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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 27, 2016 to Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Event #47: $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $1,175,000
  • Entries: 125
  • Remaining: 0
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06/29/16 11:53:43 PM PST
 
WORLD CLASS: JOHNNY WORLD HENNIGAN WINS $10K TRIPLE-DRAW LOWBALL LIMIT CHAMPIONSHIP
 

Johnny “World” Hennigan has just won his fourth World Series of Poker gold bracelet.

The longtime professional poker player from Las Vegas won the $10,000 buy-in Deuce-to-Seven Draw Lowball (Limit) Championship, which was played over three days and nights and just concluded at the Rio in Las Vegas.

Hennigan collected $320,103 in prize money, making this one of the most sizable wins of his career.  Yet, it was also one of several high points in a poker career filled with many spectacular moments.  He previously won gold bracelets in 2002 (Seven-Card Stud High-Low Split), 2004 (Limit Hold’em), and perhaps his most prestigious title, a victory in the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship, in 2014.

Hennigan also won one of the final WSOP charity events held which was called “Ante-Up for Africa,” in 2008.  He donated the bulk of his $136,000 cash prize to the charity.

That said, the tough poker pro wasn’t in a charitable mood in this tournament.  The Philadelphia native won his victory by coming out on top at a final table which included numerous tough challengers.  Chris Klodnicki started off Day Three as chip leader.  Close behind was Michael Gathy, seeking what might have been his second gold bracelet victory within a week and fourth overall during his career.  Then, there was J.C. Tran, Viacheslav Zhokov, Scott Abrams, Abe Mosseri, Brant Hale, and Andrey Zhigalov.  This was a formidable lineup, indeed.

After Tran was eliminated in third place, that left Hennigan to battle Gathy for the title.  Hennigan began the duel with nearly a 3 to 1 chip lead.  However, both players knew the real battle had only just begun.  The final two battled for about 90 minutes before Hennigan was finally able to subdue his very tough Belgian rival.  Unusually earnest and humble about his victory, Hennigan acknowledged that he was very fortunate at times and caught good cards.  He even admitted he didn’t play particularly well, which is quite a statement given that he joined the exalted ranks of only 41 players who have won four or more WSOP gold bracelets.

The ultimate moment of triumph came when Hennigan scooped the final pot of the tournament against Gathy who finished as the runner up.  His consolation prize amounted to $197,838.  Credit the player from Brussels, who is enjoying a remarkable WSOP with a victory already to go along with this second-place finish.

Hennigan has quietly become one of the most feared poker players in the game, in both cash games and tournaments.  Previously a pool shark who grew up in Philadelphia, Hennigan earned the nickname “Johnny World” due to his willingness to bet on just about “anything in the world.”  That’s especially true for – himself.

This exciting tourney attracted 125 entrants, which was pretty much a collection of the world’s best tournament players.  The larger-than-expected field created a prize pool totaling $1,175,000.  The top 19 finishers collected prize money.

Aside from the winner, here’s a brief report of the other top finishers who made the final table:

 

Second Place:  Michael Gathy is enjoying a marvelous series, with one win already and now a runner up finish.  In fact, the poker pro from Brussels, Belgium now has two second-place finishes and close to $900,000 in winnings at this WSOP after collecting $197,838 in a noble effort.

 

Third Place:  J.C. Tran, the pride of Sacramento, CA came in third.  This marked his 54th time to make the money at the series.  The two-time gold bracelet winner who earned his biggest payout by coming in fifth in the 2013 WSOP Main Event was paid $142,547 this time around.  Tran now has about $4.7 million in career WSOP earnings.

 

Fourth Place:  Chris Klodnicki, from Philadelphia, PA came in fourth, which paid $102,910.  This was his highest finish in three years and 35th occasion to cash at the WSOP.  Klodnicki, runner up in the 2013 One Drop High Rollers tourney (which paid nearly $3 million) now has in excess of $6 million in WSOP-related earnings.

 

Fifth Place:  Viacheslav Zhukov, from Moscow, Russia, was aiming for what might have been a third career gold bracelet.  Instead, he busted out on the final day in the middle of the pack.  Still, Zhukov, who earned victories in 2011 and 2012 (both in Omaha High-Low Split), ended up collecting $74,439.  This was his 15th time to cash at the series, which put him over the $1.5 million mark in earnings.

