10 WSOP Braclets, tied with Doyle Brunson for the lead3rd All-time money winner at WSOP $3,706,543Won Back to Back WSOP Championships followed by a second!27 Cashes at the WSOPOnly two cashes on the WPTTotal Tournament earnings: $3,858,505 (17th) compiled by www.pokerpages.comCash Game Accomplishments:
Johnny plays as high as the sky against the best players in the world. For years he was a fixture in the "Larry game," playing Stud with Larry Flynt and co. at the Hustler in California. Johnny now plays in the big game at Bellagio as well and is a winning player.Best game:
No Limit Hold'em- He also plays a mean game of pot limit Omaha, but there is no question about it, Johnny's best game is no limit hold'em. He is arguably the best no limit player who ever lived, and his accomplishments at the WSOP over the years are unparalelled. Worst Game:
Limit Hold'em- Strangely, despite his profieciency in no limit, limit hold'em doesn't suit Johnny style quite as well. Johnny is a trapping type of player and that approach is ideal for no limit, but a little weak in a game like limit hold'em where it's important to be much more aggressive on the flop. He doesn't suck at it obviously, but he would be an underdog against players like Jennifer Harman, Todd Brunson, or Phil Ivey in limit hold'em.Strengths:
Players often talk about seeing through a players soul, but Johnny's ability to recognize tells might just be the bet in the business. If he looks at your eyes, your fingers, your throat, or your body language in general... he will know. This is a strength that should be respected and feared. If you take him lightly, he will crush you.Weaknesses:
Johnny is a no limit and/or pot limit genius, but what makes him strong in those game hurts him a little bit in the limit games. He has a cautious approach to limit poker that costs him a little bit of value in certain situations.Cash Games: 7.5 Tournaments: 10 Emotional Stability: 6Heart: 9 Short Handed: 6.5Ring Game: 8 No Limit Hold'em: 10 Other notes:
While Johnny doesn't gloat, or look for much publicity on his own, he does take great pleasure in staying ahead of Phil Hellmuth. Johnny, along with most of the high limit players scoff at what they call, the "TV players" that claim they are the best in the world, but won't put their money where their mouth is. Johnny has an ego just as any top player does, but he makes his claims by being one of the most dominant tournament players in the history of poker. His 10 bracelets have come despite the fact that Johnny hasn't been playing in all of the events regularly, choosing the big money cash games instead of the bling. Recently, though, I think a fire was lit under his butt and he is out to prove that he is the best poker player in the world.