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2021 52nd Annual World Series of Poker The Official WSOP Live Updates

Thursday, October 07, 2021 to Saturday, October 09, 2021

Event #16: Limit Hold'em Championship

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  • Buy-in: $10,000
  • Prizepool: $857,900
  • Entries: 92
  • Remaining: 0

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Sunday, October 10, 2021 1:11 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 8 hours ago)
A Fourth Bracelet and $245,680 for John Monnette in Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship

John Monnette

After almost 11 hours, the final table of 2021 World Series of Poker Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship has come to an end with John Monnette winning his fourth WSOP bracelet for $245,680 by defeating Nate Silver heads-up.

This is Monnette's first Hold'em bracelet after winning the $2,500 8-Game in 2011, the $5,000 Seven Card Stud in 2012, and the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship.

"The first is always the most special, but this is awesome," Monnette said when asked to compare this win to his others. "I had a couple of bad years where I did nothing so to finally get back and do something is great. It was a tough field, a championship event, so this definitely means a lot."

Monnette came into the final table as one of the shorter stacks but managed to win the big pots at the key times to vault his way up the leaderboard. "I was patient is a good way to describe it. The final table kind of played out lucky for me where some of the best limit players were eliminated early, but I survived."

While Silver and the third-place finisher Eric Kurtzman may not have as much experience as some of the others, Monnette gave credit where it was due.

"They played great!" Monnette said about the long battle three-handed and heads-up with Silver. "I've been a big follower of his since the elections and it was cool to play him. It's great to see people coming from outside of poker and having success. We battled and it was fun."

Event #16: $10,000 Limit Hold'em Championship Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1John MonnetteUnited States$245,680
2Nate SilverUnited States$151,842
3Eric KurtzmanUnited States$108,747
4Terrence ChanCanada$79,210
5Jason SomervilleUnited States$58,697
6John RacenerUnited States$44,263
7Scott TuttleUnited States$33,979
8Christopher ChungUnited States$26,561
9Kevin SongUnited States$21,149
10Ray DehkharghaniUnited States$18,506

Final Table Action

There were 10 players that returned on Day 3 after an extended second day of the tournament. The goal was to get down to just seven players before the PokerGO stream would begin. It took over an hour for the first elimination to occur and it would be Ray Dehkharghani to bow out. Kevin Song followed him to the rail after flopping two pair against Christopher Chung's set. Unfortunately for Chung, he didn't last much longer when he ran into John Racener's set.

That left just seven players remaining and the live stream could commence. Scott Tuttle had a great start to the final table, winning the first three hands he played. However, the blinds and a couple of tough hands caught up with Tuttle who found himself with just a few big bets. Tuttle flopped a pair of sixes but it was no match for the pocket queens of Kurtzman.

John Racener, who came into the day as the chip leader, was next on the chopping block. Racener was a victim of the Terrence Chan run-good early on and dropped several pots through the opening levels to Chan. Also down to just a few big bets, Racener got his chips in good on the flop with pocket jacks against Kurtzman's pair of eights. A king on the river would give Kurtzman a better two pair than Racener who ended up in sixth place.

Five-handed play continued for a while with Jason Somerville on the short stack throughout. Somerville managed to continuously stay alive with multiple double-ups but eventually, he hit a brick wall. Somerville was all in preflop in a coin-flip situation and managed to flop a straight with a royal flush draw. Unfortunately for him, Silver spiked a set on the turn and filled up on the river to eliminate Somerville in fifth place.

Nate Silver runner up in Event #16
Nate Silver runner up in Event #16

Just a couple of hands later, Chan who held the early chip lead also found himself all in and at risk. Chan flopped a pair of jacks but Monnette quickly turned a pair of aces to take the lead. Chan was unable to catch up on the river which set the stage for the final three players to battle it out with what seemed like an infinite number of chips.

It took over two hours to get to heads-up with each player holding the chip lead at one point or another. There were a few large pots that played out that would eventually decide Kurtzman's fate in third place. He was unable to come out on top in the key hands and fell down to just five big bets. After flopping top pair with top kicker, Kurtzman found his spot to get the last of his chips in the middle. Silver head two overcards with a straight draw and managed to spike one of his outs on the river to eliminate Kurtzman in third place.

