Back in 2002 Barny Boatman had a great shot at a World Series of Poker bracelet in a $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event but ended up runner-up to Jay Sipelstein. But 11 years later, Boatman made it happen.
Boatman bested a field of 2,247 to win Event #49 $1,500 No Limit Hold'em, defeating Brian O'Donoghue in a three-hour heads-up match to win his first WSOP bracelet and $546,080.
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
|4||Taras Kripps||$ 172,087|
When heads-up play began, Boatman and Brian O'Donoghue were within one big blind of each other and during the one-on-one session neither player took control of the chips, in the 174 hands that played out. That is, until Hand #276 was dealt.
Boatman opened to 240,000 and O'Donoghue raised it to 550,000. Boatman responded with a raise to 1.1 million — and called — when O'Donoghue moved all-in.
When the dealer put the flop out, the crowd was on their feet. Boatman's flopped set could only be overcome by O'Donoghue's straight outs.
"Deuce! Deuce!" Boatman's rail chanted.
The and the closed out the possibility that Boatman would go home runner-up. Boatman's enormous rail exploded with cheers! Boatman's brother, Ross, embraced Barny and the British rail began the chant, "There's only one Barny Boatman!" Boatman responded by 'strutting his stuff' and the celebration was on!
Sarah Grant talks to Barny after his win — his brother was a key part of his WSOP bracelet experience...it's great to see a family together...especially in poker:
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