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2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker

Monday, June 13, 2011 to Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Event #23: $2,500 8-Game Mix

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  • Buy-in: $2,500
  • Prizepool: $1,112,475
  • Entries: 489
  • Remaining: 0


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Thursday, June 16, 2011 2:54 AM Local Time

Champion John Monnette

John Monnette is quickly becoming a household name around the World Series of Poker, and tonight's performance will certainly help that trend. Monnette has just completed the goal he set before himself three days ago, winning Event #23, the $2,500 buy-in eight-game mixed event. With it comes nearly $300,000 and Monnette's first gold bracelet.

The day began with 25 players still in the mix -- see what we did there? --, among them some of the most skilled mixed-game players in the world. Names like Ylon Schwartz, Nikolay Evdakov, and Max Pescatori all dropped out over the course of the opening levels, and the field shrunk quickly. Midway through the day, the final eight were set, and the survivors were relocated to the secondary featured table for the conclusion of the fight.

John Racener was the first of the eight to fall, his pocket kings running into the flush of Eric Buchman in stud 8/b. Racener had a full-house draw with one to come, but a brick on seventh cut his evening short with a small payday for his fifth career WSOP final table. Adam Kornuth fell just a few minutes later in no-limit hold'em, his pocket eights coolered off by the two tens of Michele Limongi.

John Juanda was on life support early in Day 2, but he managed to grow his stack steadily for the last half of the event, right up until his elimination in sixth place today. Juanda got his last couple bets into a limit pot with king-high, and Buchman's     flopped an open-ended straight flush draw. He made that straight right on the turn with the  , and Juanda was thusly ushered out the door a few spots shy of his second 2011 bracelet.

Desmond Portano fell to John Monnette in a razz hand to bow out in fifth, and Monnette took care of Brent Hanks in fourth place, too. With the knockouts mounting, it was about this time that the momentum was really shifting toward Monnette. He rode the rush all the way to victory. Michele Limongi was his next victim, Monnette waking up with aces to take the last of the Italian's chips.

That left Monnette and Buchman heads up for the hardware, probably two of the betting favorites coming into play. They were playing the "H" of H.O.R.S.E. when Limongi went out, and by the time they got to the "E", the match was decided. The tides turned for good in the stud round where Monnette dominated, making a couple key hands to cripple Buchman down into the knockout zone. One hand of stud 8/b was all it took for Monnette to collect the rest, and Buchman was gracious in defeat.

It took about six hours of final-table play to crown Monnette as the champion, a feat which looked improbable at one point. It was a bit of a buzzer beater, too. With just 18 minutes left on the clock, Monnette and Buchman would have been forced to bag up if they couldn't settle it quickly. The end came, though, and it was John Monnette holding the bracelet with flash bulbs popping in the Amazon Room. He's the toast of the town tonight, and he'll join the growing group of bracelet holders when he's awarded his new jewelry on Friday.

Congratulations one more time to John Monnette, the champ!

Thursday, June 16, 2011 2:26 AM Local Time

Eric Buchman - Eliminated in 2nd Place

Stud 8/b

Buchman brought it in with the  , Monnette completed blind with the   up, and Buchman raised. Monnette called.

Buchman got his last bet and a half in on fourth street, the hands were turned up, and ran like this:

Eric Buchman: (  ) /     
John Monnette: (  ) /     

Monnette turned over the   on seventh, and Buchman was drawing to a nine or a queen. He paired, but the   just wasn't enough, and he was eliminated in 2nd place for $171,855.

This was Buchman's third cash at the 2011 World Series of Poker, and second final table. Despite falling short of his second bracelet, Buchman was in good spirits after the match, talking with Monnette about hands and the future.

"Time to get paid," he said. "At least that will ease the pain a little bit."

Congratulations to Buchman for another deep run at the 2011 WSOP!

