Barny Boatman wins first bracelet

Updated: July 1, 2013, 4:38 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

The British rail was rocking the Rio on Saturday as Barny Boatman became the champion of the $1,500 no-limit hold 'em Event 49 at the 2013 World Series of Poker. Boatman, a British poker icon and writer, had found success around the world, but only three of his previous 24 WSOP cashes had resulted in a final table. Those close calls were all pushed aside this weekend as he focused to outlast a monstrous field of 2,247 and earned a career-best cash of $546,080.

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WSOP.comBarny Boatman earned $546,080 and his first career WSOP bracelet in Event 49.

"I had no idea how much this would mean until it happened," Boatman said after his win to the WSOP. "Even when I was sitting there, I was like, 'Wouldn't it be great to win?' I was thinking, 'I had a good time.' But the feeling when I won it, because of all the wonderful people here around me, it's something that really made me realize how special the moment is. I've been coming here for quite a few years now. I must have played over a hundred gold bracelet events. I even got heads-up once. I came second. I had no idea it would feel this good, honestly…."

The 58-year-old from London had made the annual trek to Vegas for the past 14 years and waited for this moment. He entered the final table fifth in chips, but took the lead after an early double against Paul Dasilva (K-K over10-10). Brian O'Donoghue jumped to the top as he eliminated Roger Lussier and Noah Sandler and Boatman maintained a second-place stack with his knockouts of Dasilva and Robin Ylitalo shortly after. With five remaining, O'Donoghue and Boatman were in control of the table and it was no surprise that the two would be the ones to battle for the bracelet.

Stacks were nearly even as heads-up play began and for the next 174 hands, an incredible back-and-forth battle ensued. After all that time, the champion would ultimately be determined by a coin flip as Boatman's 10-10 would be racing against O'Donoghue's As-Ks. The flop brought Boatman a set (Q-10-2), but also gave O'Donoghue a little hope with a straight draw. The turn and river came 5-7 and Boatman's hand held to win his first title.

"It's only money, right? It's only a piece of jewelry, right? But wow, it's the most amazing feeling in the world," Boatman reflected. "I think especially because so many of my friends were here and my brother was here. All the people in poker that I would have liked to be here, were. And that's what made it special."

Other notable finishers include Kevin MacPhee (21st), David Peters (24th), Michael Gathy (60th) and Eric Baldwin (92nd).

Below are the complete results of Event 49 at the 2013 World Series of Poker:

Event 49: No-limit hold 'em
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 2,247
Prize pool: $3,033,450
Players in the money: 243

