Johnny Chan

March 3, 2020 at 3:19 am

Johnny Chan Introduction

Johnny Chan’s life is a rags to riches story. He was an ordinary Chinese boy who went on to become a Chinese – American professional poker player. He has won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets as well as the 1987 and 1988 World Series of Poker main events consecutively.

Chan was born in Guangzhou China in 1957 and arrived in the States in 1968 where his family settled in Arizona and later moved to Houston, Texas, where his family owned restaurants. This is where he first started playing cards. At the age of 21, he dropped out of University and moved to Las Vegas to become a professional poker player.

Chan’s Gambling Career

Chan had his first casino experience at the age of 16 where he managed to buy-in for a cash game, allegedly turning $500 into $20 000 in one night. However, he lost it all the following day. He was also the first foreign national to win the World Series of Poker (WSOP). The final round of the 1988 WSOP final heads up is featured in the movie Rounders in which Chan makes a cameo appearance.

In 1989 he almost won his third consecutive title, but instead finished in second place to Phil Hellmuth and lost out on an NBA championship ring promised to him by Jerry Buss the owner of the LA Lakers if he had won three consecutive events.

In 2005 Johnny Chan became the first player to win ten WOSP bracelets and is currently tied with Phil Ivey and Doyle Brunson for second place. In addition to playing Poker, Chan also owns a fast-food franchise in the Stratosphere Hotel situated in Las Vegas. He is also a consultant for game makers and casinos and the author of the book “Card Player.”

Chan or Orient Express as nicknamed is a true American success story.


December 7, 2019 at 8:17 am

Nick Dandolos

December 6, 2019 at 3:20 am

Nick Dandolos Nick Dandolos or Nick the Greek was what one refers to as a well-rounded gambler and remains synonymous with gambling to this day. This professional gambler and high roller was born in 1883 in Crete and came from wealthy parents. He earned a degree in philosophy, and at the age of 18, he was sent to the USA and settled in Chicago until he eventually relocated to Montreal. It’s at this time he started gambling on horses where he won $500 000 on horse racing, and then lost it as quickly as he had won it. Nick, the Greek, then decided to move back to Chicago and take up gambling seriously.

Nick’s Gambling Career

Nick the Greek was a card and dice playing connoisseur and was a master of bluffing. He soon became a celebrity at Chicago clubs as he bet big, and this was when a legend was born. He was friends with Frank Sinatra, Telly Savalas and Aristotle Onassis.

Once he lost $1.6 million to a dice game in New York that lasted 12 days. At another event, he left with $500 000 after a seven-hour poker game. Nick then moved to Nevada when gambling was legalised in 1931, and the casinos in sin city became his playgrounds.

Nick was invited to play Johnny Moss by Binion, the owner of the Horseshoe Casino. Binion, of course, took advantage of this by promoting the two Poker giants competition which lasted five months. The game was exhausting, and the two only took breaks to eat and sleep. Day after day, thousands changed hands until finally Nick was penniless having lost $4 million, so he stood up and said: “Mr Moss, I will have to let you go.” This memorable battle gave birth to the World Poker Series.

Nick died broke, however during his life he donated roughly $20 million to charity. He passed away on Christmas Day of 1966 after a poker game, how befitting to a great gambler.



November 2, 2019 at 4:25 am