Johnson 'John' Juanda, born in Medan, Indonesia arrived in the
US in 1990 to enrol at Oklahoma State University. He went on to
earn an MBA from Seattle University.
Juanda was named CardPlayer magazine's tournament player of the
year in both 2001 and 2002, having won a World Poker Open
Championship title and four World Series of Poker titles. In 2005
he won the Monte Carlo Millions, walking away with a total prize of
nearly $500,000. The following year, Juanda took first place and
A$1 million at the Crown Australian Poker Championship speed poker
John earned his 5th WSOP bracelet in 2011 in the $10,000 Lowball
World Championship, beating Phil Hellmuth in one of the toughest
fields ever assembled for a World Series of Poker event. The
contest took over 3 hours to be decided before John Juanda walked
away with the $367,000 first prize.
Interesting fact: John Juanda had a stint as a door-to-door
salesman selling Bibles before becoming a pro poker