Chau Tu Giang
Chau Tu Giang is a professional poker player who was born in Vietnam in 1955. Giang arrived in the United States during the 1970s after fleeing from Vietnam. His first home in the States was Florida but he soon headed to Colorado and took up a chef’s job. It was during this time that he learned how to play poker.
Giang had a definite flair for the game and he decided to move to Las Vegas to become a professional poker player. It was a decision he would not live to regret as he made over $100,000 dollars during the first year that he played, which was considerably more than he would have made working as a chef for five years.
Giang’s first two cashes at the World Series of Poker came in 1992 and in 1993 he had a second place finish in the $1500 Pot Limit Hold’em event for which he picked up prize money of $61,200. Then just days later he picked up his first WSOP gold bracelet in the $1500 No Limit Hold’em Ace to Five Draw event earning another $82,800. He cashed again that year in the $2500 Omaha Pot Limit event.
In 1998 Giang won his second World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2000 Omaha 8 or Better event, netting prize money of $150,960 and his third bracelet was won in 2004 in the $2000 Pot Limit Omaha event. As well as picking up his third bracelet, he also earned prize money of $187,920.
Total tournament earnings so far for Giang are estimated to be over three and a half million dollars and of this over one and a half million dollars was picked up from 53 World Series of Poker cashes. Giang lies just inside the top ten of all time WSOP cashes at number 9.