WSOP All-Time Bracelet Winners, Johnny Chan

Johnny Chan is a close runner-up to Phil Hellmuth on the current WSOP bracelet leaderboard and he shares the accolades with one of the most recognised names in pro poker, Doyle Brunson, with ten event bracelets.

What arguably makes Chan the better player than Hellmuth is the fact that he has won bracelets in a number of poker variants including Texas Holdem. 7 Card Stud, Pot Limit Omaha and Deuce to Seven Draw. Although they are all forms of poker, the strategy for each is very different and the successful player will obviously have to be well versed in all the various forms.

Chan interestingly enough reckons that his early success at the tables was largely due to the fact that few of his opponents had ever gone heads-up against a player of Asian origin!

What makes Johnny Chan an authentic legend of the World Series of Poker is the fact that he is the one and only player who has won the illustrious Main Event in successive years – 1987 & 1988 and many poker fans are of the view that Chan’s record may well go on for perpetuity simply because of the enormous growth in the Main Event field in recent times.

Chan’s Champ Performances

Apart from his excellent career record at the WSOP Chan has claimed a number of other sought after titles including Poker Superstars II where he outgunned Todd Brunson for the $400 000 purse.

His dominance of NBC’s Poker after Dark is also worth a mention – he claimed three wins out of four starts and his hapless victims included 2003 Main Event champion, Chris Moneymaker, who caused such a stir by becoming the first online qualifier to do so, Phil Hellmuth and Patrik Antonius.

The one tiny blip he has on his career resume is that he has never made a final table at the other poker tournament giant, the World Poker Tour (WPT), even though he has competed in several tournaments over time.

Apart from contesting a number of events at the 2008 WSOP, Chan is currently appearing in the extremely popular television show, High Stakes Poker, and has written several articles on poker strategy. In 2007 he launched an online poker room at and to date he boasts a career earnings of over $6 million.

Chan’s Bracelets

  1. 1985 – $1000 Limit Holdem – $171 000
  2. 1987 – $10 000 No Limit Holdem World Championship – $625 000
  3. 1988 – $10 000 No Limit Holdem World Championship – $700 000
  4. 1994 – $1500 7 Card Stud – $135 600
  5. 1997 – $5000 Deuce to 7 Draw – $164 250
  6. 2000 – $1500 Pot Limit Omaha – $178 800
  7. 2002 – $2500 No Limit Holdem Gold Bracelet Matchplay – $34 000
  8. 2003 – $5000 No Limit Holdem – $224 400
  9. 2003 – $5000 Pot Limit Omaha – $158 100
  10. 2005 – $2500 Pot Limit Holdem – $ 303 025