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John Juanda

John Juanda
John Juanda at the 2008 World Series of Poker.
Nickname(s) JJ, Luckbox
Born July 8, 1971
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 5
Final table(s) 32
Money finish(es) 65
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
31st, 2005
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) 6
Money finish(es) 19
European Poker Tour
Title(s) 1
Final table(s) 3
Money finish(es) 5
Information accurate as of 30 August 2015.

Johnson "John" Juanda (born July 8, 1971) is an Indonesian-born American professional poker player based in Marina del Rey, California. He has won five World Series of Poker bracelets.

Personal life

Juanda arrived in the United States in 1990, when he enrolled at Oklahoma State University. He earned an MBA from Seattle University. Juanda was a high school track star for the 200 meter sprints to 5000 meters races.


In both 2001 and 2002 he was Cardplayer Magazine's tournament Player of the Year, winning four World Series of Poker titles, and a World Poker Open Championship title. In November 2004 he won the inaugural Professional Poker Tour event at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.

In November 2005 he earned nearly $500,000 in Monte Carlo, Monaco after winning the Monte Carlo Millions Consolation tournament, finishing sixth in the Monte Carlo Millions Main Event, and finishing second at "The FullTiltPoker.Net Invitational Live from Monte Carlo." In January 2006, Juanda defeated a field including Jeff Lisandro, Mike Sexton, Barry Greenstein, Tony Bloom, Tony G and Phil Ivey to win the A$1,000,000 ($732,901) first prize in the Crown Australian Poker Championship A$100,000 speed poker event. Juanda won the 2008 World Series of Poker Europe £10,000 No Limit Holdem Main Event, earning £868,800 ($1,580,096). A little over a week later, he finished runner-up to Jason Mercier at the European Poker Tour's London £1 Million Showdown, a non-title no limit holdem event also known as the £20,000 High Roller event, earning £327,000 ($598,770).

Although Juanda has made six World Poker Tour final tables, he has never captured a WPT title. He has finished 2nd (Bellagio Season 1), 3rd (WPT Invitational Season 2), 4th (Mirage Season 3), 5th (twice; Aruba Season 3 and Niagara Falls Season 5), and 6th (Bellagio Season 3) at the final tables he has appeared at. He has also finished 7th (PartyPoker Cruise Season 2) and 8th (Legends Season 5), just missing two more opportunities at another final table. As of 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $16,000,000. Juanda's 54 cashes at the WSOP account for $4,702,392 of his live tournament winnings and place him tied for 8th for all time WSOP cashes.

In 2015, he was selected to be part of the Poker Hall of Fame.

World Series of Poker bracelets

WSOP Bracelets
Year Tournament Prize (US$)
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
2008E £10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event $1,539,250
2011 $10,000 2-7 Draw Lowball Championship $367,170

An "E" following a year denotes bracelet(s) won at the World Series of Poker Europe