06/12/10 09:36:59 PM PST
Congratulations to John "Tex" Barch, Winner of Event #20: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha ($256,919)
The third time's a charm for John "Tex" Barch. At this, his third WSOP final table, he has won his first bracelet.
Barch entered the day second in chips and was never afraid to butt heads with his neighbor and chip leader Nenad Medic. Tex quickly took the chip lead, was the first and only player to hit 2,000,000 chips and never looked back.
Once play was four-handed, Barch jockeyed himself in position to win the tournament. After a long, tumultuous battle he eliminated Medic, Trai Dang and Klinghammer Thibaut in three consecutive hands. The $256,919 first place prize pushes Barch's career earnings over $3,000,000 and he is now closer to his 2010 WSOP goal; two bracelets.
Many players who have made WSOP Main Event final tables have faded away after their five minutes of fame, but Barch has again proved today that he is indeed one of the elite poker players in the world.
Event #20 started just two days ago and attracted 885 runners dreaming of World Series gold. Today, after three days of grueling play, Barch is the only player standing.
Congratulations to John "Tex" Barch for winning Event #20: $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha and shipping $256,919!
06/12/10 09:28:16 PM PST
Klinghammer Thibaut Eliminated in 2nd Place ($158,698)
And in the first hand of the head's-up...
Klinghammer Thibaut called the big blind, and John Barch checked.
The flop come out and Barch bet out 60,000. Thibaut called. The turn card was a and Barch bet 200,000. Thibaut moved all in for just 110,000 more and Barch instantly called:
The river brought a and a bracelet for John Barch. Thibaut is our second place finisher and takes home $158,698.
06/12/10 09:15:09 PM PST
Despite being short throughout the entire day, Klinghammer Thibaut has found a way to get heads up for the bracelet. The only problem is John "Tex" Barch has a massive chip lead:
Barch - 3,570,000 chips
Thibaut - 410,000 chips
06/12/10 09:13:55 PM PST
Trai Dang Eliminated in 3rd Place ($102,306)
In the very next hand after Nenad Medic's bust out, John Barch bet out 250,000 after the hit the felt. Trai Dang went all in and Barch eventually called.
The turn was a and a bricked card on the river sealed it for Barch.
Dang is our 3rd place finisher and took home $102,306.
06/12/10 09:09:27 PM PST
Nenad Medic Eliminated in 4th Place ($74,946)
Our chip leader entering the day and the only remaining bracelet winner has been eliminated.
Nenad Medic opened to 140,000 on the button leaving a little under 200,000 behind. John "Tex" Barch potted from the small blind, Klinghammer Thibaut got out of the way and Medic called all in.
The dealer flopped , giving Medic numerous straight outs. The on the turn was no help and neither was the on the river however and Medic was eliminated in 4th place.
Barch is now a massive chip lead with 2,800,000 chips and with Medic's elimination we will have a first-time bracelet winner.
06/12/10 08:58:56 PM PST
Nenad Medic opened to 125,000 from under the gun and John "Tex" Barch flatted on the button. The blinds released and the flop fell .
Medic checked and Barch fired 300,000. Medic folded, sending another hundred thousand chips to his neighbor, and our commanding chip leader, Tex Barch.
06/12/10 08:51:53 PM PST
Nice Flop for Barch
Action folded to John "Tex" Barch who completed from the small blind. Klinghammer Thibaut checked his option and the flop fell . Both players checked.
The turn brought the and Barch led for 80,000. Thibaut called.
The river was the bringing a flush possibility. Barch led for 225,000 and Thibaut thought for a bit before sliding nine green T25,000 chips forward.
Barch opened for a flopped full house, and Thibaut mucked.
Tex is now up to 2,350,000 chips and Thibaut is short again with 250,000
06/12/10 08:34:44 PM PST
Not Even One
We haven't seen a single flop in the last five hands.
Not even one.
06/12/10 08:28:00 PM PST
In a four-way pot, the flop was reading when Nenad Medic opened the pot with a 105,000-chip bet. Only John Barch made the call. The turn card was a and Medic check-folded to a 300,000-chip bet from Barch.
