Johnny Chan


Nickname: “The Orient Express”

Total winnings: $6 146 365

WSOP bracelets: 10

Birth date: 1957

Style: fast, aggressive

Trivia: Friends with Matt Damon, always brings an orange to a poker table.


Chan was born in China and has been dubbed one of the best poker players of all time. Johnny became famous in the public eye when he starred in one of the most iconic poker movies, “Rounders”. Born in Guangzhou in 1957, he moved to Hong Kong in 1962 with his family and later on to Phoenix, Arizona. He finally made Houston, Texas his home in 1973 and worked in his family’s restaurant. After hours he would play poker late into the night and learnt all kind of popular variations.


At the age of 21, he settled in Las Vegas and became a poker professional. He won the WSOP even twice in 1987 and 1988 and almost one three times in a row in 1989. In 2005, he became the first poker player to receive 10 WSOP bracelets. He is an extremely versatile and skilled poker player and has written a book, “Million Dollar Hold ‘em: Limit Cash Games.”