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Tex Barch brings bracelet home

Updated: June 14, 2010, 5:36 PM ET
By Andrew Feldman | ESPN.com

We haven't heard much from John "Tex" Barch since his third-place finish in the 2005 World Series of Poker main event, mainly because he was spending time with his wife and two children, as well as nursing an injured shoulder that restricted his ability to travel. However, we might see more of him on the felt this year after claiming his first WSOP bracelet. Barch defeated a field of 885 players in the $1,500 pot-limit Omaha, the largest such event in WSOP history, to win the gold and $256,919.

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WSOPPhotos.comTex Barch, third-place main event finisher in 2005, won his first bracelet in Event 20 of the 2010 WSOP.

With the victory, Barch now has over $2.8 million in WSOP earnings. This was his third WSOP final table and his sixth cash. As mentioned above, Barch hasn't played much poker recently. He lives in Texas, raises his children and owns a restaurant called "Big Johnson's Beer Garden," a place that is sure to be filled with patrons celebrating his victory.

"After 2007, I really cut back on how much I was playing," said Barch. "My kids are into sports. And I have not been playing as much as I used to. My goal this year was to win three gold bracelets and the main event. I try to set the goal high. But the way the tournaments are structured, if you go deep in one, you miss the next five events on the schedule. So, it's going to be hard, I think."

Four bracelets is definitely a lofty (and extremely unlikely) goal, but in the meantime, Barch is happy to have something to show for his efforts in the game.

"It's nice to have one," Barch said of his new bracelet. "It really is. We were talking earlier that we miss the old Horseshoe. But here, the tournaments are definitely deeper and harder to get through. I think it will be much harder for people to win multiple bracelets in the future."

Barch entered the final table second in chips, trailing professional poker player Nenad Medic by a massive $900,000 margin. Medic, a former bracelet winner in a pot-limit Omaha event in 2008, had a tough run of cards and finished in fourth. Blair Rodman, a bracelet winner from 2007, finished in seventh and now has 37 WSOP cashes. Barch would eliminate Klinghammer Thibaut, a financial analyst from Lampertheim, France, to win the bracelet.

Other notable finishers from Event 20 include Christian Harder (11th), Nick Binger (16th) and Jonathan Little (30th).

Below are the complete results of Event 20 at the 2010 World Series of Poker:

Event 20: pot-limit Omaha
Buy-in: $1,500
Entries: 885
Prize pool: $1,194,750
Players in the money: 81

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)
10. Peter Costa ($15,197)
11. Christian Harder ($15,197)
12. Thomas Redfern ($15,197)
13. Michael Mixer ($12,258)
14. Chase Steely ($12,258)
15. Timothy Flanders ($12,258)
16. Nick Binger ($9,856)
17. Chris Viox ($9,856)
18. Oliver Gill Gaber ($9,856)
19. Jeffrey Coddington ($8,064)
20. Steven Burkholder ($8,064)
21. Young Phan ($8,064)
22. Cory Albertson ($8,064)
23. Charles Sylvestre ($8,064)
24. Michael Shklover ($8,064)
25. Donald Tyler ($8,064)
26. Reza Zand ($8,064)
27. Sergey Altbregin ($8,064)
28. Jared Ingles ($6,630)
29. Jonathan Swick ($6,630)
30. Jonathan Little ($6,630)
31. Scott Montgomery ($6,630)
32. Quinn Do ($6,630)
33. Michael Vierheller ($6,630)
34. Matt Zoorob ($6,630)
35. Matthew Warn ($6,630)
36. Brian Smith ($6,630)
37. Ted Lawson ($5,543)
38. Edward Mccann ($5,543)
39. Derek Tomko ($5,543)
40. Wilson Sung ($5,543)
41. Jordan Morgan ($5,543)
42. Kazuhito Oshima ($5,543)
43. Khalil Abujawdeh ($5,543)
44. Jay Heimowitz ($5,543)
45. James Akenhead ($5,543)
46. Brian Lusk ($4,647)
47. Michael Keiner ($4,647)
48. David Stroj ($4,647)
49. Robert Kula ($4,647)
50. Alexey Yuzikov ($4,647)
51. Matt Stout ($4,647)
52. Jason Glass ($4,647)
53. Dmitrii Valouev ($4,647)
54. Kiran Srinivas ($4,647)
55. James Hoeppner ($3,930)
56. Laszlo Filetoth ($3,930)
57. Doug Carli ($3,930)
58. Angus Lynn ($3,930)
59. Nick Janssen ($3,930)
60. Bryce Yockey ($3,930)
61. Nicholas Verkaik ($3,930)
62. Dan Kelly ($3,930)
63. Robert Campbell ($3,930)
64. Jason Mercier ($3,357)
65. Eric Haber ($3,357)
66. Mark Dagnone ($3,357)
67. Ryan Byrne ($3,357)
68. Jason James ($3,357)
69. Mike Puskarich ($3,357)
70. Robert Stevanovski ($3,357)
71. Shawn Hattem ($3,357)
72. Richard Grace ($3,357)
73. Jason Potter ($2,975)
74. Nicholas Katovsky ($2,975)
75. Eddylee Martin ($2,975)
76. Sampsa Leskinen ($2,975)
77. Robert Williamson III ($2,975)
78. Victor Trostyanskiy ($2,975)
79. Thomas Rutter ($2,975)
80. Chad Cox ($2,975)
81. Ryan Hughes ($2,975)

Andrew Feldman is ESPN.com's Poker Editor. He is the host of the Poker Edge Podcast and co-host of ESPN Inside Deal. Andrew has covered the poker industry for ESPN since 2004.

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