06/02/12 07:49:09 PM PDT
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
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.
06/02/12 07:28:15 PM PDT
When you're playing solid and running well there's often no match for you at the poker table. That was the story in Andy Bloch's case as he put on an extremely solid performance in this event and there wasn't much Barry Greenstein could do about it, especially after losing the recent big hand.
The final hand began with Greenstein bringing in and Bloch completing. Greenstein called and then called Bloch's bet on fourth street. On fifth street, all of the money went in as the two bet and raised back and forth. Greenstein turned over an eight-high straight and Bloch two pair with queens and tens.
|Bloch: / / |
|Greenstein: / / |
Bloch picked up the on sixth street to give him a gutshot to Broadway and some more outs. Greenstein just needed to dodge a king, queen or a ten to stay alive and double up.
Bloch turned over his seventh street card and revealed the to give himself Broadway. Now drawing dead, Greenstein's last card was the and he was eliminated in second place.
Greenstein earned $78,038 for his runner-up finish while Bloch has lifted King Kong off his back.
06/02/12 07:14:42 PM PDT
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 |
06/02/12 06:59:07 PM PDT
|Andy Bloch||1,278,000||353,000 |
|Barry Greenstein||375,000||-155,000 |
|Stephen Su||0||-335,000 |
06/02/12 06:57:04 PM PDT
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.
06/02/12 06:49:33 PM PDT
Andy Bloch just scooped a pot to move over 900,000 in chips. He won the hand off of Stephen Su, who dipped back to 335,000. Bloch bet the whole way as his board ran out / . Su stayed with him, but folded on sixth street after Bloch paired with kings. Su's board was / .
|Andy Bloch||925,000||255,000 |
|Stephen Su||335,000||-115,000 |
06/02/12 06:38:42 PM PDT
06/02/12 06:28:12 PM PDT
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 |
06/02/12 06:19:38 PM PDT
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.
06/02/12 06:05:34 PM PDT
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 |
06/02/12 06:00:44 PM PDT
|Andy Bloch: / |
|Barry Greenstein: / |
Andy Bloch brought in and Barry Greenstein completed. Bloch called and then raised on fourth after Greenstein led with a bet. Greenstein called.
Both players slowed things down with a check on fifth before Bloch paired with jacks on sixth and bet. Greenstein folded and Bloch won the pot.
06/02/12 05:58:29 PM PDT
Andy Bloch has moved himself into the chip lead after the dinner break thanks to the recent hands just posted and now this one where he took a hand off of Stephen Su.
|Andy Bloch: / / |
|Stephen Su: / / |
Picking up the action on fourth street, Su checked and Bloch bet. Su made the call. On fifth street, Su led out with a pair of nines and Bloch raised. Su called. On sixth street, Su check-called a bet from Bloch and then both players checked seventh street.
Bloch showed the for a king-high heart flush. Su mucked his hand and Bloch won the pot.
|Andy Bloch||630,000||400,000 |
|Barry Greenstein||520,000||-160,000 |
|Stephen Su||495,000||-239,000 |
06/02/12 05:48:43 PM PDT
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.
Bloch tabled for two-pair again, and scooped up the pot.
"Good dinner break," Bloch said with a smile.
06/02/12 05:42:20 PM PDT
The players have returned from the dinner break and the cards are in the air.
06/02/12 05:40:41 PM PDT
06/02/12 04:36:02 PM PDT
|Stephen Su||734,000||254,000 |
|Barry Greenstein||680,000||25,000 |
|Andy Bloch||230,000||-285,000 |
06/02/12 04:35:18 PM PDT
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.
06/02/12 04:32:17 PM PDT
|Andy Bloch: / |
|Stephen Su: / |
Picking up the action on fourth street, Andy Bloch check-called a bet from Su. He also checked on fifth street, but folded after Su fired another bet.
06/02/12 04:31:03 PM PDT
|Barry Greenstein: / / |
|Andy Bloch: / |
|Stephen Su: / / |
Barry Greenstein brought in with the up and then Andy Bloch completed the bet. Stephen Su raised and then Greenstein reraised. Bloch folded and Su made the call.
On fourth street, both Su and Greenstein checked. Su then bet fifth street when he picked up a pair of tens on board and Greenstein called. Su bet sixth as well and got called, but then both players checked seventh street.
"Two pair," announced Su as he showed the . Greenstein mucked.
06/02/12 04:27:50 PM PDT
|Andy Bloch: / |
|Barry Greenstein: / |
Andy Bloch brought in and Barry Greenstein completed the bet. Bloch called and then led fourth street after Greenstein checked. Greenstein called and then check-folded fifth street.