It was a storybook ending for UK-based writer Barny Boatman in Event 49, a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament, early Sunday morning at the 44th Annual World Series of Poker.
Boatman has been coming to the WSOP for years, recording his first cash in 2000 and recording numerous cashes since — 25 to be exact. Boatman had success, sure, but his results were not indicative of the years he had put in on the WSOP felt.
Sunday morning, though, his hard work paid off as he bested Brian O’Donoghue to win his first gold bracelet and $546,080. The victory came in his fourth final table appearance at the WSOP and moved him just shy of the $1 million mark in career earnings. It also marks the first win for a British player at this summer’s WSOP.
O’Donoghue, a two-time WSOP Circuit champion, went home with a $338,745 consolation prize.
This $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event drew 2,247 players, generating a prize pool of $3,033,450. The top 243 finishers in the large field each collected a payday of $2,730. Some of the notables who earned a payday were hockey player Philip Kessel (230th), Faraz Jaka (127th), two-time bracelet winner Michael Gathy (60th), Erica Schoenberg (38th), Jamie Kerstetter (32nd), and Kevin MacPhee (21st).
The then-three-time WSOP final tablist Boatman headlined the final table line-up, which included no prior gold bracelet winners. While none of the final nine had a bracelet, there were two players with Circuit Ring victories on their poker resume, Aditya Prasetyo and two-time Circuit winner O’Donoghue.
Here are the final table results from the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em Event 49:
1st: Barny Boatman – $546,080
2nd: Brian O’Donoghue – $338,745
3rd: Van Tran – $239,339
4th: Tara Kripps – $172,087
5th: Aditya Prasetyo – $125,372
6th: Robin Ylitalo – $92,550
7th: Paul Dasilva – $69,192
8th: Noah Sandler – $52,387
9th: Roger Lussier – $40,162