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Barny Boatman Makes EPT San Remo Final Table

Posted by Andy on October 27, 2011 at 11:28 BST

Barny BoatmanBritish hopes of a third successive victory in the EPT San Remo Main Event rest in the hands of UK poker player Barny Boatman after he successfully negotiated a tricky penultimate day to sit in fifth position on the final table. The Hendon Mobster is already assured of his largest ever live tournament cash for reaching the final eight – a remarkable fact for somebody who has been a feature of UK poker for over twenty years, but as one wag put it on Twitter last night; “Barny Boatman is living proof that if you play 500 tourneys a year for 20 years on someone else’s dime, eventually class will out”.

Barny Gets Chipped Up Early

Starting the day with a slightly above average chip stack of 1.2 million, Barny avoided the “hurt and rescue” scenario he has experienced in previous days of the tournament by flying out of the traps early to secure valuable uncontested pots against Mustapha Kanit and Andrey Pateychuk. Despite coming under a great deal of pre-flop pressure from French player Yorane Kerignard, Barny was able to substantially increase his chip stack later in the day, when eliminating Mike McDonald (10 10♠) with pocket Kings and also busting Gianluca Cedolia (K♣ 6♣), when the Italian failed to complete his flush draw against Barny´s two pair – Aces and Fours.

Jon Gets Chipped Out Early

The second UK poker player who had started the day was Jon Spinks. In Days 2 and 3 of the EPT San Remo Main Event, Jon had taken down valuable pots in the early hands of the day and on Day 4 was to leave it until the very last hands to chip up. However, yesterday he arrived at the tables as one of the shortest stacked players and immediately got all-in with A♠ Q♣. Unfortunately for Jon, he was called by Jan Bendik´s Q Q and, with no Ace on the board to save his tournament life was sent to the rail in twenty fourth place.

All Change at the Top 1

Coming into Day 5, Canadian player Chris McClure had a substantial chip lead ahead of Australian Daniel Neilson and Italian Mustapha Kanit. However his tournament took a turn for the worse after losing big pots to Kevin MacPhee and Jan Bendik (both times against AK) and he was eventually eliminated at the hands of Rocco Palumbo – again to AK! Having had a big slice of his stack removed by Barny Boatman, Mustapha Kanit was also to feel the force of “Big Slick” – coming second with A 10♣ against Yorane Kerignard´s A K♣ for a 2 million chip pot – before having his Aces cracked by Dimitar Danchev to leave the tournament in nineteenth place.

All Change at the Top 2

MacPhee, Bendik and Danchev all had their turn at the top of the leaderboard, but it was Daniel Neilson who finished the day with the biggest chip stack. Getting his last 2 million chips into the centre of the table with J J♣, Neilson´s hand looked shaky against the A Q of Jan Bendik after the flop of 9♣ 10 K, and he was heading for the door when the J on the turn gave Bendik a Broadway straight. However, the J♠ on the river stunned everybody and gave Neilson a 4 million chip pot and the tournament lead. Neilson extended his lead at the top of the leaderboard with the elimination of Andreas Samuelsson in thirteenth and Johnny Lodden in ninth to take a 2.25 million chip advantage into the final day.

EPT San Remo Final Table Chip Counts

When play recommences at the Casino San Remo, the blinds will be 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante. USA poker player Kevin MacPhee – attempting to become the first player ever to win two EPT Main Events – and local favourite Rocco Palumbo are the two players most at risk, but it only takes one good double up early in the proceedings to make all the difference – let´s hope it happens to Barny!






Daniel Neilson Australia



Dimitar Danchev Bulgaria



Jan Bendik Slovakia



Andrey Pateychuk Russia



Barny Boatman UK



Yorane Kerignard France



Rocco Palumbo Italy



Kevin MacPhee USA