What is ‘John Juanda’?
Johnson Juanda, known as John, is an American poker professional. Born in Indonesia on 8th July 1971, he is now based in Marina del Rey, California and is the winner of five World Series of Poker bracelets.
‘John Juanda’ Explained
Juanda first came to recognition as a professional in 2001 and 2002 when he won four titles in the World Series of Poker and was named by Cardplayer Magazine as their “player of the year”. In 2002, he also took home the winner’s title from the open World Poker Championship.
Following these early successes, Juanda won the first ever Professional Poker Tour at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut, USA in 2004 before taking home almost US$500,000 in November 2005 at the Monte Carlo Millions Consolation tournament. Juanda had previously finished only sixth in the main Monte Carlo Millions event; although he had already netted a more desirable second place in the FullTiltPoker.Net Live Invitational event in Monte Carlo earlier in the same year.
Competing in the Crown Australia Poker Championship, a speed poker event with an A$100,000 prize pot, Juanda defeated challengers including Tony Bloom, Tony G, Mike Sexton, Jeff Lisandro, Barry Greenstein, and Phil Ivey to take the top prize and start 2016 with a success.
Later, in 2008, Juanda completed a double achievement, separated by only a week, taking a win in the World Series of Poker Europe £10,000 No Limit Holdem Main Event (where he earned £868,800 in prize money). He followed this with a second place in the European Poker Tour’s £1 Million London Showdown to Jason Mercer.
Despite these successes, and having made it to the final table of six World Poker Tours; Juanda has never won a WPT title, with his second place finish at the Bellagio in season one remaining his highest placing finish to date.
Johnson “John” Juanda entered the Poker Hall of Fame in 2015.