John Hennigan just won one of the most prestigious poker tournaments in the world — the 2014 World Series of Poker $50,000 Poker Players' Championship! One hundred and two of the world’s best players took seats to test their game skills and abilities in the eight-game rotation. With that win, Hennigan took home the $1,517,767 first-place prize, a WSOP gold bracelet, and his name will be inscribed on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy.
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The games played in the eight-game rotation are: Limit Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, Seven Card Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better, No-Limit Hold'em, Pot-Limit Omaha, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball. Hennigan showed off his game prowess by making this his third straight cash in the Poker Players’ Championship, and his second consecutive final table after finishing third last year.
Day 5 brought the final eight players back to the table although the official final table was set at seven. Melissa Burr became the first woman to ever cash in this event (she won a $500 bet at 15-1 against Robert Mizrachi because of it) and she also set the record as the first woman to final table the event. She bowed out in seventh place.
Abe Mosseri left in fourth place in the midst of some interesting side bets — read about them here.
John Hennigan started heads up play with a big chip lead over Brandon Shack-Harris. The final hand came down in No Limit Hold'em with Shack-Harris moving all in from the button. Hennigan called.
The flop of was no help to Shack-Harris and the board finished out with the and the on the river.
This event makes Shack-Harris' finish even more dramatic as he already has a first, second, and third-place finish in the 2014 WSOP and the Player of the Year race is turning up the heat as Shack-Harris and George Danzer are the top two in the running.
P-S-S-S-S-T! As soon as the winner's photo and post-game interviews were finished, Hennigan jumped into the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship. Check back, we may have a report on him winning that too!
Sarah Grant and John share a few moments after his victory:
The full tournament report is available at PokerNews Live Reporting.