6/2/2012 9:49:09 PM PST
Congratulations to Andy Bloch, Winner of Event 7: $1,500 Seven Card Stud ($126,363)
He finally did it! Andy Bloch has been playing at the World Series of Poker for more than a quarter of a century, and after reaching nine WSOP final tables and finishing runner-up twice, he is finally the owner of a shiny gold bracelet.
The day began with David Williams in the lead and three players with less than six big bets. Joseph Ranciato, Scott Abrams and Caroline Hermesh exited quickly, while Huu Vinh — who started the day with just two big bets — battled back into contention. Vinh won a very large pot during the first level of play where he got four streets of value off of two players, which allowed him to sit back and climb the money ladder.
Lee Goldman was the next victim. He made a pair of queens on fifth, but Williams had made two pair on fifth, and grabbed the lead. Williams was dealt a third five on sixth street, giving him a full house and Goldman bricked.
At that point, Williams had a commanding chip lead, and it was almost his tournament to lose. He made a full house against Bloch a few hands later and reached his peak chip count of 650,000. Williams started to slip however, and a level after taking a commanding chip lead, he only had 191,000 chips.
Vinh, who had been treading water since Goldman's elimination, eventually bowed out with three pair against Bloch's aces up and Williams, who tried to make a comeback, fell short as well. Stephen Su sent him to the rail, and it was his turn to take the chip lead.
Su, Greenstein and Bloch traded pots for the better part of two levels, until Bloch put the pedal to the metal. The former MIT black jack player soared to over 900,000 chips and eliminated Su. Su was ahead in his final hand with a pair of sevens on fifth street, but Bloch pulled a second ten, making a pair of tens and held.
Bloch entered heads-up play with nearly a four-to-one chip lead and eventually extended it to ten-to-one. On the final hand, Bloch had buried queens and made queens and tens on fifth street. Greenstein had made an eight-high straight, though, and was in prime position to double up. The
on sixth and the on seventh gave Bloch Broadway, however, and he was finally a champion.
After winning, he said to himself, "Now nobody is going to talk about me."
Final Table Payouts
1 Andy Bloch $126,363
2 Barry Greenstein $78,038
3 Stephen Su $50,332
4 David Williams $36,470
5 Huu Vinh $26,813
6 Lee Goldman $20,001
7 Caroline Hermesh $15,135
8 Scott Abrams $11,618
9 Joseph Ranciato $9,046
The next time you're making a list of great players who have yet to win a bracelet, make sure you omit Mr. Andy Bloch. It took him more than 26 years, but today's win was better late than never.
6/2/2012 9:14:42 PM PST
Bloch Takes a Big Pot
Barry Greenstein brought it in with the
. Andy Bloch raised with the , Greenstein re-raised, and Bloch called. Both players checked on fourth street, and Bloch led out on fifth when he paired. Greenstein raised, and Bloch tank-called.
On sixth street, Bloch checked, and Greenstein quickly bet. Bloch tanked for over 30 seconds before check-raising, and Greenstein called. Bloch opted to lead once again on seventh, and Greenstein tanked for well over a minute before finally folding.
Bloch is now over 1.5 million chips, while Greenstein has only 140,000.
Andy Bloch 1,513,000 235,000 Barry Greenstein 140,000 -235,000
6/2/2012 8:59:07 PM PST
Andy Bloch 1,278,000 353,000 Barry Greenstein 375,000 -155,000 Stephen Su 0 -335,000
6/2/2012 8:57:04 PM PST
Stephen Su Eliminated in 3rd Place ($50,332)
After making quads on fifth street in a previous hand, Andy Bloch completed with the
. Stephen Su raised with the , and Barry Greenstein, who brought it in with the , folded. Bloch called.
Bloch check-called a bet on fourth street, and then led out on fifth. Su raised, putting himself all in, and Bloch called.
Bloch - (
Su - ( ) /
Both players were dealt a ten on sixth street, and Bloch's pair of tens gave him the lead. Seventh street was dealt face-down, and Bloch immediately turned over the
. Su needed a jack, seven, three, four, or ten to survive, but the was no help.
