The story of the week has been redemption. Earlier in the week, two men who came so close to the ultimate poker goal managed to seal the deal with their first World Series of Poker bracelets. The story on Sunday night (and Monday morning) was of the return of Russ “Dutch” Boyd. Four years after winning his first WSOP bracelet, Dutch was able to enjoy his second win in the $1,500 Six-handed Limit Hold’em tournament.
“When I came into this tournament, I imagined a table in a vacuum, and I imagined the bracelet on the table, and reminded myself of how important these things are,” said Boyd.
Action started off fairly slowly, with no eliminations between the time the tournament reached six players and when they took their dinner break. In that time Brian Meinders managed to go from the short stack when play began towards the top of the chip count, taking several large pots off of Boyd. Dutch wasn’t in too bad of a position, as he won enough pots of his own to chip up fairly well.
The first monster pot happened just before the dinner break between Art Parmann and Albert Minnullin. Four bets got in on the 983 board, plus another big bet each on the T turn and K river, with Minullin tabling AA to scoop the massive pot.
During the first orbit after the dinner break, Al “Sugar Bear” Barbieri’s stack was crippled. Domenico Denotaristefani raised, Meinders called, and Barbieri made it three bets. Both men called to see the JJT flop. Barbieri bet, Denotaristefani folded, and Meinders called. The K led to another bet from Barbieri, who was then check-raised by Meinders. Barbieri called, and saw the 6 river, calling Meinders river bet. Meinders had flopped a monster with the JT, and his full house was better than Barbieri’s AA.
The remainder of Barbieri’s chips got in on the very next hand. His last 65,000 chips got in after three raises with the new 10,000/20,000 blinds and 20,000/40,000 limits. The flop came down 974, and Meinders check-raised Boyd, who put in a third bet, before Meinders put in a fourth bet. Boyd put in the call to see the 7 turn card. Boyd called another Meinders bet and the river came down with the T, and a final Meinders bet was quickly called. Meinders flipped over 44 for a second consecutive boat. Boyd mucked, and Barbieri dejectedly displayed the A7, which was no good, and Barbieri found himself on the rail in sixth.
After more than two hours of chips shifting around in an almost endless circle, Dominico Denotaristefani was the next one to go out of the tournament. With the limits having gone up to 30,000/60,000 with 15,000/30,000 blinds after a break, Denotaristefani got the remainder of his 105,000 chips in on the turn of a K724 against Albert Minnullin. Denotaristefani was in bad shape with an A4 against Minnullin’s JJ. With no improvement on the river, Dominco Denotaristefani became our fifth place finisher.
Art Parmann followed Denotaristefani out the door a couple hands later when he and Meinders got five bets in before the flop, and after Parmann bet his last 20,000 chips, Meinders called. Parmann was way ahead with the KJ against Meinders’ KT, but the flop threw a monkey wrench in that with a flop of QT5. Parmann would need an ace, jack or nine to regain the lead, but the 2 and 8 would not be enough, and Art Parmann went home in fourth.
There must have been a threshold crossed when the blinds were raised after the break because for the third time in the first half hour of this level we eliminated a player. This time it was Albert Minnullin who was forced to take the walk of shame when he got his chips in with the Q8 against Meinders’ K9 on a KQTT board. There was no relief for Minnullin on the river and he finished the tournament in third place.
Boyd and Meinders getting down to heads-up play was a fitting end to this tournament. They seemingly played more pots against each other than the other four players played total. Meinders got some chips off of Dutch, then Dutch would return the favor, and yet neither seemed to lose much ground. When heads-up play started, Meinders had a chip lead of more than 2.5-to-1, and increased it on the first pot, where four bets quickly got in on the flop, before Dutch folded on the flop.
Over the next 20 hands, Dutch Boyd went on a tear, winning three or four sizable pots for every one pot that Meinders dragged in, and made up almost the entirety of the chip differential through the end of that level.
After Meinders went on a short run of his own, as the blinds were raised to 20,000/40,000 with 40,000/80,000 limits, Boyd won a huge pot with AK on a king high board to even it up. They traded the chip lead back and forth several times, and played a number of big pots that went all the way to showdown.
After putting together a run of small pots, X opened up a sizable chip lead, which is all it really takes with 25,000/50,000 blinds. The final blow happened when Meinders raised, Dutch re-raised, and Meinders called to see a flop of T76. The turn came with the A, and Meinders called another Boyd bet to see the . After Boyd bet once more, Meinders folded 85 face up for a missed straight draw, leaving just 100,000 in his stack.
Those chips got in on the next hand, Meinders holding the A8 against Boyd’s JT. The board ran out J9278, and with a jack-high straight, Boyd sealed the deal on his second WSOP bracelet.
Here are the full results for this event:
- Dutch Boyd – $234,065
- Brian Meinders – $144,650
- Albert Minnullin – $93,892
- Art Parmann – $62,769
- Domenico Denotaristefani – $43,117
- Al Barbieri – $30,399
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