Sometimes in life, and particularly in poker, timing is everything.
Go back to 2003. Sure, poker would’ve boomed whether or not Chris Moneymaker had won the 2003 WSOP Main Event. But would it have had the same frenzied growth had the cards fallen differently in that pivotal hand between Moneymaker and Dutch Boyd? Probably not.
For poker, it worked out. Moneymaker helped usher in millions or wannabe average Joe’s pursuing a dream of poker riches. Dutch Boyd and “The Crew” formed the blueprint of the super-smart, analytics-based group of friends who band together and live, breath, and die discussing poker strategy.
Flash-forward to 2014. Dutch has had an up-and-down decade (a lot of which he chronicled in his just released book, Poker Tilt). Coming into this year’s WSOP, he was at a nadir, having just lost a $60,000 ruling for essentially domain squatting to mega-douche/prick Mason Malmuth and 2+2 (see Dutch’s reaction to the ruling here).
If there was ever a time he probably needed the money, it was now.
Dutch Boyd captured his third WSOP bracelet on Tuesday in Event #33 ($1,000 NLH). For the win, he banks $288,744.
Said Dutch after the win to WSOP.com:
“It feels good, it feels really good. After this, I might have to write a whole new book.”
Get full results here.
In other WSOP news…
:: Event #34 ($1,500 7CS) – Former Novermber Niner/Cult of Personality Eric Buchman won his second WSOP bracelet, earning $118,785. He defeated another WSOP final table-ist and bracelet winner Alex Kravchenko ($73,360) heads-up. Get full results here.
:: Event #35 ($5,000 NLH 8-Handed) – Jeff Madsen continues his recent run of good play. Over the past two months, Madsen has won a WPT Borgata prelim event for over $52,000 and the HPT Commerce event for over $160,000. Now, with 23 remaining, he’s chip leader in a stacked 8-handed event. First pays out $633,341. Get full chip counts here.