British poker legend Barny Boatman’s long wait for a World Series of Poker bracelet is finally over after he was victorious $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event.
Boatman has been coming to the World Series of Poker since 2000 and despite cashing on twenty-five occasions and appearing at four final tables had never broken through for a victory on poker’s biggest stage, until this weekend when he outlasted the monster field of 2247 players to claim an emotional victory.
The English poker pioneer has achieved a great deal of success in his poker career, both on and off the felt thanks to his achievements with the Hendon Mob, but it was very clear he was simply delighted to have won his first WSOP bracelet.
“I had no idea how much this would mean until it happened,” Boatman said.
“The feeling when I won it, because of all the wonderful people here around me, it’s something that really made me realize how special the moment is.
All the people in poker that I would have liked to be here were and that’s what made it special.”
There is no more popular figure with other English poker players than Boatman who can regularly be seen on the rails cheering on his fellow countryman.
Dozens of English players were happy to return the favor for Boatman and he was overwhelmed by their incredible support as he became the first British player to pick up a win at this year’s World Series.
“It wouldn’t mean a thing unless they were all here,” Boatman said of his fellow English players.
“We all got into poker and traveled the world together.
“They all won it for me.”
Boatman has recorded exceptional results in a wide range of tournaments held all over the world but the first place prize of $ 546,080 was the biggest score of his poker career.