Biography of Barny Boatman
Barny Boatman is part of the prestigious poker playing group called, The Hendon Mob, who are famous for their incredible poker skills, their team performances, and for developing the number one poker database in the world.
Boatman is the proud owner of a World Series of Poker gold bracelet and has managed to make several money finishes in various tournaments worldwide. Boatman is ranked 16th on England's All Time Money List in 2015, having won over $2.8 million throughout his career so far.
Early Poker Career
Barny Boatman was born in London, England in 1956. He dropped out of school at an early age to travel the world, visiting popular hot spots such as Barcelona, Hong Kong, and Sydney. He worked part time jobs to fund his travels along the way, gaining experience as both a computer programmer and a bartender. It wasn't until he was ready to settle down that he developed an interest in poker.
Boatman started out playing at home with his brother, Ross, and they eventually started entering tournaments together at the local Edgware Road casino. The first tournament Boatman ever entered was a Seven-Card Stud event, where he took home the first place grand prize of $2,200. Boatman and his brother later took a spontaneous road trip to Las Vegas in the early 1990s and played No-Limit Hold'em cash games for three days straight, depleting their bankrolls and going home broke. It would be awhile before they decided to visit Las Vegas again.
The Hendon Mob
Boatman and his brother and their friends, Joe Beevers and Ram Vaswani, started playing in weekly private poker games, where they would often compete against other groups of players. Their group had such great chemistry that they started to make a name for themselves, being referred to as, The Hendon Mob, since they usually played in the northwest district of London, named Hendon.
Boatman and the group's fame spread throughout London and it was no surprise when they were asked to become a part of the new series, Late Night Poker, which grew to become one of the most popular game shows in the UK from 1999 to 2002.
Their first televised team competition outside of the game show took place in Melbourne, Australia at the Poker Ashes where they played against other national teams and successfully were able to defeat Australia, France, and Ireland for a first place finish. The group was hesitant about entering such a huge competition at first, but it was actually Boatman that really persuaded the group to step out of their comfort zone.
In 2004, the Hendon mob lost their first challenge against Team USA in the Ryder Cup of Poker. It was a close game that night, but with poker sensations like Phil Ivey and Chris Ferguson on the opposing team, they couldn't pull through for the win.
It was around this time that Prima Poker offered to sponsor the Hendon Mob for a grand total of $2 million dollars worth of tournament buy in fees. Boatman advised the team to accept the offer, even though, as part of their contract they had play online at Prima Poker.com, which was unknown territory to everyone in the group.
After their contract ended, they were quickly picked up by Full Tilt Poker and stayed faithful to them until 2011 when their company was accused of committing fraud, resulting in the loss of millions of dollars for their customers. The team immediately switched their loyalty over to Genting Poker, signing on for a two year contract.
In an interview with Bluff Magazine later in 2011, Boatman said this in regards to his team, "Yes, if two of us ever play each other in a pot we'll go for each others' throats, but to have three people that you absolutely trust, that you know care about what happens to you - that's an enormous thing to have in this game. We know we're very lucky to have our family, because that's what it is."
Hendon Mob Website
As the Hendon Mob grew in popularity, Boatman innovatively came up with the idea to launch the website, TheHendonMob.com, which started off as a place where players would visit if they were looking for sponsors.
It started out covering around 20,000 poker players and now it has information on over 250,000 players from all over the world. Boatman's initial idea has turned into the world's number one most comprehensive poker database. Genting Poker financially supported the site, paying for all the necessary improvements and updates the site needed until their deal with them ended in 2013.
Unable to afford to keep the site up and running, Boatman decided it would be in his group's best interest to sell the site before they lost too much money. Many buyers were interested, but it was Zokay Entertainment that made the winning offer, however the exact amount of that offer was never released.
His Personal Poker Accomplishments
In 2000, Barny Boatman won the $3,000 No Limit Holdem WSOP event and although he was the chip leader for the majority of the main event, he ended up finishing 16th. Two years later, Boatman came close to winning his first WSOP gold bracelet after he finished runner up in the 2002 WSOP main event.
At the 2003 Four Queens Poker Classic in Las Vegas, Boatman entered the $300 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event, taking home first place and a cool $14,000. A few years later he entered the 100 Super Satellite online poker tournaments and took first place in back to back No Limit Hold'em events.
Boatman's career long goal finally came to fruition in the 2013 World Series of Poker, when he took first place in the $1500 buy-in No Limit Hold'em event, winning over $500,000 and his first WSOP gold bracelet. He was head to head against Brian O'Donoghue the entire game, but managed to take the lead in the final round.
Barny boatman is married, but his poker career prevented the couple from ever being able to have children, which is something that Boatman has come to regret. To compensate, he spends a lot of his free time with his nieces and nephews.
Even though Boatman is getting older, he still enjoys thrilling activities such as sky-diving, snowboarding, and scuba-diving. He's slowly starting to play in less and less tournaments than he did during the peak of his career and is now looking forward to retirement in the near future.
Author: Nicole Miller
Updated: October 2016