Burt Boutin from Henderson, Nevada is no stranger to WSOP success, winning his first bracelet in 2001 in the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold ‘Em event. The field was much stronger at the final table of the $5k PLO w/Re-Buy, and Boutin had to overcome the same opponent this year as he did in 2001: Dave "Devilfish" Ulliot.
Ironically, Ulliot was runner-up in 2001's contest and went home in third to Boutin this year, after Boutin doubled through Devilfish by catching a straight to come from behind and keep Devilfish's dreams of a second WSOP bracelet from materializing.
In a star-studded final table, Boutin overcame a cavalcade of poker stars and bracelet winners on the way to his second bracelet. The final table started off looking like this:
Seat 1: Humberto Brenes (275k)
Seat 2: John Juanda (220k)
Seat 3: Larry Jonsson (900k)
Seat 4: Minh Ly (240k)
Seat 5: Burt Boutin (460k)
Seat 6: Rob Keston (335k)
Seat 7: Sirous Jamshidi (865k)
Seat 8: Dave "Devilfish" Ulliott (1.3m)
Seat 9: Erik Cajelais (1.1m)
Despite being among the short stacks to start the final table, Brenes and Juanda were favorites to do well in the tourney, as both men already have bracelets in Pot Limit Omaha. Brenes also has a bracelet in Limit Hold-Em, and Juanda has additional bracelets in Stud Hi/Lo and Triple Draw. Minh Ly has yet to win his first bracelet, but is a feared and famous competitor, regularly playing in Las Vegas' Big Game alongside such luminaries as Doyle Brunson and Jen Harman.
On the first hand of final table play, Juanda doubled through Rob Keston after flopping trip Queens and getting all his money in on the turn. Juanda's beat out Keston's on a board of , and Keston was crippled. Keston was eliminated on the very next hand, as his pair of Kings was no match for the pot-chopping power of Minh Ly and Sirous Jamshidi's Aces. Rob Keston would net $57,721 for his 9th-place finish.
It didn't take long for Humberto Brenes to fall victim to a shark attack of his own, as he exited on hand #16 when Devilfish's held up against Brenes' double gutshot draw with on a flop of . The flop gave Devilfish an overpair with his Queens plus a flush draw against Brenes' double gutshot draw, plus a better pair if he hit any Ace or King. Despite Brenes calling for a three on the turn, the was delivered, and the on the river gave Devilfish a superfluous flush card to seal Brenes' fate and send him to the rail for his troubles (8th $79,710).
Almost an hour passed before another player was eliminated. John Juanda headed to the cashier's cage after his got all the money in preflop against Erik Cajelais' only to see the flop come , giving Cajelais an open-ended straight draw, which filled on the river with the . John Juanda was out in 7th ($107,196), and Team Full Tilt would not get their seconf bracelet of the WSOP. Cajelais moved into second position behind Devilfish, who had slowly chipped up after he busted Brenes.
Devilfish hit a speed bump shortly before the next break when he doubled up Sirous Jamshidi. Jamshidi showed Aces up for two. Jamshidi's continued his hot streak as he eliminated Larry Jonsson in 6th place ($134,682) on the 44th hand of the final table. Jonsson flopped an open-ended straight draw with his on a flop of and got all his money in slightly behind Jamshidi's . Jamshidi stayed ahead the whole way as the on the turn and on the river gave him the nut flush and sent Jonsson out.
The next forty minutes were action-packed, as Devilfish's stack started to rollercoaster. First he was crippled when Boutin rivered a Queen-high straight to beat Ulliot's two pair with a straight draw, then Devilfish doubled through Jamshidi twice within ten minutes to climb back into contention. One more double-up through Cajelais after getting it all-in with pocket Aces and flopping a set, and it looked like Devilfish's strong moves would position him for the bracelet.
Minh Ly's run for the roses ended on hand #56, as he got it all-in preflop with against Cajelais with . Cajelais flopped the nut flush with , and Ly could not catch any of his slim runner-runner outs. Ly finished in 5th place ($174,537).
A solid ninety minutes of back-and-forth action passed before the next player was eliminated, when Sirous Jamshidi took home $230,883 for 4th place and. Jamshidi pushed all-in on a flop of with a hand of and the lead in the hand. Cajelais called with , and came from behind to river his flush with the . It was a far cry from his goal of the win and the bracelet, but the solid finish showed his 16th place finish in last year's WSOP Main Event was no fluke.
Less than twenty minutes passed before the colorful Devilfish was hooked and landed in third place. Devilfish flopped an open-ended straight draw and a flush draw with when the flop came . He moved all-in over the top of Cajelais's 720k bet, and Cajelais called. Cajelais had flopped top two pair with , and his two pair held up. Dave "Devilfish" Ulliot was eliminated in 3rd place for a $332,582 consolation prize.
Players went on dinner break shortly after Devilfish's elimination, and it looked like it would be a long battle to see which man would take the WSOP bracelet. It only took five hands of heads-up play for Boutin to finish off Cajelais.
The final hand was the knockout punch, but the uppercut came on the first hand of heads-up play, when Boutin doubled up to give himself almost a 7:1 chiplead. On a flop of , Boutin called Cajelais' all-in re-raise with the nut flush draw to Cajelais' flopped set with . Boutin caught the on the turn and Cajelais did not catch an Ace, 2 or 3 for his full house on the river. That left him with a paltry 760K in chips compared to Boutin's 4.9 m. After a few more anti-climactic hands of heads-up play, Cajelais was eliminated on hand #96 of the final table, and he took home $483,755 to salve his wounds, while Boutin collected his second bracelet and $825,956.
This win put the 39-year-old stock trader well into the club of WSOP millionaires, breaking the seven-digit mark in lifetime WSOP winnings. After dodging dozens of well-known pros to make his way to the winner's chair, Boutin had this to say about winning the event: "To win this one versus such a tough field, well that is something that really will stay with me for a long time. I do not think I will be able to sleep tonight."