Event #10 at 2012 WSOP Goes to John MonnetteFriday, June 8th, 2012 by Ryan
The 2012 World Series of Poker has been filled with some interesting story line’s to this point and there have been quite a few new gold bracelet winners as well. While the focus of many of the events to this point has been on the game of Texas Hold’em, today we are going to take a look at a player who took down a Seven Card Stud event at Event #10 of the World Series. While Hold’em events have massive prize pools and an incredible number of entrants typically, you’ll find the events such as Seven Card Stud can actually be some of the toughest to win because of the power of the player in them. They are normally laced with professionals and players who specialize in only these games. This made the win by John Monnette even more impressive at the $5k Seven Card Stud Event this year.
The tournament was nowhere near the size of a standard World Series of Poker event, as it was focused more towards players who play Seven Card Stud on a regular basis. There were a total of 145 players who bought in, but there were a ton of big named players in it as well. According to many reports, close to 50% of the total entrants had a gold bracelet to show off, and half of the 16 players who made it into the money had won gold bracelets as well. Two of the well-known final table members included Jeff Lisandro and Perry Friedman, who are both very well-known.
Monnette started out the strong final table with the chip lead at 547k, and was more than 140k in front of his closest competitor. Things didn’t go incredibly smoothly though as he lost the chip lead after about an hour, and when things were down to three handed he was in second place behind only Huu Vinh. Monnette turned it up from there and found himself over one million chips and had 1.3 million after ab it of play. Once Timothy Finne was sent home in 3rd place, Monnette had a massive chip lead of 1.89 million to 285k over Vinh.
Monnette got the job done after about 20 minutes when he got it all in pre-flop with A-Q-J while Vinh was holding Q-8-3. Monnette hit a Jack on fifth street and locked up the championship from there. This is Monnette’s second gold bracelet as he took down one last year at the $2,500 8-game tournament where he won more than $278k. His pay day for this event wasn’t quite as much, but was still a nice chunk of change as he took down $190,826 for the win. For the second place finish, Vinh took down a nice $117,913.
Monnette has already cashed twice at the 2012 World Series of Poker now, and could be a name to watch out for as we move forward. He has shown that he not only can play and beat the big boys of poker, but that his game is also on point right now. If he can continue this strong play we may be writing about Monnette once or twice again within the next month or so.