Born on July 2, 1955 in Vietnam, Chau Giang fled to the United States in the late 1970s. After landing in Florida, he moved to Colorado where he worked as a chef. It was during his stint in the Centennial State that he picked up poker, and soon after learning the game he moved to Las Vegas to play full-time.
Giang is especially proficient at Omaha Eight-or-Better, but he excels at all forms of the game. Legend has it that in his first year as a professional player he made over $100K, which is now a large amount of money, but was an astronomical sum back when he did it.
Over the years, Giang has managed to pry himself from the lucrative ring games to play a few tournaments, mainly at the World Series of Poker. In 1993, he won his first bracelet by shipping the $1500 Ace to Five Draw event for $82K. His second WSOP title came five years later when he won the $2K Omaha Eight-or-Better tournament for $150K. 2004 saw him win his third and most recent bracelet in $2K Pot Limit Omaha for $188K. Giang has a total of 51 WSOP cashes for $1.7 million, which puts him eighth on the all-time money list.
Away from the WSOP, Giang has also found success on the World Poker Tour, where he has 13 cashes and three final tables. In 2005, he hit the biggest score of his poker career, taking second in The Sixth Annual Jack Binion World Poker Open for $773K. Two years later in 2007, he took third in the L.A. Poker classic for another $341K. All told, Chau Giang has over $3.5 million in live tournament earnings.
Additionally, Giang is a regular at the ‘Big Game’ at Bellagio, and was involved in the series of high-stakes heads-up battles with billionaire Andy Beal as a member of ‘The Corporation’.