Bill Chen might be a genius; he’s the winner of two prestigious WSOP bracelets and he’s also a software designer and a quantitative analyst. He was born in 1970 in Williamsburg, Virginia. He has a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California in Berkley from 1991, and he was an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis, where he completed a triple major in three disciplines – physics, mathematics and computer science. Further accolades include having been a research intern at Washington University’s Computer Science SURA Program, during which time he wrote a respected technical report concerning the ‘Argument Game’. He’s currently part of the Statistical Arbitrage at the Susquehanna International Group.
Chen has applied his extensive knowledge of mathematics to the art of poker, with significant results. On top of his financial gains from cards he’s co-written a successful book called ‘The Mathematics Of Poker’ which basically explains the ways in which card games are much like complicated mathematical formulae.
2006 was Chen’s year, because that’s when he won both of his WSOP bracelets. The first was in the $2.5K Short Handed No Limit Hold’Em for $442,511. The second came when he won the $3K Limit Hold’Em for $343,618. There’s a sense in which 2006 was the showcase year for Chen, when he proved all of his theories about poker in real terms and won a significant amount of cash on top of that.
Chen’s achievements and his successes do not distance him too much from the enthusiastic players he faces around the table. When not directly active in a game he’s affable, and usually willing to share his knowledge of the game with others. He’s a friendly personality with an enormous amount to offer the game. He’s a joy to watch and he’s sure to get more bracelets, if he puts his mind to it.