John Hennigan

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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one of nicest guys on tour,,class act,,and can play also

headlessman1964 on December 31, 2006

A good player that needs a better nickname. World is lame as hell for a nickname

bad_dog76 on August 14, 2006

Could he beat Fusco?????

????? on June 20, 2006

Leah - its just you!

The Joker on September 16, 2005

Is it just me, or is John sooo hot?

Leah on August 30, 2005

I want my look back!!!

Billy Corgan on August 22, 2005

hey brother hows the poker world treating you

james carville on August 4, 2005

Go John, Your family is watching

fran from brig on July 21, 2005

Yeah well under my "top 5 worst players" u are listed 5 times.

To BNB on July 14, 2005

The table he won at the 2004 WSOP showed one thing... world class

Kevo on July 11, 2005

Hey have put about 12 people on your "Top 5 in the world" list. How does that work moron??

BNB on June 16, 2005

Hennigan is one of the top 5 players in the world.

Hurricane_Ivan on May 29, 2005

A true hustler.

loser on May 12, 2005

i like the way he appreciates diversity, and non-conformists

jambees on May 10, 2005

Drinks at the table, the mark of a champion in my book.

loser on May 2, 2005

Hey Mr. Hennigan, The Smashing Pumkins called. They want their lead singer back.

Nuts2callU on February 12, 2005

What is that awful purple t-shirt he is wearing.

Unregistered on November 29, 2004

Saw him yesterday at wpt tourney at foxwoods, he got bounced pretty early but talked to him a few times and he was an ok guy

big joon on November 13, 2004

Great guy and a better loser.

Hippichick on October 24, 2004

I got him back on day 3 at the WSOP. AA vs his KK. No help for Johnny World.

MikeJ on October 19, 2004

you're right pokrstudent. he is a class act. i really enjoy watching him. i'd like to play him a little nine ball, tho. mebbe, 1$ on the 5, $5 on the nine.

roaddog on October 3, 2004

Class act...GL World!

Pokrstudent on September 23, 2004

philly rules

kevin on August 31, 2004

philadelphians rock

ryan on August 31, 2004

how tall is this man?

jorge on August 10, 2004

does he play online- if so wat is his name and on what poker room

kaingod on August 9, 2004

nobody in poker has a bigger heart than this guy.If i had to walk into the ok corral i'd want John with me.

anb on July 6, 2004

my man john hammered me at the wsop with pocket aces over my pocket jacks. he had been raising the blinds consistently, and i thought i'd put a stop to that by raising over the top (but not wanting to see another card with overcard killers) and he calls in an instant with his bullets. He set those bullets up like the pro he is.

hagan on May 28, 2004

His nickname as a pool player was "World Class" because he was that good, he shortened it to just "world" when he switched to poker, at least that's the story I heard. As for his skill at poker, it's unquestioned, the guy wins more in cash games than most players win in tourneys; only now that the prize pools are worth his time is he begining to play. My girlfriend was working at the Bellagio and saw him win over a million dollars in pots, in one night! The guy is world class.

JJJ on May 26, 2004

How come this guy rarely finishes in the money, or does he not play all the tournaments...

sss on April 30, 2004

thanks for the explanation, i thought that "the world" was the dumbest nickname i had ever heard, but that actually is a darn good reason to have that nickname.

tro on April 15, 2004

they call him "world" because he has sun spots on his bald head that look like continents of the world - and that's the truth

thetruth on April 8, 2004

Supposedly because he is a well-known player all around the WORLD. Read that on Hellmuth's site, other than that I have no thought whatsoever.

Gman on March 25, 2004

how did john get the nickname "world" and what does it mean?

tro on March 24, 2004

cuz he makes triple the fukin money in ring games

hustler on March 3, 2004

I here he's a great player. Does anyone know why he doesnt play many tournaments..

smallstakessammy on February 29, 2004

his nick name was "corn flakes" because he looked like Tony the Tiger....good change..."the world"

theory on February 26, 2004

Oh yeah, he's one cool customer. Excellent reader who can mix his game up very well, I would really like to see more of his game. He is more of a cash-game player than tournament player though, correct?

Gman on February 20, 2004

Really...he was playing that high,,,,,, I just wish that guy would pay me back that 50K he owes me......LOL

Jethro Bodine on February 15, 2004

This guys mad cool. i talked to him at the taj last weekend . he was playing 300-600 stud hes a great player.... good luck john

nicky baby on February 14, 2004

a tough guy, he can play with anyone and anywhere with his background.

rookie on February 12, 2004

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