While only 43, John Hennigan would be considered an old school Vegas hustler.
He’s like the indirect lineage of the Puggys, Roberts, and Doyles. Dabbles in all forms of gambling debauchery.
Hennigan has had a helluva run at the Players Championship the past few years. He cashed two years ago. Last year, he final tabled, finishing 3rd. Hennigan completely the climb on Thursday, breaking through and winning the 2014 WSOP Players Championship.
The win is Hennigan’s third WSOP bracelet. He banked $1,517,767, pushing his career live tournament earnings to over $6.2M. Hennigan defeated the on-a-heater Brandon Shack-Harris ($937,975) heads-up for the title.
Melissa Burr, a woman, finished seventh ($165,435). Allen “Chainsaw” Kessler came in eighth ($134,101).
Get full results here.
In other WSOP news…
:: Event #48 ($1,500 Omaha Hi/Lo 8oB) – This one was supposed to go to The Intense Stare of Scott Clements. This is his game, his event. But Tyler Patterson pulled a T-Dog and said, “Awwww hell no.” Patterson captured his first WSOP bracelet, banking $270,992 by defeating Clements ($167,686) heads-up. Jeff Madsen came in fourth ($76,150). Get full results here.
:: Event #49 ($5,000 NLH) – This one is down to 23 of some of the most renown no-limit hold’em specialists in the world. So naturally, leading them all is a 50+ year-old woman, Margareta Morris, a woman, with 805,000. Morris, who hails from Pennsylvania, has just over $120,000 in live tournament earnings. Following her is former November Niner John Dolan with 719,000. Other notables include Jason Koon (616,000), Kevin MacPhee (601,000), Melanie Weisner, a woman (301,000), and Josh Arieh (267,000). Get full chip counts here.
:: Event #15 ($1,500 8-Game Mix) – Call this the premier event of the day. With 14 remaining, Phil Ivey (3rd overall) and Daniel Negreanu (9th overall) are in the hunt for bracelets. They trail overall chip leader Dan Heimiller. Get full chip counts here.
Finally, Event #51 ($1,500 NLH Monster Stack) started and pulled a combined Flight A+B field of 7,734 registrations. First place will earn $1,327,083. Other massive turn-out for the more branded, gimmicky (we mean that in the best possible way) event. Lots of play to go, but get some updates here.