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EPT Dream Ends For Boatman

Barny Boatman (right) and the Hendon Mob (Photo credit: Hendon Mob.com)

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 {6-Clubs}{5-Hearts} and Boatman made the call in the big blind with {Q-Spades}{7-Spades}. The final board ran out {3-Hearts}{3-Clubs}{K-Hearts}{2-Clubs}{J-Hearts} 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

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;

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 {3-Spades}{3-Hearts} and was instantly called by the eventual winner Andrey Pateychuk holding {Q-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds}. Boatman was drawing dead by the {A-Hearts}{Q-Spades}{6-Clubs}{j-Hearts} turn and when the meaningless {j-Hearts} 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;

Again, Boatman was a perfect gentleman first accepting MacPhee's apology then offering to take him out for a beer.

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.

Whilst it cannot boast the same prizepool as EPT San Remo, tonight's $25,000 PokerNews Showdown is almost certain to have a substantial overlay. The last one we ran had an overlay of $15,000! Check out this article for full details on how you can get involved.

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