Before John “Johnny World” Hennigan was a well-known face in the poker world, he was one of the best pool players around. Learning to play pool at a young age, Hennigan played the game professionally and traveled the pool circuit. Gambling is a part of many pool games and John was a big gambler. When he couldn’t find someone to gamble with in pool, he looked to other avenues, one of which was poker. His willingness to gamble on anything in the world landed him the nickname “Johnny World”, to which he is widely known as today.
Hennigan flew under the radar and stayed out of the big spotlight for some time in the poker world. He ran deep in the WSOP Main Event in 1999, but would find his big breakout to come in 2002. That year, Hennigan placed seventh in a preliminary event before going on to win his first gold bracelet in the $2,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament. For that win, Johnny World netted himself $117,320.
That same year, he placed fourth in the WPT’s Five-Diamond World Poker Classic for over $80,000. To close out the year, he took down the Main Event at the United States Poker Championship in Atlantic City for $216,000; an event in which he would return to the following year and place fifth in.
With one gold WSOP bracelet wrapped around his wrist, John came back in 2004 to claim another one. He bested a final table that included T.J. Clouties, An “The Boss” Tran, James McManus, and David Chiu to take down the $5,000 Limit Hold’em event. The win was worth an addition of over $325,000 to his bankroll. At the 2005 WSOP, Hennigan placed in the money in three events and earned over $330,000 total.
Throughout his time on the tournament circuit, Hennigan continued to play cash games on the side. He sat in on some of the largest games around with the best players. He himself was often referred to as one of the best, all-around cash players and he earned a lot of respect from his peers as being an extremely tough opponent to face.
In 2007, Hennigan traveled back to Atlantic City for the Borgata Winter Open. He came out on top of the Championship Event and earned over $1.6 million. In 2008, Johnny World won the Ante Up for Africa Charity Event at the WSOP. He has over $3.2 million in career tournament earnings and is always willing to gamble on almost anything possible.