Barny Boatman is an English professional poker player and a member of the The Hendon Mob. He is the older brother of Ross Boatman.
Born in London in 1956, Barny Boatman left school early to travel and live around the world. He worked at tons of different jobs before becoming a poker player. Boatman played poker at home with friends and later taught his brother Ross how to play. Barny and his brother became good friends with Joe Beevers and Ram Vaswani after attending their private poker game. The four came to be known as The Hendon Mob and were invited to take part in the new Late Night Poker TV series, where he reached the Grand Finals in series 3 and 4.
Like many talented players, Barny won the first tournament he entered - a seven-card stud tournament in London that paid around £2000. He first cashed at the WSOP in 2000 in the $3,000 no-limit hold'em event. Then, four days later, he cashed in the main event, finishing in 16th place after being the chip leader at one point. He went on to cash in the main event again in 2001 (33rd) and 2006 (854th). He was Britain's top finisher in the WSOP Main Event in both 2000 and 2001.
At the 2002 WSOP, Boatman finished 2nd in the $2,000 pot limit hold'em event, earning $77,160.
Barny became the first person to reach 3 consecutive final tables at the WSOP and also, along with his younger brother Ross, became the first 2 brothers to make a final table together at the WSOP.
In recent years, Barny has worked as a commentator for numerous televised poker tournaments, including Late Night Poker, The Poker Million, The European Poker Tour, The Poker Nations Cup and many more. He has also recorded a V series called Barny's Home Games, where he visits and plays in home games all around Great Britain.
As of 2008 he has 19 WSOP cashes, 5 WPT cashes and total live tournament winnings exceed $1,200,000. Boatman is sponsored by Full Tilt Poker and has written over 50 articles for The Hendon Mob's website.
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