John Monnette and Benny Glaser Join Five-Time World Series of Poker Bracelet Gang

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The list of those with five World Series of Poker bracelets is getting longer and longer while the 54th version boils through the summer. John Monnette and Benny Glaser recently joined Brian Yoon and Josh Arieh as players who celebrated their fifth WSOP wins in 2023.

John Monnette
John Monnette is a five-time World Series of Poker winner. (Image: WSOP)

Monnette makes it five

John Monnette became the 35th player to win five WSOP bracelets when he outlasted 521 entries in the $1,500 Triple Draw Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Event for $145,863.

He was down to less than a full bet during heads-up play against Christopher Chung, but managed to battle back and secure number five.

A cash-game pro, Monnette broke the $3 million mark for WSOP cashes this year. He began to rack-up his bracelets starting in 2011 when he won the $2,500 8-Game Mix for his first piece of hardware.

He won his second bracelet in the $5,000 Seven Card Stud event a year later. It took another five years before Monnette won his third in the 2017 $10,000 No-limit Deuce-to-Seven Single Draw Lowball Championship. His fourth came in 2021 at the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship.

All but $760,000 or so of the $4 million he’s won playing tournament poker came in WSOP events.

Before he won his fifth bracelet, Monnette made two other final tables in 2023, finishing fourth in the $1,500 Seven card Stud event for $32,828, and fifth in a $1,500 event for $111,755. He’s cashed two more times since and is currently 871 points away from Ian Matakis, who leads the WSOP Player of the Year race with 2,689.52 points

Top six of $1,500 Triple Draw Deuce-to-Seven Lowball

  1. John Monnette — $145,863
  2. Christopher Chung — $90,150
  3. Patrick Leonard — $60,915
  4. Joshua Damm — $42,030
  5. James Williams — $29,625
  6. Ryan Hughes — $21,342

Patrick Leonard was chasing his second bracelet, while Ryan Hughes, his fourth. Michael Rodrigues Pires Santos, who missed the final table by one spot, is also chasing the WSOP Player of the Year title thanks to eight cashes in 2023 that includes his first bracelet. He currently sits in second behind Matakis.

Benny Glaser
Benny Glaser Wins his fifth WSOP bracelet. (Image: WSOP)

Benny bags more bouillon

Benny Glaser, the quiet and reserved man from Southhampton, UK., bagged his fifth WSOP bracelet in the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship. It was Glaser’s third bracelet in bigger buy-in events the WSOP calls “championships.”

The 130 entries of this one pushed the prize pool to $1,209,000, paying the top 20 at least $16,378.

All five of Glaser’s bracelets came through lowball or hi-lo games. His first bracelet was won in a $1,500 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw even in 2015. Number two came in a $1,500 $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better event in 2016. His third in the $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship that same year (in events that were three days apart).

Number four came in the $10,000 Razz Championship in 2021.

Glaser was a guest on the CardChat Podcast where he talked about his prowess in mixed-games.

The final table of the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship was packed with multi-time bracelets winners and those fully in the WSOP Players of the Year Race.

That includes Michael Rodrigues Pires Santos, mentioned above, who nearly snatched his second bracelet this year, but fizzled out in third. 

Oscar Johansson was trying to turn his sixth WSOP cash into hardware, but fell to Glaser in second.

Sampo Ryynanen was also going for his first bracelet, but his cash for fourth was his second-largest out of the 15 he’s managed at the WSOP since 2012.

This section of the article could have easily been about Julien Martini, who brought 40 cashes and four bracelets to the final table, but the only fifth he’d get that day was his finishing spot.

David “Bakes” Baker — not to be confused with David “OBG” Baker, who won his third bracelet earlier this summer — was going for number four, while Joao Vieira, who has 87 cashes since 2020, was going for his third.

Top finishers of the $10,000 Limit 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw Championship

  1. Benny Glaser — $311,428
  2. Oscar Johansson — $192,690
  3. Michael Rodrigues Pires Santos — $139,048
  4. Sampo Ryynanen — $101,709
  5. Julien Martini — $75,341
  6. David “Bakes” Baker — $55,528
  7. Joao Vieira — $42,695

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