John "Johnny World" Hennigan is an American poker player. During his career he has won six WSOP bracelets and a WPT title, and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2018.
"I’m very excited by this news and grateful that it came at a point in my career when I was mature enough to be honored by it because I am,” Hennigan said upon his induction. “Thanks to everyone who voted for me!”
Before embarking on a poker career, he was a professional pool player. Learning to play pool at a young age, Hennigan played the game professionally and traveled the pool circuit. Gambling is a part of many pool games and John was a big gambler. When he couldn’t find someone to gamble with in pool, he looked to other avenues, one of which was poker. His willingness to gamble on anything in the world landed him the nickname "Johnny World", to which he is widely known as today.
Throughout his time on the tournament circuit, Hennigan continued to play cash games on the side, playing in some of the largest games around. He earned a reputation as one of the best, all-around cash players, as well as dominating mixed game poker tournaments.
John Hennigan at the World Series of Poker
Hennigan flew under the radar and stayed out of the big spotlight for some time in the poker world. He ran deep in the WSOP Main Event in 1999, but his big breakout year came in 2002.
That year, Hennigan placed seventh in a preliminary event before going on to win his first gold bracelet in the $2,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. For that win, Hennigan netted himself $117,320.
Hennigan returned to the WSOP in 2004 to claim a second bracelet. He bested a final table that included T.J. Cloutier, An "The Boss" Tran, James McManus, and David Chiu to take down a $5,000 Limit Hold’em event.
In 2008, Hennigan won the WSOP 'Ante Up for Africa' fundraiser for $136,860.
It would be ten years until Hennigan got his hands on another WSOP bracelet. Having cashed in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship in 2012, he finished third in the same event in 2013. In 2014, he took down the prestigious event for $1,517,767.
He almost won the event for a second time in 2018, finishing second to Michael Mizrachi.
In 2016 he won the $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Championship, and added a fifth bracelet in 2018 when he won the ultra-competitive $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship.
His sixth bracelet came in the $10,000 Seven Card Stud for $245,451. He has cashed for over $5.7 million at the WSOP alone.
John Hennigan WSOP Bracelets
|2003||Event #10: $2,000 Limit Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo||$117,320|
|2004||Event #29: $5,000 Limit Hold'em||$325,360|
|2014||Event #46: $50,000 Poker Players Championship||$1,517,767|
|2016||Event #47: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship||$320,103|
|2018||Event #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.||$414,692|
|2019||Event #41: $10,000 Seven Card Stud||$245,451|
John Hennigan on the World Poker Tour
The biggest result of Hennigan's career came in 2007, when he won the 2007 Borgata Winter Open for over $1.6 million.
John Hennigan Top Five Poker Cashes
|January 2007||WPT Borgata Winter Open||$10,000||1st||$1,606,223|
|June 2014||WSOP Poker Players Championship||$50,000||1st||$1,517,767|
|June 2018||WSOP Poker Players Championship||$50,000||2nd||$765,837|
|June 2013||WSOP Poker Players Championship||$50,000||3rd||$685,568|
|June 2018||WSOP H.O.R.S.E.||$10,000||1st||$414,692|
Courtesy of The Hendon Mob. Last Updated June 2021