|Jul 3 - 16, 2019||
No Limit Hold'em - WSOP Main Event
World Series of Poker, Las Vegas
Johnny Chan is one of the most decorated Asian players in the world.
Born in China, Chan‘s family moved to the United-States in 1968 and in 1978, at the age of 21, Chan decided to become a professional gambler.
Although he was already making his mark as a force in the poker world, Chan became truly prominent when he had a back-to-back victory in the WSOP Main Event in 1987 and 1988. At the time, no one had ever done that except for 3 players, namely, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Moss and Stu Ungar. But his double victory was considered a greater feat as he had outlasted a bigger field as compared to his 3 predecessors. In 1989, the poker community had thought that he would break the record by having a 3rd consecutive victory when he reached heads-up in Main Event. But considered a relative upstart at that time, young Phil Hellmuth stopped his winning streak by eventually winning the heads-up battle of the 1989 WSOP Main Event.
Since then, Johnny Chan has earned a total of 10 WSOP bracelets in the span of his career. And up to this day, Chan is a regular face in WSOP in the money lists if not the final table. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2002.
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