Andy Bloch Private Mentoring
With more than $5.3 million in lifetime tournament winnings, Andy Bloch is no stranger to poker. So how does a former member and manager of the infamous MIT Blackjack team, MIT and Harvard Law School graduate, and licensed attorney become a poker success? Simple – math!Andy_Bloch-0026 crop 2
After graduating from MIT in 1992 with two electrical engineering degree, Bloch discovered poker in the newly opened Foxwoods Casino. He started playing, and a year later discovered the Usenet newsgroup rec.gambling, which was akin to a modern day forum where mathematically inclined poker players could share their ideas. Bloch credits a lot of the ideas shared there – many of which he’ll cover in his Zen Poker training session – for his success in poker, not to mention winning hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of the MIT Blackjack team, which was immortalized in the book Bringing Down the House.
Speaking of Bloch’s success, he is perhaps best known for finishing runner-up to the late David “Chip” Reese in the inaugural $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship – nowadays known as the Poker Players’ Championship. In that event, Bloch had Reese on the ropes over the course of their epic 286 heads-up match, but alas Reese battled back and won four crucial all ins.
“I used to joke that I had 93% of a bracelet, since that was the probability that Chip would win all four of those all ins,” Bloch has since joked.
For years, Bloch, who started playing the WSOP in 1996 after skipping the last week of law school classes, sat near the top of “Best Without a Bracelet Lists,” something he finally rectified in 2012 when he won the 43rd Annual WSOP Event #7: $1,500 Seven Card Stud for $126,363.
Other highlights on Bloch’s poker résumé include finishing third in the 2012 $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship for $561,738; Winning the 2006 Pro-Am Equalizer Final for $500,000; finishing runner-up in the 2008 WSOP $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold’em World Championship for $488,048; and taking second to Chris Ferguson in the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Championship for $250,000.