Hey High Rollers, we’ve been posting some blackjack stuff recently (Al Francesco & Ken Uston) so here’s one I found in the archives on another card counter. Enjoy
Andy Bloch – No Longer on the List of Best Players to Never Have Won a Bracelet
Congratulations……Andy Bloch! Now…the proud owner of a world series of poker gold bracelet…and no longer the holder of the dubious distinction…”best player never to have won one!” The bracelet, the one thing to elude him over the course of, what must be considered, an illustrious career. He was a member of the famed MIT Blackjack Team, finished second to Chip Reese in the inaugural $50,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship, lost heads-up to Nenad Medic in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’en World Championship, was runner-up to Chris Ferguson in the NBC Heads-Up National Championship, he won season 2 of the Ultimate Poker Challenge and captured the Pro-Am Equalizer. Add it all up and Bloch has banked more than $4 million in his lifetime…That’s what we know….up next…what you may notb know about Andy Bloch…a true High Roller.
So, we know Bloch was on the MIT Blackjack team…but did you know…he was featured in the blackjack documentary The Hot Shoe? That he starred in his own DVD, Beating Blackjack. He was a leading man in the book Bringing Down the House…and its reported he once pocketed $100,000 in one blackjack session…100 grand…pretty good. Bloch holds 2 electrical engineering degrees from MIT…and a JD from Harvard Law School…JD means Juris Doctor…he’s essentially a doctor of law.
He is a collector of old and rare poker books.
Bloch boycotted the World Poker Tour for a while and was part of a lawsuit against the WPT involvingn7other high profile players including Jesus, Chris Ferguson. The players did not like the fact the WPT was using their likeness to promote the tour without their permission.
You might not know how Bloch got started in professional gambling…and no…it wasn’t the MIT blackjack team. It was after he learned how to beat a game called Hickok 6-Card Poker at Foxwoods…oh, another tidbit for you…he’s been arrested a few times playing blackjack…but never prosecuted. That’s where the law degree comes in handy.
What the entire poker world does know now…Andy Bloch beat Barry Greenstein, Heads-Up, to win the $1,500 7-card stud event…and his 1st…World Series of Poker bracelet..
Andy Bloch tidbits…on High Roller Radio.