In the early hours of Sunday morning John Monnette became just the 52nd player in poker history to win four or more gold bracelets at the World Series of Poker. The 39-year-old high-stakes mixed game specialist defeated FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver heads-up in the 2021 WSOP $10,000 buy-in limit hold’em championship to secure his fourth bracelet and the top prize of $245,680.
This was Monnette’s first hold’em bracelet. His other WSOP titles came in the 2011 $2,500 eight-game mix event, the 2012 $5,000 seven card stud event, and the 2017 $10,000 no-limit deuce-to-seven lowball championship event.
“The first is always the most special, but this is awesome,” Monnette said when asked where this win at the series ranks in comparison to his three previous victories at the series. “I had a couple of bad years where I did nothing so to finally get back and do something is great. It was a tough field, a championship event, so this definitely means a lot.”
Silver, the Editor in Chief at the data-driven news organization FiveThirtyEight, spent several years as a professional poker player with a focus on limit hold’em. Before Silver made his name in the political journalism space by correctly predicting the outcome of 49 out of 50 states in the 2008 Presidential election, he played poker for a living. In the early 2000s, he grinded online limit hold’em, sometimes playing as high as $200-$400 stakes. Silver earned $151,842 as the runner-up in this event, by far the largest score of his tournament career. He now has $236,164 in lifetime earnings to his name.
“He played really well and he adjusted well to the different amount of players at the table,” said Monnette when asked about Silver’s performance. “It was cool to play with him. I’ve been a follower of his, like most people, since the election and it was cool to play him. It’s cool to see people coming from outside of poker and succeeding.”
|1||John Monnette||United States||$245,680|
|2||Nate Silver||United States||$151,842|
|3||Eric Kurtzman||United States||$108,747|
|5||Jason Somerville||United States||$58,697|
|6||John Racener||United States||$44,263|
|7||Scott Tuttle||United States||$33,979|
|8||Christopher Chung||United States||$26,561|
|9||Kevin Song||United States||$21,149|