Event #22: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship

Event Info

Buy-in $10,000
Prize Pool $864,800
Players 92

Level Info

Level 26
Blinds 25,000 / 50,000
Ante 15,000
Event #22: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
Day 3 Completed

John Monnette Wins Event #22: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship

MrCleverFox • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 15,000 ante
John Monnette
John Monnette

Eight players returned to finish out play in Event #22: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship, and leading them at the start of the day was John Monnette. Monnette carried that lead for most of the day and applied relentless pressure, made the right decisions, and ran good as well, all culminating in the capturing of his third World Series of Poker bracelet.

It looked like Mike Leah would be able to challenge Monnette. Leah quickly dispatched of Paul Volpe. Both players had draws to a seventy-six low, but Leah made a better ninety-six. and Volpe hit the rail. Unfortunately, immediately after that, Leah doubled up Xavier Kyablue when Kyablue hit his draw against Leah’s pat jack-low. Kyablue finished him off just a few hands later and moved into the chip lead for a short time.

Mike Gorodinsky fell next. He seemed to always be on the wrong end of a cooler. It was Monnette who finished him off. Both players stood pat with a ninety-six low, but Monnette had him just pipped and Gorodinsky hit the rail. It was then that Kyablue quickly lost the chip lead. He tried to run a bluff against Monnette, but Monnette called him down with a ninety-seven low and was good.

James Chen fell next to the eventual runner-up, Per Hildebrand. Chen got it in drawing dead against Hildebrand’s pat ninety-six. Hildebrand played tight most of the day, avoiding big spots and hardly getting it in without the best of it. “I don’t bluff,” Hildebrand said at one point. “I tried that yesterday.”

Kyablue was the next to go in fourth. He was eliminated by Darren Elias when Elias stood pat with a ninety-eight and Kyablue’s draw bricked out.

The final three players then hit a stalemate. Chips were traded back and forth between the players, but it was Elias who fell short first. He lost a couple pots to Monnette and eventually got it all in against Monnette for the rest of it. He couldn’t catch up and hit the rail in third. This was a relief to Monnette, who considered Elias to be one of his toughest opponents.

“There were some really tough players,” Monnette said about the field. “Paul, who won this tournament before, busted right away, so that was nice. Then I played with Darren on my left, who is awesome at this game. When I finally busted him, it was a big relief, because he’s tough, and having someone like that to your left can put you in a lot of weird spots.”

Monnette held a monster chip lead coming into heads-up play, and it didn’t take too long to finish off Hildebrand. Hildebrand was able to double up once, but eventually, he ran out of chips when Monnette was dealt a pat eighty-six and Hildebrand was only drawing to an eighty-seven.

Monnette took home $256,610 for his victory and locked up his third bracelet, with his first coming in 2011 in the $2,500 Eight-Game Mix, and his second coming in 2012 in the $5,000 Seven-Card Stud. But, for Monnette, this bracelet was different for him.

“I just want to say, this has been my first bracelet with my wife,” Monnette said. “She’s been awesome for me. All of them are special, but it was super cool with her being here. She’s always been supportive of me in everything I do. She’s always rooted for me, and there’s been some disappointment. She deals with me being gone thirteen hours a day, and coming home angry, but luckily, I’m not so angry anymore.”

1John MonnetteUnited States$256,610
2Per HildebrandSweden$158,596
3Darren EliasUnited States$110,944
4Xavier KyablueUnited States$79,016
5James ChenTaiwan$57,316
6Mike GorodinskyUnited States$42,357
7Mike LeahCanada$31,903
8Paul VolpeUnited States$24,498

Tags: Darren EliasJames ChenJohn MonnetteMike GorodinskyMike LeahPaul VolpePer HildebrandXavier Kyablue

Per Hildebrand Eliminated in 2nd Place ($158,596)

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 26: 25,000-50,000, 15,000 ante
Per Hildebrand
Per Hildebrand

Per Hildebrand opened to 125,000, and John Monnette three-bet to 400,000. Hildebrand four-bet jammed all in, and after getting a count, Monnette called, once again with a chance to win his third bracelet.

Monnette patted, and Hildebrand drew one. Monnette tabled an {8-}{6-}{5-}{4-}{3-} for an eight-six and Hildebrand said, “That’s good,” revealing an {8-}{7-}{6-}, drawing dead.

Hildebrand banked $158,596 for his runner-up finish while the $10,000 NL 2-7 Champion John Monnette earned $256,610 and his third WSOP gold bracelet.

John Monnette us
John Monnette
us 4,600,000 1,150,000
Per Hildebrand se
Per Hildebrand
se Busted

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Monnette Wins Four Straight

AnTh0nyWTF • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 10,000 ante

Other than a few walks and some raise-and-takes, this heads-up battle has been all John Monnette. Monnette has won the last four pots.

In the first hand, Per Hildebrand opened, and Monnette defended. Monnette drew one and bet 250,000. Hildebrand folded his pat hand.

The next hand, Monnette opened, and Hildebrand defended. Both drew two, and Hildebrand called a bet of 100,000 from Monnette, mucking when Monnette tabled a ten-nine.

The third hand, Monnette three-bet Hildebrand's open and took it down.

In the final hand of the run, Monnette opened to 95,000, and Hildebrand defended. Both drew one, and Hildebrand check-called a bet of 125,000. Monnette tabled a nine-eight, and Hildebrand mucked.

John Monnette us
John Monnette
us 3,700,000 200,000
Per Hildebrand se
Per Hildebrand
se 900,000 -200,000

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Darren Elias Eliminated in 3rd Place ($110,944)

MrCleverFox • Level 25: 20,000-40,000, 10,000 ante
Darren Elias
Darren Elias

John Monnette raised to 100,000. Next to act, Darren Elias moved all in. Monnette thought for a while, then called.

Elias took one, while Monnette stood pat holding {9-}{8-}{7-}{6-}{4-}. Elias showed {9-}{8-}{7-}{2-} and was drawing live, but a {9-} came for his draw, pairing him and eliminating him from the tournament in third place. Elias collected $110,944 for his third-place finish.

John Monnette us
John Monnette
us 3,500,000 950,000
Darren Elias us
Darren Elias
us Busted

Tags: Darren EliasJohn Monnette