|The Hendon Mob had a fantastic run on the Finnish leg of The Prima Poker TourTour, with Barny Boatman winning the main event becoming the official Finnish Poker Champion, and Ram Vaswani taking home the trophy for “Best Overall Player” at the Helsinki Freezeout Poker Tournament.|
Curacao, November 18, 2003 – The Prima Poker sponsored Hendon Mob finished the Finnish leg of the Prima Poker Tour off with a bang when poker ace “Barmy” Barny Boatman, widely recognized to be one of Europe’s best No-Limit Hold’em players, picked up over €27,000 in winnings by finishing first in the Helsinki tournament’s main event - the No-Limit Hold’em Freezeout.
Barny (known to poker spectators as “the voice of televised poker”) now holds the title of Finnish Poker Champion, which he will be invited to defend at next year’s tournament. “The Scandinavian players are amongst the best in the world, it was a great tournament and I'm delighted to have come away with the trophy,” said Barny.
But Barny wasn’t the only star on this leg of the Prima Poker Tour. Ram “Crazy Horse” Vaswani won “Best Overall Player” after winning the most cumulative points in the tournament after qualifying in three final table finishes.
Defying the odds The Mob has had 21 final table finishes, 28 money finishes, and won seven trophies in the last eight weeks of the Prima Poker Tour. With the second half of the Tour still on the way with tournaments in Walsall, Luton, and Australia, the boys are looking to add a few more notches to their belt.
“This was a great trip for The Mob and for Prima Poker. Winning the two main trophies at the festival is a real high point of our world tour,” according to Barny.
The next stop on the Prima Poker Tour is the Midland Masters in Walsall, England, which will take place between November 24th and November 30th. The Midland Masters is one of the largest and most popular poker festivals in England, attracting the top players from all over Europe. Walsall Grosvenor Casino boasts the biggest card room in the UK and the tournament offers the largest prize pool in Britain.
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The Prima Poker Tour is taking The Hendon Mob on an unprecedented global tour to play in over 60 events, in eight venues, in three continents in an effort to demonstrate that online and terrestrial poker go hand-in-hand. The Tour represents the first major sponsorship in online poker and has elevated its status by introducing it to the media as a mainstream sport.
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