Andrew BlochWed, 11 Jun 2008 13:41
A poker biography of Andrew Bloch.
Name - Andrew Bloch
Born - 1st June 1969Poker Room - Full Tilt Poker
If you have double electrical engineering degrees and a law degree under your belt, what would you do? To Andrew Bloch the answer is simple: play poker.
For Andy Bloch, playing poker has been an easy choice. As a matter of fact, the events in his life all seem to lead him to poker. Born on June 1, 1969, Andy practically grew up playing cards. Even when he was still a little kid, Andy would spend many hours playing card games with his family and friends. He carried his passion for cards even after he obtained his college degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. It was during this time that Andy considered playing serious poker, following the lead of many legendary poker players like Jack Straus, Doyle Brunson, and Sam Petrillo.
With the goal of playing serious poker in mind, Andy started frequenting the Foxwoods casino where he began playing in small weekly tournaments. Even with his full-time job as an engineer in a small outfit in New York, Andy still found time to travel two hours a week just to play cards at Foxwoods. This dedication paid off when he finally won the $100 No-Limit Hold'em event at the World Poker Finals. It was Andy's first taste of success.
While playing at Foxwoods, Andy met some MIT alumni who are into blackjack. They had a blackjack team and Andy was invited to join. It was during this time that Andy was introduced to the realm of professional gambling. Bored with his engineering job, he eventually quit and decided to play blackjack full time instead.
In the fall of 1996, Andy moved to Las Vegas where he contemplated his next career move. He applied to several law schools and got accepted to Harvard. However, this did not put an end to his professional gambling career. If any, it just fueled his desire to become a full-time pro gambler. He used his blackjack and poker winnings to pay for his school expenses. In 1997, Andy played hooky just to participate in that year's World Series of Poker Main Event. Even though caught up between juggling his pro gambling career and law studies, Andy still managed to graduate and pass the bar exams in 1999.
An accomplished card player, Andy is a force to reckon with in the world of poker. He had made it to two WSOP final tables back in 2001 and joined two more final tables in the World Poker Tour. In these poker events, Andy played with top poker players like Allen Cunningham, Rhett Butler, and Nick Schulman. Apart from participating in major poker tournaments, Andy also appears in several books and instructional DVDs. Among these include "The Hot Shoe," which was a blackjack documentary; "Beating Blackjack," an instructional DVD about card counting in blackjack; and "Bringing Down the House," a book about blackjack.
At present, Andy can be seen playing online exclusively at FullTiltPoker.com, where he is part of the Full Tilt Team. Today, Andy's poker winnings already exceed $2,800,000.