Bill Chen was born in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1970 and grew up in Alabama. He received a PhD in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1999. He started thinking about poker while a grad student when he augmented his National Science Foundation grant with poker winnings from local clubs. Bill represented PokerStars from 2002 to 2011 and has participated in High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark. Bill won two World Series bracelets in 2006. Bill currently lives near Philadelphia.