Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:37 PM Local Time
John Monnette Wins Event #22: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship
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."
|1||John Monnette||United States||$256,610|
|3||Darren Elias||United States||$110,944|
|4||Xavier Kyablue||United States||$79,016|
|6||Mike Gorodinsky||United States||$42,357|
|8||Paul Volpe||United States||$24,498|
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 8:23 PM Local Time
Per Hildebrand Eliminated in 2nd Place ($158,596)
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 for an eight-six and Hildebrand said, "That's good," revealing an , 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||4,600,000||1,150,000 |
|Per Hildebrand||0||-1,150,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 7:51 PM Local Time
Hildebrand Recovers a Little More
Per Hildebrand opened with a raise to 150,000. John Monnette called.
Both players drew one, then Monnette checked to Hildebrand. Hildebrand bet 235,000, and Monnette called. Hildebrand showed , and that was good to take the pot.
|John Monnette||3,450,000||-350,000 |
|Per Hildebrand||1,150,000||350,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 7:41 PM Local Time
Hildebrand Doubles to Stay Alive
John Monnette open-jammed, and Per Hildebrand called, putting himself at risk. Monnette stood pat, tabling a , and Hildebrand drew one, turning over a .
Hildebrand drew a to stay alive and double up.
|John Monnette||3,800,000||-260,000 |
|Per Hildebrand||800,000||260,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 7:36 PM Local Time
Level 26 started
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 7:28 PM Local Time
Monnette Extends His Lead
John Monnette raised to 100,000, and Per Hildebrand called. Hildebrand took one, while Monnette took two.
Hildebrand then checked to Monnette, who bet 135,000. Hildebrand called. Monnette showed , and that was good enough to take down the pot.
|John Monnette||4,060,000||360,000 |
|Per Hildebrand||540,000||-360,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 7:24 PM Local Time
Monnette Wins Four Straight
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||3,700,000||200,000 |
|Per Hildebrand||900,000||-200,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 7:06 PM Local Time
Approximate Heads-Up Chip Counts
|John Monnette||3,500,000||0 |
|Per Hildebrand||1,100,000||-150,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 7:04 PM Local Time
Darren Elias Eliminated in 3rd Place ($110,944)
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 . Elias showed and was drawing live, but a 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||3,500,000||950,000 |
|Darren Elias||0||-800,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 7:00 PM Local Time
Two in a Row for Monnette
John Monnette just took a sizeable pot from both of his opponents.
In the first hand, Monnette called an open and a bet from Darren Elias, drawing two and taking the pot with a jack-seven.
The very next hand, Monnette opened to 100,000 and got called by Per Hildebrand. Monnette drew two, and Hildebrand drew one.
Hildebrand led with a bet of 105,000 and called a raise to 280,000 from Monnette. Monnette tabled a seven-six perfect, and Hildebrand mucked.
|John Monnette||2,550,000||565,000 |
|Per Hildebrand||1,250,000||-260,000 |
|Darren Elias||800,000||-275,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:47 PM Local Time
Hildebrand Gets Some Value From Elias
Per Hildebrand opened with a raise to 100,000. Darren Elias called from the big blind.
Elias took two cards while Hildebrand took one. Elias then checked over to Hildebrand who bet 150,000. Elias called but mucked when Hildebrand showed .
|Per Hildebrand||1,510,000||295,000 |
|Darren Elias||1,075,000||-325,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:37 PM Local Time
Level 25 started
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:24 PM Local Time
Updated Counts at the Break
|John Monnette||1,985,000||240,000 |
|Darren Elias||1,400,000||220,000 |
|Per Hildebrand||1,215,000||-395,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:19 PM Local Time
Players are now on a 15-minute break and will return shortly.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:07 PM Local Time
Monnette Makes Two Folds
Darren Elias opened with a raise to 75,000 from the button. Monnette called from the big blind. Monnette took two and Elias took one.
Monnette then led with a bet of 130,000. Elias thought for a while before making it 425,000 total. Monnette then thought for a while and folded his hand.
Per Hildebrand opened with a raise to 80,000 from the small blind. From the big blind Monnette made it 245,000. Hildebrand then opted to put in a reraise to 625,000 total. Monnette thought for a while before releasing his hand.
|John Monnette||1,745,000||-505,000 |
|Per Hildebrand||1,610,000||260,000 |
|Darren Elias||1,180,000||180,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 6:02 PM Local Time
Not Much Movement Last Couple Orbits
The three finalists are playing to win it right now. Each pot the last couple orbits has been opened and a few have even seen bets and calls after the draw phase.
All three have taken a sizeable pot off each other but their chip stacks have roughly remained the same.
|John Monnette||2,250,000||50,000 |
|Per Hildebrand||1,350,000||-100,000 |
|Darren Elias||1,000,000||50,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 5:42 PM Local Time
Hildebrand Grabs a Three-Way Pot
Per Hildebrand opened with a raise to 80,000. Monnette called from the small blind, and Elias called from the big blind.
Monnette and Elias both took one while Hildebrand stood pat. All three players then checked. Monnette showed a . Elias mucked. Hildebrand showed and that was good to take down the whole pot.
|John Monnette||2,200,000||-250,000 |
|Per Hildebrand||1,450,000||200,000 |
|Darren Elias||950,000||50,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 5:32 PM Local Time
Elias Doubles Through Monnette
John Monnette open-jammed from the small blind and Darren Elias put himself at risk in the big blind.
Both drew one and tabled their hands. Elias revealed and drew a . Monnette has a and was drawing live. Monnette, unfortunately, paired his nine and Elias was awarded the double-up.
|John Monnette||2,450,000||-140,000 |
|Per Hildebrand||1,250,000||20,000 |
|Darren Elias||900,000||100,000 |
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 5:20 PM Local Time
Level 24 started
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 5:15 PM Local Time
Per Hildebrand opened with a raise to 75,000 from the small blind. John Monnette called from the big. Monnette took two while Hildebrand took one.
As the dealer was dealing Monnette's two, one card was briefly exposed, showing the . The dealer and floor agreed and Monnette was dealt another card.
Hildebrand then bet 150,000. Monnette thought for a bit, then folded.
"Queen good?" Monnette asked. "My first card gave me a seven."
|John Monnette||2,590,000||30,000 |
|Per Hildebrand||1,230,000||-10,000 |