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Tex Takes Omaha, Wins Event No. 20 -- $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha

Third Final Table Was The Charm For John "Tex" Barch


Tex BarchTex knows a thing or two about Omaha.

Nenad Medic had arrived at the final table of event No. 20 ($1,500 pot-limit Omaha) on Saturday with a near 3-1 chip lead over his closest opponent, John “Tex” Barch.

It appeared that Medic would be a force to be reckoned with, after all, he already has a World Series of Poker bracelet and more than $4 million in tournament winnings.

However, John “Tex” Barch happened to be second in chips, and we soon found out that his third WSOP final-table appearance would be his best one.

Barch finished third in the WSOP main event back in 2005, winning $2.5 million. He made another WSOP final table in 2007.

This time around he exploded into the chip lead and never looked back, besting bracelet winners Medic and Blair Rodman, on his way to earning that WSOP bracelet and collecting the second largest tournament prize of his career, $256,919.

Here’s a look at the final results

1. John Barch — $256,919
2. Klinghammer Thibaut — $158,698
3. Trai Dang — $102,306
4. Nenad Medic — $74,946
5. Ashkan Razavi — $55,711
6. Chris Hyong Chang — $41,971
7. Blair Rodman — $32,007
8. Tyler Patterson — $24,695
9. Denton Pfister — $19,259

Here’s a look at the elimination hands as featured in Card Player’s live updates:

Denton Pfister First To Go, Finishes in Ninth Place ($19,259)

John “Tex” Barch raised to 40,000 and Denton Pfister re-popped it to 120,000.

Barch called and the flop came ASpade Suit 6Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit. With Pfister holding just 37,000 behind, he went all in and Barch made the call.

Pfister: QClub Suit QSpade Suit 10Diamond Suit 6Heart Suit
Barch: ASpade Suit KSpade Suit 8Spade Suit 2Club Suit

Barch already had the lead with two pair and the KClub Suit turn gave him an even stronger two pair. The KSpade Suit river changed nothing and Pfister was the first elimination of the day, winning $19,259.

Patterson Out in Eighth Place ($24,695)

Several raises back and forth between Tyler Patterson and Blair Rodman left Patterson all in preflop. Their hands:

Rodman: AHeart Suit ASpade Suit 8Spade Suit 5Diamond Suit
Patterson: AClub Suit QHeart Suit 10Club Suit 6Heart Suit

Patterson’s hand was never ahead on a board that ran 10Heart Suit 8Diamond Suit 3Spade Suit ADiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit. Patterson was out in eighth place, taking $24,695.

RodmanRodman Booted By Thibaut in Seventh Place ($32,007)

Blair Rodman made it 26,000 to go and Klinghammer Thibaut made the call from the big blind.

On a flop of 9Spade Suit 6Heart Suit 4Spade Suit Thibaut checked to Rodman who bet 55,000, only to have Thibaut check-raise him all in on a pot-sized bet 223,000. Rodman called and they showed their hands.

Rodman: 9Club Suit 8Club Suit 7Club Suit 5Diamond Suit
Thibaut: ASpade Suit JHeart Suit 7Spade Suit 6Spade Suit

Both players were drawing, but the ADiamond Suit turn put Thibaut ahead and the KClub Suit made it official — Rodman was eliminated in seventh place, winning $32,007 in prize money.

Thibaut had around 790,000 in chips after the hand.

Chang Knocked Out in Sixth Place ($41,971)

A short-stacked Chris Hyong Chang raised to 42,000 pre-flop and called off the rest of his chips when Tex Barch re-raised to 150,000. Their hands:

Barch: AClub Suit ASpade Suit KSpade Suit 10Club Suit
Chang: AHeart Suit 9Club Suit 7Heart Suit4 Spade Suit

RazaviThe board ran 10Diamond Suit 6Diamond Suit 4Club Suit 2Spade Suit QHeart Suit and Chang was gone in sixth, earning $41,971 for his efforts.

Razavi Finishes in Fifth Place ($55,711)

Ashkan Razavi was already crippled when he raised his last few chips all in from the small blind. Klinghammer Thibaut and Nenad Medic made the call.

Action was checked all the way down on a board of AClub Suit JSpade Suit 10Club Suit 6Spade Suit QClub Suit and they showed down.

Medic: QDiamond Suit 9Diamond Suit 8Spade Suit 7Heart Suit
Thibaut: AHeart Suit 6Heart Suit 5Diamond Suit 2Heart Suit
Razavi: 10Diamond Suit 8Heart Suit 7Club Suit 6Diamond Suit

Medic hit a straight and Razavi was the fifth-place finisher.

MedicMedic Falls in Fourth Place ($74,946)

Nenad Medic entered the final table as a near 3-1 chip leader over his opponents. Unfortunately for him, things did not go his way today as he gradually lost chips and was ultimately eliminated in fourth place.

Medic raised to 140,000, putting nearly half of his chips in the pot in the process. Tex Barch re-raised the pot, and Medic called all in.

Barch: AClub Suit QDiamond Suit 7Diamond Suit 6Club Suit
Medic: QHeart Suit 10Heart Suit 9Spade Suit 4Club Suit

The flop came KSpade Suit JSpade Suit JHeart Suit, giving Medic straight draws, but the board finished KDiamond Suit and JDiamond Suit, not helping the former chip leader and eliminating him in fourth place. He took home $74,946 for performance.

Dang Hanged in Third Place ($102,306)

One hand after Medic busted Trai Dang found himself all in, also against Barch.

On a flop of QClub Suit JHeart Suit 4Spade Suit Barch bet 250,000 and Dang moved all in. He was called and saw that he was in trouble.

Barch: AClub Suit KDiamond Suit KSpade Suit 3Diamond Suit
Dang: KClub Suit QHeart Suit 10Spade Suit 7Spade Suit

The turn was the 6Club Suit and the river was no help either, sending Dang out in third place with $102,306.

This hand left a huge mountain in front of Thibaut’s bracelet hopes. Barch held 3.5 million of the chips, compared to Thibaut’s 410,000.

ThibautTex Wins Omaha! ($256,919) Thibaut Finishes Runner-Up ($158,698)

After hours of no eliminations, it took three hands for the final three eliminations to take place and the winner to be crowned.

In a limped pot the flop came AHeart Suit JClub Suit 7Spade Suit and Tex Barch fired out 60,000. Klinghammer Thibaut called and the turn brought the 10Club Suit. Barch put Thibaut all in for his last 200,000 or so and was called. Their hands:

Barch: JSpade Suit 8Club Suit 7Spade Suit 2Diamond Suit
Thibaut: 10Heart Suit 8Heart Suit 7Club Suit 2Spade Suit

Barch held two pair and a straight draw while Thibaut showed a smaller two pair and straight draw. The river was the QSpade Suit and Barch’s hand held, eliminating Thibaut in second place. Thibaut won $158,698 for his runner-up finish.

Barch collected $256,919 and his very own WSOP bracelet.