Well known poker pro and all around likeable guy Andy Bloch has finally won a gold bracelet.
During the last 18 years, Andy has been going to war at the World Series of Poker, trying his best to win a bracelet. Over the years he was close; he cashed 28 times, made nine final tables, finished runner-up in the 2006 $50,000 HORSE event and in 2008, he finished second in the $10,000 PLO Championship event. But close only counts in horseshoes - and it won’t earn you a bracelet in Las Vegas.
Although Andy kept coming close to WSOP glory, he wasn’t playing horseshoes…and knew he had to be the ringer if he wanted to win that gold bracelet he had been chasing for so many years. So on Saturday June 2, 2012, Andy did just that. Proving he has what it takes to go all the way, Andy took down the $1,500 Stud event for his first piece of dazzling wrist bling and $126,363 in cash.
It wasn’t easy though, Andy had to best a field of 367 players, with only 40 of them grabbing a piece of the $495,450 prize pool. Come Day 3, Andy found himself facing a tough final table that included past bracelet winner David Williams, and three time bracelet winner Barry Greenstein. After close to seven hours and 6 fallen players, it was down to Andy and Barry, with Andy commanding a 4-1 chip lead.
It was 10 PM Saturday night when Andy claimed his first crown by defeating the three-time champ, when his ace high straight beat Barry’s eight high straight. Andy caught a runner-runner miracle, but we wouldn’t expect anything less from one of the most well liked players in the game; who also happens to have a collection of sheepskins - in the form of two electrical engineering degrees from MIT and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Congratulations Andy! Not only do your total WSOP career earnings now exceed $2.3 Million, but never again will you have to hear anyone say “Andy Bloch is the best player to never win a gold bracelet."
Watch PokerNews.com's Lynn Gilmartin’s chat with Andy after his big win.
The final table payouts were:
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Event #7 Trivia:
- Of the final eight players, 7 were Americans and one was Canadian, with ages ranging from 25 - 72 years old.
- Besides Barry Greenstein and David Williams, other former gold bracelet winners who cashed in this event were; Fabrice Soulier (10th), Steve Billirakis (11th), Chau Giang (14th), Vitaly Lunkin (26th), Justin Smith (30th), David Singer 32nd), Artie Cobb (35th) and Viacheslav Zhukov (40th).
- After cashing in this event, Artie Cobb became the player with the most cashes in WSOP Stud-formatted events, with 22 cashes.