In the early 1990s, several years before the internet revolution which brought online poker to our computer screens two brothers, Ross and Barny Boatman played poker against each other in Ross’s flat in Archway, North London. Not long afterwards they joined another local game in nearby Hendon, befriending Joe Beevers and Ram Vaswani.
As their poker skills improved the four players began to travel to tournaments in London and beyond, their distinctive dress of dark suits and sunglasses marking them out for attention. It was this style of clothing and their constant appearance as a group which saw them known as the Hendon Mob and the name stuck.
As their reputations increased they began to travel to European tournaments with no little success and as the internet began to revolutionise poker and provide it with an explosion of popularity, the Mob found themselves ideally place to take advantage. In 1999, British television began producing Late Night Poker, a televised poker tournament and the first of its kind. As poker ambassadors, the gents from Hendon were invited to appear and this brought them to the attention of an even wider audience.
In 2001 they wisely started up their own website and what was originally meant to be a guide to poker with articles about tips and other information, eventually morphed into the largest online poker database.
One of their most notable innovations was the creation of an international heads up tournament and the team arranged challenges with Australia, France, Ireland and the USA, beating all-comers until a strong USA team put an end to their winning run. All four players maintain considerable tournament successes, online and offline and their career winnings are as follows:
- Ross Boatman – $1.85million
- Barny Boatman – $1.7 million
- Joe Beevers – $2.5 million
- Ram Vaswani – $3.5 million