 

Sixth Place:  Abe Mosseri, from Longboat Key, FL hoped to win a second gold bracelet following his memorable victory in 2009 in this same event.  Mosseri was looking strong until a few hours into the final table when he went card dead and had to settle for sixth place.  The poker pro originally from New York City picked up his 15th series cash, which was good for $53,951.

 

Seventh Place:  Brant Hale, from Moore, OK has now posted some impressive cashes at the summer series – five in all.  This was his deepest run, so far, which was worth $39,179 at the payout window.

 

Eighth Place:  Scott Abrams, from Henderson, NV     $39,179
06/29/16 09:58:05 PM PST
 
John Hennigan Wins $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Championship ($320,103)
 


John Hennigan

John Hennigan raises on the button and Michael Gathy calls and is all-in for 125,000. On the first draw, they both take three cards.

On the second draw, Gathy takes one and Hennigan takes two.

On the third draw, Gathy takes one and Hennigan stands pat.

Hennigan shows       and is up against Gathy's     . Gathy sweats his last card and pairs his four. Hennigan wins with a jack-low and eliminates Gathy in second place.

Gathy falls just shy of his fourth bracelet of his career and second of the summer. Hennigan wins his fourth of his career to go along with $320,103. Gathy takes home $197,838 for his runner-up finish.


Mikhail Gathy

John Hennigan - $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Champion ($320,103)
Michael Gathy - Eliminated in 2nd place ($197,838)
06/29/16 09:51:20 PM PST
 
Michael Gathy Critically Short
 

Michael Gathy raises on the button and John Hennigan three-bets from the big blind. Gathy calls. Hennigan takes one and Gathy takes two. Hennigan bets and Gathy calls.

On the second draw, Hennigan stands pat and Gathy takes two. Hennigan bets and Gathy takes some time before calling and leaving himself with less than a big bet.

Hennigan stands pat and Gathy takes one. Hennigan bets in the dark and Gathy folds.

John Hennigan - 6,100,000 (38 BB)
Michael Gathy - 125,000 (<1 BB)

06/29/16 09:48:48 PM PST
 
John Hennigan Wins a Big One
 

After taking a couple small pots, John Hennigan raises from the button, and gets three-bet by Michael Gathy. Hennigan decides to call.

Both players draw two, and they both check.

Both players draw two again. Gathy bets, Hennigan raises, and Gathy calls.

Gathy draws one on the final round, and Hennigan stands pat. Gathy checks, and Hennigan bets. Gathy comes back with a check-raise, and Hennigan puts in a third bet. Gathy shakes his head, and looks at his cards again before tossing them into the muck.

John Hennigan - 5,650,000 (35 BB)
Michael Gathy - 600,000 (3 BB)

06/29/16 09:43:09 PM PST
 
Level 23 Started
 
Level:23  Limits:80,000/160,000   
06/29/16 09:41:24 PM PST
 
Michael Gathy Cimbs Back Again
 

Michael Gathy raises on the button and John Hennigan calls out of the big blind. Hennigan takes three and Gathy takes two. Hennigan checks and Gathy bets. Hennigan calls.

Hennigan takes two and Gathy stands pat. Hennigan checks, Gathy bets, and Hennigan calls. Both players stand pat on the final draw.

Hennigan checks, Gathy bets, and Hennigan folds. Gathy mucks his hand, wins the pot and has won the last few pots without showdown to pull closer to his opponent in this heads-up battle.

Michael Gathy - 2,150,000 (17 BB)
John Hennigan - 3,900,000 (32 BB)

06/29/16 09:33:55 PM PST
 
Michael Gathy Gains Some Traction
 

After winning a few small pots, Michael Gathy raises from the button, and is called by John Hennigan in the big blind.

Hennigan draws two, and Gathy stands pat from the start. Hennigan checks, Gathy bets, and Hennigan calls.

Hennigan draws two again, and Gathy remains pat. Hennigan checks, Gathy bets, and Hennigan calls.

Hennigan takes one card on the final draw, and Gathy stands pat. Hennigan checks, and Gathy bets. Hennigan folds, surrendering the pot to Gathy.

