Barny Boatman is a London-born, English poker pro - perhaps best
known for being one of the original four Hendon Mob poker players
along with his younger brother Ross Boatman.
Barny has enjoyed a long and varied poker career, and was a key
figure in the early days of televised poker, having appeared
regularly on the TV series 'Late Night Poker'. In addition to his
regular appearances on 'Late Night Poker', Barny Boatman had his
own TV show entitled 'Barny's Home Games', in which he attended
various poker home games around Britain. Although a WSOP bracelet
has always evaded him, he was the first poker player ever to reach
3 consecutive final tables at the World Series of Poker.
Often truant, Barny Boatman left school at the soonest available
opportunity and spent quite some travelling soon after, having
visited and worked in Australia, Barcelona, Hong Kong, and Sri
Barny got his first taste of poker at home games with friends,
before later moving on to play regular poker tournaments at The Vic
on Edgware Road, where he won the first tournament he entered to
take around a £2,000 prize.
In addition to playing poker, Barny has written several articles
for the Hendon Mob website, including write-ups of major poker
tournaments and events, and has contributed poker lessons to the
site www.internettexasholdem.com. He has also featured as a
commentator for Celebrity Poker Club, Poker Nations Cup, and World
Heads-up Poker Championship - to name just a few.
Interesting Fact: Since appearing on English Comedian
Richard Herring's TV Chatshow 'Heads up with Richard Herring',
Barny Boatman has often been seen using a little Barney Rubble
figure as a card protector, given to Boatman as a gift by fellow UK
Poker Pro Harry Demetriou.