Johnny Chan is a Chinese-American professional poker player. When he was 21, Chan dropped out of the University of Houston, where he was majoring in hotel and restaurant management, and moved to Las Vegas to become a professional gambler.
He has won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets, including the 1987 and 1988 World Series of Poker main events consecutively. These wins established himself as the first foreign national to win the event. He almost won a third consecutive title but finished in 2nd place in 1989 to Phil Hellmuth. As of 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $8,600,000. His 45 WSOP cashes account for $4,355,464 of those winnings. As of 2020, he is the last player to win back-to-back WSOP Main Events.
In 2005, Chan became the first player to win ten World Series of Poker bracelets, defeating Phil Laak in a Texas hold 'em event. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2008, Chan cashed for the first time in the Main Event since 1992, earning $32,166.