2012 World Series of Poker Day 10: John Monnette Captures Second Bracelet



Day 10 of the 2012 World Series of Poker saw five events scattered around the Rio on Tuesday. Event #9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry played down to a final table with Ryan Olisar leading the way, but Brian Rast, Amanda Musumeci, and Greg Mueller trailing not far behind. In Event #10: $5,000 Seven Card Stud, John Monnette was able win the bracelet after duking it out with the likes of Bryn Kenney and Jeffrey Lisandro. Event #11: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha also played down to a final table. Charles Tonne is leading the way, but pros Vincent Van Der Fluit and Tristian Wade also have their eyes on a bracelet.

Two new events began on Tuesday. The first was Event #12: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em where all eyes were on Viktor "Isildur1" Blom. The second was Event #13: $1,500 Limit Hold’em, which saw a slew of huge names make the leaderboard, including Eric Buchman, Jennifer Harman and her husband Marco Traniello, Michael Mizrachi, Fabrice Soulier, and John Racener.

Event #9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry

Thirty-three hopefuls returned Tuesday to fight for the bracelet. Among them were 2010 Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Scott Seiver, Brian Rast, Paul Wasicka, Ari Engel, and Lee Childs. Only nine advanced to Wednesday’s final table, including Rast, Amanda Musumeci, Greg Mueller and chip leader Ryan Olisar.

Duhamel was eliminated Tuesday in a crazy pot that resulted in a double elimination by Rast. One player limped and Rast limped behind. Duhamel then raised 300,000, leaving himself only 100,000 behind. The first player then moved all-in for 600,000, and action was back to Rast who thought a while before making a call. Duhamel then called off the rest of his chips and it was off to the races.

Duhamel was holding {K-Spades}{J-Diamonds}, Rast had {A-Clubs}{Q-Hearts} and the other player had {10-Hearts}{10-Spades}. The board ran out {Q-Clubs}{J-Spades}{2-Diamonds} {7-Hearts}{5-Clubs} to give Rast the win with a pair of queens and the monster pot. Duhamel took home $22,885 for 21st place.

The biggest pot of the day came when Ryan Olisar performed his own double knockout. Olisar opened with a raise to 60,000, and short-stacked Andrew Rennhack moved all-in for 240,000. Giorgio Medici then moved all-in over the top of that for 1,200,000. Olisar shocked everyone at the table by calling.

Olisar was holding the {A-Diamonds}{K-Hearts}, Medici had {J-Hearts}{j-Diamonds} and Rennhack was in the worst shape with {A-Hearts}{10-Hearts}. The {4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} flop brought some action because it gave Olisar a flush draw, and the {3-Diamonds} turn sealed the hand, awarding Olisar the nearly 1,700,000 chip pot and pushing him over 4,000,000 chips.

Action will continue Wednesday at 1300 PDT (2100 BST) as the final nine players will fight it out until one is holding a bracelet.

To see all the hands from Wednesday’s action, and to make sure you didn’t miss anything from Tuesday, make sure you check out the live reporting blog.

Event #10: $5,000 Seven Card Stud

Sixteen players began the day in Event #10, but at the end, only John Monnette remained. Monnette fought through a stacked field that included Bryn Kenney, Jeff Lisandro, Nick Schulman, Mike Sexton, Eugene Katchalov, Max Pescatori, and Cyndy Violette to take home the gold bracelet and first place money.

Kenney was eliminated in seventh when he and Huu Vinh got into a betting war. With the boards reading (x-x)/{A-Clubs}{8-Spades}{j-Spades} for Kenney and (x-x)/{7-Clubs}{J-Clubs}{A-Hearts} for Vinh, Kenney bet his lead on fourth street, then check raised all-in on fifth street. Vinh called the difference and the boards ran out like this:

Kenney: {10-Spades} {3-Clubs}/{A-Clubs} {8-Spades} {J-Spades} {Q-Diamonds}/{4-Diamonds}
Vinh: {K-Spades} {7-Spades}/{7-Clubs} {j-Clubs} {A-Hearts} {5-Spades}/{j-Hearts}

Vinh’s two pair was good enough for the knock out and the elimination and Kenney was sent home in seventh place for $27,062. Lisandro was eliminated soon after that when his pair of nines could not hold up against Perry Friedman, who made a straight on the river to send Lisandro home in fifth for $41,789.

On the final hand of the night, Hu Vinh brought in the with the {3-Hearts} and spiked down his whole stack of 100,000. Monnette obliged with a raise and all the chips went in the middle. The boards ran out {Q-Clubs} {8-Hearts}/{3-Hearts} {K-Diamonds} {5-Clubs} {4-Spades}/{7-Spades} for Vinh and {A-Clubs} {Q-Hearts}/{J-Clubs} {6-Diamonds} {J-Diamonds} {8-Clubs}/{9-Hearts} for Monnette, giving him a pair of jacks the win. Amazingly, it was the same hand that Monnette won his bracelet with last year in the $2,500 Eight-Game Mix event. With another pair of jacks on Tuesday, Monnette took home his second bracelet and $190,826 for first place.

