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Monnette stops Buchman in 8-game

Updated: June 17, 2011, 12:07 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

In order to win an event that includes limit hold 'em, Omaha high-low split, razz, seven card stud, seven card stud high-low, no-limit hold 'em, pot-limit Omaha and 2-7 triple draw, players need to be more than proficient in each game. Event 23, the $2,500 eight-game mixed event at the 2011 WSOP, offered a challenge to all players. Think you're the best all-around player? Come prove it. A field of 489 players bought in with hopes of capturing one of the most impressive bracelets of the summer and John Monnette proved to be the king of all eight games, winning his first bracelet and $278,144.

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WSOPJohn Monnette won his first bracelet in the $2,500 eight-game event at the 2011 WSOP.

Daniel Negreanu always praises the play of Monnette, 28, and early Thursday morning, many were able to see why. Carefully maneuvering through a final table that included Eric Buchman, John Juanda and John Racener, Monnette dissected the weaknesses of his opponents and capitalized in key spots. This was Monnette's 17th WSOP cash since 2005 and third final table. Monnette's previous-best finish was a second-place result in the $2,500 2-7 lowball event in 2009 which was won by Phil Ivey.

Monnette defeated Buchman in seven-card stud eight-or-better, but earned most of his chips during the stud round. This was Buchman's second final table of the 2011 WSOP after finishing third in the seven-card stud Event 5, won by Eugene Katchalov. He also cashed in the $10,000 Omaha high-low event last week and the three cashes have led him into the top 15 in the 2011 WSOP Player of the Year rankings.

On top of those rankings is Juanda whose sixth-place finish was his second of the Series. Buchman knocked out Juanda during the limit hold 'em round.

The game changed at each table every eight hands and blind levels increased every hour.

Other notable finishers included Marco Traniello (18th), Ylon Schwartz (19th), Shawn Buchanan (20th) and Eric Baldwin (33rd).

Below are the complete results of Event 23 at the 2011 World Series of Poker:

Event 23: Eight-game mix
Buy-in: $2,500
Entries:489
Prize pool: $1,112,475
Players in the money: 48

1. John Monnette ($278,144)
2. Eric Buchman ($171,855)
3. Michele Limongi ($109,245)
4. Brent Hanks ($78,774)
5. Desmond Portano ($57,692)
6. John Juanda ($42,897)
7. Adam Kornuth ($32,373)
8. John Racener ($24,797)
9. Adam Geyer ($19,268)
10. Rami Boukai ($19,268)
11. Owais Ahmed ($15,196)
12. Mikko Pispala ($15,196)
13. Ben Yu ($12,148)
14. Hooman Nikzad ($12,148)
15. Mayu Roca Uribe ($9,845)
16. Gregory Dyer ($9,845)
17. Robert Rosengarten ($8,098)
18. Marco Traniello ($8,098)
19. Ylon Schwartz ($8,098)
20. Shawn Buchanan ($8,098)
21. Konstantin Puchkov ($8,098)
22. Sirous Baghchehsaraie ($8,098)
23. Max Pescatori ($8,098)
24. Nikolay Evdakov ($8,098)
25. Sanjay Pandya ($6,752)
26. David Stroj ($6,752)
27. Dylan Linde ($6,752)
28. Ebrahim Mourshaki ($6,752)
29. Tom West ($6,752)
30. Eric Froehlich ($6,752)
31. Jan Suchanek ($6,752)
32. Dan Kelly ($6,752)
33. Eric Baldwin ($5,740)
34. Marco Johnson ($5,740)
35. Gebrehiwet Goitom ($5,740)
36. Eugene Katchalov ($5,740)
37. Anthony Rivera ($5,740)
38. Andy Black ($5,740)
39. Eric Conti ($5,740)
40. Bruce Levitt ($5,740)
41. Sergey Altbregin ($4,883)
42. Brian Rast ($4,883)
43. Ron Ware ($4,883)
44. Al Barbieri ($4,883)
45. Dave Stann ($4,883)
46. Jimmy Fricke ($4,883)
47. Shaun Deeb ($4,883)
48. Gabriel Nassif ($4,883)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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