Michael Gathy - 1,250,000 (10 BB)
John Hennigan - 5,000,000 (41 BB)

06/29/16 09:30:27 PM PST
 
John Hennigan Picks Off Michael Gathy
 

Michael Gathy raises on the button and John Hennigan makes it three bets from the big blind. Gathy makes it four bets and Hennigan calls.

Hennigan takes two and Gathy stands pat. Hennigan checks, Gathy bets, and Hennigan calls.

Hennigan takes one and Gathy stands pat. Hennigan checks, Gathy bets, and Hennigan calls.

Hennigan stands pat and Gathy stands pat behind. Hennigan checks and Gathy bets. Hennigan leans back in his chair and shuffles his chips a few times before calling.

Gathy looks disappointed with the call and shows      , good for a pair of fives. Hennigan shows       and wins the pot.

"Good call," says Gathy.

John Hennigan - 5,800,000 (48 BB)
Michael Gathy - 420,000 (3 BB)

06/29/16 09:27:12 PM PST
 
John Hennigan Pulling Away
 

Michael Gathy raises on the button and John Hennigan makes it three bets from the big blind. Gathy calls and they both draw one.

Hennigan bets, Gathy raises, and Hennigan calls. On the second draw, Hennigan takes one and Gathy stands pat.

Hennigan checks, Gathy bets, Hennigan raises, and Gathy folds.

John Hennigan - 5,150,000 (42 BB)
Michael Gathy - 1,100,000 (9 BB)

06/29/16 09:23:49 PM PST
 
John Hennigan Wins With a Three-Bet
 


John Hennigan

Michael Gathy raises from the button, and gets called by John Hennigan in the big blind.

Hennigan draws three, and Gathy draws two. Hennigan checks, Gathy bets, and Hennigan calls.

Hennigan draws two this time, and Gathy draws one. Hennigan checks again. Gathy bets, and Hennigan calls.

Both players draw one on the final round. Hennigan bets, and Gathy raises. Hennigan comes back with a three-bet, and Gathy folds after a few seconds.

John Hennigan - 4,700,000 (39 BB)
Michael Gathy - 1,550,000 (12 BB)

06/29/16 09:19:04 PM PST
 
Michael Gathy Misreads His Hand
 

Michael Gathy raises on the button and John Hennigan makes it three bets from the big blind. Gathy makes it four bets and Hennigan calls.

They each take one on the first draw and they both check after the draw. Hennigan stands pat and Gathy takes one. Hennigan bets and Gathy calls.

Hennigan stands pat on the last draw and Gathy takes one. Hennigan bets and Gathy raises. Hennigan calls.

"Eight-five," says Gathy.

Gathy tables       and realizes that he has a pair of threes.

"Sorry, sorry," says Gathy. "Pair of threes." 

Hennigan shows       and wins the pot.

John Hennigan - 4,450,000 (37 BB)
Michael Gathy - 1,800,000 (15 BB)

06/29/16 09:15:21 PM PST
 
John Hennigan Wins Without Showdown
 

John Hennigan raises from the button, and gets called by Michael Gathy in the big blind.

Hennigan draws one, and Gathy draws two. Gathy checks, and Hennigan bets. Gathy raises, and Hennigan calls.

Gathy draws two on the second round, and Henngian draws one. Gathy checks again. Hennigan bets, and Gathy calls.

Gathy draws one, and Hennigan stands pat. Gathy checks, Henngian bets, and Gathy decides to fold.

John Hennigan - 3,850,000 (32 BB)
Michael Gathy - 2,400,000 (20 BB)

06/29/16 09:11:34 PM PST
 
Michael Gathy Makes a Ten
 

Michael Gathy raises on the button and John Hennigan makes it three bets from the big blind. Michael Gathy calls. Hennigan takes one and Gathy draws two. Hennigan bets and Gathy calls.

Hennigan draws one again and Gathy takes two. Hennigan bets and Gathy calls. On the last draw, Hennigan takes one and Gathy stands pat.

Both players check and Gathy shows      . Hennigan mucks and Gathy drags the pot.

Michael Gathy - 2,750,000 (22 BB)
John Hennigan - 3,500,000 (29 BB)
06/29/16 09:09:17 PM PST
 
John Hennigan Takes Another
 

John Hennigan raises on the button and Michael Gathy three-bets out of the big blind. Hennigan calls. Gathy takes one and Hennigan takes three.

