After years of being one of the best known poker players to never win a World Series of Poker bracelet, Andy Bloch finally joined the ranks of bracelet winners by winning the $1,500 seven card stud event June 3, beating out a 367-entry field for top prize of $126,363 and 600 points toward player of the year honors.
While seven card stud may not be one of the biggest drawing events at the WSOP, Bloch faced such formidable competitors at the final table as Barry Greenstein and David Williams, going heads-up with Greenstein in the final showdown.
"Now, no one can say, 'Andy Bloch is the best player to never win a gold bracelet,'" Bloch said, according to the WSOP official site. "That is really annoying because there are so many great other players too, who have not won. I've been coming here for 18 years now. I never thought it would have taken so long."
This was Bloch's 11th trip to a final table, with his closest call for a bracelet coming in 2006 when he was runner up in the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event. That time around, Bloch faced off with David "Chip" Reese in what became the longest heads-up match in WSOP history, but came out on the losing end.
This time around, however, Bloch went into the final heads-up with a 4-1 chip lead against Greenstein. The coup de grace came when Greenstein went all-in with a straight against two pair for Bloch. But Bloch's underdog hand hit running straight cards to make a higher straight, and take home the bracelet -- finally.
It may have been a suck-out, but after nearly two decades of trying, Bloch certainly had earned a happy turn of fate and lady luck on his side for once. Lest you feel too sorry for Greenstein, he hardly went home empty-handed, earning $78,038 for his second place finish.
The final table results for WSOP event number seven:
- Andy Bloch $126,363
- Barry Greenstein $78,038
- Stephen Su $50,332
- David Williams $36,470
- Huu Vinh $26,813
- Lee Goldman $20,001
- Caroline Hermesh $15,135
- Scott Abrams $11,618
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