolls to take on Beal at stakes of up to $100,000/$200,000. Although not a complete blow-out, the consortium of pros (who called themselves "The Corporation") is up overall.

According to Barry Greenstein, if Chau were better spoken he would almost certainly be regarded as one of the top five players in the world. Currently focusing heavily on tournament play, we are sure to see Chau at many more final tables in the years to come.

Trivia


  • Has three WSOP bracelets
  • Considered one of the top high-stakes cash game players in the world
  • A regular at the Bellagio’s “Big Game”
  • Married with three kids
  • One of the original members of “The Corporation," a group of pros who took on Texas Billionaire Andy Beal in a series of the highest-stakes cash games in history

Chau Giang recent tournament placings

Place Winnings Tournament
14 $5,717 WSOP 2012, Event #7: $1,500 Seven Card Stud
25 $5,334 WSOP 2011, Event 44 - $2,500 Seven-Card Razz
15 $26,350 WSOP 2011, Event 37 - $10,000 HORSE Championship
29 $6,868 WSOP 2011, Event 3 - $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low
89 $12,669 WPT - Season 9, Bellagio Five Diamond
30 $4,135 WSOP 2010, Event 53 - $1,500 Limit Hold'em Shootout
23 $5,620 WSOP 2010, Event 39 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
41 $17,309 WSOP 2010, Event 17 - $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em
27 $7,445 WSOP 2010, Event 4 - $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low
14 $23,400 WPT Season 8, Bay 101 Shooting Star
7 $184,087 2009 WSOP, Event 49 - $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship
11 $61,837 2009 WSOP, Event 40 - $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
59 $7,119 2009 WSOP, Event 32 - $2,000 No-Limit Hold'em
16 $11,477 2009 WSOP, Event 21 - $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
518 $25,090 2008 WSOP, Event 54, Main Event No-Limit Hold'em
168 $3,795 2008 WSOP, Event 48, No-Limit Hold'em
17 $6,842 2008 WSOP, Event 40, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)
12 $38,658 2008 WSOP, Event 37, World Championship Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
11 $24,534 2008 WSOP, Event 33, World Championship Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
34 $4,869 2008 WSOP, Event 19, Pot-Limit Omaha
43 $10,925 2008 WSOP, Event 13, No-Limit Hold'em
11 $23,406 2008 WSOP, Event 4, Mixed Hold'em
8 $65,565 WPT Season 6, World Poker Challenge
97 $28,905 WPT Season 6, Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic
22 $5,414 2007 WSOP, Event 48, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) W/Rebuys
47 $3,939 2007 WSOP, Event 42, Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better
5 $96,005 2007 WSOP, Event 33, Pot Limit Omaha W/Re-Buys
18 $30,235 2007 WSOP, Event 7, Pot Limit Omaha W/Rebuys
10 $26,235 WPT Season 6, Mandalay Bay Poker Championship
24 $21,442 WPT Season 5, Foxwoods Poker Classic
9 $34,571 2007 Special, Wynn Classic
5 $341,710 WPT Season 5, L.A. Poker Classic
12 $21,319 2006 WSOP, Event 32, Pot-Limit Hold'em
3 $90,810 2006 WSOP, Event 26B, Pot-Limit Omaha w/ Rebuys
81 $4,805 2006 WSOP, Event 25, No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
50 $7,309 2006 WSOP, Event 9, No-Limit Hold'em
76 $3,008 2006 WSOP, Event 3, Pot-Limit Hold'em
28 $2,440 2005 WSOP, Event 45, $1,000 No-limit Hold'em
24 $7,585 2005 WSOP, Event 28, $5,000 Limit Hold'em
27 $12,910 2005 WSOP, Event 9, $2,000 No-limit Hold'em
5 $10,000 WPT Season 3, WPT Invitational
2 $773,448 WPT Season 3, World Poker Open

Player analysis

7/10

Aggressiveness
7
Looseness
7
Limit
8
No-Limit
7
Side Games
8
Steam Control
4
Against Strong Players
8
Against Weak Players
7
Tournaments
7
Short-Handed
7

Player analysis

Chau has been a consistent winner in the biggest games for many years. If he was more articulate, he would be recognized as one of the top five players in the world. He is a great front-runner and even though he is criticized for his lack of control when he is losing, he often gets even because his opponents let him run over the game as they protect their wins. He has won three WSOP bracelets although he has only played in about 50 events.

Amusing Anecdote

When I first started playing with Chau, I talked to him about the hands in Vietnamese. I know all of the cards, numbers, and poker terms in Vietnamese but, overall, the number of words in my vocabulary is about the same as a five-year-old’s. Also, I have trouble understanding the language when it is spoken at the pace of a native speaker.

For the next couple of sessions I nodded as Chau talked to me in Vietnamese. He got frustrated one time when he was telling me that in Vegas, the low hand acts first in Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo with no qualifier. They had added the game to the mix of games, and as an out-of-towner, this was the first time I played it with them. Apparently, I had bet out of turn.

My girlfriend walked up and said to Chau, "He doesn’t understand you."
Chau replied, "I’ve been talking to him in Vietnamese for three days."

She said, "He’s a good listener."

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