John Phan

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John Phan
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Nickname(s)The Razor
ResidenceStockton, California
Born (1974-10-10) October 10, 1974 (age 44)
World Series of Poker
Money finish(es)29
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
149th, 2012
World Poker Tour
Final table(s)4
Money finish(es)11
Information accurate as of 2 July 2017.

Bon "John" Phan (born October 10, 1974 in Da Nang, Vietnam) is a Vietnamese-American professional poker player based in Stockton, California[1] who is a two time World Series of Poker bracelet winner[2] and is a winner and four time final tablist of World Poker Tour Championships.

World Series of Poker[edit]

Phan has made numerous World Series of Poker (WSOP) money finishes, including the final table of the $5,000 Seven-card stud event in 2005, finished fourth and outlasted both professional poker players Dave Colclough and Rob Hollink.[2]

At the 2006 WSOP, Phan finished second in the $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em event when his Q 5 failed to improve against Jon Friedberg's A 7 on a board of 10 9 3 2 7. Phan earned $289,389 for his runner-up finish the next year at the 2007 World Series of Poker Phan was runner-up to Francois Safieddine in the $2,500 No Limit Hold'em event, earning $330,846 but it was not until the 2008 World Series of Poker that Phan won his first bracelet after winning the $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em event, earning $434,789 and then he won his second bracelet the same year, this time in the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw event, earning $151,896. Phan cashed for a total of $608,464 at the 2008 WSOP.[3]

World Series of Poker bracelets[edit]

Year Event Prize Money
2008 $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em $434,789
2008 $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw $151,896

World Poker Tour[edit]

Phan cashed eleven times on the World Poker Tour (WPT) making the final table in four of them, one was at the $25,000 WPT Championship of season 3, receiving $518,920 for finishing in fourth place above Hollink, Phil Ivey, Joe Beevers, Chris Ferguson and Juha Helppi.[2] and the other was at the $9,600 No Limit Hold'em WPT season 6 event at the 2008 Bay 101 Shooting Stars where he finished 6th, earning $135,000.[2] In July 2008, Phan made another WPT final table finishing in fifth place at the Bellagio Cup IV, earning $193,915[4]

On the WPT seventh season, Phan won his first WPT title after defeating well known online player Amit "Amak316″ Makhija during heads-up play, winning the WPT bracelet and over $1.1 million at the Legends of Poker held at The Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens, California.

Other poker events[edit]

John Phan at Nicky Hilton's poker tournament[5]

Phan won two events at The Fifth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open in 2004, the $500 Limit Hold'em event, earning $160,965 and $500 Pot Limit Hold'em event, earning $85,257 also cashing three other times at that same event, he later won the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event at the Festa al Lago II in 2004, earning $189,900. He won the $2,425 No Limit Hold'em event at the 2005 L.A. Poker Classic, earning $300,578 and was runner-up to Marcel Luske in the $3,000 No Limit Hold'em event at the Fourth Annual Five-Star World Poker Classic in 2006, earning $179,195.[2]

As of 2017, his total live tournament winnings exceed $5,525,000,[2] his 29 cashes as the WSOP account for over $1,450,000 of those winnings.[6]

He was the Cardplayer Magazine 2008 Player of the Year with 6,704 points as well as 2008 Bluff Magazine Player of the Year.


  1. ^ PokerNews Profile: John Phan
  2. ^ a b c d e f Butt, Robert. "Bon John Phan - Results". Retrieved June 18, 2008.
  3. ^ 2008 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Standings
  4. ^ Rodriguez, Julio (July 18, 2008). "WPT: Michael "SirWatts" Watson Wins the Bellagio Cup IV". Retrieved July 18, 2008.
  5. ^ "Nicky Hilton Host New Year's Eve Pure Nightclub Poker Tournament". Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  6. ^ World Series of Poker Earnings