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John Hennigan Wins 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Event

47-Year-Old 'Johnny World' Tops Field of 166 Entries To Win His Fifth Gold Bracelet


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John Hennigan emerged victorious in the 2018 World Series of Poker $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. championship, overcoming a tough field of 166 players to win his fifth gold bracelet. The 47-year-old poker pro joined the likes of Daniel Alaei, Gary “Bones” Berland, David Chiu, Allen Cunningham, Berry Johnston, John Juanda, Jason Mercier, Scotty Nguyen and Stu Ungar as a five-time WSOP title winner.

“I’m not too preoccupied with it, but it does feel better than four,” Hennigan told WSOP reporters when asked about securing his fifth bracelet. "It makes me think about ‘Saturday Night Live’ where you get that jacket.”

Hennigan took home $414,692 and 780 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event. This was his second final table showing of the year, having placed seventh in the $10,000 no-limit deuce-to-seven lowball event just a few days before winning this tournament. Hennigan now sits in 205th place in the 2018 Player of the Year standings.

Hennigan came into the third and (what was meant to be) final day of this event in third chip position with 16 players remaining. By the time the eight-handed final table was set he had slid to seventh chip position. He won a key hand in limit hold’em with trip queens and a king kicker beating out the trips with a nine kicker of Daniel Zack to cross the 1 million chip mark. Zack was eliminated not long after in seventh place, earning $52,016.

Hennigan continued his upward trend by winning a key seven card stud hand from Albert Daher, who like Zack was sent to the rail shortly after clashing with Hennigan. Daher took home $68,783. Hennigan scored his first knockout of the final table when he called 2012 WSOP $2,500 deuce-to-seven triple draw champion Randy Ohel’s all-in on fifth street in seven card stud eight-or-better. The final hands looked as follows:

Rany Ohel: (5Heart Suit2Diamond Suit)6Club SuitAClub SuitJDiamond SuitQDiamond Suit(QHeart Suit)
John Hennigan: (7Diamond Suit4Heart Suit)5Spade Suit3Spade Suit7Club Suit6Heart Suit(8Club Suit)

Hennigan made a straight and a 7-6 low to scoop the pot and send Ohel home in fifth place with $92,808. Iraj Parvizi had spent much of the final table in the lead, but
as play got short-handed he lost momentum. He eventually succumbed to two-time bracelet winner David ‘Bakes’ Baker, who won consecutive stud eight-or-better pots off of him to knock him out in fourth place ($127,724).

David BakerBaker then eliminated Lee Salem in third place ($179,216) to set up a heads-up showdown with Hennigan, who held roughly a 5-to-3 chip advantage. Hennigan extended his lead a bit before play was halted for the night.

Baker did his best to fight back when play resumed on day 4 of this event, but in the end Hennigan was able to finish him off after leaving him on fumes following a big limit hold’em hand. Baker raised from the button with and Hennigan defended his big blind. The brought the 8Diamond Suit3Diamond Suit2Heart Suit and Hennigan check-raised Baker, who called. The 10Heart Suit hit the turn and Hennigan checked a second time, only to check-raise again when Baker bet. Baker called and the 4Heart Suit hit the river. Hennigan now lead out for a bet and Baker folded, leaving himself with roughly half of a big blind. He was knockout out on the following hand when his ADiamond Suit6Spade Suit could not hold up against Hennigan’s JClub Suit3Heart Suit. Hennigan paired his three to earn the final pot of the tournament, sending Baker to the rail with $256,297.

Other notables who made deep runs in this event include Jean-Robert Bellande (24th – $15,229), Andrew Barber (23rd – $15,229), Mike Gorodinsky (19th – $15,229), Jean Gaspard (15th – $17,677), Illya Trincher (14th – $20,993), Anthony Zinno (13th – $20,993), Robert Mizrachi (12th – $24,498), Carol Fuchs (11th – $25,498) and Jake Schwartz (10th – $25,498).

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 John Hennigan $414,692 780
2 David Baker $256,297 650
3 Lee Salem $179,216 520
4 Iraj Parvizi $127,724 390
5 Randy Ohel $92,808 325
6 Albert Daher $68,783 260
7 Daniel Zack $52,016 195
8 Michael Noori $40,155 130

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