06/12/10 08:14:54 PM PST
Don't Mess With Tex
Nenad Medic opened to 85,000 on the button and John "Tex" Barch called out of the small blind.
The flop fell and Barch check-called 125,000 from Medic.
Both players checked the on the turn and after the rivered Barch announced pot then slid 450,000 into the pot.
Medic jumped up in his chair and let out a long sigh.
"Sick, sick hand," he said under his breath. "What do you have you?"
"You call?" Tex said, pretending to start opening his hand.
"No, no," Medic returned.
After a few minutes of deliberation, Medic finally brought himself to fold and tabled aces with the missed, nut diamond draw.
Tex showed us all with a Lone Star sized grin and raked in the pot chipping back up to 1,860,000.
06/12/10 08:03:36 PM PST
Thibaut Doubles Again
With the board reading Klinghammer Thibaut moved all in after a bet from John Barch, and Barch tanked and eventually called.
The river card was a and Thibaut is now up to 775,000 chips.
06/12/10 07:56:44 PM PST
Thibaut Doubles, Still Short
Klinghammer Thibaut was down to his last 200,000 chips when John "Tex" Barch limped in from the button. Thibaut raised pot to 120,000 and the action folded back to Barch who called.
Thibaut's hand was suspended in the air with his last 80,000 and he dropped the chips in as soon as the dealer fanned .
"Alright," Tex sighed. "I call."
Thibaut happily opened and Barch needed help with .
The board ran , are Thibaut's aces held doubling him to a little more than 400,000. He is still our resident short stack however.
06/12/10 07:52:55 PM PST
John Barch called under the gun and both blinds, Trai Dang and Nenad Medic, checked. The flop ran out and Barch took the pot with a bet after the blinds checked.
06/12/10 07:37:26 PM PST
No Quit Nenad
Action folded to Nenad Medic who completed from the small blind. John "Tex" Barch checked his option and the dealer flopped .
Medic check-called 50,000 from Barch and both players checked the on the turn.
The rivered and Medic led for 75,000. Barch folded and Medic was shipped the pot.
Even though Medic lost a big pot before the dinner break, there is no quit in Mr. Medic. He's now back up to 925,000
06/12/10 07:31:18 PM PST
Making a Push
Klinghammer Thibaut has potted preflop two of the last three hands. He took them both down preflop and is now nearing 400,000 chips.
06/12/10 06:18:34 PM PST
After a small debate, the players have decided to take an hour dinner break.
06/12/10 06:15:53 PM PST
Barch Takes the Lead
Nenad Medic opened the pot with a 60,000-chip raise under the gun and John Barch called on the button. The blinds released.
The flop came out and Nenad check-called a 125,000-chip bet from Barch.
The turn was a and Barch made a 414,000-chip bet after Medic checked. Medic eventually called. The river card was and both players checked.
Barch tabled for kings full of jacks and Medic mucked his hand.
Barch is now up to 2,025,000 and Medic slipped to 765,000.
06/12/10 05:59:54 PM PST
Wake Up Danny!
Action folded to Trai "Danny" Dang who completed from the small blind. Nenad Medic checked his option and the dealer flopped .
Dang led for 50,000 and Medic called.
The turn brought the and Dang led again - this time for 150,000. Medic thought for a bit longer this time, but again called.
Both players checked the on the river and Dang quickly tabled his cards, , for a rivered full house. Medic mucked and Dang raked in the 250,000-chip pot to chip up to 932,500. Medic slipped to 1,420,000.
06/12/10 05:46:41 PM PST
One for Medic
Nenad Medic opened the pot with a 64,000-chip raise on the button and Klinghammer Thibaut called in the big blind.
Both players checked every street, and the board was . The players opened their hands, and Medic took the pot showing pocket aces.
06/12/10 05:45:51 PM PST
Nuts vs Nuts = Chop
Trai "Danny" Dang opened from the button and John "Tex" Barch was his only customer in the big blind.
The flop fell and Barch check-called 150,000 from Dang.
Both players checked the on the turn, and Barch led for 400,000 after the rivered. Dang thought for a bit before moving all in and Barch called immediately.
Barch showed for the broadway and Dang showed for broadway as well.
There were over 1,500,000 chips in the middle but the massive pot was chopped.