Resurgent UK veteran pro Barny Boatman captured his second World Series of Poker bracelet in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, taking down the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe’s Event #7: €550 Pot-Limit Omaha.
Boatman collected €54,725 for the win, but it appeared the WSOP hardware meant much more to him.
“You know, any mug can win one bracelet,” Boatman joked. “Turns out any mug can win two.”
After years of WSOP grinding in Las Vegas with dozens of cashes dating all the way back to 2002, Boatman finally made good on his goal of winning a WSOP bracelet, taking down the 2012 WSOP Event #49: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em.
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Saturday in Berlin, Boatman said winning a second one felt much different.
“It was very different from the experience two years ago of winning bracelet number one,” he said. “It was a huge field, it was exhausting, my brother was there, so many of my friends were there and a lot of the best young poker players from Britain were on the rail. It was really exciting.
“But what’s happened since then is I’ve got the bug. I’ve had so many big stacks in big tournaments and things have gone wrong, so I never really thought it would happen for me. But once it did happen, my attitude changed. Not my game particularly, but my hunger for it. I wanted to do it again.
“I haven’t been to the WSOP Europe for about four years and even then I only played one event. But I wanted to come this year and have a shot at it. This is my third or fourth final since I won the first one and I was really going after it.”
The final began just after 12 p.m. local time with Canadian Doug Lee holding the chip lead. Damian Pawlak was the first player out running a pair of kings and a gutshot into Lee’s top pair, flush draw and wrap. Lee hit the flush on the turn and Pawlak said goodbye in eighth.
Fellow Pole Pawel Bakiewicz hit the rail next, getting it in with a draw that never came against Grzegorz Grochulski’s two pair.
Dominik Maska then went out sixth when his aces were outdrawn by Lee’s jacks, and although Lee had a big lead, he dumped pot after pot until he got short and his fate was sealed fifth, running jacks into Shannon Shorr’s pair and naked ace, with Shorr finding another ace on the river. Read More