Barny Boatman

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Barny Boatman
Barney Boatman.jpg
Nickname(s) Barmy Barny
Residence Archway, London, England
Born Barny M. P. Boatman
1956 (age 57–58)
St Pancras, London, England
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) 1
Money finish(es) 30
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
16th, 2000
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 5
European Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 7

Barny M. P. Boatman (born 1956 in St Pancras, London[1]), is an English professional poker player and the oldest member of the poker-playing foursome known as The Hendon Mob. He is the older brother of Ross Boatman, and resides in Archway.[2]

During his lengthy poker career, Boatman became one of the pioneers of poker on television by regularly appearing in the Late Night Poker television series. He was also the first person to reach 3 consecutive final tables at the World Series of Poker (WSOP),[3] and came close to winning a WSOP bracelet.[4] In 2013, Boatman won his first WSOP bracelet in Event #49, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em, winning $546,080.

Early years[edit]

Boatman grew up to socialist parents in Somerstown, London.[5] He left school at his earliest opportunity, following pressure from his ongoing truancy.[6] He went on to travel for some time early in his life, and has both lived and worked in Barcelona, Australia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. He has worked as a bartender, builder, English teacher, journalist, computer programmer (for P&O) and as a legal advisor in Bermondsey, where he never lost a trial. He credits a near-death experience he had in a motorcycle accident, and the death of his younger sister Jo from cancer of giving him a sense of perspective in life.[7][8][9][10] Boatman's hobbies include sky diving, snowboarding and scuba diving.[11] He is the godfather to his brother Ross' son.[12]

Boatman used to play poker at home with friends and later taught his brother Ross how to play. They began to attend poker tournaments together at the Vic on Edgware Road, where he won the first tournament he entered, a seven-card stud event paying around £2000. Together they went to a private poker game run by Joe Beevers and Ram Vaswani, with whom they became good friends. The four went on to be called The Hendon Mob. Together, they were invited by Nic Szeremeta to take part in the brand new Late Night Poker television series, where he reached the Grand Finals in series 3 and 4. During series 5 and 6, he commentated for the show, alongside Jesse May.[7][13][14]

World Series of Poker[edit]

Boatman first cashed in a World Series of Poker (WSOP) event in 2000 in the $3,000 no limit hold'em event. 4 days later he finished in the money in the $10,000 no limit hold'em main event, finishing in 16th place. (According to the James McManus book Positively Fifth Street, he was the chip leader for much of the tournament.) He also finished in the money of the main event in 2001 (33rd) and 2006 (854th).[15][16][17][18][19]

Boatman narrowly missed out on a WSOP bracelet in the 2002 $2,000 pot limit hold'em event. His 2nd place finish earned him $77,160 after outlasting a field including Erik Seidel, Johnny Chan, Phil Gordon and John Juanda. This 2nd place finish was one of a record 3 back-to-back final tables, which earned him a win in the European Poker Awards Tournament Performance of the Year category. He also finished one place off a fourth consecutive final table.[3][4]

At the 2013 WSOP, Boatman bested a field of 2,247 to win Event #49, $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em. He defeated Brian O'Donoghue in a three-hour, back-and-forth heads-up match to win his first bracelet and $546,080.

Other Poker activities[edit]

Boatman made the final table of the first Poker Million tournament. He also made the final table of the first ever Showdown Poker Tour event, finishing 2nd to Mats Gavatin.[20][21][22]

His major titles include:

  • L. 500,000 limit seven-card stud, 7th Torneo Di Poker, Slovenia, 1998[23]
  • FIM 1,000 pot limit Holdem/Omaha, Helsinki Freezeout, 1999[24]
  • £500 pot limit seven-card stud, European Poker Championships 2002[25]
  • $300 pot limit Omaha, Four Queens Poker Classic 2003[26]
  • €1,500 no limit hold'em, Helsinki Freezeout, 2003[27]
  • £500 no limit hold'em, Luton Christmas Cracker, 2003[28]

In 2005 Boatman appeared on the chatshow Heads Up with Richard Herring to discuss his life, career and his love of poker. Since then, he has been known to use a small Barney Rubble statuette (given to him by Harry Demetriou) as a card protector.[29]

