John Monnette is a full time professional poker player from Palmdale in California, USA. With his recent victory at the World Series of Poker in 2012, he has now joined the elite club of poker players by winning his second gold bracelet after taking down event #10. Before this victory, Monnette had already won the appreciations and respect of several observers, poker enthusiasts and contemporaries with his skills, his performance, his ability to play all forms of poker proficiently and his prowess in some of the largest high-stakes cash games.
John Monnette is one of the most popular and respectable mixed game specialist from America. He lives in San Diego in California. Due to his intense attitude and his occasional outbursts at the live casinos, he has been nicknamed ‘Angry John’. “It doesn’t really bother me,” he opined about his reputation. “I mean, I have a temper and I overreact sometimes. People who know me just joke about it.” On being compared on his demeanor at the tables with that of his life outside poker, he had said, “When I play poker I’m often angry and I’m very intense, I’m always wrapped up in poker. A lot of people that know me outside of poker realize that I’m always so hardcore and so angry and just focused on poker, I’m actually alright. People that only know me in my competitive mode where I sometimes come across as angry and mean, when I’m really just being super competitive.”
Like most poker players, Monnette is a regular at online poker where he plays under the screen name ‘jmonnett’. Before the Black Friday 2011 criminal case, Monnette used to frequent the poker site called PokerStars. Now he plays primarily in WSOP events as far as tournament poker is concerned, besides a few warm-up tournaments before the summers. “This is pretty much the only place where you can play limit tournaments and also non-PLO and no-limit tournaments. I play the Razz and the mixed game and the Deuce-to-Seven. All the games I enjoy playing like Omaha Hi-Lo,” said Monnette on his preference for the WSOP.
His recent success in live tournaments is his winning event #10 – $5,000 Seven Card Stud in the WSOP 2012, where he surpassed 145 entrants and defeated Huu Vinh to claim a cash prize of $190,826 and the WSOP gold bracelet. Currently he is ranked at number 2 in the 2012 World Series of Poker Player of the Year by Bluff Magazine.