Born in New Haven, Conneticut, Andy Bloch started playing poker
seriously in 1992. Before that he studied at MIT (earning two
Electrical Engineering degrees) and was part of their Blackjack
team where he would enter small $35 tournaments every month or so.
The first time he ever played a game of No Limit Texas Hold 'em was
in a 1992 tournament with a $100 buy-in; he went on to win the
tournament despite being new to the poker game type.
As well as studying Electrical Engineering at MIT, Andy Bloch
studied Law at Harvard. He skipped his last week of Law School in
order to play in the World Series of Poker Main Event in 1997.
After successfully completing his bar exam in 1999, Bloch opted to
put his law career on the back burner while he further pursued
poker at a professional level.
Famed for his generosity and philanthropy, Andy Bloch has donated
all of his winnings from playing poker on the Full Tilt site to
assorted charities across the globe. After Bloch qualified for the
2006 World Series of Poker Main Event through a tourney on the Full
Tilt Poker site, he decided he would give any money he made from
the event to charity. He also pledged to give $100k of his winnings
from the Pro-Am Equalizer to charities working in Darfur.
Interesting Fact: Andy Bloch appears in a documentary on
blackjack entitled "The Hot Shoe". He has also starred in his own
instructional blackjack DVD (which explains card counting) called