In addition to Late Night Poker, he has commentated for Poker Million, World Heads-Up Poker Championship, Celebrity Poker Club, European Poker Tour, Poker Nations Cup and Victor Chandler Poker Cup. He also starred in his own series "Barny's Home Games" where he attended home poker games throughout Great Britain.[10]

As of 2013 his total live tournament winnings exceed $2,700,000.[30]

In addition, Boatman is a member of the Gutshot Card Club[31] and is sponsored by Full Tilt Poker.[10][32] He has written over 50 articles for The Hendon Mob's website, and two online poker lessons for Matthew Hilger's site Internettexasholdem.com.[33][34][35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barny Boatman". pokerlistings.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-01. 
  2. ^ Beevers, Joe. "The Sincerest Form of Flattery". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 13 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  3. ^ a b Shoreman, Jon. "European Poker Awards 2002". www.PokerInEurope.com. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  4. ^ a b Butt, Robert. "2002 World Series of Poker $2,000 pot limit Texas hold 'em event results". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 7 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  5. ^ Boatman, Barny. "Barny Boatman". www.BlondePoker.com. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  6. ^ The Hendon Mob (2005). The Hendon Mob (documentary). London: The Hendon Mob. 
  7. ^ a b Wilson, Des (2006). Swimming with the Devilfish. Macmillan. ISBN 1-4050-8952-0. 
  8. ^ Anonymous. "About the Mob". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 13 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  9. ^ May, Jesse. "Running the Mob!". The Poker Channel. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  10. ^ a b c Boatman, Barny. "Barny Boatman". Full Tilt Poker. Archived from the original on 18 July 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  11. ^ Anonymous. "Boatman, Barny". Poker.OddsChecker.com. Archived from the original on 13 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  12. ^ Devine, Christy. "The Hendon Mob". Card Player Magazine. Archived from the original on 10 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  13. ^ Butt, Robert. "Late Night Poker season 3 results". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 8 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  14. ^ Butt, Robert. "Late Night Poker season 4 results". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 8 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  15. ^ Butt, Robert. "2000 World Series of Poker $3,000 no limit Texas hold 'em event results". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 9 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  16. ^ Butt, Robert. "2000 World Series of Poker $10,000 no limit Texas hold 'em main event results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  17. ^ McManus, James. Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion's World Series of Poker. ISBN 0-374-23648-8. 
  18. ^ Butt, Robert. "2001 World Series of Poker $10,000 no limit Texas hold 'em main event results". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 8 July 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  19. ^ Butt, Robert. "2006 World Series of Poker $10,000 no limit Texas hold 'em main event results". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 20 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  20. ^ Butt, Robert. "2000 Poker Million results". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 7 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  21. ^ Bromham, Tony. "Barny Boatman Loses Out to Mats Gavatin in Showdown Tour". uk.PokerNews.com. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  22. ^ Butt, Robert. "£3,448 Showdown Poker Tour No Limit Hold'em". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 9 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  23. ^ Butt, Robert. "L. 500,000 limit seven-card stud, 7th Torneo Di Poker, Slovenia results". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 9 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  24. ^ Butt, Robert. "1999 FIM 1,000 pot limit Holdem/Omaha, Helsinki Freezeout results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  25. ^ Butt, Robert. "2002 £500 pot limit seven-card stud, European Poker Championships results". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 9 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  26. ^ Butt, Robert. "2003 $300 pot limit Omaha, Four Queens Poker Classic results". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 28 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  27. ^ Butt, Robert. "2003 €1,500 no limit hold'em, Helsinki Freezeout results". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 8 September 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  28. ^ Butt, Robert. "2003 £500 no limit hold'em, Luton Christmas Cracker results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  29. ^ Beevers, Joe. "WSOP 2005 at the Rio". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 13 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  30. ^ Butt, Robert. "Barny Boatman - Stats". The Hendon Mob. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-30. 
  31. ^ Anonymous. "Barny Boatman". Gutshot Card Club. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  32. ^ Bromham, Tony. "Interview with Barny Boatman - Part 1". uk.PokerNews.com. Archived from the original on 21 July 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  33. ^ Boatman, Barny. "Articles by Barny Boatman". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  34. ^ Boatman, Barny. "Barny Boatman 1: SnG". www.InternetTexasHoldem.com. Archived from the original on 15 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  35. ^ Boatman, Barny. "Barny - William Hill Grand Prix". www.InternetTexasHoldem.com. Archived from the original on 28 August 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 

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