Barny Boatman's dreams of becoming a European Poker Tour champion will have to wait until mid-November when the inaugural EPT Loutraki takes place because he fell just short of glory, finishing in fourth place in the PokerStars EPT San Remo Main Event.
Boatman, of The Hendon Mob fame, started the eight-handed final table fifth in chips with a stack of 2,490,000 but he never really got any momentum going to trouble the bigger stacks at the table. But he did trouble one player in particular in the shape of Kevin MacPhee after sending him to the rail in eighth place, prompting an outburst on MacPhee's Twitter account.
The hand in question took place on the 35th hand of the day and saw the action fold around to MacPhee in the small blind, who moved all in with and Boatman made the call in the big blind with . The final board ran out and a very disappointed MacPhee was eliminated in eighth place, ending his quest to become the first-ever double EPT winner.
Shortly after his untimely exit MacPhee vented his anger and frustration on his Twitter account
I fold 30 hands straight down to 530k then shove 9 bbs in the sb and @barnyboatman calls off with Q7s?!? Is this guy fucking retarded?Follow @KevinMacPhee
This prompted a number of members on the Two Plus Two forums to berate MacPhee along with a number of well-respected pleople in the poker community including Keith "The Camel" Hawkins, Matt Savage and Jesse May to question MacPhee's character.
Boatman was classy in his response to the American, saying;
Hi @KevinMacPhee You gave me a strong tell you were weak, though i may have called anyway. Retarded? If you say so. But no hard feelings eh?Follow @barnyboatman
The Brit busted out of the tournament about two hours after MacPhee when he moved all-in for 1,500,000 chips from under the gun with and was instantly called by the eventual winner Andrey Pateychuk holding . Boatman was drawing dead by the turn and when the meaningless landed on the river Boatman exited the final table and headed to the cashier's cage to pick up €225,000, the biggest tournament cash of his career.
By this time MacPhee had calmed down and published an apology, again on Twitter;
Sorry for my outburst earlier... was steaming super hard :( Apologies to @BarnyBoatman too... sorry mate!Follow @KevinMacPhee
Again, Boatman was a perfect gentleman first accepting MacPhee's apology then offering to take him out for a beer.
No worries @KevinMacPhee You are a great player and ran super bad at the end. I know how that feels (the run bad part.) Let's have a beer.Follow @barnyboatman
This latest result takes Boatman's career earnings from live poker tournaments to $2,068,094. To read an excellent recap of the final table action click this little link here.
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