2016 WSOP: Ian Johns Wins 2nd Bracelet of the Summer

All attention may be focussed on Jason Mercier after winning two bracelets so far at the 47th World Series of Poker, but he’s not the only player having it all his own way in Las Vegas. Fellow US pro Ian Johns is also enjoying an unprecedented run, and like Mercier, has now notched up two winner bracelets this summer.
Coming into the 2016 WSOP, Ian Johns had $638,252 in live tournament earnings, with his accolades including winning a bracelet at the 2006 WSOP $3k Limit Hold’em event for $291,755. Not even half way through this year’s series, and Johns has now almost doubled his career earnings to $1,156,579, as well as tripled his bracelet tally, after taking down the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event for $212,604, followed ten days later by the $10k limit hold’em championship for $290,635.
Commenting on his performance so far, the 31-year-old Seattle poker pro confessed to not usually playing a lot of tournaments, and being totally blown away by his incredible run at this year’s WSOP. As to how he has been able to accomplish such a feat, Johns’ explanation seems to reflect the comment made by Chance Kornuth about Mercier’s multiple bracelet results this year, with the pro stating that a player in the zone is full of confidence, makes very few mistakes, and ultimately trust all their reads. As Ian Johns subsequently explains:
“It’s kind of surreal. A lot of times you play poker your mind can kind of drift. The last couple of days, and when I won the bracelet two weeks ago, my mind wasn’t drifting at all. I was locked in on what was going on. I think that’s a big reason why you see [multiple bracelet winners at the WSOP]. A guy like Jason Mercier or guys like that, you just get so locked in on what you’re doing. It’s a level of focus you just don’t get to all that much. I hope I can do it some more.”

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