Dutch Boyd - His Time to Shine at the 2006 WSOP

Dutch Boyd and entourage
Russ "Dutch" Boyd and entourage minutes after victory

Known primarily for founding "The Crew," a team of talented young poker players, Russel "Dutch" Boyd grabbed his first World Series of Poker bracelet Sunday evening. Dutch is known as a savior, a genius and just plain crazy to some people. Now Dutch will be known as one more thing - a WSOP winner. PokerListings.com sat down with the eccentric poker player from L.A. to get his feelings on the big win.

It's been about half an hour since you won your first WSOP bracelet. How are you feeling?

It's like a dream come true. This is the most amazing thing I've ever experienced in my life. I can't tell you how many times I've had poker in my dreams. I had a dream about Daniel Negreanu where he told me all about poker's secrets.

What do you think of Negreanu as a player?

I've modeled my game after him and Michael Mizrachi. I think [Negreanu] is definitely one of the best tournament players to ever grace the game of poker. He's really funny too. He can do great impressions.

What was it about this tournament that made it yours?

I don't know, God? I feel like some things are meant to happen. In 2003, Moneymaker was supposed to win. I'm not saying pre-ordained or anything, it's just that everything happens for a reason. I think this was my time.

What did you think of your play in this tournament?

I felt like I made a lot of good moves. I made some bonehead moves too, but luckily I had enough chips so that my bonehead moves didn't cost me the tournament.

How was Joe Hachem to play against heads-up?

Joe is an amazing player and more than that he's an amazing person. One thing I've noticed about Joe is that he got short stacked a lot, and yet he survived. He's got incredible energy all around him. Being able to play against last year's World Champion for a bracelet was one of the most movie-like experiences of my whole life. I don't even know how to explain it. I really felt like I had to win this one for all my friends and family that were watching. I wanted it so bad.

Will we see you in more events this year?

Hell yeah! I'm playing tomorrow.

Will you play the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event?

Yes, I will. I feel like I have a pretty good shot. It's important to remember that it's a H.O.R.S.E. tournament not a H.O. tournament.

Do you have a preferred event?

The Main Event is the one to play and win. I've played three times and I've cashed twice. I feel like I can go deep into the field.

What are you going to do with the money?

I dunno. The money isn't what this is all about. If I wanted to make money, I would have been a lawyer, but I wanted to be a professional poker player. I feel like I've devoted a third of my life to this game, and today is when it finally paid off.

Congratulations on your win, Dutch.

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