NEWS FLASH:  Tex Barch Wins WSOP Gold Bracelet in Event 20

Texas Poker Pro Wins WSOP Title in Record-Setting Pot-Limit Omaha Battle


John “Tex” Barch was the winner of the $1,500 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha event at the 2010 World Series of Poker.  This marked his first career WSOP gold bracelet victory.  Barch is perhaps best known for his appearance at the 2005 WSOP Main Event championship final table, where he finished third.  Joe Hachem won the Main Event that year.

Barch lives in McKinney, TX.  This was his sixth time to cash at the WSOP and marked his third final table appearance.  With this victory, his career WSOP earnings crossed the $2.8 million mark.  

Despite Pot-Limit Omaha being one of the most popular forms of poker in Europe, this finale was pretty much an all North American contest – with four Americans versus four Canadians.  The lone European stag was Klinghammer Thibaut, from France.  This was the first time in WSOP history that four Canadians made it to the same final table.  The Canadian players were Nenad Medic, Trai Dang, Ashkan Razavi, and Chris Hyong.

This was the largest Pot-Limit Omaha tournament in WSOP history, with 885 entrants.  The turnout eclipsed last year’s record numbers by almost ten percent.  The top 81 finishers collected prize money.  Former WSOP gold bracelet finishers who cashed in this event included – Nenad Medic (2nd), Blair Rodman (7th), Ted Lawson (37th), Jay Heimowitz (44th), Michael Keiner (47th); Jason Mercier (64th), and Robert Williamson III (77th).  The runner up was Nenad Medic, from Niagara Falls, Ontario who barely missed winning his second WSOP gold bracelet.

Robert Williamson’s cash in this event means he now has ten Pot-Limit Omaha cashes within the past ten years, the most of any player.

Ted Lawson finished in-the-money, which makes him four-for-four in cashes so far this year.  Lawson became the first player at this year’s WSOP to reach four cashes.  There are currently 23 players with three cashes this year.

A full report of this event will be posted shortly.

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