Johnny Chan has been a professional poker player for over twenty years, having started his career after moving to the US with his family in 1968 from Hong Kong. His natural talent and charisma make him a fabulous poker player and engaging speaker.
Johnny Chan has been playing professional poker for over twenty years, and is widely regarded as the world's best player.
An immigrant from Hong Kong, he moved to the United States with his family in 1968 and experienced his first taste of poker while working in his family's restaurants, where poker games were a common occurrence. After only a few games, it was clear that he had a natural talent.
Chan was only 16 years old he made his first trip to Las Vegas. After saving for months, he raised enough money to fly to Las Vegas, where he illegally sat with $2,000 and turned it into $20k. He lost it all the very next night, but poker was already in his blood.
Chan earned the nickname "The Orient Express" early in his poker career after knocking out 13 of the final 16 players in an America's Cup Tournament in just over 30 minutes. At the time he was a relative unknown, but that was about to change.
In 1988, Chan became a legend in the poker world after winning the only back-to-back championships ever seen at The World Series of Poker. Amazingly, he nearly won a third consecutive bracelet in 1989, but finished second behind Phil Hellmuth.
Chan is likely the most well known poker player in the world, and was the first to reach celebrity status outside of the poker community when in 1998 he earned a cameo appearance playing himself as the best poker player in the world in the movie Rounders.
Today, Chan holds a record nine World Series of Poker gold bracelets, which have come from four different games - hold'em, stud, deuce to seven and Omaha. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2002.