Andy Black

Andy black is a professional poke player from Ireland. He was born July 21st 1965 in Belfast Northern Ireland.

In his early years, Andy began playing cards with his other. He would then start playing poker more seriously while obtaining a law degree at the University of Dublin. It's been said the he would frequent the casinos in the area and play poker just to get the free food and drinks.

Andy has had an odd poker life to say the least. He's had more ups and downs than most and has handled them in his own way. Not a way many would either.

While he would have some big cashes in his early days of poker. In 1997, he would bust out of the main event of the WSOP losing to eventual champion - Stu Ungar. The story goes that Black was brutally bad beat with AK against Stus AQ, and he lost his mind in the process. This was mainly due to what was to follow.

Black would leave the game and the world altogether in a sense. He would give all his possessions away and live a humble life as a monastic monk for 5 years.

When Black returned to the game in 2004, he quickly put down any rumors that he was bad beat and lost his nuts. He simply said he got outplayed. A typical response from a monk I say.

His 5 year stint in search of spiritual enlightenment would be the best thing he could do for his poker career. He would have his largest cash to date by placing 5th at the 2005 Main Event for over $1.7 million.

It's strange that a monk who wishes to possess nothing wins millions upon leaving his monk ways

His total earrings are well over $ million. He has 4 WSOP fine tables and another final at the EPT. Add to that a 3rd place finish at the 2007 Aussie Millions and you have a decent poker career for someone who left the game in their prime. Although one could argue that his best days are still to come.

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