John Hennigan Profile

Posted by Bill "zimba" Seibert at 19 April 2011 03:17
John Hennigan is a long time top American professional poker player. He won two WSOP bracelets in 2002 and 2004, while finishing 19th in the 1999 WSOP main event. Hennigan finished 4th at the 2002 Five Diamond World Poker Classic behind Gus Hansen before winning going on the win the 2007 Borgata Winter Open for over $1.6 million. Hennigan won the 2002 United States Poker Championship, defeating Eric Seidel heads-up to collect the $216k first place prize. Hennigan has over $3.2 million in live tournament winnings. Hennigan was born March 10 (year unknown) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and now lives in Santa Monica, California.

Things you might not know:
  • Hennigan first started hustling pool in Philadelphia before moving on the tougher pool halls of Atlantic City.
  • Hennigan was a professional pool player before excelling in poker. He started to try out poker when he couldn't get a game of pool.
  • Hennigan earned his first cash at the World Poker Finals at the Foxwoods Resort in the late 1990's.
  • Hennigan is nicknamed "Johnny World" because he is willing to bet on anything in the world.
  • Hennigan defeated a final table that included Phil Ivey and Men Nguyen to win his first WSOP bracelet.
  • Hennigan defeated a final table that included David Chiu and T.J. Cloutier for win his second WSOP bracelet.
  • Hennigan knocked out four of his five opponents when he won his WPT title.
  • Hennigan was once named by Gavin Smith as the best player he ever faced.
  • Hennigan played the role of Ralph Kaczynski in the movie Lucky You.
  • Hennigan won the 2008 World Series of Poker charity event Ante Up for Africa and kindly donated his $100,000 winnings to the charity.
Johnny "World" Hennigan is known as a low key, self-deprecating likable poker player. He hasn't pursued the limelight preferring to play live cash games on the East Coast, and more recently in Nevada and California.

His penchant for betting on almost anything can be best summed up in this anecdote from Barry Greenstein:
A few years back, John laid me $19,000 to $5,000 against Tiger Woods in every tournament he played for the following two years. Tiger went on a tear, winning five of the next six tournaments he played in.

I was up almost $100,000 and John was calling me every week begging for a settlement. Each week, I turned him down. I was enjoying the bet, especially because it gave me a sweat every week Tiger played.

Finally, he pleaded that as a friend I had to settle because the bet had made him unable to play poker. He said, “I’m sitting here in Atlantic City playing $75-$150 trying to grind out $5,000 to $10,000 a week and every time I look up at the TV, I’m losing another $19,000."

We settled for a total of $200,000 and then Tiger cooled off. I might not have ended up winning anything.

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