John Juanda Wins Triton Montenegro Short Deck Event

John Juanda Wins Triton Montenegro Event

John Juanda recently won the Triton Poker Super Montenegro $250,000 HKD Short Deck Event and pocketed $613,600 in winnings. During the final table, Sergey Lebedev bluffed Juanda off a big pot, but the eventual champion powered through to win the poker event anyway.

The hand of poker serves as an object lesson in championship poker. Instead of going on tilt after folding a quad sixes, John Juanda held to his strategy and won. Card players should absorb the lesson.

In short deck events, the house removes the 2 through 5 cards from the deck. It means quads happen more often, because the deck only holds 36 cards. Still, collecting four of any card remains rare in short deck poker.

In the hand, John Juanda held pocket sixes, while Sergey Lebedev held K-J suited. The board came A-A-6-A-6, giving John Juanda four sixes. Due to the three aces among the community cards, it put those quad sixes in danger, though.

Folded a $162k Pot Holding Quad 6s

Ultimately, Juanda folded a pot worth $162,000 against a straight bluff. Folding is one of the hardest skills to learn in poker, because one always has a curiosity about the opponent’s cards.

Folding four-of-a-kind is difficult even for the best players. It’s rare to do, in fact. Most people see four of a kind as an almost certain winning hands.

In a short deck game when three aces appear on the board, folding four sixes is the right move (in most situations). Usually, a player is in the pot that deep in the hand for a good reason. An ace is one of the distinct possibilities, especially in a short deck event.

John Juanda Wins Short Deck Event

Eventually, the hand did not turn the tables for Sergey Lebedev. He finished in 5th place, collecting $162,500 in real money winnings. Peter Jetten finished 4th and took home $210k, while Wai Yong ended in 3rd place and won $279k.

That left Daniel Dvoress as John Juanda’s final opponent. Juanda held 10.5 million in chips, while Dvoress held 9 million in chips — close to a 50/50 split in heads-up play. Heads-up play only lasted about 30 minutes, though.

Final Hand of Montenegro Short Deck Event

On the final hand, Dvoress received A-A and raised 750,000 in the button. Juanda, holding the Q-J of diamonds, called the bet. When the board came K-10-8 of diamonds, Juanda held a hand that beats even a full house in short deck events.

Juanda checked on the flop, then called when Dvoress raised 500,000. The turn card was the king of clubs, and both players checked. When the 8 of clubs came on the river, Daniel Dvoress raised 1.5 milion and Juanda raised all-in. His flush dominated Dvoress’s pair of aces to end the event.

Triton Poker Super Montenegro Short Deck Event Prize Pool

Sixty-five players entered the tournament, so the prize pool ballooned to $1.9 million. Juan Juanda collected $613k of the prize pool, increasing his career winnings to over $24 million.

About John Juanda

John Juanda is 2015 inductee to the Poker Hall of Fame. Card Player Magazine voted John Juanda the tournament Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002. Prior to becoming a professional card player, he earned an MBA from Seattle University. Juanda also was a track athlete in high school.

The 47-year old native of Indonesia lives in Marina del Rey, California, though some accounts suggest he lives in Japan. He’s won five WSOP gold bracelets and made 32 World Series of Poker final tables. In all, Juanda collected winnings in a total of 65 WSOP events.

On the European Poker Tour, Juanda has won 1 EPT title, made 3 final tables, and finished in the winnings 5 times. He made the final table 6 times on the World Poker Tour, while totaling 19 money finishes.

Cliff Spiller

Cliff Spiller

Cliff Spiller has been an online writer for more than a decade. He worked for Small World Marketing for years, where he covered topics like gaming, sports, movies, and how-to guides. He's covered US and international gambling news on,, and since 2014.


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