Today was the final day of WSOP Event #33 – $1,000 No Limit Hold’em, and ten players took their seats at the table to start the bracelet hunt. Before the night was over, Dutch Boyd, the only bracelet holder to start the day, saw his nine opponents make their way to the rail before claiming the title and his third career WSOP bracelet.
Although the final ten players are usually merged into a single table, the official final table is only announced when nine of them are left. The player who missed the announcement today was David Olmsted, who fell at the hands of Paul Cogliano to finish in tenth place.
The first to go from the remaining nine was Chad Dixon ($20,463), whose #kc#js was powerless against Christopher Sensoli’s #as#jh. Following in his footsteps was Gabriel Nassif, whose eighth place finish earned him $26,464. Those two busts happened during the first ten hands of nine-handed play.
After that, the pace of play slowed down a bit and another thirty hands passed before the next player would hit the rail. It was Vinny Pahuja ($34,668), who moved in with #2h#2s but was met by Boyd’s #10s#10c and he couldn’t find the miracle he needed to save him. Two hands later, Sensoli was all in and at risk against Cogliano. Although he was ahead, Cogliano found the help he needed on the turn to send Pahuja out in sixth with $26,031 for his efforts.
Two hands later, Pok Kim ($61,983), the only lady at the table, was sent packing. Kim picked a bad spot to turn her straight draw into a bluff as final day chip leader Will Givens turned trip eights and Kim couldn’t connect on the river.
Things calmed down somewhat again and it took a while before the next player was ousted. Despite the chip lead at the start, Givens could get no further than fourth place. The last of his chips were lost to Cogliano and his #as#4s that managed to improve against Givens’ #ac#9s. Givens can find comfort in the fact that fourth place was good for $84,680.
Three-handed play was a grind with chips moving back and forth between the players but no one was willing to relinquish their shot at the title. It wasn’t before Cogliano made a misstep that we saw another elimination. Boyd opened from the button and Cogliano decided to 3-bet shove and put Boyd to a really tough decision. However, Boyd called with #as#9s and was relieved to see he was ahead of Cogliano’s #6d#7d.
The board wasn’t the best possible for Boyd’s hand, as it came #8h#9c#3d. Although it gave him top pair, it gave his opponent an open-ended straight draw. Boyd still successfully brought it home when the #qs appeared on the turn and #ah on the river. Cogliano was eliminated in 3rd, earning $117,464.
That pot allowed Boyd to enter heads-up play leading in chips and it took him a total of 15 hands to eliminate his final opponent, Steven Norden. It was a bracelet-worthy hand for sure, as the two saw the flop of #3s#7d#3h in a three-bet pot. After the flop was checked through, Norden led out #ac on the turn. Boyd called and they saw #6h on the river. Norden moved all-in for more than 700,000 and Boyd made the call with #ah#4s.
It turned out to be great call as Norden tabled #kc#5c for total air and an ill-advised bluff, earning second place prize money of $178,490. With that call, Dutch Boyd secured his third WSOP bracelet and $288,744 to add to his tournament winnings!