All World: Johnny Hennigan Wins Latest Gold Bracelet Tournament Victory at 2016 World Series of Poker


Johnny “World” Hennigan has just won his fifth 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 on the ESPN main stage 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.

The Philadelphia native won his victory by coming out on top at a final table which included numerous tough challengers.  Chris Klodnicki started 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. 

After Tran was eliminated in third place, that left Hennigan to face off against 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 tough Belgian rival.

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.

This 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.

This was the 47th official event on this year’s schedule.  This leaves 22 gold bracelet events still to go in what promises to be the biggest and most exciting WSOP ever.


[Note:  This is an abbreviated news feature.  A completed final version of this report, with winner quotes, and more data will be posted shortly.  Please check back for regular updates as they become available.]