Juanda lives in Los Angeles. He was born and raised in Indonesia but is ethnically Chinese. John arrived in the U.S. in 1990, when he enrolled at Oklahoma State University. He earned an MBA from Seattle University.
He was the 2002 tournament Champion of the Year, winning 3 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 AUD1,000,000 ($732,901) first prize in the Crown Australian Poker Championship AUD100,000 speed poker event.
Although Juanda has made 6 World Poker Tour final tables, he has never captured a title. He has finished 2nd (Bellagio Season 1), 3rd (WPT Invitational Season 2), 4th (Mirage Season 3), 5th (twice; Aruba Season 3 & 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 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $9,300,000.
Juanda is a member of "Team Full Tilt" at Full Tilt Poker.
|2008 WSOPE||£10,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event||$1,539,250|
|2003||$2,500 Pot Limit Omaha||$203,840|
|2003||$2,500 Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo Split||$130,200|
|2002||$1,500 Triple Draw Lowball Ace to Five||$49,620|
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