Having been playing live poker since 1997 and winning his first WSOP gold bracelet in 2002, John “Johnny World” Hennigan knows when his poker game is on or off. After winning the $10,000 Triple Draw Lowball tournament at the 2016 WSOP, Hennigan definitely knew that his game was off.
“I played like shit,” he said in summary of his play.
“What was really striking to me is – I didn’t play that well,” said Hennigan. “I got very lucky in this tournament. I didn’t really have it. But I got lucky at the right times. I bluffed and then caught, and I made so many hands. I normally think I played pretty well. But not this time.”
Despite the harsh criticism of his own play, Hennigan played well enough to navigate through a tough 125-player field and on to the $320,103 top prize. Johnny World also collected his fourth-career gold bracelet with the win.
It’s interesting that Hennigan was able to win on his worst day, given the immense talent at the final table of Event #47. Michael Gathy (2nd, $197,838), JC Tran (3rd, $142,547), Chris Klodnicki (4th, $102,910), and Abe Mosseri (6th, $53,951) were among the talented players left at the end.
Hennigan faced off against Gathy heads up for the bracelet. Johnny World held a 3-to-1 chip lead, but his Belgian opponent made it a contest by pushing the heads-up portion to 90 minutes. However, Hennigan was able to dispatch Gathy and win his fourth bracelet.
“It’s such a great thrill even to go deep in one,” he said afterward. “Normally, you get knocked out on the first day or the second day, or whatever. Especially with the great caliber of players these days, you don’t expect to win too often. Twenty years ago, there were shorter fields. And there were only a handful of great players. Now, it’s flooded.”
2016 WSOP $10,000 Triple Draw Lowball Final Table
1. John Hennigan – $320,103
2. Michael Gathy – $197,838
3. JC Tran – $142,547
4. Chris Klodnicki – $102,910
5. Viacheslav Zhukov – $74,439
6. Abe Mosseri – $53,951
7. Brant Hale – $39,179
8. Scott Abrams – $39,179
9. Andrey Zhigalov – $28,507