Born in Medan, Indonesia, John Juanda is one of the legends of poker with 16 World Series of Poker (WSOP) final tables and 5 WSOP Bracelets to his name.
Juanda moved to the United States to attend the Oklahoma State University in 1990 graduating with a double Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management. After he graduated, he continued on taking an MBA at Seattle University. To meet the costs of education, Juanda made money by working as a stockbroker and by being a bible salesman. On his free time, Juanda would be seen playing poker at the local casino and it was there that he decided that being a professional poker player was what he was meant to be.
Beginning 1997, Juanda had started playing in major tournaments. But he caught the eye of the community when he made 2 final tables in the 30th World Series of Poker in 1999, namely, in the US$1500 No Limit Holdem (NLH) event and the US$3000 Limit Holdem Event for US$$ 14,615 (9th place) and US$12,675 (7th place) respectively.
He sealed his greatness at the game of poker when he won his very first WSOP Bracelet in 2002 at the $ 1,500 Limit Ace to Five Triple Draw Event for US$49,620.
By 2011, he had won himself 5 WSOP Bracelets, one of which was a victory at the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) for US$ $1,539,250.
He also has consistently made it In-the-Money of World Poker Tour (WPT) tournaments. In 2013, he won his very first WPT tournament in South Korea, Jeju at the WPT High Roller Event for US$288,000.
Amidst rumors of his death, Juanda won the European Poker Tour (EPT) Barcelona in 2015, an event that broke records for having the biggest main event field in EPT Barcelona history. He took home US$1,164,034 for winning 1st place. In that same year, Juanda became part of the Poker Hall of Fame along with Jennifer Harman.
The year 2016 didn’t see much of John Juanda in the circuit. But the year 2017 has already produced 6 Final tables for Juanda, one of which a grand victory against Fedor Holz. In October 2017, Juanda defeated Holz heads-up at the Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event in Macau. He won a whopping US$ 2,870,092, his biggest cash to date, proving to the community that a legend can triumph even against the unstoppable.
John Juanda is #1 in the All Time Money List with a total of US$ 23,645,182 in live earnings as of this writing. He is also known to play the biggest live cash games in the world. He is one of the first players to join the High Stakes cash games in Macau and is also known to be a regular at Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Read more about this player on Somuchpoker :
- October 21, 2017: John Juanda defeats Fedor Holz to capture the Triton SHR 1M Main Event
- October 30, 2015: Legends John Juanda and Jennifer Harman Join Poker Hall of Fame
- September 18, 2015: Off Topic: Juanda’s Prob bets, Bilzerian House’s robbed, Antonius critical of tracking software
- December 8, 2014: John Juanda : A gentleman at the poker table