Poker Pro Andy Bloch finally wins WSOP Bracelet

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Andy Bloch has been playing tournament poker since 1993, won multiple tournament titles, made 10 WSOP final tables, and earned $4,678,036 in winnings. However, one thing that has always eluded him is a WSOP gold bracelet. But the one major missing piece to his career finally came in the recent 2012 WSOP $1,500 Seven Card Stud tournament.

Showdown with Barry Greenstein

Bloch's road to his first WSOP title wasn't easy since he had to overcome a 367-player field, and a tough final table that included notable pros like Barry Greenstein and David Williams. Nevertheless, Bloch's Seven Card Stud prowess showed throughout this event as he eliminated a number of players en route to holding a 4-to-1 chip advantage over his heads-up opponent, Greenstein.

Barry never had much of a chance since Bloch's lead only increased as the final hands were dealt. On the very last hand, Greenstein got a straight by 5th street, but Bloch landed a higher straight on 7th street to take the win and $126,363.

Career Variance

Judging from his career, Andy Bloch obviously knows how to play poker. Unfortunately, the cards have never fell his way in WSOP tournaments as he said, "It’s only been 18 years. Looking back on those events, I felt like I played pretty well and I had a chance to win and the cards just didn’t come. It’s much easier to deal with coming in second when you did everything you pretty much could do."

Years in the Making

If there had to be a game where Bloch would win his first bracelet, he's not surprised that it turned out to be Seven Card Stud. He discussed this by saying, "I’m not really too surprised. I began my casino poker career at Foxwoods back east, where stud was king. The big games were all stud, so I played a lot of seven-card stud over the years."

WSOP Event #7 Final Table Results

1. Andy Bloch – $126,363
2. Barry Greenstein – $78,038
3. Stephen Su – $50,332
4. David Williams – $36,470
5. Huu Vinh – $26, 813
6. Lee Goldman – $20,001
7. Caroline Hermesh – $15,135
8. Scott Abrams – $11,618