Thursday, June 16, 2011 2:21 AM Local Time


On the last hand of the stud round, things went pretty sour for Eric Buchman. John Monnette brought it in with the  , and Buchman completed with the  . Monnette called.

Monnette: (x-x) /      / (x)
Buchman: (x-x) /      / (x)

Monnette quickly bet his ace on fourth street, and Buchman raised it up. Monnette called, and Buchman picked up an ace of his own on fifth. He bet again, then check-called on sixth. On seventh, he checked again, and Monnette made the last bet of 100,000. It represented a significant chunk of Buchman's remaining stack, and he toyed with the calling chips for a moment before sliding them in.

Monnette showed     for the wheel, and Buchman turned his palms upward and sighed. He couldn't beat it, and the losing of that pot drops him all the way down to just 203,000.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 2:10 AM Local Time


John Monnette: (  ) /      / ( )
Eric Buchman: (  ) /      / ( )

John Monnette brought in with the   showing, Buchman raised, and Monnette re-raised. Buchman called.

Buchman check-raised Monnette on fourth street, Monnette called, and then on fifth and sixth, after pairing his deuce, Monnette led out. Buchman called both bets.

Monnette checked dark going into seventh, Buchman checked behind, and Monnette opened     for nines and deuces. They were good, and he shipped the pot.

John Monnette2,850,000250,000
Eric Buchman715,000-385,000
Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:58 AM Local Time

Omaha 8/b

Eric Buchman raised the button, and John Monnette called for a flop. It came      , and Monnette check-called a bet. That action repeated after the   turn and   river, as well.

Buchman showed         for the nut low, and Monnette's         was not great, but good enough for the high. Chop-chop.

Playtika - Jason Alexander
Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:51 AM Local Time

Michele Limongi - Eliminated in 3rd Place

Limit Hold'em

Eric Buchman raised with the button, Michele Limongi re-raised from the small blind, and John Monnette made it four bets from the big blind. Buchman folded, and Limongi called.

The flop fell    , and Limongi check-called a bet from Monnette, leaving less than a big bet behind, and moved all in after the   turned. Monnette immediately called, and tabled   . Limongi tried to muck, but his hand was forced to be turned over because there was still one card to come. He was drawing dead with   , the   on the river completed the hand, and the Italian was eliminated in 3rd place.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:39 AM Local Time
Level: 28
Blinds: 0/0
Ante: 0
Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:39 AM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

We picked up the action after the initial draw as the action was checking to Eric Buchman. We infer he was the button-raiser to start the hand, and he put out the small bet of 40,000. Michele Limongi and John Monnette both called. Limongi took two cards while the others took one apiece. Limongi checked again, and now Monnette led out into the pot with a big bet of 80,000. Buchman raised it up, Limongi folded, and Monnette called. Monnette stood pat, so did Buchman, and Monnette check-folded to a bet.

Buchman drags the pot, and he's up to about 1.25 million now.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:31 AM Local Time
John Monnette2,250,000-50,000
Eric Buchman860,000245,000
Michele Limongi610,000-85,000
Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:27 AM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

John Monnette raised with the button, Eric Buchman made it three bets from the small blind, Monnette made it four, and Buchman called. On the first draw, both players drew one card then checked. On the second, they both drew one again, but Buchman led out. Monnette quickly called.

Both players stood pat on the third draw, Buchman led again, and Monnette snap-folded.

John Monnette2,300,000-125,000
Eric Buchman615,000135,000
Gorilla Gaming
Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:24 AM Local Time

Michele Limongi has been awkwardly fiddling with his glasses all night, and it's been entertaining to watch him squeeze out the dots on his tiny cards. After the last hand, he made a comment to the floor in the best English he could muster.

"Why, in the States, do you not use bigger cards? So they're easier to see?"

From across the table, John Monnette quickly piped up. "You can't squeeze big cards. Where's the fun in that?"

Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:22 AM Local Time
John Monnette2,425,0000
Michele Limongi695,0000
Eric Buchman480,0000
Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:22 AM Local Time

2-7 Triple Draw

John Monnette opened from the button, and Michele Limongi three-bet from the big blind. Monnette called taking two cards, and Limongi took one. Limongi bet, Monnette called. They each took one card on the second round, and Limongi fired again. It worked this time as Monnette folded with a curious look.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:07 AM Local Time

Michele Limongi completed the small blind, John Monnette raised to 60,000, and Limongi called. The flop fell    , and Limon check-called 39,000 from Monnette. Both players checked the   on the turn, and the   on the river, and Limongi opened      for queen-high. Monnette opened      for a pair of fours, and shipped the pot.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 1:07 AM Local Time

It's probably a good time to mention that both Michele Limongi and John Monnette are gunning for their first bracelet here tonight. Limongi has had some good success in mixed games, with results that include a fourth-place finish in a H.O.R.S.E. event here in 2009. Monnette is newer to the game than Limongi, but he's already becoming a household name around the Amazon Room. It helps when you go heads-up with a guy named Ivey. In 2009, Monnette finished second to Mr. Ivey in a 2-7 No-Limit Draw event. He finished in fifth in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo Championship the same summer and has about $750,000 in career earnings.

And then there's Eric Buchman, by far the most accomplished player at the table. He's posted significant cashes in all disciplines of poker at the W.S.O.P., and he's the proud owner of one shiny gold bracelet. It came last year in a $2,000 Limit Hold'em event, and it came with more than $200,000. Still, that's only his fourth-largest career cash. The biggest one came the year prior when he binked more than $2.5 million for a fourth-place finish in the Main Event.

Gorilla Gaming
Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:59 AM Local Time

John Monnette

No-Limit Hold'em

John Monnette opened to 50,000 from the button, and Eric Buchman three-bet jammed for 306,000. Monnette had the dealer break it down, and he scruffily considered for a bit before slipping his cards into the muck.

Buchman has three-bet shoved once and open-shoved the button once more in the meantime. He's worked his stack up to 450,000 again.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:57 AM Local Time

We just switched to no-limit hold'em. It's the Cadillac of Poker, you know. In any event, the button fell such that Eric Buchman had to post the lone big blind. He had already put the small blind out in preparation and was pestering Michele Limongi to put in his big. When the dealer corrected the blinds, Buchman put up a bit of a fight at having to post the extra 20,000. Just a little fight, though.

The result? He got a walk.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:55 AM Local Time

Stud 8/b

Eric Buchman: (  ) /      / ( )
Michele Limongi: (  ) /     FOLDED
John Monnette: (  ) /      / ( )

Buchman brought in, and both Limongi and Monnette called. All three players checked on fourth street, and on fifth Monnette led out, Buchman raised, Limongi released, and Monnette called. Monnette check-called a bet on sixth street, and both players checked on seventh.

Monnette opened     for aces and jacks, they were good, and he won the pot.

John Monnette2,450,000200,000
Eric Buchman325,000-225,000
Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:49 AM Local Time

Brent Hanks - 4th place

Stud 8/b

Brent Hanks brought it in with the   up, and John Monnette completed with the  . Hanks made the call, and their hands ran out thusly:

Hanks: (x-x) /      / (x)
Monnette: (x-x) /      / (x)

Both players checked fourth street, and Monnette bet fifth. He bet again on sixth, and Hanks check-called one last bullet on seventh. It was the one that put him all in for about 65,000, and he'd soon be all the way out. Monnette turned up     in the hole, and he finished with kings and a seven-low to scoop the pot. Hanks tabled his    , on his way out the door to collect fourth-place money. It's worth $78,774 -- not bad for a couple days' work.

Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:38 AM Local Time
John Monnette2,100,00070,000
Michele Limongi815,000-145,000
Eric Buchman590,000-15,000
Brent Hanks236,0001,000
Gorilla Gaming