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John Juanda Gets Bluffed Off Quads In High-Stakes Poker Tournament, Goes On To Win Title

Juanda Took Down The Triton Poker Super Montenegro $250,000 HKD Short Deck Event For $613,600 USD


John Juanda folded quads at the final table of a recent high-stakes poker tournament. As it turns out, the 47-year-old poker pro made the wrong fold, as his opponent was bluffing.

Juanda held 6Spade Suit6Heart Suit for quad sixes on a board reading AHeart SuitADiamond Suit6Diamond SuitAClub Suit6Club Suit, but was in danger of losing to a higher four-of-a-kind hand. He ultimately decided to fold his hand to Sergey Lebedev, who was playing the board with his KDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit.

While Juanda incorrectly folded his four sixes, he managed to bounce back to win the tournament for a $613,600 payday. Juanda now has career live tournament earnings of more than $24.7 million.

The tournament in question was the $250,000 HKD ($31,866 USD) buy-in short-deck no-limit hold’em event. It attracted a total of 65 entrants, building a prize pool worth more than $1.9 million USD.

Check out a video clip of the wild hand that Triton Poker posted to their Twitter account below:

In short-deck hold’em the deuces through fives of all suits are removed from the deck, which does result in quads being slightly less improbable, even through they are still quite rare.

Although Lebedev bluffed Juanda off of the best hand in this particular spot, he ultimately was eliminated in fifth place for $162,500 USD.

Peter Jetten finished fourth for $210,600 USD. This was his fourth final-table finish of the past week, all of which came in high-stakes events at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro. Jetten has cashed for over $1.9 million USD in the series, with his largest score being for more than $1.2 million, which he earned as the third-place finisher in the $1 million HKD ($127,465 USD) buy-in main event.

Jetten earned 252 Card Player Player of the Year points for his latest score. With six final-table finishes so far in 2019 and more than $4.1 million in year-to-date earnings, Jetten now sits in 16th place in the POY race standings, which are sponsored by Global Poker.

Wai Yong finished third for $279,500 USD. This was his seventh career cash, and it brought his lifetime earnings to more than $3.3 million. With Yong’s elimination, Juanda took 10.5 million into heads-up play against Canadian poker pro Daniel Dvoress, who sat with just shy of 9 million in chips.

The two battled it out for around 30 minutes before the final hand of the tournament was dealt. Dvoress picked up the ADiamond SuitAClub Suit and raised to 750,000 on the button. Juanda called with the QDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit and the board came down KDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit to give Juanda a flush, which beats even a full house in short deck poker.

Dvoress had an overpair and the nut flush draw, but would only make the best hand by the river 13 percent of the time, given that the 2Diamond Suit,3Diamond Suit,4Diamond Suit, and 5Diamond Suit have all been removed from the deck, and the 9Diamond Suit would give Juanda a straight flush.

Juanda checked on the flop, Dvoress bet 500,000 and Juanda called. The turn was the KClub Suit and both players checked. The 8Club Suit completed the board and Juanda checked a third time. Dvoress bet 1,500,000. Juanda moved all-in, having Dvoress covered. Dvoress went deep into the tank, and then made the call before being shown the bad news.

Dvoress took home $410,800 USD for his second-place finish. This was his eighth final table of the year, with more than $3.8 million in cashes along the way. He now sits in 12th place in the POY standings.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 John Juanda $613,600 504
2 Daniel Dvoress $410,800 420
3 Wai Yong $279,500 336
4 Peter Jetten $210,600 252
5 Sergey Lebedev $162,500 210
6 Daniel Cates $127,400 168
7 Christopher Michael Soyza $101,400 126
8 Paul Phua $79,950 84

Winner photo: Joe Giron / Poker Photo Archive.