John Junada’s career accomplishments put him among poker’s all-time greats. Juanda’s resume of big-money tournament finishes spans both the poker-boom era and the modern-day landscape of the game.
Juanda’s feats in poker include five World Series of Poker bracelet wins and more than $25 million in live tournament earnings. He was a fixture on the poker television shows of the 2000s, and still makes an occasional appearance at the Triton Poker high-stakes tournament festivals.
This article takes a look at John Juanda’s poker career, still going as 2020 comes to a close:
John Juanda’s Tournament Results and Biggest Cashes
As of December 2020, John Juanda’s career poker tournament earnings total $25,241,270. Juanda’s five biggest tournament scores include:
- 2017 Triton Poker Macau HK$1,000,000 Main Event (1st – $2,870,092)
- 2012 Macau High Stakes Challenge HK$2,000,000 Super High Roller (5th – $1,645,756)
- 2008 WSOP Europe £10,000 World Championship No-Limit Hold’em (1st – $1,580,096)
- 2015 EPT Barcelona €5,000 Main Event (1st – $1,164,034)
- 2010 EPT London $5,000 Main Event (2nd – $852,868)
Check out Juanda’s entire resume of tournament cashes on his Hendon Mob page.
John Juanda’s Memorable Hands
The following hand pits Juanda against Sergey Lebedev at the final table of the 2019 Triton Poker Montenegro HK$ 250,000 Short Deck event. The hand begins with both players hovering just over the two-million chip mark.
Daniel Dvoress limps from under the gun, Lededev calls from early position, Dan “Jungelman” Cates calls, and Juanda calls from the cutoff. Wai Kin Yong, in this button-blind game, gets to check from the button and see a flop:
The five live players move forward to a flop of A♥ A♦ 6♦, bringing in sixes full for Juanda. Action checks to Juanda, who bets 75,000 into the 275,000 pot. Action then folds back around to Lebedev. Lebedev check-raises to 225,000, Cates folds, and Juanda makes the call.
The turn comes A♣, nullifying the strength of Juanda’s hand. He’s still ahead of Lebedev’s missed flush draw, however. Lebedev checks, and Juanda makes a very small bet, putting 75,000 into the 800,000 pot. Lebedev calls.
The river brings the 6♣, making quads for Juanda. Lebedev leads out for 200,000 into the 875,000 pot, and Juanda folds, bluffed off of four-of-a-kind sixes.
Victory at EPT Barcelona
One of the biggest win’s of Juanda’s career came at the 2015 EPT Barcelona Main Event. Juanda ran all the way to the championship in the $5,300 buy-in tournament, scoring a $1,164,034 payday for the win.
The final hand of the tournament saw Juanda close the deal against runner-up finisher Steven Warburton hand starts at 43:42:
The hand begins with Juanda holding a three-to-two chip advantage ratio against Warburton. With the blinds at 300,000/600,000, Juanda raises to 1,200,000 with Q♠ Q♦.
Warburton, holding 8♠ 8♥, three-bets to 2,600,000. Juanda four-bets to 5,100,000, and Warburton goes all in for his 17.7 million stack.
Juanda makes the call, well ahead in what turns outs as the final hand of the 2015 EPT Main Event. The board runs out T♣ J♦ 2♣ 2♦ 9♥, and Juanda comes away with a seven-figure win.
John Juanda’s still running deep in big-money tournaments, and the player known by the online screen name ‘LuckBox’ was a staple on televised poker shows of the mid-2000s “poker boom” era.
Juanda’s success at the poker table goes back even further than the 2000s, however. The Hendon Mob’s record of Juanda’s tournament accomplishments span nearly 25 years. Juanda’s penchant for gaming goes all the way to his grade school days, when he played marbles in elementary school in Indonesia.
Born in North Sumatra, Indonesia in 1971, Juanda moved to the US in 1990 to pursue a college education at Oklahoma State University. Juanda holds an MBA degree from Seattle University.
Juanda’s first time playing poker happened on that 1990 flight to the US. One of Juanda’s friends taught the then 19-year-old Juanda how to play poker on that flight.
That friend probably didn’t know at the time that he was training a player who would go on to become a poker legend. Juanda’s poker accomplishments include five World Series of Poker bracelets, and 37 tournament wins in events recorded by Hendon Mob.
Juanda sits at No. 18 on the Hendon Mob all-time tournament earnings list as of December 2020. He’s earned more than $25 million in live tournaments over the course of his career.
Daniel Negreanu once called Juanda the most underrated player in poker:
“Perhaps the most underrated and neglected superstar in our game today is John Juanda,” Negreanu wrote in a blog in the late 2000s. “Without question, John has been the most successful tournament player in the world over the last five years.”
“His consistency is [unrivaled]. If you had to pick one guy to make a final table, your best bet would be John Juanda, hands down. Yet I’ll often read the message boards on the Internet and notice that John’s name is rarely mentioned among the list of greats.”
Juanda currently resides in Tokyo, Japan. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen Juanda on the US poker scene, but he still plays (and wins) in high-stakes tournaments in the Eastern Hemisphere.
John Juanda Net Worth
According to therichest.com, John Juanda’s net worth is estimated at $4.4 million. Juanda’s modern-day tournament appearances are sparse, but he did cash three times in 2019 for more than $1 million in combined earnings.
All three of those results came from Triton Poker events, and the Triton Poker YouTube channel is the most likely place to catch a glimpse of Juanda in the modern era.