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John Monnette Becomes a Four-Time WSOP Bracelet Winner
John Monnette won his fourth World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet at the 2021 WSOP. Monnette finished ahead of 91 opponents in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship event. The victory came with $245,680 in prize money, which boosted his lifetime winnings close to $3.1 million.
Monnette’s first bracelet came in 2011 in the $2,500 Eight Game Mix. He won his second in the $5,000 Seven Card Stud event in 2012. Monnette had a five-year wait before securing his third bracelet. It came in the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship. Now Monnette is one of only 52 poker players in history to win four or more bracelets.
Monnette Second-Shortest Stack at the Final Table
The $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship final table was played ten-handed. John Racener led the way while Monnette was the second-shortest stack.
Tenth place and $18,506 went to former bracelet winner Ray Dehkharghani. His Ad-8s lost to the Kh-Js of Eric Kurtzman courtesy of a Ks-5c-7s-7h-3h board.
Kevin Song was the next casualty in a cruel hand for limit hold’em. Christopher Chung raised, Song three-bet, and Chung called. The flop came 8s-Jc-Ad, and Chung check-called Song’s continuation bet. The 4h turn saw Chung check, Song bet, Chung raise, and Song got his stack in. Chung called. Song showed As-Js for two pair, which the 8h-8d of Chung crushed. The 9h river sent Song home in ninth place, good for $21,149.
It was around this stage that Monnette improved his lowly position, winning a few consecutive pots from the bigger stacks.
Everyone except Chung climbed a payout place during Level 19. Chung got the last of his stack in with As-2s on an Ah-9d-5c-Qd board but Racener held 5h-5d. Racener’s set held, and the tournament lost another player.
Scott Tuttle was the next to bust, his seventh-place finish coming with a $33,979 payday. Racener joined Tuttle on the sidelines when his Jh-Jd failed to hold against Kurtzman’s Kh-8h on a Qh-Qc-8d flop. Racener looked set to double until the Ks landed on the river.
All Eyes On Nate Silver
It took another two hours for another payer to bust, Jason Somerville being that player. Somerville lost a coinflip with As-Ks against the 7h-7d of Nate Silver despite flopping a Broadway straight. This is because the final board read Qs-Jh-Ts-7c-Tc, gifting Silver a full house.
The ace-king of Monnette fared better in a clash with Terrence Chan. All the chips went in on a Jd-2c-9s flop, Chan holding Kh-Jh and Monnette Ah-Kd. The Ad turn left Chan drawing thin. The Qc river was not one of Chan’s outs and the MMA fighter was knocked out.
Each of the final three players were now guaranteed a six-figure haul. Kurtzman scooped the first of those three prizes, $108,747. Kurtzman, who only plays tournaments when the WSOP is in Las Vegas, got his chips in with Ah-5h against the 8d-7h of Silver, on a 4s-5c-4d flop. The 8h turn gifted Silver the lead, and the 3c the win.
Silver held a 3,100,000 to 2,500,000 lead over Monnette going into heads-up. Neither player managed to pull clear of the other until a couple hands away from the final hand.
The last of Silver’s chips went in with Qc-Ts versus Kc-8d on a Tc-8c-7c-Ks board. The 6d river busted the FiveThirtyEight founder, and handed the title to Monnette.
Other Recent 2021 WSOP Champions
The 2021 WSOP has been busy crowning champions since our last update. Here are the latest round of bracelet winners.
- Harvey Mathews won Event #13: $3,000 Freezeout No-Limit Hold’em for $371,914
- Rafael Lebron won Event #14: $1,500 Seven Card Stud for $82,262
- Bradley Jansen won Event #15: $1,500 6-Handed No-Limit Hold’em for $313,403
- Vladimir Peck won Event #18: $2,500 Mixed Triple Draw Lowball for $134,390
- Anthony Zinno won Event #19: $10,000 Seven Card Stud Championship for $182,872
- Pete Chen won the $400 NL Hold’em Ultra Deepstack Online for $82,559
- DJ Alexander won Event #20: $1,000 FLIP & GO No-Limit Hold’em for $180,665