Johnny Chan Profile
- Chan's family emigrated from Hong Kong to Phoenix and then Houston in 1968 and 1973.
- Chan's family owned a number of restaurants.
- At 16, Johnny Chan put up $2,500 for a junket to Las Vegas. Once there he lost it all on the tables before taking a walk and seeing poker being played at the Golden Nugget. He maxed his credit card, a $200 balance, hocked a gold chain, and sat down to play with his $320 bankroll. A week later he had turned it into $30,000.
- Chan dropped out of the University of Houston at 21 to move to Las Vegas and become a professional gambler.
- Chan attributes some of his early success to the fact that not many players had played against Asian players.
- Chan used to be a four pack a day smoker.
- After quitting smoking and drinking, Chan used to bring an orange to the table with him, first because he liked the pleasant scent which blocked the heavy smoke smell in casinos at the time, but over time the orange became his lucky symbol.
- Chan earned his nickname "The Orient Express" in 1981 by Bob Stupak who marveled at Chan winning the final table of the American Cup tournament in less than an hour.
- Chan has 6 children, all of whom's names start with the letter J.
- Chan has won 4 of his 6 appearances on Poker After Dark in the six-person $20k buy-in winer takes all tournaments.
- Chan owns a fast-food franchise in the Las Vegas Stratosphere Hotel.
- Chan owns 6 homes.
Johnny "The Orient Express" Chan is a legend in the poker world. He has utilized his poker fame to attempt a lot of other business ventures to varying success. He has used his Chinese background and connections to help grow the Asian poker market, especially in Macau to significant success.
Chan's infamous hand against Eric Seidel:
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