About David Chiu

David Chiu
Name David Chiu
Current Residence Roland Heights Calif.
David Chiu was born in China. He learned how to play poker in home games upon arriving in the United States. He has owned a restaurant and been employed as a poker dealer. He holds several tournament titles.

It was in 1999 at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas that David Chiu won the first Tournament of Champions, a victory which assured his place among the world's top players and sent him away in a new Lincoln Town Car with a $214,542 cash prize. He has since won three WSOP bracelets, two state championships, and millions of dollars.

David is famous for his ability to read other players. When asked about what constitutes that ability, he revealed: "Concentration and it's a gift that God gave me. I pay attention to people's reactions, to the card they look at, or the way they put their chips in the pot. Sort of like Sherlock Holmes figured out murder mysteries, I use any and all the information that can give me a clue about what my opponents have. A lot of it is deductive reasoning. But I'm not 100 percent right all the time. If I was, I'd be a billionaire by now."

David's talent for concentration in part stems from a physiological mishap. He says: "When I was a child in China, I swam a lot. The water got inside my ears, damaging my eardrums. I lost about 35 percent of my hearing, so I've had to pay close attention to how people act to understand what they are saying. Also, I was a poker dealer at the Gilpin Hotel in Black Hawk, and I would see how people reacted to their hands, the way they looked at their cards. A lot of people squeeze their cards when they really like their hand. I paid attention. I tried to turn my hearing weakness into a strength."

David's parents, who spent their entire lives in China, would never have approved of his career. They have passed away, but when asked what their reaction to his status as a poker professional would be were they here to see it, he says, "They would spank me."

David has a natural passion for poker, though not all of his games are equally earnest. He admits, "I do play for fun once in a while. When I'm playing for $30,000 to $50,000 a night, I am very serious. If I am betting $1,000 or $2,000, then I'm playing for fun. If the hand is for $100 or $200, I might not even look at my cards."

David has met some illustrious opponents at the green felt table, including Larry Flynt, Ben Affleck, Jerry Buss, and Celine Dion's manager-husband, Rene Angelil. Of his games with Rene, he says: "There I was betting more than $2,000 a hand. And I don't want to say how he did, but let's just say he lost less and less."

Trivia


  • Former restaurant owner
  • Poker dealer
  • Holds four WSOP gold bracelets

David Chiu recent tournament placings

Place Winnings Tournament
4 $48,077 WSOP 2013, Event 59: $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw
30 $8,316 WSOP 2013, Event 42: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
17 $11,337 WSOP 2013, Event 37: $5,000 Limit Hold'em
1 $145,520 WSOP 2013, Event 23: $2,500 7-Card Stud
25 $8,377 WSOP 2013, Event 20: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Low
35 $4,934 WSOP 2013, Event 15: $1,500 HORSE
2 $164,960 WSOP 2012, Event #27: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
50 $3,395 WSOP 2012, Event #3: $3,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em / Pot-Limit Omaha
14 $8,049 WSOP 2011, Event 49 - $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball
4 $156,628 WSOP 2011, Event 35 - $5,000 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha
100 $2,747 WSOP 2011, Event 22 - $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha
24 $6,998 WSOP 2011, Event 19 - $2,500 Six-Max Limit Hold'em
93 $2,899 WSOP 2011, Event 17 - $1,500 HORSE
63 $13,725 WPT - Season 9, Bellagio Five Diamond
642 $21,327 WSOP 2010, Event 57 - $10,000 Main Event Championship
20 $6,464 WSOP 2010, Event 40 - $2,500 Razz
2 $160,902 WSOP 2010, Event 33 - $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha
9 $39,760 WSOP 2010, Event 29 - $10k Limit Hold'em Championship
4 $50,157 WSOP 2010, Event 7 - $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit)
22 $26,823 2009 WSOP, Event 56 - $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold'em
12 $99,590 2009 WSOP, Event 49 - $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship
28 $4,745 2009 WSOP, Event 44 - $2,500 Seven-Card Razz
15 $13,026 2009 WSOP, Event 30 - $2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em
21 $71,858 2009 WSOP, Event 2 - $40,000 No-Limit Hold'em
59 $19,390 WPT Season 7, Bellagio Cup IV
8 $71,793 2008 WSOP, Event 37, World Championship Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
53 $4,025 2008 WSOP, Event 16, Omaha Hi-Lo Split Eight-or-Better
1 $3,389,140 WPT Season 6, WPT World Championship
35 $20,575 WPT Season 6, Legends of Poker
14 $51,640 WPT Season 6, Bellagio Cup III
10 $33,943 2007 WSOP, Event 50, World Championship Pot-Limit Omaha
61 $10,571 2007 WSOP, Event 47, No-Limit Hold'em
12 $5,621 2007 WSOP, Event 32, Seven Card Stud
23 $7,974 2007 WSOP, Event 16, H.O.R.S.E.
20 $3,372 2006 WSOP, Event 45, No-Limit Hold'em
147 $47,006 2006 WSOP, Event 39, No-Limit Texas Hold'em World Championship Event
50 $2,685 2006 WSOP, Event 18, Pot-Limit Hold'em
15 $37,088 2006 WSOP, Event 13, No-Limit Hold'em
1 $347,410 2005 WSOP, Event 32, $5,000 Omaha High-Low split
26 $7,585 2005 WSOP, Event 28, $5,000 Limit Hold'em
25 $7,240 2005 WSOP, Event 4, $1,500 Limit Hold'em
3 $20,000 WPT Season 1 , WPT Invitational