Thursday, 30 January 2014
The great and the good of the European poker scene gathered in Deauville last night for the 13th annual European Poker Awards.
Billed as the night of champions, the lavish ceremony saw many of Europe's top poker figures honoured for the performances at the felt and services to the game. Decided through a series of community nominations and industry picks, the awards party saw everyone from players and tournament staff, poker writers and event organisers praised for their efforts over the last 12 months. Among those picking up trophies was the likes of Ana Marquez (Europe's leading lady), Toby Lewis (internet player of the year), UKIPT Galway (festival of the year) and Ole Schemion (2013 live player of the year). However, by far the most popular award of the night went to Barny Boatman for his continued services and excellence in the game. Having been around the community for more years than he'd care to count, Barny enjoyed one of his best years in 2013 after he took down the Event #49 at the WSOP for $546,080. Thanks to that memorable victory and his work as part of the Hendon Mob, Barny was handed the lifetime achievement award and given a standing ovation by those in attendance. Upon receiving his trophy, Barny said: "I’m not ready to retire just yet; I guess I have been around a long them, that’s why you get these things. When I first started out in poker, I spend a lot of time dealing and being stared at my dodgy looking reprobates. So no change there then. I really didn’t see this coming so I don’t have a speech prepared. But this means so much to me thank you very much."We caught with Barny shortly after his WSOP triumph. Check out the full interview here.
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