Event #5 Final Report

2006 World Series of Poker        
Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas
Official Results and Report
 
Event #5
Short-Handed No Limit Hold’em
Buy-In: $2,500
Number of Entries: 1,068
Total Prize Money: $1,457,820
Defending Champion (2005): Isaac “The General” Galazan
 
Official Results:
 
1.
Dutch Boyd
Culver City, CA
$475,712
2.
Joseph Hachem
Melbourne, Australia
$256,800
3.
Jeff Knight
Las Vegas, NV
$153,511
4.
Michael Goodman
Scarsdale, NY
$115,607
5.
Pete Hassett
Riverside, IL
$91,917
6.
David Solomon
Austin, TX
$68,227
7.
Mirza Nagji
New York, NY
$42,642
8.
Daniel Negreanu
Las Vegas, NV
$38,852
9.
Vergard Nygaard
Halden, Norway
$35,061
10.
Isaac Sanders
Boulder, CO
$31,271
11.
Gioi Duc Luong
Westminster, CA
$27,480
12.
Gavin Smith
Las Vegas, NV
$23,690
13.
Todd Nichols
Cave Creek, AZ
$19,900
14.
Harry Thomas
Hamilton, OH
$18,004
15.
Marcus Garza
San Antonio, TX
$16,109
16.
Gavin Griffin
Darien, IL
$14,214
17.
Takov Nepomniashohig
Moscow, Russia
$12,319
18.
David Shallow
Great Britain
$10,424
19.
Behzad Teranie
Los Angeles, CA
$9,476
20.
Craig Gray
Portland, OR
$9,476
21.
Freddy Deeb
Las Vegas, NV
$9,476
22.
Russ Floyd
Houston, TX
$9,476
23.
Karina Jett
Las Vegas, NV
$9,476
24.
Richard Brodie
Kirkland, WA
$9,476
25.
Jason Loehde
Minneopolis, MN
$9,476
26.
Kathy Lieber
Las Vegas, NV
$9,476
27.
Kenny Hsiung
Cincinnati, OH
$9,476
28.
Rick Fuller
Monroe, WA
$9,476
29.
Chau Nguyen
Dallas, TX
$9,476
30.
Paul Kraus
Los Angeles, CA
$9,476
31.
Erick Lingren
Las Vegas, NV
$8,528
32.
Ulises Roman
Huntington, WV
$8,528
33.
Mike Matusow
Las Vegas, NV
$8,528
34.
Robert Arm
Boca Raton, FL
$8,528
35.
Jim Herndon
El Paso, TX
$8,528
36.
Ville Wahlbeck
Finland
$8,528
37.
Joe Pharo
Scottsdale, AZ
$8,528
38.
Thor Hansen
El Segundo, CA
$8,528
39.
James Bechtel
Gilbert, AZ
$8,528
40.
Sawant Ajendrakumar
Topeka, KS
$8,528
41.
Brian Peterson Jr.
Jupiter, FL
$8,528
42.
Joseph Tehan
Las Vegas, NV
$8,528
43.
Logan Trindade
Los Angeles, CA
$6,633
44.
Benjamin Roberts
London, England
$6,633
45.
Daniel Alaei
Santa Fe Springs, CA
$6,633
46.
Aaron Lerner
Quebec, Canada
$6,633
47.
Amit Rafi
Israel
$6,633
48.
Patricia Nixson
Las Vegas, NV
$6,633
49.
Matthew Keikoan
Richmond, CA
$6,633
50.
Doucles Lee
Calgary, Canada
$6,633
51.
James Lester Jr.
Cinncinati, OH
$6,633
52.
John Hennigan
Las Vegas, NV
$6,633
53.
Gregory Wynn
Phoenix, AZ
$6,633
54.
Cyndy Violette
Los Angeles, CA
$6,633
55.
Kevin Nathan
Roseville, CA
$4,738
56.
Michael Kobzeff
Westminster, CA
$4,738
57.
Ezra Vdoff
Washington D.C.
$4,738
58.
Wendell Barnes
Charlton, MA
$4,738
59.
Lorne Dubrowsky
West Bloomfield, MI
$4,738
60.
Michael Palizzi
Olympia, WA
$4,738
61.
Paul Smith
Minneopolis, MN
$4,738
62.
Jeffrey Lim
Guymon, OK
$4,738
63.
Vanessa Rousso
Las Vegas, NV
$4,738
64.
William Chen
Lafayette Hill, PA
$4,738
65.
Joshua Vieman
Lake Zurich, IL
$4,738
66.
Mark Hanawi
Blue Baltimore, MI
$4,738
67.
Ian Frazer
London, England
$3,790
68.
Daniel Bokesch
Columbus, OH
$3,790
69.
Michael Williams
Orange County, CA
$3,790
70.
Thomas Macey
Chicago, IL
$3,790
71.
Cormel Petresco
Las Vegas, NV
$3,790
72.
Al Ardebeihi
Ashburn, VA
$3,790
73.
Evan Brown
New York, NY
$3,790
74.
John Roveto
Atlanta, GA
$3,790
75.
Steve Ambrose
Waterloo, Ontario
$3,790
76.
Beth Shak
Bryn Mawr, PA
$3,790
77.
Joseph Sebok
San Fransisco, CA
$3,790
78.
Donald Barton
Pahrump, NV
$3,790
79.
Kyle Brossia
Perrysburg, OH
$3,790
80.
Ali Davaudi
Houston, TX
$3,790
81.
Patrick Antouilus
Finland
$3,790
82.
William Baxter
Las Vegas, NV
$3,790
83.
David Melrose
Dallas, TX
$3,790
84.
Antanas Guogv
Lithuania
$3,790
85.
Charles Jett
Las Vegas, NV
$3,790
86.
Travis Paquette
Manchester, NH
$3,790
87.
Barry Greenstein
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
$3,790
88.
Terrence Chan
Vancouver, B.C.
$3,790
89.
Anita Perl
Coral Springs, FL
$3,790
90.
Steven Rassi
Morton, IL
$3,790
 
