“Oh gosh, this is what it’s all about right here,” said Barhart.
“All of the tournaments, the time you spend, the money, this is why we play.”
The $1,600 event drew a 480-player field to Mississippi creating a $698,400 prize pool.
Names like Tommy Vedes, Dwyte Pilgrim, and WSOPC ring king Doug “Rico” Carli all played, but none could outlast the software analyst for the Arkansas Department of Education and regular Tunica cash games player.
Barnhart, who won his way into the event through a $180 main event mega satellite at Harrah's Tunica, actually started the final table sixth in chips.
Eight-handed, WSOPC Hammond winner Kurt Jewell had almost half the chips in play, but fell apart hard and fast, busting eighth as a patient Barnhart eventually went into heads-up play with Jesse White holding close to a 2:1 advantage.
Soon he picked up kings, picked off White and collected $148,612 for first, a WSOPC gold ring and a seat in the WSOPC $1 Million National Championship Freeroll in Las Vegas this May.
Kyle Cartwright won the Harrah’s Tunica Casino Championship and will be joining him there.
Here's how the WSOPC Tunica final table finished up:
1 Sam Barnhart $148,612
2 Jesse White $91,881
3 Mary Harden $67,122
4 Brian Burney $49,759
5 Marco Palacios $37,422
6 John Nguyen $28,547
7 Preston Derden $4,623
8 Kurt Jewell $17,328
9 John Holley $13,789