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John Monnette Wins 2017 World Series of Poker $10,000 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship

Monnette Earns Third Career Bracelet and $256,610 First-Place Prize


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The $10,000 no-limit 2-7 lowball event always draws a small, but talented field at the World Series of Poker. The 2017 edition was no different, registering 92 top players and creating a total prize pool of $864,800.

After three days of action, the title, the bracelet and the $256,610 first-place prize were awarded to none other than top poker pro John Monnette. Although primarily a cash game grinder, the San Diego, California native now has more than $2.6 million in live tournament earnings.

The 34-year-old won his first bracelet in 2011, in the $2,500 eight-game mix, and followed that up with his second in the 2012 $5,000 stud event. His third bracelet now puts him in elite company with the likes of Chip Reese, Brian Rast, Michael Mizrachi, Barry Greenstein and Antonio Esfandiari.

The final 14 players made the money, taking home at least $15,333. Among the notables to cash were Robert Mizrachi (14th), Shaun Deeb (13th), Konstantin Maslek (12th), Mike Watson (11th), Jon Turner (10th) and Dario Sammartino (9th). The final table featured bracelet winners Paul Volpe (8th), Mike Leah (7th), Mike Gorodinsky (6th), as well as Darren Elias (3rd) and Per Hildebrand (2nd).

Monnette has long been considered one of the best mixed game players on the planet, terrorizing the fellow players at the highest stakes offered. But while his skill on the felt demanded respect, his attitude would sometimes get him into trouble. However, the man known as “Angry John” believes he’s turned a corner thanks to help from his new bride Diana.

“This has been my first bracelet with my wife,” Monnette said after the win. “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 13 hours a day, and coming home ‘angry,’ but luckily, I’m not so angry anymore.”

Here’s a look at the final table results.

Finish Player Name Payout POY Points
1 John Monnette $256,610 540
2 Per Hildebrand $158,596 450
3 Darren Elias $110,944 360
4 Xavier Kyablue $79,016 270
5 James Chen $57,316 225
6 Mike Gorodinsky $42,357 180
7 Mike Leah $31,903 135
8 Paul Volpe $24,498 90

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