 
The Thrill of Victory and Agony of Defeat
 
Russ “Dutch” Boyd shatters WSOP champ
Joe Hachem’s bid for bracelet number two
 
Colorful and controversial poker pro wins stunning WSOP victory 
 
 
Las Vegas, NV – Standing on the upper row of the aluminum rafters looking down upon the expansive poker combat zone that is the 2006 World Series of Poker is normally not a very good vantage point. But at 7:38 pm on Sunday, July 2, 2006 – it very well might have been the best seat in the house. 
Russ “Dutch” Boyd had just won $475,712 and his first WSOP gold bracelet in the short-handed hold’em world championship. Bent off to the side with his head bowed in bitter disappointment was the reigning world poker champion -- Joe Hachem. It was a snapshot that said everything one needs to know about the inestimable difference between winning and losing. Boyd’s “crew” screaming in ear-piercing joy, jumping wildly up and down, and finally lifting the 25-year-old wunderkind up in the air as though he had just hit the game-winning homer in the bottom of the ninth. In the meantime, emotionally-wrecked Hachem was curled over in stoned silence with eyes shut, his wife Jeanie’s arm wrapped around her champion. Greg Raymer, the 2004 WSOP champion and Hachem’s pal, was there for comfort and support.
The final hand was as amazing as it was shocking. After fighting off 1,066 challengers over three long days and nights, the heads-up duel between Boyd and Hachem lasted for two full hours. Just when it looked like Hachem might seize the chip lead, Boyd would suppress his rival’s challenge, each time leading more and more credence to the notion that – love him or hate him – Dutch Boyd is a very, very talented poker player.
Hachem pumped his fist in the air when he first saw the hole cards on what would turn out to be the final hand of the largest short-handed poker tournament in history. The trap he had set for hours hoping to entrap Boyd snapped shut, and Boyd was the wounded animal. Replicating the valor and persistence that rocketed Hachem to the forefront of the poker universe nearly a year to the day when he won the 2005 World Series of Poker, Hachem showed ace-queen to Boyd’s ace-five. Hachem’s hand was a huge favorite. If the ace-queen held up and won, Hachem would suddenly enjoy his largest chip lead of the tournament. If he lost, it would all be over. So far, if Hachem was writing a script to win a poker tournament, this is the one he would write.
There has probably never been a larger gallery watching the final moments of a live poker tournament than this one. Packed ten deep around the stands already filled to capacity, everyone was standing -- all eyes in the Rio’s 209-table poker room fixed on ESPN’s giant television monitors. They all gazed upward as the flop came A-K-9 of mixed suits. Hachem’s grin turned into a smile. Boyd’s anxiety turned into distress. A jack on the turn did not help either player, and it all came down to a single card. One card was the difference between a quarter-million in extra prize money, and (certainly more meaningful to these two player) a gold bracelet. Boyd desperately needed a five. When the overhead lights glared off the white face of what would be an earth-shattering 3 by 5 inch two-seat voucher of ecstasy and agony, Hachem knew immediately that he was in trouble. It was a low card, but not too low. It was a middle card with an undetermined number of pixels. Then, as the card was tabled, everything suddenly came into focus. It was – depending on who you were cheering for, a fabulous, agonizing, beautiful, ugly, breathtaking, painful -- five.
Indeed, poker tournaments can be exhilarating and excruciating things.
The final table started hours earlier with six players: 
 
