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John Hennigan

Johnny World

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Biography

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.


Related: John Hennigan inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame


"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!”

Biography

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.


Related: Johnny 'World' Hennigan Wins 'Ante Up For Africa' Fundraiser


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

YearEventPayout (USD)
2003Event #10: $2,000 Limit Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo$117,320
2004Event #29: $5,000 Limit Hold'em$325,360
2014Event #46: $50,000 Poker Players Championship$1,517,767
2016Event #47: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship$320,103
2018Event #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.$414,692
2019Event #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

DateEventBuy-inPlacePayout (USD)
January 2007WPT Borgata Winter Open$10,0001st$1,606,223
June 2014WSOP Poker Players Championship$50,0001st$1,517,767
June 2018WSOP Poker Players Championship$50,0002nd$765,837
June 2013WSOP Poker Players Championship$50,0003rd$685,568
June 2018WSOP H.O.R.S.E.$10,0001st$414,692

Courtesy of The Hendon Mob. Last Updated June 2021

Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2021 Wynn Fall Classic
$2,200 Mystery Bounty
154th $4,448
$10,000 Wynn Millions ($10M GTD)
$10,000 Wynn Millions ($10M GTD)
119th $25,091
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #41: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
1st $245,451
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #75: $1,500 The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guarantee
159th $4,021
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #76: $3,000 H.O.R.S.E.
11th $11,456
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #73: $1,000 DOUBLE STACK No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels)
176th $1,496
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #56: $10,000 Razz Championship
7th $40,817
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #52: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship
16th $14,615
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #40: $2,500 Mixed Big Bet
12th $6,874
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #33: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
2nd $765,837
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #27: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
1st $414,692
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #23: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
7th $32,796
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #12: $1,500 Dealer's Choice 6-Handed
7th $11,930
2018 World Series of Poker
Event #8: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball
28th $4,942
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #56: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em
69th $4,499
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #46: $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
1st $1,517,767
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #39: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em
88th $6,066
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #19: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
2nd $319,993
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #55: The $50,000 Poker Players' Championship
3rd $686,568
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #43: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball
7th $27,633
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #38: $2,500 No-Limit Hold'em (Four Handed)
54th $4,712
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #19: $5,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em
15th $12,601
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #9: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
59th $7,384
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #6: $1,500 "Millionaire Maker" No-Limit Hold'em
140th $7,279
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 45: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
12th $120,994
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 40: $2,500 Limit Hold'em - Six-Handed
31st $4,046
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 32: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E.
13th $23,525
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 6: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Mixed-Max
20th $14,328
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #57: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better
30th $10,091
2011 World Series of Poker
Event #21: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship
4th $92,928
2010 World Series of Poker
Event #43: $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
14th $31,851
2008 World Series of Poker
Event 35 - $1,500 Seven Card Stud
35th $2,340