1. Barny Boatman ($546,080)
2. Brian O'Donoghue ($338,745)
3. Van Tran ($239,339)
4. Taras Kripps ($172,087)
5. Aditya Prasetyo ($125,372)
6. Robin Ylitalo ($92,550)
7. Paul Dasilva ($69,192)
8. Noah Sandler ($52,387)
9. Roger Lussier ($40,162)
10. Michael Quick ($31,153)
11. Michael Perrone ($31,153)
12. Mike Jukich ($31,153)
13. Valentin Messina ($24,449)
14. Greg Oleson ($24,449)
15. Luis Silva ($24,449)
16. Robert Redman ($19,444)
17. Sergei Stazhkov ($19,444)
18. J. Austin Hijar ($19,444)
19. Walter Treccarichi ($15,622)
20. Jan Eric Schwippert ($15,622)
21. Kevin MacPhee ($15,622)
22. Gordon Vayo ($15,622)
23. Hoa Luong ($15,622)
24. David Peters ($15,622)
25. Yun Lo ($15,622)
26. Russell Crane ($15,622)
27. Ryan Hartmann ($15,622)
28. Robert Bonneau ($12,710)
29. Robert Little ($12,710)
30. Bryan Mileski ($12,710)
31. Marius Bumb ($12,710)
32. Jamie Kerstetter ($12,710)
33. Srinivasa Yarlagadda ($12,710)
34. Fabian Rosales ($12,710)
35. Thomas Lutz ($12,710)
36. Marcio Teixeira ($12,710)
37. Daniel Sindelar ($10,465)
38. Erica Schoenberg ($10,465)
39. Daryl Katz ($10,465)
40. Usama Al Naib ($10,465)
41. Mark Wahba ($10,465)
42. Jeffrey Rogers ($10,465)
43. James Strong ($10,465)
44. Bradley Duck ($10,465)
45. James St. Hilaire ($10,465)
46. Jayakrishnan Nair ($8,706)
47. Dominik Kulicki ($8,706)
48. Michael Meekins ($8,706)
49. Jeffrey Finkelstein ($8,706)
50. Craig Carrillo ($8,706)
51. Emerson Baroni ($8,706)
52. Gal Yifrach ($8,706)
53. Daniel Drew ($8,706)
54. Walter Metella ($8,706)
55. Rubem Mourao ($7,340)
56. Simon Deadman ($7,340)
57. Christopher Scott ($7,340)
58. Brent Becker ($7,340)
59. Daniel Hirleman ($7,340)
60. Michael Gathy ($7,340)
61. Robert Willis ($7,340)
62. Kyle Frey ($7,340)
63. Derek Dempsey ($7,340)
64. Charles Nelson Robinson ($6,248)
65. Gene Mattera ($6,248)
66. Lily Newhouse ($6,248)
67. James Anderson ($6,248)
68. James Whiting ($6,248)
69. Larry Cassity ($6,248)
70. Drew Woodke ($6,248)
71. Louis Salter ($6,248)
72. Christopher Gaddi ($6,248)
73. Harry Maurer ($5,369)
74. Roman Romanovskyi ($5,369)
75. Govert Metaal ($5,369)
76. Robert Shega ($5,369)
77. Oscar Jorstedt ($5,369)
78. Dajuawn Whorley ($5,369)
79. Anthony Newman ($5,369)
80. Kapila Garner ($5,369)
81. Michael Levy ($5,369)
82. Dylan Thomassie ($4,671)
83. Sadan Turker ($4,671)
84. Alek Givotovsky ($4,671)
85. Matthias de Meulder ($4,671)
86. Brian Buchhorn ($4,671)
87. Christopher Danek ($4,671)
88. Andre Sa ($4,671)
89. Simon Child ($4,671)
90. Brian Yoon ($4,671)
91. Raymond Ellis ($4,095)
92. Eric Baldwin ($4,095)
93. Dario Pavan ($4,095)
94. Brendan Doyle ($4,095)
95. Joshua Curtis ($4,095)
96. Mohamed Ibrahim ($4,095)
97. Matthew Schulte ($4,095)
98. James Mchenry ($4,095)
99. Joseph Gordon ($4,095)
100. Michal Wywrot ($3,640)
101. Craig Dubberstein ($3,640)
102. Mihai Manole ($3,640)
103. John Dull ($3,640)
104. Jason Lee ($3,640)
105. Stephan Kjerstad ($3,640)
106. Ryan Carter ($3,640)
107. Michael Farrelly ($3,640)
108. Nicolas Cardyn ($3,640)
109. Anders Taylor ($3,640)
110. Daniel Peracchi ($3,640)
111. Raymond Moscoe ($3,640)
112. Robert Bickley ($3,640)
113. John Chamberlin ($3,640)
114. David Hunt ($3,640)
115. Ofir Ventura ($3,640)
116. Charles Caris ($3,640)
117. Damian Laber ($3,640)
118. Alex Manzano ($3,640)
119. David Bezerra ($3,640)
120. Austin Buchanan ($3,640)
121. Josep Galindo ($3,640)
122. Howard Schultz ($3,640)
123. Mikael Hogberg ($3,640)
124. Matt Stout ($3,640)
