Day 3 completed
Day 3 completed
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
We haven't seen a single flop in the last five hands.
Not even one.