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World Poker Open, Event #1 Interviews/Photos/Bustouts

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Dutch Boyd is best known for his deep finish in the World Series of Poker main event the year Chris Moneymaker won it. In the poker world, he's also known for a failed poker website that never returned some of the deposits of its players. Something Dutch would like to forget but never can seem to (probably because of people like me who always bring it up). In December, Dutch took down an event at the Bellagio and has high hopes for 2008. I stopped to talk with Dutch briefly as he waited to get into the tournament as an alternate.

I asked Dutch why he was here playing in a $300 buy in tournament and he told me it was because the WPO events get Player of the Year points and that is one of his goals this year. “How has poker been for you lately?” I asked.

“Great,” he said, adding “I'm feeling positive about this year.”

Dutch is now living in Vegas although he still spends time in his home state of Missouri.

Earlier I had noticed a bevy of young, attractive women wearing logos of a website containing the words Nude and Poker. Not sure if this is a good thing for poker but in a male dominated world, it's probably good business. Dutch was looking off into the distance, enamored by one of the girls representing the site. “What's the deal with those girls,” he asked me.

I hadn't found out yet but I think it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out.

“Can you take pictures,” he asked me.

I knew why he was asking me that but the poker player in me wanted to see if my read was right. “Yea,” I said, “why... do you need me to take a picture?”

He smiled. “Can you get one of that girl over there?”

I looked and while part of me was screaming yes, I knew it wasn't really the kind of thing I am trying to cover or represent here. I just told Dutch that I'd talk to someone and found out what they were about.

“Let's go talk to her,” he prodded.

I laughed and since I'm an agreeable kind of person I walked over there with him and asked her what the site was about. She handed me a card and told me that all of the girls playing were on the site (duh). I introduced her to Dutch and he got his 10 seconds with her before she had to go play in the tournament.

I mentioned how it was unfortunate that there weren't more women in poker. “I used to think that way too,” he said before adding, “But now I'm glad there aren't.”

“Why is that?” I asked him. Curious.

“Well, I used to think that there was nothing better in the world than a woman playing poker. Someone who might be a 6 or 7 in my book suddenly became a 9 or 10 if they were a poker player... but I've learned from experience that most of the women in poker are messed up or have issues.”

I knew something about Dutch's past problems with Brandi Hawbaker so I said “like Brandi?”

“Yea,” he said. “Like her.”

“Or Chantal?” Referring to Chantal McNulty.

I had my own experience with one of these types of women during the World Series of Poker; an attractive woman who took advantage of her allure to get men to buy her in to poker tournaments. I never actually was taken advantage of by her - we became friends... but I observed her doing this time and time again. So I understand where Dutch is coming from.

That being said, however, I don't think that ALL women in poker are messed up or have issues. I wouldn't even say that the majority of them do. What does happen, however, is the lifestyle of the poker world can lead people (men and women alike) to make bad decisions and Dutch just had the misfortune of encountering women who did that. Not to mention that Dutch probably has a few problems of his own that added to his difficulties. Don't get me wrong... I like Dutch and I think he's gotten a bad rep and people haven't taken the time to get to know him. He's always been a super nice guy to me and has gone out of his way to talk with me. I've long believed that you should formulate your own opinions of people and my opinion of Dutch is that he's a good guy who has struggled with some personal demons. Haven't we all? I know I have.

Dutch then introduced me to his friend, Chris Amaral, who is getting backed by a well known Internet pro and WSOP bracelet winner in tournaments this year. Dutch's alternate number was called and he was off to play. Only time will tell if 2008 will finally be the year he thinks it will be.

Part of the fun of covering events like this is seeing the genuine enthusiasm and love for the game. Friends coming by to see how their buddy is doing (even more so if they have swapped 5% with them) and to lend encouragement. Boyfriends or girlfriends anxiously watching on the rail. Every day I am going to spend a few minutes getting to know these “unknowns.”

Tim Burt is an outgoing sort who has quite the following on the rail. It probably doesn't hurt that he swapped out 25% of himself. He asked me if I was going to take his picture and I told him not unless he made it to the final table. “But I need a picture of me playing poker for my MySpace page,” he complained.

I told him for another 5% swap, I'd take as many pictures as he wanted. For some strange reason he didn't agree to that deal. Bah. After Tim doubled up with A-K against pocket jacks, I took his picture. He made the final table with a little over 100K in chips despite not swapping 5% of me. I thought karma was supposed to be a bitch?

After driving from Chicago at break neck speeds, Shelly Adler is ready for sleep. “I've been up for nearly 48 hours,” she told me. “I really need a shower.”

Maybe I should try playing sleep deprived, non-bathing poker because it's working well for Shelly. She enters the final table 3rd in chips with 335K. Surely this was enough to give her an adrenaline rush and make the lack of sleep ok? “Nah,” she said. “I play so much poker that this isn't that big of a deal.”

