What’s impressive about the 31-year-old’s multiple victories is that he doesn’t even play many tournaments. Johns is a cash game pro who splits time between the Pacific Northwest and Las Vegas.
“I’m ecstatic. It’s so far out there,” Johns said of his accomplishment. “I don’t even play in that many tournaments. I never dreamed of it. I never even thought about it.”
The long-time cash pro got his first victory in the Event #8: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. tournament, collecting $212,604 for the win. Then he added a second bracelet 20 events later, becoming the only other player besides Jason Mercier to win two bracelets this summer.
“I think it has to do more with someone playing their best,” Johns said regarding multi-bracelet winners. “This time, I was so focused. It was at a level that I’ve never reached before where I was so in tune with what was going on. It’s kind of surreal, really. My mind was locked in – that’s the bigger reason why I think there are repeats.”
The win puts Johns in third place in the running for 2016 WSOP Player of the Year. He has 912 points, compared to Mercier’s 1,195 points and Ryan LaPlante’s 933 points. Despite how well he’s doing, Johns doesn’t plan to enter as many tournaments as Mercier and other pros.
But even if he doesn’t win another bracelet or the POY award, Johns will have had an outstanding WSOP.
For his career, Johns now has over $1.15 million in live tournament winnings along with 3 gold bracelets. His first bracelet came in a 2006 WSOP $3,000 Limit Hold’em event.
2016 WSOP $10k Limit Hold’em Championship
1. Ian Johns – $290,635
2. Sean Berrios – $179,625
3. Alexander Balynskiy – $125,571
4. David Chiu – $89,810
5. Jeff Thompson – $65,752
6. Bill Chen – $49,304
7. Brock Parker – $37,888
8. Brian Rast – $29,855
9. Anh Van Nguyen – $24,140