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The World Series of Poker - Part IV

by James McManus |  Published: Sep 11, 2008

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In 1990, the first non-American player, an Iranian-born resident of Wales named Mansour Matloubi, won poker's world championship. Johnny Chan was born in Guangzhou, a Chinese city not far from Hong Kong, but was raised for the most part in Phoenix and Houston, where his family owned restaurants. He was an American citizen living in Las Vegas and had been playing professionally there for nine years when he first won in 1987.


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