Event #21: $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Draw Championship attracted some of the world's most talented poker players. The final table was played on the third day and it only took 2,5 hours to go from eight to three players: Darren Elias (USA), Per Hildebrand (Sweden) and John Monnette (USA).
Elias was eliminated after a short series of all-ins, ultimately losing his final chips to John Monnette who put constant pressure on his opponents throughout the final day of play.
Monnette had a big chip lead as the final battle started and it looked like he would make it a quick one, given that Hildebrand was left with less than 500k in chips at one point. Hildebrand fought well despite being so short stacked, managing to double up and then taking down a few pots in a row before the final hand...
Per Hildebrand opened to 125,000, and John Monnette three-bet to 400,000. Hildebrand four-bet and was all in. Monnette asked for a count and then called. Monnette patted, and Hildebrand drew one. Monnette tabled 8x6x5x4x3x for an eight-six and Hildebrand revealed 8x7x6x, drawing dead.
Hildebrand, the founder of the now closed Entraction (IGT) Poker network, received $158,596 for his second place finish while Monnette earned $256,610 and his third WSOP gold bracelet.
"I just want to say, this has been my first bracelet with my wife," Monnette told WSOP.com "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 thirteen hours a day, and coming home angry, but luckily, I'm not so angry anymore."
Final Table Payouts (earned POY points in parentheses):
1st: John Monnette, $256,610 (136.8)
2nd: Per Hildebrand, $158,596 (116.5)
3rd: Darren Elias, $110,944 (103.5)
4th: Xavier Kyablue, $79,016 (92.4)
5th: James Chen, $57,316 (83.0)
6th: Mike Gorodinsky, $42,357 (75.1)
7th: Mike Leah, $31,903 (68.3)
8th: Paul Volpe, $24,498 (62,5)