Silver took a slight lead into heads-up play and would hold the lead for much of the battle. However, over nearly three hours of back and forth with Monnette, the players went on their last break of the night almost dead even. Once they returned, Monnette was able to win a couple of the largest pots of the night to take a substantial lead. Silver was down to six big bets heading to the final hand where both players found a favorable flop. After a few raises, Silver was all in on the turn but drawing to just outs when Monnette made two pair. Silver was unable to come from behind and his hopes of winning a gold bracelet were shattered.

That wraps up another event here at the 2021 World Series of Poker inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. The PokerNews team will be back on Sunday with more action from the tournament floor.

John Monnette
John Monnette
Sunday, October 10, 2021 1:03 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 8 hours ago)
Nate Silver Eliminated in 2nd Place ($151,842)

Nate Silver

Nate Silver raised on the button and John Monnette called from the big blind. The flop came     and Monnette checked to Silver who bet. Monnette check-raised which allowed Silver to three-bet. Monnette just called and the   landed on the turn.

Monnette led out with a bet and Silver raised. Monnette re-raised and Silver found himself all in for 390,000 on the turn.

Nate Silver:   
John Monnette:   

Monnette held two pair and the larger of the two flush draws. Silver had just two outs in the deck and the   on the river was not one of them. Monnette held on for the win and Silver was forced to settle for second place.

John Monnette5,520,000820,000
Nate Silver0-790,000
Sunday, October 10, 2021 1:00 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 9 hours ago)
Silver Left with Fewer than Ten Big Bets

John Monnette raised from the button and Nate Silver three-bet for Monnette to call.

The flop came    , Silver continued with a bet and Monette called.

The turn was the   and Silver bet again. This time, Monnette called again.

The river completed the board with the   and Silver fired a last bet out. Monette called. Silver tabled the    but Monette held the    for the higher two pair.

John Monnette4,700,000600,000
Nate Silver790,000-610,000
Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:57 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 9 hours ago)
Largest Lead of the Match

Nate Silver raised on the button and John Monnette defended from the big blind. The flop came     and Monnette led out with a bet. Silver called and the   landed on the turn.

Monnette fired another bullet on the turn and Silver still called. The   on the river paired the board and Monnette bet again. Silver called and Monnette showed    for trip sevens and dragged in the pot.

John Monnette4,100,000700,000
Nate Silver1,400,000-700,000
Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:45 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 9 hours ago)
Monnette Inches Further Ahead

Nate Silver raised on the button and John Monnette three-bet from the big blind. Silver called and the dealer spread the flop of    . Monnette led out with a bet and Silver raised which Monnette called.

The turn was the   and Monnette led out again. Silver folded this time and Monnette picked up the pot.

John Monnette3,400,000500,000
Nate Silver2,100,000-500,000
Velo 690x150
Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:38 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 9 hours ago)
Level 24 started
Level: 24
Blinds: 40,000/80,000
Ante: 0
Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:31 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 9 hours ago)
Nate Silver on Playing Poker
Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:28 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 9 hours ago)
Break Time

The players have been sent for a quick break.

Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:22 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 9 hours ago)
Silver Climbs Back

Nate Silver raised it up on the button and John Monnette called from the big blind. The flop came     and Monnette check-called a bet from Silver.

The   paired the board on the turn and Monnette led out with a bet. Silver raised and Monnette just called. The river was the   and Monnette checked. Silver tossed in a bet and Monnette looked him up. Silver flipped over    for a straight and Monnette conceded.

John Monnette2,900,000-300,000
Nate Silver2,600,000300,000
Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:18 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 9 hours ago)
Monnette Doesn't Get Called on the River

Nate Silver raised from the button and John Monnette defended.

The flop came    , Monnette check-called the bet of Silver.

The turn was the   and Monnette bet. Silver called to see the   on the river. Monnette bet and Silver folded.

John Monnette3,200,000200,000
Nate Silver2,300,000-200,000
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Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:10 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 9 hours ago)
Monnette Battles Back

Nate Silver raised it up on the button and John Monnette called. The flop came     and Monnette check-called a bet from Silver.

The   paired the board on the turn and both players checked to the   on the river. Monnette checked again and Silver threw in a bet. Monnette check-raised and Silver quickly folded.

