John Hennigan

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John Hennigan

A poker biography of John Hennigan.

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Name - John Hennigan

Born - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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John Hennigan, otherwise known as the "World" or "Johnny World," is currently among the best and most popular poker players in the United States. John was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and he used to be a professional billiards player before he decided to enter the world of poker. As a billiards player, he enjoyed huge success. In fact, he is still a respected pool player besides being a poker phenomenon. Of course, John's immense popularity is attributed more to his great poker skills, which he has proven in the various tournaments he joined.

John has been described by both his fans and critics as a very aggressive player. It is not surprising, then, why he got so many titles or names such as the "World" or "Johnny World." For those who may not know it, John has been nicknamed with such titles due to his willingness to bet on anything. A friend recounted that a few years ago, John bet against him in every tournament, which Tiger Woods played in the next two years. Since Tiger won five out of the six golf tournaments he played within that span of time, John's loss accumulated up to $100,000. After attempting several times to call and settle with his friend, John finally pleaded that his bargain be accepted or he would not be able to proceed in playing poker.

Once, John also lost more than $1 million in a game at the Bellagio. But the poker wizard only shrugged off and said, "Well, tomorrow's another day." These words summed up completely the attitude John has towards his experiences as a poker player. Unlike other poker experts, he prefers to play in live games rather than in tournaments. In fact, he once ranked as the 4th best live poker player in the world. John only responded to this recognition by saying that, "To be a poker player at this level you have got to have intuition."

Out of the 393 players, who paid $10,000 to join the 1999 World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event, John placed 19th. The no limit hold'em main event was held at Binion's Horseshoe or Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Then in April 2002, the poker phenomenon got as far as the final table during the World Series of Poker $1,500 seven-card stud event. A few days later, he got his first bracelet during the $2,000 H.O.R.S.E. event, thus bringing home with him the $117,320 grand prize. The following month, John finished 4th in the World Poker Finals. The same year, John also won in The United States Poker Championship's $7,500 no limit hold'em main event after he had defeated Erik Seidel during the the final heads-up confrontation leading to a $216,000 grand prize. Then in 2003, he placed 3rd in the same poker event.

John got his 2nd World Series of Poker bracelet in 2004 during the $5,000 limit hold'em event, thus winning his largest payday to date with an amount of $325,360. The final table included players such as James McManus, T. J. Cloutier, and David Chiu. He also reached two World Series of Poker final tables the following year. As of this year, John's total earnings in live tournaments amount to more than $1,200,000. Poker professionals such as Gavin Smith and Daniel Negreanu attest to John's superb poker skills. Johnny "World" Hennigan is among the players from whom poker fans have still much to see.