Widely respected among his peers for his serene disposition and consistent tournament results, Indonesian-born professional poker player
John Juanda may well be the most underrated live tournament specialist in the sport. With 4 WSOP bracelets and over $11M in winnings as of his March 14, 2011 cash in the Bay 101 Shooting Star WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship, John Juanda is undeniably one of the strongest tournament players in the game today.
Born in 1971, Johnson Juanda departed his home country for America in 1990 to attend college at Oklahoma State University. On the flight to the US, a friend taught him how to play poker
to fill the time. Upon completion of his undergraduate degrees in management and marketing, Juanda pursued his MBA at Seattle University; playing poker on the weekends at the nearby casinos.
By the time John Juanda completed his MBA in 1996, his poker skills had improved to such a degree that Juanda was certain he could make a living as a full-time poker player. Playing small tournaments along the west coast, Juanda eventually settled in Los Angeles, where the stakes and action were best.
In 1999, John Juanda decided to take his chances at the World Series of Poker, finishing 9th and 7th in two Limit Hold'em events. The following year, amid numerous other tournament cashes - many of which came at final tables - Juanda finished 10th in another WSOP Limit Hold'em event. He also placed first in the California State Poker Classic Limit HORSE event, and made final tables in two other events.
Named Tournament Player of the year by CardPlayer Magazine in 2001 and 2002, John Juanda's persistent money finishes were gaining greater velocity. Claiming his first WSOP bracelet in 2002 in the $1,500 Triple Draw Lowball Ace to Five event for just under $50K, Juanda went on to collect two more gold bracelets in 2003 at $2,500 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo Split, and $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha; along with a combined total of more than $334K.
John Juanda's 2008 victory at the WSOP Europe Spotlight No Limit Hold'em Championship earned him much due respect, a fourth bracelet, and over $1.7M.
Seeming as though all he has to do is show up and play, John Juanda's tournament profits have unfailingly continued to fill his bank account through the years. Treating poker as a business rather than a gamble, John Juanda has always managed his bankroll responsibly, investing and saving a portion of of his proceeds.