Johnny Chan

Johnny Chan

Johnny Chan



Johnny Chan poker player profile. Get latest information, winnings and gallery.


Johnny Chan
United States
GPI Rank
WPT Wins
Total Live Earnings


Johnny Chan is a Chinese-American poker player. He has won 10 World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, including the WSOP Main Event in 1987 and 1988. He is the last player to win the Championship event in back-to-back years.

In 2002, he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.

WSOP Legend: Two-Time Main Event Champ Johnny Chan


Born in China, Chan came to the United States in 1968 with his family to Arizona. After a few years spent there, Chan and his family relocated to Texas where his family owned a restaurant in Houston. Planning to keep with tradition and take over the family business, Chan took classes at the University of Houston. However, aged just 21, he moved to Las Vegas having decided to become a professional poker player.

Chan took a number of temporary jobs to build his bankroll, before winning Bob Stupak's 1981 American Cup, eliminating 13 of his 16 opponents in just over half an hour. This win earned him the nickname 'The Orient Express'

Chan at the WSOP

Chan won his first WSOP bracelet in 1985 in the $1,000 Limit Holdem event. A couple years later in 1987, Chan would win the $10,000 Main Event and then follow it up with a repeat performance in 1988. What some people sometimes forget or dont know about is that in 1989, Chan almost pulled off the three-peat after he battled all the way down to the final two players of the WSOP Main Event. Phil Hellmuth got the best of him that day, but that would be far from the end of Chans bracelet glory.

Chan added two more bracelets before the turn of the century, and by 2005 he became the first player to reach 10 WSOP bracelets. That same year, he was joined by Doyle Brunson (10). The following year, Hellmuth earned his tenth and has since gone on to win 16 in total.

Johnny Chan's WSOP Bracelets

1985$1,000 Limit Hold'em342$171,000
1987$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT152$625,000
1988$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT167$700,000
1994$1,500 Limit Seven Card Stud226$135,600
1997$5,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball32$164,250
2000$1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha156$179,400
2002$2,500 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em28$34,000
2003$5,000 No-Limit Hold'em127$224,400
2003$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha85$158,100
2005$2,500 Pot-limit Hold'em425$303,025

Other Poker Achievements

Chan has amassed over $8.7 million in career earnings. The largest cash of his career came in February 2005, when he finished second in the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament for $750,000.

In 2021, Chan opened a poker room in Texas called Johnny Chans 88 Social. However, by December that year, the venue had closed and Chan was out as owner.

Johnny Chan in Rounders

Chan famouslyappeared in the 1998 film 'Rounders', where he played himself. In the scene, Mike McDermott, played by Matt Damon, successfully bluffs Chan out of a pot.

WSOP Main Event Winners 1979-88

1988167Johnny ChanUnited States$700,000
1987152Johnny ChanUnited States$625,000
1986141Berry JohnstonUnited States$570,000
1985140Bill SmithUnited States$700,000
1984132Jack KellerUnited States$660,000
1983108Tom McEvoyUnited States$540,000
1982104Jack StrausUnited States$520,000
198175Stu UngarUnited States$375,000
198073Stu UngarUnited States$385,000
197954Hal FowlerUnited States$270,000

PokerNews Covered Events

2023 World Series of PokerEvent #76: $10,000 WSOP Main Event World Championship1067th$17,500
2023 World Series of PokerEvent #41: $1,500 Big O14th$13,982
2023 World Series of PokerEvent #21: $1,000 Pot-Limit Omaha140th$2,209
2019 World Series of PokerEvent #73: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship560th$24,560
2018 Caribbean Poker Party$5,300 Main Event144th$12,500
2018 World Series of PokerEvent #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship612th$21,750
2012 World Series of PokerEvent 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event353rd$32,871
2011 APPT MacauMain Event60th46,700 HKD
2011 World Series of PokerEvent #16: $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship (No-Limit)12th$24,043
2010 World Series of PokerEvent #57: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Championship156th$57,102
2010 World Series of PokerWSOP Tournament of Champions3rd$100,000
2009 APPT MacauAPPT Macau High Rollers Event2nd$154,400
2009 Asian Poker Tour MacauAPT Macau Main Event23rd$10,450
2009 World Series of PokerEvent 29 - $10,000 World Championship Heads Up No Limit Hold'em5th$92,580
2008 APPT MacauHigh Rollers Event7th$51,282
2008 World Series of Poker39th Annual World Series of Poker Main Event329th$32,166
2008 World Series of PokerEvent 28 - $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha w/ Rebuys4th$246,874
2008 World Series of PokerEvent 8 - $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event13th$27,072
2007 World Series of PokerEvent 23 - $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha20th$5,504
2007 World Series of PokerEvent 11 - $5,000 Seven Card Stud18th$8,460
2007 World Series of PokerEvent 1 - $5,000 Mixed Holdem31st$13,778