Andy Bloch, once a sponsored poker player on Full Tilt Poker, started taking part in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in 1996, but won his first WSOP bracelet only this year. The poker pro emerged as the champion of the Seven Card Stud tournament and collected a shining gold WSOP bracelet. In 1996, Bloch finished ninth playing $1,500 Limit Seven Card Stud and won $5,558. Needless to say, Bloch is overjoyed, but cannot help feeling unhappy about Full Tilt Poker.
Besides winning a WSOP bracelet, Bloch collected a cash prize of $126,363. He also spent some time expressing his sorrow for the fate of Full Tilt Poker and its ex players who are even today hoping against hope that they will be able to withdraw their money from their Full Tilt Poker accounts.
Bloch recalled the events of April 15, 2011, a day commonly referred to as “black Friday of online poker,” the day on which the US federal government cracked down on Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker, seized their domain names, and arrested their executive officers on multiple charges of bank fraud, money laundering, and illegal gambling. Expressing his empathy for Full Tilt Poker players, he said that he understands what hell they have been through during the last year, not knowing when the beleaguered poker site can refund their poker deposits, which amount to nearly $400 million. Since Full Tilt Poker players have lost not only a cozy online space to play poker in, but also their winnings, he considers his WSOP achievement “bittersweet.”
Bloch has, however, expressed hopes that a solution will soon be found for Full Tilt Poker’s problems and that an announcement will soon be made.
All the professional poker players who emerged as the champions of the first seven WSOP events, with the exception of two, are Americans. Chiab Saecho, who won $70,859 in the Casino Employees Championship, is of Thai origins and Nick Jivkov, who won $189,818 playing the $1,500 PL Hold’em tournament, is originally a Bulgarian.
The American WSOP 2012 achievers are Brent Hanks who won $517,725 in the NL Hold’em event, Leif Force who won $207,708 in the Heads-up NL Hold’em Omaha event, Cory Zeidman who won $201,559 in the Seven Card Stud Hi-Low 8 or Better event, Andy Bloch who won $126,363 in the Seven Card Stud event, and Herbert Tapscott who won $264,400 playing Omaha Hi-Lo Split 8 or Better event.