Barny Boatman Nc IfpThe Nations Cup and the International Federation of Poker was among the subjects discussed by Barny Boatman in an interview with Black Belt Poker this week.

Boatman, who captained a talented United Kingdom side in the Duplicate Poker Nations Cup in November, is among the most respected players of the game across the UK and the World and enjoyed something of a renaissance year in 2011.

Over the past 12 months Boatman earned more than in any other year since his game turned professional in 1998. Deep runs in four major tournaments, including a fourth place finish at the European Poker Tour main event in San Remo, Italy, gave Boatman a boost going into the new year.

“It’s a buzz when y Uk Nations Cup Team Ifpou’re getting there or thereabouts the whole time, so I played events I wouldn’t normally play simply because I was running well,” said Boatman.

What Boatman chalked to “running well”, was more accurately the work of a gifted player, one who has successfully withstood the swings of what can be a volatile game to remain a regular player in the biggest tournaments around the world. It was credentials like this that made him ideal choice to captain the UK Nations Cup side.

“I was very fortunate, and very honoured, and actually dumfounded almost, to be invited to be the captain of the UK team for the inaugural Duplicate Poker Nations Cup on the London Eye,” said Boatman, who mustered a selection of some of poker’s leading lights for the team event.

“I picked a team that I knew would take some chances and push their edges, and what a fantastic team it was with Sam Trickett, Jake Cody, James Akenhead, Liv Boeree, Sam Holden, JP Kelly – there’s a lot of youth, but also an enormous amount of experience, and some cool heads who have played under pressure and on TV before. But in the end, it wasn’t to be.”

The UK side weren’t able to conquer the new Duplicate territory, but Boatman and his players were quick to spot tactical implications of the duplicate game; details that Boatman is keen to explore.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen now in terms of my involvement, but certainly the Federation are talking about being involved in the Mind Sports Olympics, and they’re also looking to host another Duplicate Poker Event,” said Boatman.

“I think by this time next year everyone’s going to be talking about [IFP President] Tony Holden’s organisation and the great things it’s done for poker, so that’s something to watch out for.”

The next 12 months on the IFP calendar certainly will be talked about, with the 2012 Nations Cup and World Championships, as well as the launch of the IFP’s online software, detailed in the coming months; the latter granting players all over the world the chance to compete at the Table. Boatman will likely be among them.

Read the full interview with Boatman on the Black Belt Poker website.