Juha Helppi at the 2007 World Series of Poker.
|Born||4 March 1977|
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
|World Poker Tour|
|European Poker Tour|
Juha was originally a croupier. He worked as a dealer for RAY in Finland but never dealt poker. He made a name for himself in the first World Poker Tour (WPT) event in Aruba, where he eliminated Kathy Liebert on the way to defeating professional player Phil Gordon in a heads-up challenge match. He has since made two other WPT final tables, with a 4th place finish in the Season 1 Battle of Champions and a 2nd place finish to England's Roland De Wolfe in the Grand Prix de Paris 2005 event. In addition he had a 10th place finish in the Season 3 Championship event.
He has also finished in the money of five World Series of Poker events, and his career winnings to date amount to over $2,420,000.
As the winner of InterPoker's first extreme poker tournament, he earned the right to choose the next year's location. He chose to play it in Kemi on the frozen Gulf of Bothnia. He finished second, losing to former WSOP champion Robert Varkonyi.
As of 2010, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,000,000. His 13 cashes at the WSOP account for $511,949 of those winnings.
Helppi is a high level paintball player and the captain of the Finnish national paintball champions 1997,2003,2007 and 2008. When younger, he played Magic: The Gathering successfully for several years.
- World Series of Poker Earnings, worldseriesofpoker.com