The veterans mean business this summer in the 2023 WSOP. We have seen a slew of multi-time winners adding another bracelet to their resumes recently which has set the tone at this WSOP as it reaches the 1/3rd of the way through marker.
David “ODB” Baker won his third bracelet in Event #24: $1,500 Razz last Friday. Josh Arieh also joined the conversation by taking down his fifth bracelet in Event #22: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship. Then Shaun Deeb most recently did so by capturing his sixth bracelet in Event #27: $1,500 Eight-Game Mix. Not to mention Ben Lamb grabbing a second one as well.
All of these successful long-time players seem to be inspiring each other to keep it up as yet another added his name to the veteran multi-time winners list when John Monnette captured his with bracelet in Event #30: $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw for $145,863 after outlasting 522 players.
Monnette has been a stalwart in the mixed game scene at the WSOP for many years as he won his first bracelet back in 2011 in 8-game mix. He then won a seven card stud title in 2012 before adding the $10,000 2-7 lowball championship bracelet in 2017 and the $10,000 Limit Hold’em championship in 2021. He also has three other runner-up results, two of which are in 2-7 lowball events and four third-place finishes which puts him very close to having not just a hall of fame live career but one that could be tossed into the conversation for one of the best mixed-game players ever.
John Monnette’s career bracelets
|Year||Event Won||Prize Money|
|2011||$2,500 8-Game Mix||$278,144|
|2012||$5,000 Seven Card Stud||$190,826|
|2017||$10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championsip||$256,610|
|2021||$10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship||$245,680|
|2023||$1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw||$145,863|
Path to bracelet #5
Monnette’s most recent bracelet came with a flair for the dramatic as he was down as low as half of one big bet while heads-up and was all in and at risk three times against Christopher Chung but Monnette would simply not go away and eventually chipped all the way back up into the lead and finally to the victory.
His comeback completed an impressive final table performance that saw him defeat the likes of multi-time bracelet winner Ryan Hughes and Patrick Leonard.
Will the trend of multi-time bracelet winners adding more continue as this WSOP continues? Will we see some of the biggest names in the game continue to swallow up all the hardware? So far the indications are in the affirmative.