January 24, 2010 |
One of the biggest advantages the top pros hold over lesser players -- amateurs, especially -- is the ability to play after the flop. Each street brings more cards and more betting rounds. Pot odds change. So does the context of the board. The longer a hand goes, the better the chance the experienced player can further define the range of hands an opponent is likely to be holding. It's all about gathering information. Sometimes, however, all the information you need presents itself in the pre-flop betting, as poker legend Johnny Chan deduced in this hand from the World Poker Tour's $15,000-buy-in Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Las Vegas' Bellagio in 2008.
May 15, 1989 |
Of all the outrageous characters bouncing around the green felt court of high-stakes poker, Johnny Chan may be the oddest ball of all. Born in the People's Republic of China and reared in Houston, the two-time world poker champion is both the classically serene Asian and the boastful, heat-seeking Texan. In short, Chan may rank as the world's most inscrutable good ol' boy. Talk about a lethal combination. As Bobby Baldwin, world poker champ in 1982 and currently the president of the Golden Nugget Casino, says, "Johnny Chan is a fierce opponent and a first-class guy. He's real hospitable--as kind and nice a person as you'd want to meet--and at the same time he's got ice water flowing in his veins."
May 22, 1987 |
Johnny Chan of Houston drew to a pair of nines on the last card Thursday to beat fellow Texan Frank Henderson and win the $625,000 first prize in the 18th annual World Series of Poker. Chan's nines topped a pair of fours for Henderson, who had put in all of his $300,000 in chips in the showdown hand that climaxed the four-day unlimited Hold 'Em event at Binion's Horseshoe Club. "It feels like a miracle," said Chan, 29, who outlasted 151 other poker professionals for the win.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1993
The U.S. attorney's office announced Thursday that an Alhambra man had been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and fined $7,500 after being found guilty of attempting to extort payments from an Orange County restaurant owner by the use of vandalism and threats of violence. Federal prosecutor John J. Byrne Jr.
December 31, 1992
A Vietnamese-Chinese gang member from Alhambra has been found guilty in federal court of extorting payments from an Orange County restaurant owner by threatening vandalism and violence. Johnny Zin Chan, 30, was convicted Dec. 22 in U.S. District Court. He faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence. Chan attempted to extort $16,200 from Jane Phunt Sam, owner of Sam's Paradise Restaurant in Laguna Beach, according to Assistant U.S. Atty. John J. Byrne Jr., who prosecuted the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 2008 |
George Hardie once ran the world's largest card club. In its prime, the Bicycle Club in Bell Gardens was a second home to some of the top poker players in the country. It had a reputation for clean games, and folks liked to boast they could go there to vie with legendary card players Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan, as well as celebrities such as Lakers owner Jerry Buss.