John Monnette3,000,000700,000
Nate Silver2,500,000-700,000
Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:05 AM Local Time (about 10 days and 9 hours ago)
Play Paused

There's some discussion in regards to a possible cap on raises when the players are heads-up. Normally, the cap is set at a bet and four raises but the tournament director has been asked to clear things up. While they await a reply, the tournament clock has been paused.

Saturday, October 9, 2021 11:55 PM Local Time (about 10 days and 10 hours ago)
Trips for Monnette

John Monnette raised from the button and Nate Silver three-bet for Monnette to call.

The flop came    , Silver continued with a bet and Monnette called.

The turn was the  , Silver opted to check and Monnette bet for Silver to come along.

The   completed the board and Silver checked for the last time. Monnette bet and Silver called. Monnette tabled the    for trips and the pot.

Nate Silver3,200,000-500,000
John Monnette2,300,000500,000
Saturday, October 9, 2021 11:51 PM Local Time (about 10 days and 10 hours ago)
Silver Builds on His Lead

John Monnette raised it up on the button and Nate Silver defended his big blind. The flop came     and both players checked to the   on the turn.

Silver checked again and Monnette threw in a bet. Silver called and the   completed the board. Silver still checked and Monnette checked it back. Silver showed    for a straight to build on his lead.

Nate Silver3,700,000700,000
John Monnette1,800,000-700,000
Saturday, October 9, 2021 11:36 PM Local Time (about 10 days and 10 hours ago)
Higher Flopped Straight for Silver; Improves to a Flush

Nate Silver

Nate Silver raised from the button and John Monnette made the call.

The flop came    , Monnette checked and Silver bet. Monnette raised for Silver to reraise and Monnette to call.

The turn was the   and Monnette took over the lead and led out a bet. Silver raised and Monnette called.

The river completed the board with the   and Monnette bet. Silver called. Monnette tabled the    but Silver held the    for the higher flopped straight and rivered flush.

Nate Silver3,000,000700,000
John Monnette2,500,000-800,000
Velo 690x150
Saturday, October 9, 2021 11:26 PM Local Time (about 10 days and 10 hours ago)
Monnette Catches Silver Bluffing

Nate Silver raised it up on the button and John Monnette called from the big blind. The flop came     and Monnette check-called a bet from Silver.

The   paired the board on the turn and Monnette checked again. Silver bet again and Monnette called to see the   on the river. Monnette checked for the third time and Silver fired one more bullet. Monnette mulled it over and eventually called. Silver didn't show his cards but Monnette tabled    for just king-high and won the pot.

John Monnette3,300,000800,000
Nate Silver2,300,000-700,000
Saturday, October 9, 2021 11:13 PM Local Time (about 10 days and 10 hours ago)
Monnette Gets It Back

Nate Silver raised it up on the button and John Monnette three-bet from the big blind. Silver called and the flop of     hit the felt. Monnette checked to Silver who bet and Monnette called.

The turn brought the   and Monnette checked again. Silver bet and Monnette check-raised which Silver called. The river was the   and Monnette led out. Silver thought for a minute before making the call. Monnette whipped over    for top pair and was awarded the pot.

Nate Silver3,000,000-700,000
John Monnette2,500,000600,000
Saturday, October 9, 2021 11:09 PM Local Time (about 10 days and 10 hours ago)
Silver Takes the Largest Lead Thus Far

Nate Silver raised it up on the button and John Monnette re-raised from the big blind. The flop came     and Monnette led out which Silver called.

The turn was the   and both players checked to the   on the river. Monnette checked once more and Silver threw in a bet. Monnette called and Silver showed    for trip fives and extended his lead.

Nate Silver3,700,000300,000
John Monnette1,900,000-200,000
Saturday, October 9, 2021 11:04 PM Local Time (about 10 days and 10 hours ago)
Silver Makes Everything

Nate Silver raised it up on the button and John Monnette called from the big blind. The flop came     and Monnette check-called a bet from Silver.

The   paired the board on the turn and Monnette checked again. Silver still bet and Monnette stuck around for the   on the river. Monnette checked once more and Silver threw in a bet. Monnette looked him up and Silver showed    for a flush and Monnette couldn't beat it.

Nate Silver3,400,000100,000
John Monnette2,100,000-200,000
Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:54 PM Local Time (about 10 days and 11 hours ago)
Level 23 started
Level: 23
Blinds: 30,000/60,000
Ante: 0
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