There are certain truths that we accept about today's young professional poker player. They play hold 'em, usually of the no-limit variety. Sure, they'll mix it up with Omaha on occasion, but hold 'em is their bread and butter. They've spent the majority of their table time online. They travel in packs and chatter about hands as if poker is its own language. They stick mostly to tournaments.
This is the image we conjure when we think of young poker players today, and that's why John Monnette is such a striking figure in the current poker landscape. He doesn't fit the mold, really, in just about any way.
Monnette had a phenomenal World Series of Poker in 2012. Among his five cashes were a win, a runner-up finish and a third-place finish, all in events whose high-end buy-ins meant he was playing against the crème de la crème. It was a remarkable run that deserved more attention than it received, but Monnette's story got swallowed by successes involving names like Phil Ivey, Antonio Esfandiari and Michael Mizrachi.