It was the most anticipated final table of the World Series of Poker to date. Dutch Boyd entered holding Daniel Negreanu’s stack of chips (after busting him the evening before), and a big chip lead. 2005 WSOP Main Event Champion Joseph Hachem wasn’t here for the money; he was here for a second bracelet and the battle that was required to get there. Four others were in their way.
David Soloman was lost early (6th, $68,277), short stacked and forced to move in with against .
Pete Hassett had $127k in chips and made a move when Boyd raised in front of him. The $24k raise put $41k in the pot, and Hasset moved all-in for an additional $80k with . Hachem called and turned over , and with no spade, the board of
sent Hassett out in 5th ($91,917).
By this point, Boyd had accumulated $1.2M in chips, with Michael Goodman ($443k), Hachem ($310k), and Jeff Knight ($107k) realistically looking to move up in money. Knight was able to double through; then Goodman had kings cracked by Boyd’s .
The flop brought two nine’s, and Goodman could have gone broke but shipping $180k to Boyd during the hand, he was left with $120k in chips.
Two pivotal hands redirected the momentum and turned this quartet on its head. While Goodman and Knight treaded water, Hachem made a read that worked out for him. Hachem made a pre-flop raise which Boyd called, and the flop came . Bet/raise/all-in/call got all the money into the middle. Hachem later told PokerStars , “He actually had more than I gave him credit for.” Hachem held to Boyd’s , and the on the turn was great for Boyd. The 6 [c] on the river doubled Hachem up. On the very next hand, Boyd raised pre-flop and Hachem moved in. On what most would describe as a major slip-up, Boyd called with to Hachem’s . Hachem’s hand held up, and remarkably in two hands Hachem had the chip lead, as Goodman and Knight shook their head in disbelief.
Goodman doubled through Hachem as he was down to $67k, then Boyd took a series of pots from Hachem. The short stacks then got into it, as Knight doubled through Goodman. Goodman survived one all-in but couldn’t handle a second, and he left in 4th place ($115,607). Boyd took him down, just as he sent Knight out in 3rd ($153,511). When the dust had settled, it was Boyd with $1.2M in chips to Hachem’s $850k.
Boyd and Hachem are a contrast in styles in many ways, Hachem always looking dapper regardless of his attire, Boyd often appearing scruffled and unkempt. His hickey, payback from one given to his girlfriend, completed the façade. Boyd’s got game, and it was no accident that he was here at the end. Boyd won a monster pot that needed to go Hachem’s way in retrospect. Both players checked the flop of , and with the turn of the the action came. Hachem bet $40k, and Boyd raised to $120k, with Hachem calling. The 5 [d] brought a $200k bet from Boyd. Hachem called expectantly, but frustratingly mucked when Boyd turned over K-J.
Hachem doubled up once to get back to $600k, and then it was over in a brutal way. Hachem raised to $60k, and Boyd moved in and was quickly called. Hachem had a monster with to Boyd’s . The flop was inconsequential and the on the turn meant nothing.
Hachem looked great to take the chip lead, but Boyd spiked the . The room absolutely erupted. Hachem (2nd, $256,800) got in with the best of it, but tonight luck was not on his side. The clock read 7:47PM, and Dutch Boyd was soaring like the namesake aircraft, taking home his first WSOP bracelet and $475,712.