Name: Barny Boatman
Location: Archway, England
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Endorses: Full Tilt Poker
Barny Boatman is one of the most famous English poker players in the world and has a colorful past that allows him to tell stories to his fellow professionals until his heart’s content.
Barny is a true nomad, having traveled to Spain, Australia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka during his younger years, travels funded by bar work after leaving school early. After several early careers, including teaching, journalism and construction, Barny has now settled for being a professional poker player and poker show commentator.
Boatman has had a heartbreaking life away from the tables, having lost his sister to cancer, then nearly losing his own life in a motorbike accident. It was the thought of life being too short that has resulted in his transition to poker player. He used to play with friends in tournaments on London’s Edgware Road. This was how the Hendon Mob was formed.
The Hendon Mob is a staple of UK poker and was formed by Barny, his brother Ross, Ram Vaswani and Joe Beevers. They have been playing together ever since the early nineties and regularly appeared on the program Late Night Poker, which was televised in the UK. They now play as red pros on Full Tilt.
Although he had been playing in Europe for years, Boatman only achieved his first cash States-side during the 2000 World Series of Poker. His 18th-place finish in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event was enough to convince him to play the Main Event four days later. He would finish 16th, despite being chip leader for quite some time. Barney has yet to claim a WSOP bracelet, or his first major win, but with tournament cashes well over seven-figures, he has earned a great deal of respect in the poker world.