Dutch Boyd

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 21:12

Dutch Boyd

A poker biography of Dutch Boyd.


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Name - Dutch Boyd

Born - 1980, Warrensburg, Missouri, United States

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Russ "Dutch" Boyd proves that poker is, indeed, a game of the mind. Claiming that he has an IQ level of 150, Boyd went to college when he was only 12 years old. He scored 23 when he took the ACT and finished his law school at 18. People think that Boyd would have become a successful lawyer, but his law career changed after watching a film about poker.

Boyd decided to play poker professionally when he saw the film Rounders starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton. Boyd became aware that some people take playing poker seriously and that others really make a living out of gambling. He instantly identified himself with Mike, a character in the film, which was played by Matt Damon. Just like Boyd, Mike was in the law school while making some money through finishing tables. Apart from seeing the said movie, Boyd was discouraged to continue his career as a lawyer after a terrible internship experience.

When Boyd moved to Culver City in California, he played poker by day, and at night, he worked in a shopping center. He and his sibling decided to put up a casino site in the Internet, which features poker. After raising $50,000 from their family and friends, the PokerSpot casino came into being. However, the said online casino site failed for it faced several controversies. When the business closed down, Boyd was reported to suffer from several mental problems, which brought him to Antigua leaving his new-found glory.

Shortly after Dutch Boyd's recovery, he was back in the poker scene again. Since he was playing poker when he was 18, his burning passion to become a poker champ was hard to cool down. Boyd became a part of The Crew, which is a group of professional poker players. Among the members of this group were poker pros Joe Bartholdi Jr, Brett Jungblut, and Scott Fischman. Boyd's friends Bobby Boyd and Tony Lazar, were also part of the alliance. In 2004, The Crew became inactive after Bartholdi and Jungblut departed from the group. In June 2006, Boyd said to his blog post that he plans to reunite The Crew to star in a reality TV show to air their lives.

Boyd's poker career is composed of several highlights. He became a runner-up in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in 2004 next to T.J. Cloutier in the $1,500 seven-card razz event. He also joined the main event in WSOP (2003) where he finished in the money of the $10,000 no limit hold 'em. He also placed 177th in the WSOP, which was held in 2005. Boyd considers his bracelet as a major turning point in his being a poker pro. He earned the bracelet in the $2,500 short-handed no limit hold 'em event where he bested Joe Hachem at the WSOP (2006).

Apart from inching his way to be a champ in a main event, Boyd is also busy conceptualizing and plotting another poker site -- RakeFree.com. He also plans to take the bar exam and become a full-fledged criminal lawyer someday. With his aggressiveness, cleverness, and skills in analyzing and making conclusions, which he learned in the law school, it is not surprising that Dutch Boyd has a growing total winnings of over $700,000.