Ross Boatman

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Ross Boatman
Ross Boatman 2007.jpg
Boatman at the World Series of Poker
Nickname(s) Rocky Ross
Residence London, England
Born 1964 (age 49–50)
King's Cross, London, England
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) None
Money finish(es) 12
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
34th, 2002
World Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) None
Money finish(es) 3
European Poker Tour
Title(s) None
Final table(s) 1
Money finish(es) 1

Ross Boatman (born 1964 in King's Cross, London) is an English RADA-trained actor, professional poker player and a member of the poker-playing foursome known as the Hendon Mob.

Acting[edit]

After completing his training at RADA, Boatman began his acting career in fringe theatre. He began working as a television actor in 1988, appearing in an episode of The Storyteller ("The Luck Child") and Dramarama, before earning his best-known role as Fireman Kevin Medhurst in the long-running television series London's Burning. Boatman portrayed Medhurst in over 100 episodes between 1988 and 1995, and again in 2000. His other television roles include A Touch of Frost, three episodes of The Bill (in 2006 and 2 episodes in 2009), Murder in Mind, Dream Team, ITV1 2004 drama Planespotting, and the award-winning West End play Dealer's Choice by Patrick Marber.[1][2]

On the big screen, Boatman has appeared in the gangster film Hard Men and as a rock star in the comedy Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis. He famously turned down a role in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as he had just completed filming Hard Men and feared being typecast. More recently, Boatman has appeared in alongside Clive Owen and Charlotte Rampling in the Mike Hodges film I'll Sleep When I'm Dead.[1][3][4][5] Boatman has maintained he has a preference for acting rather than poker, although he finds poker easier to profit from.[2][3]

Poker[edit]

Ross Boatman in a World Series of Poker Omaha event.

In the 1970s, Boatman observed his older brother Barny playing poker against his friends at their house. He begged to become involved in the game, and although initially dissuaded by his brother, he sat down and played his first poker session. Barny went on to teach him in the mid-'70s, and by the age of 12 Boatman was gambling at "pitch and toss" behind his school gym. In the early 1980s, he regularly observed a poker game in his local pool hall, where he learnt the basics of poker strategy. Soon after he began playing poker events whenever he had the opportunity, and turned professional in 1992.

Together with his brother, Boatman began attending a poker game in North London run by Joe Beevers and Ram Vaswani. The four quickly formed an ongoing friendship, and began travelling to poker events throughout Europe together. This became such a regular sight that the four were later dubbed "The Hendon Mob".[5][6] Ross and the rest of the Hendon Mob were invited by Nic Szeremeta to appear in the brand new Late Night Poker television series, and supported the then-questionable idea of using a hole cam to make poker into a spectator sport. He appeared in all 6 series of the show, but had his best run at the title in the second season. He reached the final by defeating Hemish Shah in the runners-up final to advance to the grand final, where he finished 2nd to Simon Trumper.[3][7]

Like the rest of the Hendon Mob, Boatman has become a regular fixture at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), where he made his first final table in 2002 in the pot limit Omaha event. He finished 7th in the event, where he and Barny became the first brothers to make the same WSOP final table. In the same year he finished in the money of the $10,000 no limit Texas hold 'em main event, eventually going out in 34th place out of 631 entrants. Boatman has also had success in the European Poker Tour (EPT), where he made the final table of its largest ever event - the second grand final, finishing in 6th place for €140,000.[8][9][10][11]

His titles include:

  • FF 3,000 no limit hold 'em, Autumn Tournament 1999;[12]
  • £100 pot limit hold 'em, Christmas Cracker 2001;[13]
  • €300 pot limit Omaha, Austrian Masters 2002;[14]
  • £2,000 no limit hold 'em, European Poker Championships 2002;[15]
  • €400 pot limit Omaha, Irish Winter Tournament 2002;[16]
  • £200 pot limit Omaha hi-lo, British Open 2004.[17]

In addition to the above, Boatman has written over 20 articles[18] on The Hendon Mob's website and also authored a poker lesson for internettexasholdem.com.[19] After 3 years of sponsorship by the Prima Poker Network, he is now sponsored by Full Tilt Poker.[6] As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,400,000.[20]

Boatman resides in Holloway with his partner Stephanie and sons Buster Joe and Rocky Joe. He also has a daughter Alabama Rose.[3][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Anonymous. "Ross Boatman". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  2. ^ a b Anonymous. "Blue Watch Star's Red Hot at Poker". News of the World. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  3. ^ a b c d Wilson, Des (2006). Swimming with the Devilfish. Macmillan. ISBN 1-4050-8952-0. 
  4. ^ Devine, Christy. "The Hendon Mob". Card Player Magazine. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  5. ^ a b Anonymous. "Ross Boatman - Poker Player Profile". www.PokerListings.com. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  6. ^ a b Anonymous. ""Rocky" Ross Boatman". Full Tilt Poker. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  7. ^ Butt, Robert. "Late Night Poker season 2 grand final results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  8. ^ Butt, Robert. "2002 World Series of Poker $1,500 pot limit Omaha event results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  9. ^ Butt, Robert. "2002 World Series of Poker $10,000 no limit Texas hold 'em main event results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  10. ^ Butt, Robert. "European Poker Tour €10,000 no limit Texas hold 'em season 2 championship results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  11. ^ Anonymous. "Ross Boatman". www.HomePokerGames.com. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  12. ^ Butt, Robert. "FF 3,000 no limit hold 'em Autumn Tournament results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  13. ^ Butt, Robert. "2001 £100 pot limit hold 'em Christmas Cracker results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  14. ^ Butt, Robert. "2002 €300 pot limit Omaha Austrian Masters results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  15. ^ Butt, Robert. "2002 £2,000 no limit hold 'em European Poker Championships results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  16. ^ Butt, Robert. "2002 €400 pot limit Omaha Irish Winter Tournament results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  17. ^ Butt, Robert. "2004 £200 pot limit Omaha hi-lo British Open results". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  18. ^ Boatman, Ross. "Articles by Ross Boatman". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  19. ^ Boatman, Ross. "Ross Boatman: NL Cash". InternetTexasHoldem.com. Retrieved 2006-08-03. 
  20. ^ Butt, Robert. "Ross Boatman - Stats". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 
  21. ^ Beevers, Joe. "The Sincerest Form of Flattery". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved 2006-08-08. 

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