Bill Boyd (poker player)

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Bill Boyd
ResidenceMcNeil, Arkansas
Born(1906-01-27)January 27, 1906
DiedNovember 21, 1997(1997-11-21) (aged 91)
World Series of Poker
Money finish(es)4
Highest ITM
Main Event finish

William "Bill" Walter Boyd (January 27, 1906 – November 21, 1997) was a professional poker player.

Boyd was a five-card stud player; he won all four of his World Series of Poker bracelets in five-card stud. Boyd and Doyle Brunson are the only players in WSOP history to have won bracelets in four consecutive years.

Additionally, Boyd is responsible for the spread of Omaha hold 'em. In 1983, Robert "Chip Burner" Turner approached Boyd, who was then the director of operations at the Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The game, being previously unnamed, was called Nugget hold 'em. Sometime later, it was renamed to its current name of "Omaha".

Boyd managed the card room at the Golden Nugget from the day it opened in 1946 until its closing in 1988.

As a tribute to his long career, he was dealt the first poker hand ever at The Mirage. He was elected to the Poker Hall of Fame in 1981.

Boyd died in Las Vegas on November 21, 1997 at the age of 91.

World Series of Poker Bracelets[edit]

Year Tournament Prize
1971 $1,000 Limit Five-Card Stud $10,000
1972 $1,000 Limit Five-Card Stud $20,000
1973 $1,000 Limit Five-Card Stud $10,000
1974 $5,000 Limit Five-Card Stud $40,000

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