Chau Giang

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 00:11

Chau Giang

A poker biography of Chau Giang.

Quick Information

Name - Chau Giang

Born - 1955, Vietnam

Poker Room - Doyles Room


Playing poker is definitely one of the most popular games today and it has many fans and a lot of well-respected players. For many, the idea of being a professional poker player is equated with fame and fortune. These are just some of the reasons why many are interested in becoming professional poker players just like the other popular players like Chau Giang and Nenad Medic.

Who is Chau Giang
Born in Vietnam in 1955, Chau Giang is of Chinese descent but he now plays poker professionally as an American. His own life story is something that is dramatic yet not that much uncommon as with the other popular poker players like Vinnie Vinh. Chau Giang left his country - Vietnam by getting into a small fishing boat back in the later part of the 1970s. After some time, he came to Florida where he found work doing jobs that paid minimum wage. Soon after, Chau Giang moved to his new home in Colorado where he got a job working as a chef, earning $160 every week. During this time, he was able to learn how to play poker. He was able to quickly find his own playing style and this enabled him to win enough tournaments to gain confidence in moving to Las Vegas and become a professional poker player. Giang's first year was somewhat a success as his combined winnings reached a total of $100,000.

Success at the World Series of Poker Tourneys
In 1993, Chau Giang joined a WSOP tourney where he was able to finish second place during the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em following the heels of winner John Bonetti. It was also during this year that he won his first WSOP bracelet when he played at the $1,500 Ace to Five Draw table.

Chau Giang cashed first during the main event of the WSOP in 1996, where he was able to finish in the 13th spot. His second WSOP bracelet came soon in 1998 when he was able to win in the $2,000 Omaha 8 event. This was followed by another WSOP bracelet in 2004 after he won the $2,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, beating popular poker players in the process.

Avoiding Other Tournaments
Chau Giang preferred not to play in other tournaments aside from the WSOP for a long time, as he wanted to focus his concentration on all of his cash plays. His favorite is the $4,000 or $8,000 limit and he is a household name in Las Vegas' "The Big Game" together with his neighbor next-door Doyle Brunson. It was only after his children wondered why he no longer made television appearances anymore that Chau Giang resumed playing for tournaments. He also joined the World Poker Tour (WPT) several times. But his biggest prize for a tournament to date came from finishing second place in the $10,000 World Poker Open back in 2005 where he was able to take home $773,448. By 2007, Chau Giang's live tourney winnings reached a total of $2,900,000. He is currently married and has three children. With his current standing in tournaments, Chau Giang may soon be a popular professional poker player, making a name for himself just like Annand Ramdin.