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Andy Bloch Biography

Andy Bloch was born June 1, 1969 in New Haven, Connecticutand is a professional poker player. He holds two electrical engineering degreesfrom MIT and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Bloch started playing seriously in 1992, though he was partof the MIT blackjack team, entering some small $35 weekly tournaments once amonth. By the end of the year, he had won one of the World Poker Finalstournaments, a $100(US) entry fee no-limit Texas hold'em tournament. That wasthe first time he ever played no-limit Texas hold 'em.

In 1997, he skipped the last week of law school classes toplay in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event. He was the guinea pig in alow-tech hole card cam trial. Tom Sims was looking for a volunteer tosweat and record all his hole cards, and he agreed. His recordsturned into a 2-part CardPlayer Magazine article. After passing the bar exam in1999, he decided to delay his law career and went back to poker.

That career got delayed even further after making two WSOPfinal tables in 2001, a first place finish back at Foxwoods in 2002 (playingseven-card stud), and two World Poker Tour (WPT) final tables its first season,finishing 3rd both times. In 2005 Bloch chose to boycott the WPT in protest toits player release process. Bloch returned to the WPT after a lawsuit initiatedby seven high-profile poker players, including Chris Ferguson and Phil Gordon,was settled in 2008.

Bloch was the second season winner of the Ultimate PokerChallenge.

Bloch is also an accomplished blackjack player and wasfeatured in the blackjack documentary The Hot Shoe, as well as starring in hisown instructional blackjack DVD, Beating Blackjack, which explains cardcounting. Andy Bloch was a member of the MIT Blackjack Team featured in the bookBringing Down the House. Bloch said he has made up to $100,000 in one sessionwhile playing blackjack.

He is a member of Team Full Tilt at Full TiltPoker.

At the 2006 World Series of Poker, Bloch finished 2nd in the$50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event when his 9 8 failed toimprove against David Chip Reese's A Q in the finalhand, on a board of J 7 7 44.The heads-up battle lasted 286 hands and was the longest recorded in WSOPhistory.

In 2006, he defeated Phil Laak heads up to win the Pro-AmPoker Equalizer taking in the grand prize of $500,000. The tournament wasbroadcast in early 2007 on ESPN.

In March 2008, Andy Bloch finished runner-up to Chris Fergusonin the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

Bloch finished runner-up to Nenad Medic in the $10,000Pot-Limit Hold'em World Championship at the 2008 World Series of Poker, earning$488,048.

As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $4,200,000.His 24 cashes as the WSOP account for $2,149,821 of those winnings.

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