Name
Chip Count
Seat #
Pete Hassett
$148,000
1
Dutch Boyd
$909,000
2
David Solomon
$93,000
3
Joeseph Hachem
$287,000
4
Michael Goodman
$575,000
5
Jeff Knight
$62,000
6
 
David Solomon was the first player out. The yoga instructor from Austin, Texas got short-stacked and moved-in with his last 25,000 in chips holding king-six. He lost to Mike Goodman’s king-queen suited. Solomon’s poker wisdom earned him $68,227.
            Next, Pete Hassett went out with king-queen against Joe Hachem’s ace-jack. Hachem caught an ace, good for a pair, and Hassett went bust. Peter Hassett, a video game tester from Chicago was unplugged from the final table but did receive $91,917 in prize money.
            Mike Goodman was eliminated as the fourth-place finisher. The New York City-based poker player who recently graduated from college was making his first-ever WSOP final table appearance. Goodman arrived at the final table second in the chip count, and ended up falling down a few spots to fourth place, which paid $115,607.
            Jeff Knight said “goodnight” a short time later when he was caught bluffing on his final hand and was bankrupted by Dutch Boyd. Knight, a professional gambler (non-poker) from Las Vegas, cashed for $153,511.
            That left the blood-match that many, if not most, had been anticipating. In so many ways, this was a complete contrast of style and character. Dutch Boyd – brazen, bold, and some would say “brilliant.” Joe Hachem – gracious, gallant, and good-natured.
            There were several notable hands during the final confrontation. But none was more momentous as – the hand with the five.
            “You walk into this room, you look around, and everybody is so good,” Dutch Boyd said in a post-tournament interview with ESPN’s Norman Chad. “I have been coming here for four years, and three years I have played in it. This room is so full of great players that I really never knew if I would be able to get one of these (gold bracelets).”
            “It’s not like they give these away. I look at the names of players who have won a gold bracelet, players like Doyle (Brunson), T.J. (Cloutier), and Joe (Hachem)….and it’s just amazing to be sitting here. It’s an incredible feeling.”
            Back atop of the rafters taking it in and watching it all end -- the picture was perfectly clear. Boyd continued his interview perched in front of bundles of tightly bound hundred-dollar bills, his right tattooed wrist glimmering in wrapped gold from the battle fought and won. There were photographs taken. There were more interviews. There was loud celebration.
On the horizon, just over the massive crowd swarming around the latest WSOP winner, the reigning world poker champion from Australia shuffled away slowly in dead silence, consoled by his wife – most certainly the only person on earth who could share and empathize with the pain of the moment. Hachem tottered passed the scattered tables and players of an ongoing tournament over in the next section looking for an exit. Slowly, they began to stand. They began to clap. They began to cheer. They knew a champion when they saw one.
 
by Nolan Dalla