Su receives $50,332 for his third-place finish, while Bloch is now heads up, looking for his first WSOP bracelet.
6/2/2012 8:38:42 PM PST
Level 24 started
6/2/2012 8:28:12 PM PST
Three More Hands
Stephen Su brought it in with the
, Andy Bloch completed with the , and Su re-raised. Bloch called. Bloch check-called a bet on fourth street, then check-folded on fifth.
The next hand, Barry Greenstein brought it in with the
, Su completed with the , and Greenstein re-raised him. Su called. Su check-called a bet on fourth street, then led out on fifth when he paired. Greenstein folded.
On the third hand, Bloch brought it in with the
, Su completed with the , and Greenstein raised with the . Bloch and Su called. Greenstein led out on fourth, and only Su called. Greenstein led out on fifth, sixth and seventh as well, but Su found a fold on seventh.
Bloch / (FOLDED)
Su / /
Greenstein / /
Andy Bloch 670,000 120,000 Barry Greenstein 530,000 270,000 Stephen Su 450,000 -330,000
6/2/2012 8:19:38 PM PST
Su and Greenstein Battling
Barry Greenstein and Stephen Su just did some battling on two hands. On the first one, Su won the hand on sixth street. On the second one, Greenstein won the hand at showdown. Here's how they went down.
We picked up the action on fourth street as Greenstein checked and Su bet. Greenstein called and then led on fifth when he paired up with kings. Su made the call. On sixth street, Su picked up a fourth club on board. Greenstein checked, Su bet and Greenstein folded.
On this hand, we picked up the action on fifth street where Greenstein bet and Su called. The action swapped on sixth street as Su bet and Greenstein called. On seventh, Su bet and Greenstein called.
"You're probably good," said Su after Greenstein called his last bet.
Greenstein turned over the
for two pair, queens and jacks, and Su mucked his hand. Barry Greenstein
6/2/2012 8:05:34 PM PST
Su Wins Two, Takes Lead
Andy Bloch brought it in with the
, Stephen Su completed with the , and Barry Greenstein raised with the . Only Su called.
Su check-raised on fourth street, and Greenstein called. Su led out on fifth and sixth, and Greenstein was eventually forced to fold.
A few hands later, Su brought it in with the
, Bloch completed with the , and Su called. Su called a bet on fourth street, and Bloch check-called bets on fifth and sixth. Bloch check-folded on seventh, and Su is now the chip leader.
Stephen Su 780,000 285,000 Andy Bloch 550,000 -80,000 Barry Greenstein 260,000 -260,000
6/2/2012 7:48:43 PM PST
Bloch Wins Two
We caught up with the action on fifth street, where Andy Bloch called a bet from Stephen Su. Both players checked on sixth, and Bloch led out on seventh. Su called.
Andy Bloch / /
Stephen Su / /
Bloch turned over
for two-pair, and Su mucked his hand.
Two hands later, Su brought it in with the
, Barry Greenstein completed, and Bloch called. Bloch led out on fourth street, Greenstein called, and then Bloch check-called bets on both fifth and sixth street. Bloch led out on seventh, and Greenstein tank-called.
for two-pair again, and scooped up the pot.
"Good dinner break," Bloch said with a smile.
6/2/2012 7:42:20 PM PST
Back in Action
The players have returned from the dinner break and the cards are in the air.
6/2/2012 7:40:41 PM PST
Level 23 started
6/2/2012 6:36:02 PM PST
Stephen Su 734,000 254,000 Barry Greenstein 680,000 25,000 Andy Bloch 230,000 -285,000
6/2/2012 6:35:18 PM PST
The remaining three players are now on a one-hour dinner break. We'll see you back here at approximately 7:35 PM, but in the meantime check out an interview our very own Sarah Grant did with one of the three finalists Barry Greenstein. She caught up with him on the last break.
6/2/2012 6:07:01 PM PST
Su Fighting Back
Barry Greenstein brought it in with the
, Stephen Su completed with the , and Greenstein re-raised. Su called, and then check-called on fourth street. On fifth, Su paired, and bet. He also fired on sixth and seventh, and Greenstein was forced to fold on seventh.