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The Nightly Turbo: Boyd Selling Bracelet, Boeken Joins MyPokerSquad, and More

Dutch Boyd has become the latest player to auction off poker hardware online. Unlike Peter Eastgate however, this money doesn't appear to be going to charity. Check out how much Boyd is looking for and more in this edition of The Nightly Turbo.

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Boyd Selling Bracelet on eBay

Just in time for the Holiday Season, eBay user jacknames222 has listed item number 181047204908, which is a 14k gold bracelet from a preliminary event in the 2008 Five Diamond poker series at the Bellagio.

According to the user, "I won this bracelet from a Bellagio NL Holdem poker tournament in 2008. I don't believe the Bellagio awards gold bracelets for their tournaments any more, so these aren't being made again. It's a nice looking bracelet, but I've never worn it. So I'm selling it to raise some Christmas cash."

On Thursday, Dutch Boyd confirmed that he's the seller, tweeting the following:

Dutch BoydMy Bellagio bracelet is almost at its reserve of $2400.. $200 less than meltdown value. Buy some gold & help a player.

The highest bid is currently $2,661.74, and best of all, shipping is free.

According to Hendon Mob, Boyd has amassed over $2.1 million in career live tournament earnings. He and "The Crew" broke out during the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, and Boyd went on to win two bracelets — one in 2006, the other in 2010.

In 2011, "jacknames222" sold a "WSOP: World Series of Poker Tournament Chip $25." The 2012 WSOP rulebook states:

"Non-value Tournament chips are used for the Tournament and are the exclusive property of Rio and may not be removed from the Tournament area or the assigned event. Participants found to be transferring chips from one event to another or from one Participant to another will be subject to penalty in accordance with Rules 39, 102, and 103."

Rules 102 and 103 focus on penalties and disqualification.

Boeken Joins MyPokerSquad

Recently, Noah Boeken joined MyPokerSquad. According to their website, MyPokerSquad is, "the first website of participative funding dedicated to poker players and enthusiasts. We allow everyone to become the associate of the best ones during the greatest Live and Online tournaments."

The staking site is available for players in France, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom, and the site offers deals for both tournaments and cash games.

Boeken joins a handful of pros, including David Benyamine, Roger Hairabedian, Vanessa Hellebuyck, Steven Moreau, Nicolas Dervaux and Francisco Costa.

Boeken has massed over $1.2 million in career tournament earnings, with his largest score coming in the 2007 Masters Classics of Poker Main Event.

California to Re-Assess Online Poker Legislation

It was just a few days ago that California State Senator Roderick Wright promised to reintroduce online poker bill SB 1463 to legislation.  

True to his word, SB51 — the Internet Gambling Consumer Protection and Public-Private Partnership Act of 2013 — was introduced to the California Senate on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Senate will not convene again until Jan. 7, and the bill is not expected to reach hearings before March.  

A poker-only bill, SB51 is the same at SB 1463, which was introduced and shot down during the last legislative session. With a few changes, the bill will be reviewed as “urgency statute,” which means if passed by two-thirds majority vote, it would take effect immediately.  

The California Online Poker Association, which represents 31 poker rooms and 29 Indian gaming tribes, pledged support of the bill and reportedly spent more than $1.2 million in lobbying efforts to legalize online poker. However, the group folded after the efforts made little headway.

While Wright is the sole sponsor, he does have encouragement from Sen. Darrel Steinberg, who, although is no longer a co-sponsor, is still supportive of his efforts.

The Sacramento Business Journal has more.

The Global Poker Index Adjusts Scoring Model

On Thursday, the Global Poker Index released its annual scoring model adjustments. The GPI is committed to being the best live tournament poker ranking system in the world, and in order to do so, they will address their own process each year.

The most notable change for 2013 is that the the minimum buy-in has been reduced from $1,500 to $1,000. This will make all of the $1,000 events at the WSOP GPI-eligible, and will make smaller tours like the WSOP Circuit, UKIPT, FPS, WPT National, etc. more relevant on the global scale.

