Johnny Chan is a veteran professional poker player, and mentor of some of the finest poker players to emerge in the last decade. Famous for being the last player to claim back-to-back World Series of Poker main event titles, Johnny Chan lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Johnny Chan Career & Poker Celebrity
Although Johnny Chan won his consecutive titles in 1987 and 1988 when the World Series of Poker drew fewer entries than today, he achieved these wins against a better class of player, making this arguably the greatest poker feat achieved in the last fifty years.
Not only did Johnny Chan pull off consecutive wins, but he almost scored a hat-trick of wins by making the final game of the 1989 World Series of Poker where he lost narrowly to Phil Helmuth.
Johnny Chan’ s achievements didn’t stop there. In 2005 he became the first ever player to win ten World Series of Poker bracelets. His bracelets reflect his versatility as he has taken World Series of Poker tournament titles in Hold’em, Seven Card Stud and Omaha.
Johnny Chan has also had notable success away from the World Series of Poker, achieving excellent results at the Poker Superstars Invitational tournaments. In three tournaments he has a second and third place, winning the event at his second attempt.
The Asian player is also the most successful player in the Poker After Dark television tournaments, with three tournament victories to his name.
Johnny Chan Profile: Playing Style
Johnny Chan attributes much of his success to being the first Asian player to compete on the professional poker circuit. He is well known for bringing an orange to the poker table, which many players believe contributes to his luck (with Chan himself claiming that the smell disguises cigarette smoke).
The word that comes to mind when describing Johnny Chan’s style is ‘unflustered’. In the course of his win at the 1988 World Series of Poker Johnny Chan lost the biggest pot in the history of the tournament, yet somehow hung on to take the title.
The poker community have recognised the important contribution Johnny Chan has made to the game by inducting him into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2002. Chan is also famous for playing himself in the movie Rounders, where his role was that of the best poker player in the world.