John Hennigen wins $10k HORSE for 5th WSOP gold
After four days of intense poker action, John 'World' Hennigan outlasted the field in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. championship event to score his fifth gold bracelet at the World Series of Poker (WSOP). Hennigan who defeated David 'Bakes' Baker in headsup was awarded a payday of $414,692 for being the last man standing from the 166 entries who took in this tournament. A quiet and composed player, Hennigan now enters a much envied club of just 25 players in WSOP history to have won five gold bracelets, "I am not too preoccupied with this accomplishment, although five indeed feels better than four."
The 166 entries mentioned earlier generated a prize pool of $1,560,400 which was distributed to the top 25 finishers. Some notable poker pros who participated but failed to make the money included Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, Shaun Debb and Jason Mercier (who won the tournament back in 2016). The event was planned to be played over three days, but the final two players – Hennigan and his heads-up opponent David Baker, decided that they would need a rest before completing their match, so play was extended into an additional fourth day. Both players went a long way before reaching that final stage of the game.
The one player who caused a fair bit of concern for the table was the UK's Iraj Parvizi who started the eight-handed final table as the chip leader. Parvizi said jokingly several times throughout the final table that he was an amateur facing top pros. He put the table to the test dominating action, playing aggressively and putting great pressure on his opponents. Hennigan recalled shortly after the event’s end that Parvizi proved to be trouble for almost everyone at the table including for the eventual champion himself. Hennigan went on to say that it was actually only Baker who managed to keep his footing amid Parvizi’s attacks. Parvizi eventually exited in fourth place followed by Lee Salem. The player began three-handed play as the chip leader, but quickly lost his momentum and the last of his chips to the two remaining players.
Hennigan and Baker battled throughout the final level of the night, but could not determine the champion and eventually decided to call it a night and resume play on the next day. Baker was the short stack at that point. On the final day of action, he managed to double several times to keep himself and his significantly smaller stack afloat, but a Limit Hold’em hand eventually saw him bust in second place for $256,297. On the final hand in play, Baker went all in for his last 65,000 with Ad 6s to his opponent’s Jc 3h. The board ran out Ts 3s 2h Qh Qc to end the tournament and give Hennigan the title and his fifth WSOP gold.