Just a few weeks ago we brought you the news that Dutch Boyd was in search of a job, and that the search had not been going very well. Well it appears that Boyd is still counted among the ranks of the unemployed as one of his poker trophies has found its way to EBay, a 2008 Bellagio Five Diamonds bracelet he received for winning a side event during the tournament series.
Boyd owns a number of monetarily valuable items from his poker career, including two World Series of Poker bracelets, which he has denied he has sold on EBay –there is currently a 2006 WSOP bracelet for sale on EBay, which was one of the years Boyd won a WSOP bracelet. Perhaps more troubling is that Boyd recently sold tournament poker chips (which are not supposed to leave the casino) a very disturbing aspect of the story that will need further explanation.
This isn’t the first time (nor will it be the last) that a poker player has fallen on financial hardships and sells off some of the trinkets they have acquired along the way, but for Boyd his time in the poker world –first as an online proprietor and then as a player—hasn’t exactly endeared him to the community, and there are likely many players who feel the troubled poker pro is reaping what he has sown.
Boyd first came to prominence in poker back in 2003 (although as you’ll see below he was well known within poker circles for his defunct online poker site PokerSpot.com) cashing in on a 2003 WSOP Main Event run that was one of the main storylines captured by the ESPN cameras. For the next couple years Boyd and a group of young tournament players calling themselves “The Crew” featured heavily in ESPN’s WSOP coverage, but despite early success “The Crew” went its separate ways, and pretty much every member has faded back into the shadows. Their brash attitudes and the infamous “We’re going to take over the poker world” line soured people to the young upstarts.
That being said, it wasn’t simply the brash, over-the-top attitude of Boyd and his minions that turned off many poker players. Over the years Boyd has been vilified by the poker community (some have come to his defense) for his ownership role with the bankrupted online poker room PokerSpot.com, one of the first online poker sites in existence and the first to offer online tournaments. To this day Boyd is harangued by players he owes money to from his days at PokerSpot back in 2002, and despite winning millions during his poker career he hasn’t repaid any of $400,000 his defunct company owes to players.
More recently Boyd lost a cyber-squatting case brought by 2+2 owner Mason Malmuth. Boyd lost the case in court but has filed an appeal, fighting the $33,985.45 settlement amount.
Anyone interested in a 14k gold bracelet from a Bellagio side event can find the auction here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/14k-Gold-Bellagio-Poker-Tournament-Bracelet-83g-2-6-troy-oz-/181047204908
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