Barny Boatman has travelled the live poker circuit ever since there was one but that big score has always eluded him. The Hendon Mob member has an impressive $1,757,882 in live tournament winnings but he has never had a six-figure score, but that all looks set to change.
Forty-six year old Boatman has reached the final table of the PokerStars European Poker Tour San Remo Main Event and is now all but guaranteed his largest-ever tournament cash. Each of the eight players who have made it to the final table have locked up $63,694, which translates to $89,309 (source Xe.com) and Boatman's biggest cash to date is $90,000 that he was awarded for winning the second heat of matches at the Poker Million IX.
Although Boatman has won tournaments in the past, they have been with buy-ins ranging from $500 to €1,500 and he still does not have a major title, but he did come very close in 2002 when he finished as runner-up to Jay Sipelstein in the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event at the World Series of Poker after surviving a final table that was the home to the likes of Johnny Chan, Erik Seidel, Phil Gordon and John Juanda.
Play resumes at 1400CET and Boatman will start the day with 2,490,000 chips with the average being 3,138,750. The blinds will be 25,000/50,000 with a running ante of 5,000 so there is still plenty of play left in this tournament. UK PokerNews would like to wish each of the remaining eight players the very best of luck, especially Mr Boatman and Kevin “ImaLuckSac” MacPhee who, if he turns around his short-stack, could become the first player in EPT history to win two EPT Main Events.