125. Ilkin Amirov ($3,640)
126. Chad Chavez ($3,640)
127. Faraz Jaka ($3,640)
128. Mark Shanahan ($3,640)
129. Harold Lilie ($3,640)
130. Michael Cristofano ($3,640)
131. Stefan Jedlicka ($3,640)
132. Jeremy Joseph ($3,640)
133. Jeffrey Tanouye ($3,640)
134. Marc Foggin ($3,640)
136. Shane Schleger ($3,276)
137. Keith Ferrera ($3,276)
138. Eric Rasmussen ($3,276)
139. Ryan Riess ($3,276)
140. Mark Robinson ($3,276)
141. Nicholas Ricciardi ($3,276)
142. Nicolas Vaca-Rondon ($3,276)
143. Dave D'Alesandro ($3,276)
144. Jamie Rosen ($3,276)
145. Vinicius Teles ($3,276)
146. Flavien Guenan ($3,276)
147. Mark Defaria ($3,276)
148. Tripp Kirk ($3,276)
149. Aung Thu ($3,276)
150. Gustavo Lopez ($3,276)
151. Tue Phan ($3,276)
152. Theodoros Aidonopolos ($3,276)
153. Paul Leckey ($3,276)
154. Hoi Lee ($3,276)
155. Patrick Coughlin ($3,276)
156. Joshua Schiffman ($3,276)
157. Tom Braband ($3,276)
158. Nick Brancato ($3,276)
159. Brian Benhamou ($3,276)
160. Samuel Greenwood ($3,276)
161. David Niedringhaus ($3,276)
162. Craig Mckinnon ($3,276)
163. Kevin Cregg ($3,276)
164. Leonid Yanovski ($3,276)
165. Najib Kamand ($3,276)
166. Antoine Pacaud ($3,276)
167. Marko Neumann ($3,276)
168. Antoni Faisca Blanco ($3,276)
169. Myong Chong ($3,276)
170. Matthew Elsarelli ($3,276)
171. Alex Santiago ($3,276)
172. Davide Suriano ($3,003)
173. Steven Skillen ($3,003)
174. Amitabh Mehra ($3,003)
175. Ernest Dockery ($3,003)
176. Joseph Cappuccio ($3,003)
177. Rob Sterken ($3,003)
178. Scott Epstein ($3,003)
179. Garrett Greer ($3,003)
180. Javier Sanchez ($3,003)
181. Jonathan Neckar ($3,003)
182. Bryan Buonocore ($3,003)
183. Daniel Gill ($3,003)
184. Jose Serratos ($3,003)
185. Tamas Lendvai ($3,003)
186. Andrew Teng ($3,003)
187. Jonas Lauck ($3,003)
188. Adrian Passfield ($3,003)
189. Peter Kamaras ($3,003)
190. Jeffrey Forrest ($3,003)
191. Anthony Denicola ($3,003)
192. Patrick Boedeker ($3,003)
193. Chi Chan ($3,003)
194. Daniel Merkus ($3,003)
195. Thomas Schaffer ($3,003)
196. Thomas Butzhammer ($3,003)
197. Chad Winters ($3,003)
198. Matthew Pitta ($3,003)
199. Kelly Kim ($3,003)
200. Dennis Prewitt ($3,003)
201. Daniel Laming ($3,003)
202. Jason Potter ($3,003)
203. Katie Dozier ($3,003)
204. Michael Opree ($3,003)
205. Josh Lee ($3,003)
206. Gelson Carvalho ($3,003)
207. Neil Channing ($3,003)
208. Igor Zektser ($2,730)
209. Adam Bitker ($2,730)
210. Justin Darnel ($2,730)
211. Christopher Authement ($2,730)
212. Timothy Duckworth ($2,730)
213. Diego Zeiter ($2,730)
214. Ashraf Samawi ($2,730)
215. Jonathan Kemsley ($2,730)
216. Johnny Wirth ($2,730)
217. Ryan Teves ($2,730)
218. Matthieu Auclair ($2,730)
219. David Pecaski ($2,730)
220. Daniel Chamberlain ($2,730)
221. Karl Pirkopf ($2,730)
222. Gary Bolden ($2,730)
223. Sailesh Lohia ($2,730)
224. Bastian Fischer ($2,730)
225. Thanh Lam ($2,730)
226. Olivier Anglade ($2,730)
227. David White ($2,730)
228. Kristof Leyns ($2,730)
229. Robert Wong ($2,730)
230. Philip Kessel ($2,730)
231. Carter Myers ($2,730)
232. Ralph Ratchford ($2,730)
233. Julian Herold ($2,730)
234. Adam Lippert ($2,730)
235. David Hengen ($2,730)
236. Alberto Flores ($2,730)
237. Aaron Frei ($2,730)
238. Antonio Luft ($2,730)
239. John Dacruz ($2,730)
240. Andrew Spears ($2,730)
241. McLean Karr ($2,730)
242. Mari Fukunaga ($2,730)
243. Matias Ruzzi ($2,730)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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