Andy Bloch Places Las Vegas Mansion on Market for $9 Million3 years ago
Andy Bloch, who has cashed for more than $5.3 million in live poker tournaments and was part of the MIT blackjack card counting team chronicled in the film "21," is selling his opulent Las Vegas mansion at an asking price of $8,999,000.
The three-story home was custom-built four years ago and includes six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and four half-baths. Over 10,000 square feet of living space, photos of the home as shown on Realtor.com reveal a mansion of luxurious splendor that practically everyone not named Trump would be proud to call home.
The home for sale by Bloch is described by the realtor as featuring:
A heavily masculine color palette of brown, gray, and black, with plenty of stone and tile. There’s a media room and a game room with, naturally, a professional poker table."
A short drive from the Las Vegas Strip at 64 Promontory Ridge Drive, the bright lights of the Strip can be easily seen from the manse. Bloch has spent plenty of time in the casinos on the Strip, cashing more than three dozen times in WSOP events dating as far back as 1996.
His best cash in monetary terms came in 2006 in a $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event when a 2nd place finish was good for $1,029,600. Poker Hall of Famer Chip Reese came out on top in that tournament after a grueling heads-up battle versus Bloch that lasted 286 hands. The late Reese earned $1,784,640 for the victory, the largest cash of his illustrious poker career and the third and final WSOP gold bracelet before his death in 2007.
Bloch is also a WSOP champion, capturing a title and $126,363 in $1,500 Seven Card Stud in 2012, according to the Hendon Mob. The year before, he took down the A$10,500 8 Game event at the Aussie Millions in Melbourne for $103,847.
Bloch studied at MIT and joined a group who worked out a scheme to score big at the blackjack tables using a team concept first described in detail in the book "Bringing Down the House." The central idea of the scheme was to have different players bet minimum for hours while counting cards and then have one member of the team come by as a high roller. Using a code language, the count was passed to the high roller who played a few big hands and walked away with the money, while the counter continued to play minimum so as not to raise suspicion. The book later made it to the big screen in Hollywood under the title of "21," starring Kevin Spacey as the instructor who brought the team together.
A former Full Tilt Poker pro, Bloch was also an investor in the site.
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