Chau Giang was born in 1955 in Vietnam but is now a United States citizen by way of luck more than judgement. He fled his native land in a small boat, hoping to reach the United States. In search of a better life, he finally found his way to Florida and managed to get a job in a restaurant as a minimum wage chef. Realising that he could earn more plying his trade elsewhere, he moved to Colorado. It was there that he had his first encounter with poker via work colleagues’ late night games. Giang soon learned the ropes but found that he was better than most.
After playing in smaller tournaments in Colorado, Giang made the move to Las Vegas in search of a bigger bankroll and with the aim of making it as a professional poker player. His gamble paid off, as it would do for the next few years, and he amazingly made over $100,000 in his first year at the larger casino tables.
Giang stayed under the radar for the majority of poker fans as a direct result of his own poker preferences. In it for the money rather than the fame, he generally avoided the World Series of Poker until the 1990s. Living in Las Vegas, he had access to the big money games there that called for a $4,000 to $8,000 limit and were acknowledged as the place to be to win big. As the popularity of poker has dramatically grown in the last few years, he still shuns the limelight and goes for the casino poker events rather than the televised WSOP or World Poker Tour events.
That is not to say that Giang has not had a measure of success in those either. He finished 2nd in the WSOP $1,500 Pot Limit Hold’Em in 1993 and actually won his first WSOP bracelet in that same year. That came in the $1,500 Ace to Five Draw. His first cash in the WSOP Main Event came just three years later as he finished in 13th.
Giang’s two further WSOP bracelets came in 1998 and 2004. the former was in the $2,000 Omaha 8 or Better and the latter in the $2,000 Pot Limit Omaha event.
Giang’s philosophy at the table has kept him in good stead and typifies his game: “At the table I hear people say, Poker is luck That is 100 percent wrong. If they are losing, it is because they’re doing something wrong. Poker is skill, it isn’t luck. In the long run, day after day after day, you cannot get lucky all the time.”
This is a philosophy that many other could learn from.