I heard about him many times on TV, but who is he?
Johnny Chan aka the “Orient Express” is a legend in the poker world. I am sure that if you are a real poker enthusiast, you will know this player from his appearance in the poker movie Rounders. The movie contained footage of Chan’s bracelet win against Erik Seidel in the final table of the 1988 World Series of Poker Main Event. He slow played the nuts on the flop and got Erik to bluff all his chips on the River.
Johnny Chan is a famous poker player, who was born in 1957 in Canton, China. When he was a little boy, his family moved to Hong Kong. Later they moved to the United States to seek a new life with better opportunities. In 1973, the Chinese family settled in Huston, where they opened a restaurant. Of course, the parents think that their son will develop the business.
Today, Johnny talks about his problems during the first years in America. His English was pretty bad when he first arrived in the United States and that is why he could not communicate with the other children. Johnny attended the University of Huston but when he turned 21 years old, he left his education. The reason was the exciting Texas Holdem game. Johnny want to play poker at all costs, he left Huston and moved to Las Vegas – the Sin City and the place for each poker pro.
Of course, it is always hard to start something new, but Johnny Chan accepted the challenge. He is very smart and he knew which was his main advantage over the other players. People do not know how Asians play this famous game and this permits the boy to use some of the tricks that he had learned before. But there was a problem, which impedes Johnny to develop his full potential – he just could not stop playing! With a lot of discipline and self control he found a solution and became a very feared player at the high stakes tables.
People believe that Johnny Chan is the fastest Texas Holdem player. His nickname the “Orient Express” – accurately describes the nature of this person. He is solid, fast and aggressive poker player. An interesting fact is that Johnny has a tradition to keep an orange next to his chips.
Johnny Chan’s major tournament wins include the 2005 Pot Limit Holdem World Series of Poker event. In fact, he has nine bracelets of this important poker tournament. He have won this event in 2000 and in 2003. The Asian is excellent player and the numerous prices that he won confirm this. In 1987, 1988 and 2003, he won the World Series of Poker Pot Limit Holdem Event. In 1985 he got the big prize, winning the Limit Holdem Event.
Today, Johnny Chan – The Orient Express is a player who still really enjoys playing the Texas Holdem game. In the past he was a chain-smoker, but he gave up this bad habit. The orange that he puts next to the chips helps him to feel its fresh smell. This helps his not to think about cigarettes.
Today Johnny lives with his family in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has six children and a wonderful wife. Johnny continues his gambling career, and he does not miss a major Texas Holdem tournament, which will give him the opportunity to show his talent and to add wins to his already illustrious poker career. Many people think that Texas Holdem is just a game, but I am sure that it has marked the life of Johnny Chan.