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Matt StevensonNovember 11, 2015
February 04, 2019

Patrick Chan BIO

Because we just witnessed another stellar WSOP November Nine, we thought we’d commemorate the event by posting short bios of each players.


Patrick Chan was born in Brooklyn, New York, the place he still calls home today. Patrick has been involved in poker since pre-Black Friday when he was playing online. Patrick holds his private life close to his chest and getting information on him is tough, but it is known he transitioned to primarily live tournaments and cash games since Black Friday.

His steady career is punctuated by where he has posted 38 live tournament cashes since 2010. His two biggest cashes before the 2015 Main Event were both six-figure scores. $131,895 for a 3rd place in Atlantic City in 2012, and $100,689 for 12th place in Event 8 at last year’s WSOP.

The two years between six-figure scores were filled with three, four, and five figure scores, demonstrating what most people in the poker world close to Patrick admire: his bankroll management.

2015 was the first year Patrick has been playing tournaments 100% on his own bankroll, and it would appear he has been rewarded for his patience and persistence. He headed over to the LAPC where he carefully picked the tournaments he would play, happy to grind the cash games in between. He is a bankroll management role model. Patrick decided to stay in Los Angeles; surprised he enjoyed the weather and lifestyle so much. The cash games too were a big drawcard.

Going into the table 8th in chips, just ahead of Butteroni, the likely strategy will be to find a spot to shove and look for a double up. If he gets that double up, much like he did with AQ versus the JJ of Pierre Neuville on day seven, he is very much in the tournament.

As Ryan Feldman mentioned in a piece he wrote on his close friend’s journey, the magnitude of reaching the November Nine took a while to sink in as he remained humble and having fun with life. He is still surprised whenever someone recognizes him. He doesn’t see his friend ever changing. Chan’s friends and fans will make sure he is appreciated, ensuring all of the people flying in to follow his journey are wearing his custom shirts.

While he will still call Brooklyn home after the November nine, a big climb up the ladder may see Patrick travel to tournaments more. He will also continue heading up to Toronto to play the big online PokerStars tournament series. It’s fair to say live-play has been treating him much better lately.


2015 WSOP November Nine result:

Patrick Chan earns $1,001,020 for his 9th place finish.

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