R.I.P. – John Bonetti

by , Jun 28, 2008 | 12:13 pm

John Bonetti died in Houston this week at age 80. The three-time WSOP bracelet winner was loved by players, hated by dealers, and according to his good friend Phil Hellmuth (via PokerNews), “[He would have been] a huge star if the cameras had come five years earlier.” Bonetti was an old-time player who found continued success at the tables even against a younger generation of players in a new poker era — all the way through 2006 when his health began to decline.


  • Nice post, Jen. He was a great guy.

  • bcd

    John may have been a grumpy, old man, but he was always free with his time. he played in several Houston area charity tournaments, where he was welcomed warmly by all players and respected for his game.

    it’s sad to see one of our hometown boys go.