Originally born in Seoul, South Korea, Joseph Cheong moved with his family to the United States at the age of six. Cheong focused on his education from a young age, and went on to attend the University of California, San Diego where he would attain two degrees: a bachelor’s in psychology and a double major in mathematics and economics.
It was during college that Cheong became interested in poker, playing home games with friends and beginning to play online. By the time he finished his education, he was ready to play poker professionally, having already accumulated a six-figure bankroll.
In early 2009 Joseph Cheong began to play live tournaments, taking the time to transition his game from online. Although he cashed in a number of smaller buy-in tournaments, it was at the 2010 World Series of Poker that he came to the attention of the poker world. After cashing at two short-handed events, Cheong had a deep run at the Main Event, where he would eventually finish 3rd. Cheong suffered a huge set back with 15 players remaining in the tournament, when Filipo Candio hit the runner runner straight to beat his pocket aces, and stop Cheong attaining a massive stack. Cheong recovered though, and entered the November Nine third in chips, and would take home over $4,000,000 for his eventual 3rd place finish.
Although he has yet to win a WSOP bracelet, Cheong has enjoyed a number of other big cashes. In 2012 he finished as runner-up in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold ‘Em Mixed Max event for $296,956, before finishing 4th in the WSOP Europe Main Event for $381,375. In early 2013 Cheong experienced a crazy heater: between April 13th and May 21st he cashed in three tournaments for a combined $2,492,396. First he finished second in the WSOP Asia-Pacific High Roller Event, before again finishing as runner-up in the $100,000 High Roller WPT World Championship event just eight days later. Finally, Cheong took down the Manila Millions High Roller event for first place prize of over $1,000,000.
Cheong has proven himself to be a fantastic tournament player, and he is sure to continue on with this success.