To catch up on any other hands you missed, or to see John Monnette’s rise to the top, check out the live reporting blog.

Event #11: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

Charles Tonne was the man of the hour as Day 2 of Event #11 wrapped up on Tuesday. After 117 players were whittled down to just nine, it was Tonne who was leading the pack. Tonne was able to get past several big names and notables such as Noah Boeken, Isaac Baron, Sorel Mizzi, Shannon Shorr, Terrence Chan and Tristan Wade to make it to the top, as well.

Tonne started making noise late in the day when he eliminated Stephen Wolfe in 12th place. With the board reading {9-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{2-Spades}, there was a pot bet, a re-pot, then and all-in and call. When the hands were turned up, Wolfe held {A-Clubs}{3-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{8-Spades} for a wrap straight draw, and Tonne held {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for an overpair to the board. The board ran out runner deuces and Tonne improved to a full house and the win. After that hand, Tonne moved to 1,400,000 million in chips and he never looked back.

Coming back Wednesday to the final table is Tristan Wade who has over $1 million is tournament earnings, as well as online high-stakes cash game specialist Vincent Van Der Fluit. The final nine players will return Wednesday at 1300 PDT (2100 BST) to play for the $265,221 first prize, as well as the gold bracelet.

To make sure you don’t miss anything from Tuesday, or from Wednesday’s final table, make sure you check out the live reporting blog.

Event #12: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em

All eyes were on Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom Tuesday as hundreds of railbirds gathered around and watched play in the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit event. Blom defeated Andy Bloch in the first set of matches only to be defeated by Tommy Chen in the round of 128. During the 1,000/2,000 level, Tommy Chen put Blom all-in for his last 26,000 chips, and Blom called holding the {J-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}. Chen was holding the {Q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and was able to hold for the victory against the famous Swede.

Among those who advanced to Wednesday’s Round of 32 were Chen, Vanessa Selbst, Antonio Esfandiari, and Scott Baumstein. Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Faraz Jaka, Tom Marchese, Melanie Weisner, Yevgeniy Timoshenko, Frank Kassela, David Sands, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and many other big names were eliminated short of the money on Tuesday.

Esfandiari arguably had the toughest day, beginning by playing Vanessa Rousso as a play-in match. He then moved on to face Issac Haxton. On the final hand, Esfandiari raised to 2,200 and Haxton called. The board came down {J-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}. Esfandiari bet 3,400, and Haxton raised to 6,400. Esfandiari then put Haxton all in, and Ike called with {9-Diamonds}{7-Hearts}. Esfandiari held {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds} for a higher pair and was able to hold through the turn and the river to move to the next round. In his last match of the day, Esfandiari eliminated Jacob Godshall.

On Wednesday, “The Magician” and 31 others will return and play until only four remain. The Round of 32 will commence at 1300 PDT (2100 BST). Players will be vying for the $371,498 first prize along with the championship bracelet.

To see the full list of matchups, and who else didn’t make it to Day 2, make sure you check out the live reporting blog.

Event #13: $1,500 Limit Hold’em

More than 700 players entered Tuesday’s $1,500 Limit Hold’em event. At the end of the day, Tom Cage was leading the way, but Eric Buchman, Jennifer Harman, Marco Traniello, Michael Mizrachi, and John Racener were all close behind.

Many players hit the rail on Day 1, including Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Andy Bloch, Shaun Deeb, and Randy "Nanonoko" Lew, all of whom registered after busting the $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit event. Many players used this event as a chance to have fun and blow off steam. Brett Richey showed up at 9:40 p.m. to the event and was quite drunk, and continued to drink and have a good time at his table. Also drinking were Jason Mercier, Sam Grizzle, and Men "The Master" Nguyen.

One of the players not drinking, and building a stack in the process, was Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi. In one hand, he raised the button and the small blind reraised him. Action folded back to Mizrachi who made the call. The flop came down {Q-Hearts}{Q-Diamonds}{9-Spades} and the player in the small blind led out, only to have Mizrachi raise. The player called. The turn was the {10-Hearts} and the player check-called a bet from Mizrachi and did the same on the {4-Clubs} river. Mizrachi tabled {9-Hearts}{7-Spades} and scooped the pot, pushing him over 20,000 chips in the process.

On Wednesday, the remaining 222 players will return and play through the money bubble, where the top 81 players will get paid. Play will begin at 1400 PDT (2300 BST) in the Amazon Room.

To see who else advanced to Day 2 make sure you check out the live reporting blog.

On Tap

The Event #9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry and Event #11: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha will both play down to a winner on Wednesday. Event #12: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em will play down to the final four players. Event #13: $1,500 Limit Hold’em will return Wednesday with the final 222 players trying to make it past the bubble.Getting under way will be Event #14: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout and Event #15: $5,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split 8-or-Better.

To see action from all of Tuesday’s events, and to make sure you don’t miss anything Wednesday make sure you check out the live reporting blog throughout the day.

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