John Juanda Profile
Johnson "John" Juanda is a hugely successful yet low-key professional poker player with live tournament earnings in excess of $10,400,000.
Juanda was born and raised in Indonesia but moved to America in 1990 to study at Oklahoma State University where he also proved to be a prodigious athlete in both sprint and long distance track events. He went on to get his MBA from Seattle University.
"JJ", as Juanda is often referred to, took up poker in 1996. Within five years he won the World Poker Open Championship, and in 2001 and 2002 he was named Cardplayer Magazine's Tournament Player of the Year.
Juanda has won four WSOP bracelets and cashed in 55 WSOP events (as of 2010). His highest Main Event finish was a 31st place in 2005. But in 2008 he won the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event in London against a field packed with many of the best players in the world. A week later he placed second in the EPT London £1 Million Showdown!
John's WSOP bracelets have come in the following events:
WSOP 2002 -- "$1,500 Triple Draw Lowball Ace to Five" -- $49,620
WSOP 2003 -- $2,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split -- $130,200
WSOP 2003 -- $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha -- $203,840
WSOPE 2008 -- £10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event -- $1,539,250
... Note that they are in different formats, showing what a great all-round poker player he is!
John's been the 'nearly' man on the World Poker Tour, having made six final tables and 17 cashes in total. That first WPT title must be coming soon!
Besides being a fearsome tournament player, Juanda is also a very successful highstakes live cash game player. While players like Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan get all the headlines, Juanda is usually there in the shadowy mix making profits under the radar.
By all accounts, John Juanda is a lovely guy. He's quiet and a real gentleman... but beware he's a deadly assassin at the poker table!
Name: John Juanda
Born: Medan, Indonesia
Lives: Marina del Rey, California
John Juanda plays at
Full Tilt Poker