Johnny Chan - Ten WSOP Bracelets
To win a World Series of Poker gold bracelet, for many poker players, is a dream come true. They have often played poker their entire life focused toward this goal.
Sadly most players, and even some great ones at that, have never won a World Series of Poker gold bracelet, yet alone ten of them. Johnny Chan, one of the world’s greatest poker players, has won ten World Series of Poker gold bracelets.
Let’s take a short walk through ten of Johnny Chan’s greatest wins.
Johnny Chan won his first gold bracelet in the 1985 World Series of Poker $1,000 Limit Hold’em poker tournament held at Binion’s Horseshoe in Las Vegas. In addition to the gold bracelet he also won $171,000. The runner up was Lyle Berman who went on in later years to win three gold bracelets of his own.
In 1987, Johnny Chan won the $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship played at Binion’s Horseshoe, giving him his second gold bracelet and $625,000. Playing him at the final’s table were Frank Henderson, Bob Ciaffone, James Spain, Howard Letterer and Dan Harrington.
The next year, 1988, saw Johnny Chan making history by winning back to back $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championships at Binions, two years in a row. The third bracelet was his, along with $700,000. Sitting with him at the final table were Erik Seidel, Ron Graham, Humberto Brenes, T. J. Cloutier and Jim Bechtel.
Chan won his fourth gold bracelet in 1994 by winning the $1,500 Seven Card Stud WSOP preliminary event at Binions. In addition to the gold bracelet, Chan won $135,000. The runner up in this game was Mansour Matoubi.
In 1997, Johnny Chan took his fifth gold bracelet, at Binion’s Horseshoe, by beating Lyle Berman in the preliminary $5,000 Deuce to Seven Draw event at Binions. Chan not only took home the gold bracelet but also $164, 250.
The sixth World Series of Poker gold bracelet went to Chan in 2000, when he defeated Josh Arieh in the $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event. Johnny Chan also took home $179,000 from Binion’s Horseshoe Casino.
In 2002, Johnny Chan won his seventh gold bracelet at Binions. This time the event was a $2,500 No Limit Hold’em Gold Bracelet Match Play off against Phil Hellmuth Jr. Johnny Chan won $34,000 in this event.
The eighth and ninth World of Series Poker gold bracelets went to Johnny Chan the following year in 2003. Playing at Binion’s Horseshoe, Chan beat Surinder Sunar in the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em preliminary event. Along with the bracelet Chan received $224,400. He also beat Emmauel Sebag in the $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, winning $158,100 along with his second gold bracelet of the series.
Johnny Chan was awarded his tenth gold bracelet at the new home of the WSOP, The Rio after it's move from Binion’s Horseshoe in 2005, when he successfully defeated Phil Laak in the $2,500 Pot Limit Hold’em event. In addition to the gold bracelet, Johnny Chan also took home $303,025.
Johnny Chan’s total winnings from his World Series of Poker tournaments through 2006, totals $3,744,331. Johnny Chan is truly an exceptional poker player.