John Juanda has won five World Series of Poker bracelets and over 14 million dollars from his live tournament career so far. He was named Card Player Magazine's Player of the Year multiple times for his accomplishments.
Juanda's unpredictable moves and aggressive playing style contributes to his success at the poker tables. He has mastered the art of reading his opponents and predicting their next moves, making him one of the most talented poker players in the world.
His Journey to Success
Johns Juanda was born on July 8th, 1971 in Medan, Indonesia. His interest in gambling started in elementary school when he would shoot marbles for money against his friends. Juanda's father suffered from a gambling addiction, so he has always been aware of the negative effects that gambling can have on a person.
During high school he was a high performing track athlete, excelling in both the 200 meter dash and the 5000 meter race. Juanda received scholarships at a plethora of schools in the United States, but he settled on the University of Oklahoma. On his flight over to America, a friend sitting nearby him on the plane taught him how to play poker, which he would master by the end his college career.
After graduating with a double Bachelor's in both Marketing and Management, Juanda went on to Seattle University where he received his Masters in Business Administration. He worked as a stock broker and bible salesman until 1996 when he had enough capital to be able to play poker full-time.
It took Juanda about three years before he was ready to compete in any major tournaments. He first entered the $1,500 Limit Hold'em tournament at the 1999 World Series of Poker, finishing ninth place and winning $15,000. A few months later, he won the $300 Limit Hold'em tournament in Los Angeles which brought in more money than Juanda had ever seen up until that point: $400,000.
Juanda won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2002 in the Triple Drawn Lowball Ace to Five event for $49,620. He had so many money finishes that year that he was named the WSOP Tournament Champion of the year.
Juanda largest career win occurred in 2008, when he won the main event at the World Series of Poker Europe, winning over 1.5 million dollars in prize money and his fourth WSOP bracelets. Over the span of his career, he has impressively won five WSOP bracelets, and if you would like more details on any of those tournaments, please refer to the chart below.
World Series of Poker bracelets
|2002||$1,500 Triple Draw Lowball Ace to Five||$49,620|
|2003||$2,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split||$130,200|
|2003||$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha||$203,840|
|2008||£10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event||$1,539,250|
|2011||$10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship||$367,170|
In November 2005, he won a series of events in Monte Carlo, Monaco including first place in the Monte Carlo Millions Consolation tournament, second place at the Full Tilt Poker Invitational Live, and sixth place in the Monte Carlo Millions main event, making nearly a half of million dollars in the process.
One of Juanda's greatest achievement was winning the Speed Poker Million Dollar Challenge in 2006, beating world-class professionals such as Phil Ivey, Mike Sexton, and Tony Bloom to name a few. Juanda has also made six World Poker Tour final tables, coming very close to earning a WPT title.
In 2008, he made his first European Poker Tour final table a few days later. He finished in second place at the EPT London High Roller Showdown and took home $570,000 in prize money. John's now fully sponsored by team Full Tilt and he can often be found playing online alongside the other professionals on his team.
He currently lives in Marina Del Rey, California. He is such a great older brother, paying for his younger sister's college tuition and letting her stay in his home while classes are in session.
When he isn't playing poker at major tournaments, he loves the thrill of playing in various underground games across the world. When he retires from his poker career, Juanda plans to go to medical school to fulfill his dream of providing free medical care to poor communities in third-world countries.
Author: Nicole Miller
Updated: October 2016