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Boyd Bags 1st WSOP Bracelet

Russ "Dutch" Boyd won the World Series of Poker No Limit Hold'em Short Handed Tournament in the 2006 World Series of Poker currently being held at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The University of Missouri law school grad earned $475,000 after outlasting 823 players and taking home his very first WSOP bracelet.

Boyd went head to head with reigning WSOP Main Event champ Joe Hachem from Australia at the final table. Before the last hand, Boyd was the chip leader with $1,460,000, while Hachem had $600,000.

Boyd had an A-5 combination and bet all his chips, while Hachem who had a A-Q stayed in the hand. The next four cards showed an Ace, King, 9 and Jack, still giving the Aussie pro the advantage. However the river revealed a 5, giving Boyd the winning hand of two pairs. Hachem came in at 2nd raking in $345,000.

Boyd graduated from Central Missouri State at age 14 and moved to Columbia so he could attend law school at MU. Boyd graduated from law school at age 18 in 1999 and became a star in his own right in the poker world when he finished at an impressive 12th at the 2003 World Series of Poker. Boyd is now based in California.


08/25/2006, Friday
Todd Sanders

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