I bet she'll change her tune if she wins first place and 58K tomorrow.

Of all the players I watched today, I was most impressed by Shelly's play. She made smart raises and folds... got value with her big hands (it always helps to get aces when people are moving all in)... and used position and her stack well. I have a feeling she's going to do well tomorrow if she can avoid bad luck.

Indianapolis resident Kimberly Robertson doesn't like knowing how much the buy in for a tournament is. Her boyfriend told me this and I looked at him a bit perplexed. “You mean she doesn't know how much the buy in for this was?” I asked.

“No,” he told me. “Last time she played a $200 tournament she played so nervous. She's a much better player than that. So I bought her in and didn't tell her how much it was.”

Kimberly walked over then and I couldn't resist.

“So you didn't know this was a $10,000 tournament?” I asked.

Her jaw dropped. “What?”

Her boyfriend and I laughed and I told her I was only kidding.

Yet another trick I need to add to my book (not knowing what the buy in is)... because Kimberly enters the final table 2nd in chips with 353K. Kimberly's had luck (winning with pocket 3's against jacks) and skill (making a good call with A-10) on her side and has a chance to pick up a nice payday tomorrow. I wonder if her boyfriend will claim the prize money and tell her it was a $1 tournament and that she won $100. Sugar Mommas rule!

After winning two monster pots with K-Q against Tank Downey's A-8 suited and A-K against a player's A-Q, he was easily the chip leader. I did a quick countdown of his chips... over 450K.

“What's your name,” I asked.

“Why?” he looked at me as if I was from the IRS.

“So I can put it on,” I answered.

“Why?” he asked again.

‘What the hell’, I thought to myself.

I think he could tell I was puzzled. “I'm superstitious,” he explained “let's just wait and see how tomorrow turns out.”

I'm not sure how me knowing his name is going to jinx him... but I knew when he bagged his chips that he would have to write his name down so I nodded and walked off. I came back over a few minutes later and started to write down his name off the bag. “I'm Becket,” he said.

Now that wasn't so hard now was it?

Becket enters the final table with 458K in chips. He plays an aggressive game and is not afraid to make a big call (I saw him do it several times). He's in good position but with this structure, all it will take is one or two hands for him to be exiting the tournament.

Here are the ‘in the money’ finishers thus far (Tournament director Johnny Grooms and I got a kick out of the 36th place finishers name... Johnny told me it was, “hard not to snicker when he told me his name but he was a big guy who had just got knocked out of a poker tournament.” Funny.) The final table will resume tomorrow afternoon and I will be there to get all the action.

10th: John Bogard $2,393
11th: Roger Camus $2,393
12th: Josh Turner $2,393
13th: Alan “Tank” Downey $1,958
14th: Tabatha Woodrock $1,958
15th: Richard Raspberry $1,958
16th: Rob Lewis $1,523
17th: Paul Sales $1,523
18th: Louis Lee $1,523
19th: Ryan Tepen $1,088
20th: Doug Cox $1,088
21st: Michael Macelhost $1,088
22nd: Paul Fehlig $1,088
23rd: Ronnie Givens $1,088
24th: Todd Ofer $1,088
25th: Terence Clark $1,088
26th: Rhudy Maxwell $1,088
27th: Charles Bridges $1,088
28th: Kevin Wolcott $761
29th: Edward Fang $761
30th: Alexander Papa $761
31st: Mike Van Gendren $761
32nd: George Bronstein $761
33rd: Mark Dumas $761
34th: Michael Pruett $761
35th: Rick Stacy $761
36th: John Holmes $761
37th: James Mullins $653
38th: John Willis $653
39th: Robin Dinocolanlonio $653
40th: John Holsonback $653
41st: Alan Demaree $653
42nd: Charles Mentron $653
43rd: Roland Israeloskvili $653
44th: Lee Neely $653
45th: Roger Martin $653
46th: Ricky McGowan $544
47th: David Faulkner $544
48th: Donnary Fontenot $544
49th: Grant Watson $544
50th: Charles Seward $544
51st: Tom Majka Jr. $544
52nd: Mark Seeber $544
53rd: Joel Goolsby $544
54th: Phillip Casey $544
55th: David McCarty $435
56th: Randi Franklin $435
57th: William Priestley $435
58th: Louis Sneyers $435
59th: Bruce Miller $435
60th: Don Maner $435
61st: Jarrett Bachman $435
62nd: Mary Casey $435
63rd: Marc O'Bryan $435
64th: William Smith $392
65th: Michael Frees $392
66th: Tim Norris $392
67th: Adam Stein $392
68th: Matthew Stahl $392
69th: John Whaley $392
70th: Scott Cornelisen $392
71st: Philip Day $392
72nd: Steven Musket $392

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