Bill Chen was born in 1970 in Birmingham, Alabama. An analytic thinker from his early years, Bill took his studies to Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated with a triple major in physics, math, and computer science. He went on to obtain a Ph.D. in mathematics from University of California at Berkeley and has worked in the fields of quantitative analysis and software design.
Poker grabbed Bill's attention in the 1990's, as he began to analyze the game and develop the Chen Formula, which ranks starting Texas hold'em hands by numerical values. He also authored "The Mathematics of Poker" with Jerrod Ankehman, a book about the quantitative techniques of poker and game theory.
Bill is also a skilled poker player, having recorded his first live tournament cash in 1999 and done exceptionally well through the years at the World Series of Poker. His first WSOP cash came in 2000 and he has a total of 18 cashes going into 2010, with two of them being 2006 bracelet victories - one in a $3,000 limit hold'em event and the other being in the $2,500 short-stacked no-limit hold'em.
All in all, Bill has won more than $1 million in live poker tournaments, though he also has online successes, as he is a sponsored pro for PokerStars. He is known as one of the most analytical minds in poker.