John Hennigan is an American professional poker player from Philadelphia, who has won two World Series of Poker bracelets and a World Poker Tour title.
Born in Philadelphia, Hennigan began playing pool at an early age and moved from being a pool hustler to being a professional billiards player. To supplement his income and to satisfy his gambling instincts, he began to play in cash poker games in Atlantic City. In the 1990's he decided to gives tournaments a try. His first notable tournament cash was a 3rd place finish in the $1,500 Limit Hold'em event at the 1997 World Poker Finals in Foxwoods for $11,520.
After finishing 19th in the 1999 WSOP main event, he won his first WSOP bracelet in 2002 at the $2,000 H.O.R.S.E. event for $117,320.
In 2002 he was first introduced to the public when he made the final table of the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic where he finished fourth for $83,472. He also won the 2002 United States Poker Championship's $7,500 no-limit hold'em main event, defeating Erik Seidel in heads-up play, earning $216,000 prize. The next year he finished 5th in the same event.
He then won another WSOP bracelet in 2004 in the $5,000 Limit Hold'em event for $325,000 - his biggest cash to date.
Hennigan made another two WSOP final tables in 2005, including a 2nd place finish in the $5,000 deuce-to-seven draw lowball event, finishing behind David Grey.
In 2007, he won the WPT Borgata Poker Classic for over $1.6 million. Hennigan and Daniel Negreanu are the only two poker players to have won a WSOP event, a WPT championship event and the U.S. Poker Championship.
Hennigan acquired the nickname Johnny "World" Hennigan because he is willing to bet on anything in the world - although some people say the nickname came from his reputation as being one of the best players in the world. Even though Hennigan's concentration on cash games has allowed him to maintain relatively a low profile in the poker world, he is considered an immensely talented player. Daniel Negreanu and Gavin Smith have both said he is one of the best players they've played against.
As of 2009, Hennigan has 6 WPT cashes, 2 WPT final tables, 1 WPT title, 2 WSOP Bracelets, 10 WSOP cashes, and total live tournament winnings exceed $3,200,000.
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