Andy Bloch started his poker career more than 20 years ago and he won his first ever gold bracelet in the WSOP 2012, Event#7. The event had a $1 500 buy-in, 367 players and a $126 363 first price (besides the bracelet).
The final table had three well known players and Bloch had to play his best game to get the bracelet. David Williams started the final table as first with 493 500 chips. Williams finished second on the Main Event in 2004 and it seemed this stud event would end with his victory. In the end he finished 4th and won $36 470.
The other world star at the final table was the great cash game player, Barry Greenstein. Greenstein is not only a great player but he gives an amount of his winnings to non-profit organizations and for this reason he is also known as the “modern Robin Hood”. Greenstein qualified to the heads up match as a 1:4 underdog against Bloch.
Bloch even extended his lead and the final hand looked like this:
Bloch held: ♠Q♣Q♥J♥T♣T♣A♠K and Greenstein had: ♠7♦6♣5♦4♦8♠2♥A. Bloch took the title and Greenstein got $78 038 for second place. On the last street Bloch reached a higher straight than Greenstein and therefore won the tournament.
Before Bloch won his gold bracelet, he reached the final table 9 times and finished as a runner up twice in his poker career. After winning the title he said: “Now nobody is going to talk about me”. Bloch was sometimes criticized why he has such an important role in online poker and videos when he does not even have a single gold bracelet. Now he gave an answer to the critics and does not have to bother himself anymore.