Forever immortalized in the movie Rounders, Poker Hall of Fame member Johnny Chan was one of poker’s first superstars after winning back-to-back World Series of Poker Main Event Championships, a feat that hasn’t been repeated since. Chan was given the nickname “Orient Express” after defeating all nine players at the final table of the 1981 American Cup poker tournament in less than one hour. Chan’s 10 WSOP bracelets tie him with Phil Ivey and Doyle Brunson for second most bracelets earned by a player. Chan, with an impressive $8.6 million dollars in tournament winnings, can often be found in the biggest cash games in Macau and Las Vegas.
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Johnny Chan collaborated with Mark Karowe to release Play Poker Like Johnny Chan, an instructional book on several different types of poker, and Million Dollar Hold’em: Winning Big in Limit Cash Games, which focuses on limit hold’em strategy.
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