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Event #5 - WSOP Short Handed Results & Report

37th Annual World Series of Poker

Event #5 - WSOP Short Handed
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
3700 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV, 89103, US
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Dutch Boyd The Thrill of Victory and Agony of Defeat
Russ 'Dutch' Boyd shatters WSOP champ Joe Hachem's bid for bracelet number two Colorful and controversial poker pro wins...
Profile: Dutch Boyd
Date: June 30, 2006 Time: 12:00 PM

Buy-In: $2,500
Prizepool: $1,895,200
Entries: 824

Place Country Name Prize
1 USA Dutch Boyd $425,712
2 Australia Joe Hachem AKA "Hash" $256,800
3 USA Jeff Knight $153,511
4 USA Michael Goodman $115,607
5 USA Pete Hassett $91,917
6 USA David Solomon $68,227
7 USA Mirza M Nagji $42,642
8 USA Daniel Negreanu AKA "Kid Poker" $38,852
9 Norway Vegard Nygaard $35,061
10 USA Zack Sanders AKA "The Bag" $31,271
11 USA Gioi Luong $27,480
12 USA Behzad Teranie $23,690
13 USA Gavin Smith $19,900
14 USA Harry Thomas $18,004
15 USA Todd R. Nichols $16,109
16 USA Marcus Garza $14,214
17 USA Gavin Griffin $12,319
18 Russia Yakov Nepomnyaschy $10,424
19 UK David Shallow $9,476
20 USA Craig Gray AKA "MrCasino" $9,476
21 USA Freddy Deeb $9,476
22 USA Russ Floyd $9,476
23 USA Karina Jett $9,476
24 USA Richard Brodie AKA "Quiet Lion" $9,476
25 USA Jason Loehde $9,476
26 USA Kathy Liebert $9,476
27 USA Kenny Hsiung $9,476
28 USA Rick Fuller $9,476
29 USA Chau Nguyen $9,476
30 USA Paul Kraus $9,476
31 USA Erick Lindgren $8,528
32 USA Ulises Roman AKA "Banana" $8,528
33 USA Mike Matusow AKA "The Mouth" $8,528
34 USA Robert Aron $8,528
35 USA Jim Herndon $8,528
36 Finland Ville Wahlbeck $8,528
37 USA Joe Pharo $8,528
38 USA Thor Hansen $8,528
39 USA Jim Bechtel $8,528
40 USA Sawant Rajendrakumar $8,528
41 USA Brian Peterson Jr $8,528
42 USA Joe Tehan $8,528
43 USA Logan Trindade $6,633
44 UK Ben Roberts $6,633
45 USA Daniel Alaei AKA "daniel" $6,633
46 Canada Aaron Lerner $6,633
47 Israel Amit Rafi $6,633
48 USA Patricia Nixson $6,633
49 USA Matt Keikoan $6,633
50 Canada Doug Lee $6,633
51 USA Jim Lester $6,633
52 USA John Hennigan $6,633
53 USA Gregory Wynn $6,633
54 USA Cyndy Violette $6,633
55 USA Kevin Nathan AKA "THE FATHER" $4,738
56 USA Michael Kobzeff $4,738
57 USA Ezra Udoff $4,738
58 USA Wendell Barnes $4,738
59 USA Lorne Dubrowsky $4,738
60 USA Michael Palizzi $4,738
61 USA Paul Smith AKA "Iceman" $4,738
62 USA Jeffrey Lim $4,738
63 USA Vanessa Rousso AKA "Lady Maverick" $4,738
64 USA Bill Chen $4,738
65 USA Joshua Tieman $4,738
66 USA Mark Hannawi $4,738
67 UK Ian Fraser AKA "flasher" $3,790
68 USA Daniel Bokesch $3,790
69 USA Michael Williams AKA "King Kong" $3,790
70 USA Tom Macey $3,790
71 USA Carmel Petresco $3,790
72 USA Al "T" Ardebili $3,790
73 USA Evan Brown $3,790
74 USA John Roveto AKA "Junior" $3,790
75 Canada Steven Paul Ambrose $3,790
76 USA Beth Shak $3,790
77 USA Joe Sebok $3,790
78 USA Don Barton $3,790
79 USA Kyle Brossia $3,790
80 USA Ali Davaudi $3,790
81 Finland Patrick Antonius $3,790
82 USA Billy Baxter $3,790
83 USA David Melrose $3,790
84 Lithuania Antanas Guogv $3,790
85 USA Chip Jett $3,790
86 USA Travis Paquette $3,790
87 USA Barry Greenstein $3,790
88 Canada Terrence Chan $3,790
89 USA Anita Pearl $3,790
90 USA Steve Rassi $3,790

Tournament Report

The Thrill of Victory and Agony of Defeat

Russ 'Dutch' Boyd shatters WSOP champ Joe Hachem's bid for bracelet number two

Colorful and controversial poker pro wins stunning WSOP victory

Las Vegas, NV - Standing on the upper row of the aluminum rafters looking down upon the expansive poker combat zone that is the 2006 World Series of Poker is normally not a very good vantage point. But at 7:38 pm on Sunday, July 2, 2006 - it very well might have been the best seat in the house.

Russ 'Dutch' Boyd had just won $475,712 and his first WSOP gold bracelet in the short-handed hold'em world championship. Bent off to the side with his head bowed in bitter disappointment was the reigning world poker champion -- Joe Hachem. It was a snapshot that said everything one needs to know about the inestimable difference between winning and losing.

