John Juanda Biography
Career Winnings: $6,894,228
2007 Winnings: $282,828
Bluff/ESPN Ranking: 6th
Cardplayer Ranking: 1453
John Juanda says he would’ve become a doctor if he hadn’t been so good at poker. With how well he’s done playing poker, it’s no surprise he chose to stick with it. In 2007 John cashed in five different events at the World Series of Poker, including two final tables. For John Juanda, that is a rather unspectacular performance, and he is looking to do better next year.
John Juanda was born on July 8, 1971 in Indonesia, and originally came to the United States for college. In one of his interesting jobs, John spent time as a door-to-door bible salesman. John started playing in poker tournaments in 1996, but didn’t have his first major success until 2001.
In 2001, John Juanda won the World Poker Open championship, starting a series of impressive performances over the next few years. John won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2002, and won two more in 2003. He won his bracelets in three completely different events, Ace to Five Triple Draw Lowball, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo, and Pot Limit Holdem. John was the runner up for Cardplayer’s Player of the Year Award in both 2001 and 2002, but he did win a Tournament Champion of the Year award in 2002 and has also won three best all-around player awards. John has earned the respect of everyone who has seen him play poker.
John Juanda was very impressive in 2004, making 15 final tables at major poker events. He won the inaugural Professional Poker Tour event and had fifth place finishes in the Five-Star World Poker Classic and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship. John Juanda also had an eventful 2006, winning the Crown Australian Poker Championship, finishing sixth in the Monte Carlo Millions Main Event, finishing second in the FullTiltPoker.Net Invitational in Monte Carlo, and winning the Monte Carlo Millions Consolation Tournament.
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