Gathy bets and Hennigan calls. On the second draw, Gathy takes one again and Hennigan takes three again. Gathy bets and Hennigan calls.

They both take one on the last draw. Gathy bets and Hennigan raises. Gathy folds and Hennigan mucks his hand.

John Hennigan - 3,900,000 (32 BB)
Michael Gathy - 2,300,000 (19 BB)

06/29/16 09:07:10 PM PST
 
Hennigan Makes a Number Five
 

John Hennigan raises on the button and Michael Gathy calls from the big blind. Gathy takes two and Hennigan takes one. Gathy checks, Hennigan bets, and Gathy calls.

On the second draw, Gathy takes two and Hennigan takes one. Gathy checks, Hennigan bets, and Gathy calls. They both stand pat on the third draw.

Gathy checks, Hennigan bets, and Gathy calls. Hennigan shows       and Gathy mucks his hand.

John Hennigan - 3,600,000 (30 BB)
Michael Gathy - 2,750,000 (22 BB)

06/29/16 09:01:44 PM PST
 
Michael Gathy Takes the Lead
 

 
Michael Gathy and His "Green Dragon" Shirt

John Hennigan raises from the button, and Michael Gathy calls in the big blind.

Gathy draws two, and Hennigan draws three. Gathy checks, Hennigan bets, and Gathy calls.

Gathy draws two again, and Hennigan stands pat. Gathy checks, Hennigan bets, and Gathy calls after about 30 seconds of consideration.

Both players stand pat on the end, and they both check.

Gathy shows       for a nine eight, and Hennigan mucks. Michael Gathy takes the chip lead from Hennigan, after being down around 1,000,000 just a short time ago.

Michael Gathy - 3,250,000 (27 BB)
John Hennigan - 3,000,000 (25 BB)

06/29/16 08:57:12 PM PST
 
Michael Gathy Nearly Doubles Up
 

Michael Gathy raises on the button and John Hennigan calls from the big blind. Hennigan takes three and Gathy draws two. Hennigan checks, Gathy bets, and Hennigan calls.

On the second draw, Hennigan takes two and Gathy takes one. Hennigan checks, Gathy bets, Hennigan raises, and Gathy calls. Hennigan stands pat on the last draw and Gathy takes one.

Hennigan checks and Gathy bets. Hennigan raises and Gathy makes it three bets. Hennigan calls. Gathy shows       and Hennigan mucks his hand.

Michael Gathy - 1,950,000 (16 BB)
John Hennigan - 4,300,000 (35 BB)

06/29/16 08:54:54 PM PST
 
John Hennigan Back Over 5 Million Chips
 

Michael Gathy raises on the button and John Hennigan three-bets from the big blind. Gathy calls and Hennigan draws two. Gathy takes three.

Hennigan bets and Gathy calls. They both take one on the second draw and Hennigan bets. Gathy calls.

On the last draw, Hennigan stands pat and Gathy takes one. Hennigan bets and Gathy folds.

John Hennigan - 5,300,000 (44 BB)
MIchael Gathy - 910,000 (7 BB)

06/29/16 08:53:09 PM PST
 
One For Michael Gathy
 

John Hennigan raises on the button and Michael Gathy makes it three bets from the big blind. Hennigan calls. Gathy takes one and Hennigan draws three.

Gathy bets and Hennigan calls. Gathy stands pat and Hennigan takes two. Gathy bets and Hennigan calls. On the last draw, Gathy stands pat and Hennigan takes one.

Gathy checks and Hennigan checks. Gathy shows       and Hennigan mucks.

Michael Gathy - 1,600,000 (13 BB)
John Hennigan - 4,650,000 (38 BB)

06/29/16 08:47:53 PM PST
 
John Hennigan Wins With a King
 

Michael Gathy raises from the button, and John Hennigan calls from the big blind.

Hennigan draws three, and Gathy draws two. Hennigan bets, and Gathy calls.

Hennigan draws one this time, and Gathy takes two. Hennigan bets again, and Gathy calls.

Both players draw one card on the final draw. Hennigan checks, Gathy bets, and Hennigan calls to close the action.

Gathy announces "pair."
Hennigan shows       for a king low, and takes the pot.

John Hennigan - 5,150,000 (42 BB)
Michael Gathy - 1,100,000 (9 BB)

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