Boyd's 'crew' screaming in ear-piercing joy, jumping wildly up and down, and finally lifting the 25-year-old wunderkind up in the air as though he had just hit the game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth. In the meantime, emotionally-wrecked Hachem was curled over in stoned silence with eyes shut, his wife Jeanie's arm wrapped around her champion. Greg Raymer, the 2004 WSOP champion and Hachem's pal, was there for comfort and support.

The final hand was as amazing as it was shocking. After fighting off 1,066 challengers over three long days and nights, the heads-up duel between Boyd and Hachem lasted for two full hours. Just when it looked like Hachem might seize the chip lead, Boyd would suppress his rival's challenge, each time leading more and more credence to the notion that - love him or hate him - Dutch Boyd is a very, very talented poker player.

Hachem pumped his fist in the air when he first saw the hole cards on what would turn out to be the final hand of the largest short-handed poker tournament in history. The trap he had set for hours hoping to entrap Boyd snapped shut, and Boyd was the wounded animal. Replicating the valor and persistence that rocketed Hachem to the forefront of the poker universe nearly a year to the day when he won the 2005 World Series of Poker, Hachem showed ace-queen to Boyd's ace-five. Hachem's hand was a huge favorite.

If the ace-queen held up and won, Hachem would suddenly enjoy his largest chip lead of the tournament. If he lost, it would all be over. So far, if Hachem was writing a script to win a poker tournament, this is the one he would write. There has probably never been a larger gallery watching the final moments of a live poker tournament than this one.

Packed ten deep around the stands already filled to capacity, everyone was standing -- all eyes in the Rio's 209-table poker room fixed on ESPN's giant television monitors. They all gazed upward as the flop came A-K-9 of mixed suits. Hachem's grin turned into a smile. Boyd's anxiety turned into distress. A jack on the turn did not help either player, and it all came down to a single card. One card was the difference between a quarter-million in extra prize money, and (certainly more meaningful to these two player) a gold bracelet.

Boyd desperately needed a five. When the overhead lights glared off the white face of what would be an earth-shattering 3 by 5 inch two-seat voucher of ecstasy and agony, Hachem knew immediately that he was in trouble. It was a low card, but not too low. It was a middle card with an undetermined number of pixels. Then, as the card was tabled, everything suddenly came into focus. It was - depending on who you were cheering for, a fabulous, agonizing, beautiful, ugly, breathtaking, painful -- five.

Indeed, poker tournaments can be exhilarating and excruciating things.

The final table started hours earlier with six players:
Name Chip Count Seat #
Pete Hassett $148,000 1
Dutch Boyd $909,000 2
David Solomon $93,000 3
Joeseph Hachem $287,000 4
Michael Goodman $575,000 5
Jeff Knight $62,000 6

David Solomon was the first player out. The yoga instructor from Austin, Texas got short-stacked and moved-in with his last 25,000 in chips holding king-six. He lost to Mike Goodman's king-queen suited. Solomon's poker wisdom earned him $68,227.

Next, Pete Hassett went out with king-queen against Joe Hachem's ace-jack. Hachem caught an ace, good for a pair, and Hassett went bust. Peter Hassett, a video game tester from Chicago was unplugged from the final table but did receive $91,917 in prize money.

Mike Goodman was eliminated as the fourth-place finisher. The New York City-based poker player who recently graduated from college was making his first-ever WSOP final table appearance. Goodman arrived at the final table second in the chip count, and ended up falling down a few spots to fourth place, which paid $115,607.

Jeff Knight said 'goodnight' a short time later when he was caught bluffing on his final hand and was bankrupted by Dutch Boyd. Knight, a professional gambler (non-poker) from Las Vegas, cashed for $153,511.

That left the blood-match that many, if not most, had been anticipating. In so many ways, this was a complete contrast of style and character. Dutch Boyd - brazen, bold, and some would say 'brilliant.' Joe Hachem - gracious, gallant, and good-natured.

There were several notable hands during the final confrontation. But none was more momentous as - the hand with the five.

'You walk into this room, you look around, and everybody is so good,' Dutch Boyd said in a post-tournament interview with ESPN's Norman Chad. 'I have been coming here for four years, and three years I have played in it. This room is so full of great players that I really never knew if I would be able to get one of these (gold bracelets).' 'It's not like they give these away. I look at the names of players who have won a gold bracelet, players like Doyle (Brunson), T.J. (Cloutier), and Joe (Hachem).and it's just amazing to be sitting here. It's an incredible feeling.'

Back atop of the rafters taking it in and watching it all end -- the picture was perfectly clear. Boyd continued his interview perched in front of bundles of tightly bound hundred-dollar bills, his right tattooed wrist glimmering in wrapped gold from the battle fought and won. There were photographs taken. There were more interviews. There was loud celebration.

On the horizon, just over the massive crowd swarming around the latest WSOP winner, the reigning world poker champion from Australia shuffled away slowly in dead silence, consoled by his wife - most certainly the only person on earth who could share and empathize with the pain of the moment. Hachem tottered passed the scattered tables and players of an ongoing tournament over in the next section looking for an exit. Slowly, they began to stand. They began to clap. They began to cheer. They knew a champion when they saw one.

by Nolan Dalla

Overall Tournament Statistics (through end of Event #5):
Total Entries to Date: 7,246
Total Prize Money Distributed: $ 8,763,510

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