An Interview with 2005 WSOP Bracelet Winner Jon Heneghan

Jon Heneghan

Jon Heneghan has only been playing poker tournaments for a year, and yet has already done what most poker players can only dream of. In the early morning hours of July 6th, Heneghan won the 2005 Freddy Deeb and received $611,015 for 1st place. Jon now plans to devote more time to playing poker.

For how long have you been playing poker?

I have been playing poker all my life but I didn't start playing in poker tournaments until about a year ago. I had only won a couple of smaller local events until my WSOP win. Actually, I took the winnings from one those tournaments, flew to Vegas and got married in the Stratosphere. That's when I registered for the 2005 WSOP.

Jon Heneghan

Have you always been a gambler?

Not really, but running your own business is reminiscent of gambling in the sense that you have to be able to take risks in order to be successful. Let's put it this way, I've always been a risk taker.

Do you play online poker?

No, I have never played online but it's definitely something that I will get into.

How did you manage to win a WSOP bracelet with so little experience playing tournament poker, are you a super talent?

No, but I like to think that I am a talented player. Also, I've read a lot of books and especially like Caros' 'Book of Tells' and also Dan Harrington's books. Another thing is that I am not afraid to go broke at any time in the tournament, I play without fear. If I sense weakness I usually make a move.

Do you look for tells in your opponents at the table?

Yes, I always look for weakness. This was something that I was successful in doing many times throughout the tournament.

What is your final table strategy?

First, I like to let my opponents beat up on each other, thus allowing myself to move up in the money without taking any risks. Then, I pick my spots and try to be aggressive while playing the players. Let me give you an example from the final table. I was in the blinds with pocket sevens and called a raise from a player in early position. The flop came K-6-3 and we both checked. The turn was a 2 and I checked again. This time he bet and I was convinced he didn't have a king so I moved all-in and he folded. The guy told me later that he had pocket sevens as well.

What does the future look like for Jon Heneghan?

I will try to play some more and bigger events, maybe once or twice every three months. But I'll keep playing in my local tournaments as well. I want to make a televised final table and make a name for myself in the poker world. Also, I will keep working to improve my game and hope to expand into other variations of poker, such as Omaha, Pot-Limit and Limit poker.

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