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Chan is one of poker's best known names. He is a legend in the poker world for winning ten World Series of Poker gold bracelets.
But more impressively is that two bracelets were from back to back Championship events in 1987 and 1988. Amazingly he almost won
in 1989 too, but finished second to Phil Hellmuth. He is not only known by poker players, but also by movie goers for playing himself as in
Rounders. The movie contained footage of Chan's victory against
Erik Seidel in the 1988 World Series. Chan,
nicknamed "The Orient Express", flopped a straight and got Erik to move all in with a pair of queens.
Chan moved with his family from Hong Kong to Phoenix in 1968. They later moved to Houston where his family owned some
restaurants. He was expected to continue in the family business, but poker took him on a life detour. He started playing
in the early 80ís and hasn't looked back since. When he started playing poker, he also was an avid bowler. He used to
hide some of his poker escapades by saying he was at the bowling alley.
The ten gold bracelets from the World Series of Poker are from the two Championship events in 1987 and 1988, Limit
Holdem in 1985, Seven-Card Stud in 1994, Deuce to Seven Draw in 1997, Omaha Pot Limit in 2000, No Limit Holdem and
Pot Limit Holdem in 2003, Pot Limit Omaha in 2005, and the other bracelet was from the Gold Bracelet Match Play in 2002.
The event was a series of heads up matches between previous bracelet winners and the final two players were Chan and
Phil Hellmuth Jr. This time Chan was victorious. When
I did the research on his wins, I was impressed with the variety of games he has won. This validates what many say,
that he is one of the best all around poker players. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2002.
Johnny Chan: English,