Johnson “John” Juanda (born July 8, 1971 in Medan, Indonesia) is an Indonesian professional poker player based in Marina del Rey, California. Juanda lives in Los Angeles. He was born and raised in Indonesia but is ethnically Chinese. John arrived in the United States in 1990, when he enrolled at Oklahoma State University. He earned an MBA from Seattle University. John was a high school track star for the 200 meter sprints to 5000 meter races. He had a stint as a door to door salesman selling Bibles. 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 AUD1,000,000 ($732,901) first prize in the Crown Australian Poker Championship AUD100,000 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 6 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 & 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 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $9,600,000. Juanda’s 49 cashes at the WSOP account for $3,365,832 of his live tournament winnings and place him 9th for all time WSOP cashes. Juanda is a member of “Team Full Tilt” at Full Tilt Poker.