Dutch Boyd wins second WSOP bracelet, $234K

14 June 2010

Russ "Dutch" Boyd won the $2,500 buy-in Six-Handed Limit Hold'em tournament (Event #23) at the World Series of Poker in the early-morning hours on Monday, claiming the $234,065 first-place prize.

It marked his second career gold bracelet victory for the conflict-ridden poker pro originally from Columbia, Mo., who now lives in Las Vegas, Nev. Boyd's first WSOP title was also in a six-handed event, a no-limit Hold'em event in 2006. Boyd defeated then-reigning WSOP Main Event champion Joe Hachem in a thrilling heads-up finale that aired on ESPN.

"That first gold bracelet was really special," said Boyd. "This is very special, too. But that first one was a dream come true. But now I have a new dream — to win two bracelets in one year."

Boyd has been around the poker scene for eight years. He initially made a name for himself when he ran deep in the 2003 Main Event, finishing 12th the year that Chris Moneymaker won. Boyd now has more than $1.2 million in career WSOP winnings.

Boyd was heavily influenced by the 1998 movie "Rounders," starring Matt Damon. He saw himself in the character of a young law school student with conflicting emotions and interests. Like Damon's character in the movie, Boyd decided to pursue a career as a professional poker player.

Boyd moved to Culver City, CA, where he found several like-minded friends. He formed a poker group called "The Crew," which was a brazen, brass-balled cluster of wunderkinds who made poker their single focus. A few members of "The Crew" (which no longer exists) went on to win WSOP gold bracelets, including Scott Fischman and Brett "Gank" Jungblut.

Dutch Boyd now has two WSOP bracelets in his collection.

Dutch Boyd now has two WSOP bracelets in his collection. (photo by GreasieWheels)

"I put 12 years into this game," said Boyd. "I'm supposed to win this bracelet. I'm supposed to win this one today. I devoted the better part of my life to this game, and I feel I deserve this bracelet."

The second-place finisher was Brian Meinders, from Jackson, N.J., who had Boyd on the ropes at one point, holding what seemed to be an insurmountable 4-to-1 chip lead, but Boyd fought back and won one of the most satisfying victories of his near decade-long poker career. The final hand of the tournament came when Boyd was dealt jack-10, while Meinders was dealt ace-eight. Boyd caught a pair of jacks on the flop and improved to a straight on the river, leaving Meinders to settle for $144,650 with the runner-up finish.

The third-place finisher was Albert Minnullin, from Moscow, Russia, while Julian Parmann, from Las Vegas, Nev., was fourth. Domenico De Notaristefani, an Italian-born American now living in Mendham, N.J., was fifth, while Al "Sugar Bear" Barbieri, originally from Philadelphia and now living in Los Angeles, was sixth.

This year's Six-Handed Limit Hold'em competition, the first of its kind to be held at the WSOP, drew 384 players. The top 36 finishers collected prize money. Two other former WSOP gold bracelet finishers cashed in this event, including Alexander Borteh (15th), and Rafe Furst (16th).

J.J. Liu, from Las Vegas, Nev., became the first female at this year's WSOP with two top-10 finishes. She took third place in the Pot-Limit Hold'em tournament (Event #9) and finished in seventh-place this time.

Modified from notes provided by Nolan Dalla for www.wsop.com

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