The GPI will also increase the number of cashes a player can accumulate to 26 — the maximum amount of cashes allowed in 2012 was 21.

“By making this change, the GPI continues to be the true measure of the performance of poker players across the globe”, said Alex Dreyfus, CEO of Zokay Entertainment.

Atop the GPI 300 rankings is American Dan Smith, who's amassed 3,118.56 points over the last 36 months. Directly trailing him are Marvin Rettenmaier (2,952.72), Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (2,730.56) and Jason Mercier (2,699.88). Smith is expected to win the 2012 GPI Player of the Year award.

For more information about the GPI, check out the "About" section of the GPI website.

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  • flintsword flintsword

    Don - The GOPI is completely logical, glad to see you as interested. Having strictly a number is - in my honest opinion - not the best way to go. The structure and format developed by pocketfives, where badges are earned as well, would be a very welcome addition to not only a future GOPI, but also the GPI. Thinking about it, a badge that denotes the money you win, the triple crown live, the triple crown online, WSOP bracelets, etc would add texture to the ranking and provide content for the news side of the industry. The index becomes less of arbitrary number and more of a global scorecard. More importantly, even when someone drops down the list and his GPI number suffers, he still has the badges which record his or her achievements.

    This means that even though a great or older poker player may find himself, say, 1,000 on the list, the badges still elevate the player. Getting Pocketfives as a partner in forming the GOPI would be a smart move IMHO.

    I understand your point about the Bellagio bracelet, it is just a trophy as well as jewelry, and of course Dutch Boyd is well within his rights to sell it. You are also aware that Ebay had a 2006 WSOP bracelet for sale at the same time ( sold for $6,500 in July 2012. Now Dutch Boyd did win a WSOP bracelet in 2006, for the $2,500 Short-handed No Limit event (as well as $475,000+ ...) This bracelet was not identified as his but it is not a stretch to make a good guess in this case.

    You are of course completely right about the stats on NFL players, pro sports figures in general, and by extension anyone that comes into a lot of money fast (such as lottery winners). Just because you can make a lot of money it is no guarantee that you can manage it well. I am a serious business guy so managing money is second nature to me. It is a problem and perhaps an article by a professional money manager, say with KPMG, on what would be a good general strategy for a young poker player that suddenly wins $100,000 would be a fun article.

    Considering the fact that currently governments are using poker site statistics to hunt down various players for taxes an article on what is the best tax-country in Europe to reside in would also be a dynamite article.

  • donpeters donpeters

    For further reading on some interesting things in Dutch Boyd's past, check out his Wikipedia page.

  • donpeters donpeters

    flintsword — I like the idea behind the Global Online Poker Index you bring up. I've thought of something like this as well previously, and believe it would be great for poker. I think it'd be great for the game to eventually have a GPI Player of the Year, a GOPI Player of the Year and then an overall Player of the Year with combined scoring from both. Winning all three would essentially be the true Triple Crown in poker.

    On the Dutch Boyd bracelet, remember that this is not a WSOP bracelet. It is a bracelet he won at the Bellagio for an event there. They no longer give out these bracelets, but instead award trophies to the winner. Personally, I don't see why other tours outside of the WSOP award bracelets. Give a trophy or something else, but not a bracelet. If I was running a tour, I'd want to be unique and not seen as a copy cat to the WSOP. In the WSOP's eyes, imitation can be seen as the highest form of flattery, but no bracelet is a bracelet in poker unless it's a WSOP bracelet.

    Time and time again you see poker players putting things up for sale or begging for tournament buy-ins when they've earned millions playing the game in the past. It happens much too often, and more players need to be bankroll conscious.

    From the Sports Illustrated Vault: 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce by the time they have been retired for two years, and within five years of retirement, an estimated 60% of former NBA players are broke. Who knows what these stats would yield if someone focused on the poker industry, but the common fan would be massively, massively surprised how many players are actually broke and not living the life of glamor that is so often portrayed on TV.

    It looks very bad on the industry as a whole, and more players need to take better control. The more money in poker, the more the game will continue to flourish. It's not going to flourish when players are constantly financially irresponsible time and time again.

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