Bill Chen

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Bill Chen
Bill Chen 2008.jpg
ResidenceLafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Born1970 (age 48–49)
Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.
World Series of Poker
Final table(s)11
Money finish(es)38[1]
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
European Poker Tour
Final table(s)None
Money finish(es)2[2]
Information accurate as of August 25, 2017.

William "Bill" Chen (born 1970 in Williamsburg, Virginia) is an American quantitative analyst, poker player, and software designer.


Chen holds a Ph.D. in mathematics (1999) from the University of California, Berkeley. He was an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis triple-majoring in Physics, Math, and Computer Science, and was also a research intern in Washington University's Computer Science SURA Program where he co-wrote a technical report inventing an Argument Game. He heads the Statistical arbitrage department at Susquehanna International Group.

Poker career[edit]

At the 2006 World Series of Poker Chen won two events, a $3,000 limit Texas hold 'em event with a prize of $343,618, and a $2,500 no limit hold 'em short-handed event with a prize of $442,511. Prior to these events Chen's largest tournament win was for $41,600 at a no limit hold 'em event at the Bicycle Casino's Legends of Poker in 2000.[2]

Chen has been a longtime participant[3] in the newsgroup and its B.A.R.G.E offshoot. He has also been a member of Team PokerStars.[4]

With Jerrod Ankenman, Chen coauthored The Mathematics of Poker, an introduction to quantitative techniques and game theory as applied to poker.

In February 2009, he appeared on Poker After Dark's "Brilliant Minds" week, finishing in 5th place after his A 3 lost to Jimmy Warren's A A after Chen pushed all-in on a flop of A 3 Q.

As of 2017, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,900,000.[2] His 38 cashes at the WSOP account for over $1,725,000 of those winnings.[1]

World Series of Poker bracelets[edit]

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2006 $2,500 Short Handed No Limit Hold'em $442,511
2006 $3,000 Limit Hold'em $343,618


  • Bill Chen and Jerrod Ankenman (2006). The Mathematics of Poker. Conjelco. ISBN 1-886070-25-3.