Johnny Chan: Biography

Johnny Chan is one of the greatest poker players of all time. He has built his reputation by dominating the World Series of Poker where he has won more bracelets than any other player in history. Despite this there is lot more to his career than just the World Series of Poker. Johnny Chan is actually one of the top cash game players in Las Vegas. In fact that is how he makes the bulk of his living these days.

Johnny Chan was born in China but the family moved around a lot when he was a child. They eventually settled in Houston where they owned a restaurant. It was here that Chan learned to play poker in the back room of his family's restaurant. Chan enrolled at the University of Houston but would eventually drop out to pursue a career as a professional gambler. Initially he started out playing black jack but he would eventually discover that he could make more money playing poker instead. It was then that he decided to switch over and start a career as a poker player.

Johnny Chan's early years as a poker player didn't exactly go well. He suffered several big losses that wiped out his bankroll. When this happened he would have to take a job as a chef or as a dealer in order to earn some money so that he could start over again. However over time he managed to improve his game and he started to win some tournaments. This was followed by more wins and soon Johnny Chan was one of the most successful and famous poker players around. He had come a long way in a very short time.

Johnny Chan built his reputation at the World Series of Poker. Nobody has won more bracelets than he has. In addition to his ten bracelets Chan is one of only two people to have won the main event in back to back years. Although he synonymous with the World Series of Poker it is far from the only tournament in which he has had success. Chan is one of the most successful tournament players of all time having won a large number of them. That being said he doesn't just rely on winning tournaments.

These days Johnny Chan doesn't enter as many tournaments as he used to. Like most of the other professional players he has realized that the real money is in cash games. Therefore he spends most of his time playing in high stakes cash games in Las Vegas. Although he prefers playing in live games Chan has also started to follow the trend towards online poker as well. The top pros all know that there is a lot of money to be made playing poker online. Not wanting to miss out on this Johnny Chan can be found playing poker online with most of the other top professionals.