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John Hennigan Wins 2016 World Series of Poker $10,000 2-7 Triple Draw Event

Hennigan Wins Fourth Gold Bracelet And $320,103 First-Place Prize


Johnny “World” Hennigan was already considered to be one of the most dangerous mixed game players in the world, but he further cemented that status on Wednesday night when he took down the 2016 World Series of Poker $10,000 buy-in 2-7 Triple Draw event to earn his fourth career bracelet and the $320,103 first-place prize.

The 46-year-old poker pro from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania won his first bracelet back in 2002 in a seven card stud eight-or-better event. He followed that up with a limit hold’em title in 2004 and the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players Championship in 2014. He now has nearly $6.8 million in career live tournament earnings.

“It never gets old,” Hennigan said. “It’s such a great thrill even to go deep in one. 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. You might sit down next to someone you don’t even know and they are probably great. It’s great to compete and there’s really nothing like being there at a final table. Winning is like a load off your mind. The worst feeling in the world is walking away from a table and you know they are still playing.”

The tournament drew a field of 125 players, creating a total prize pool of $1,175,000. This was a sizable increase over the field of 109 in 2015.

As expected the final table was stacked with notable players. Michael Gathy, who earned his third WSOP bracelet just last week, finished runner-up for $197,838. So far this summer, he has won a tournament and finished in second place twice for a total of nearly $860,000.

Other recognizable faces that made deep runs included J.C. Tran (3rd), Chris Klodnicki (4th), Viacheslav Zhukov (5th), Abe Mosseri (6th), Scott Abrams (8th), Christopher Vitch (10th), Dan Shak (11th), Daniel Negreanu (12th), Dzmitry Urbanovich (13th), Stephen Chidwick (14th) and Jon Turner (16th).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Finish Player Payout POY Points
1 John Hennigan $320,103 660
2 Michael Gathy $197,838 550
3 J.C. Tran $142,547 440
4 Chris Klodnicki $102,910 330
5 Viacheslav Zhukov $74,439 275
6 Abe Mosseri $53,951 220
7 Brant Hale $39,179 165
8 Scott Abrams $39,179 143

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2016 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.

Winner photo courtesy of the WSOP.