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The Poker Career of Andy Black

In most cases, those poker professionals who learned how to play poker at an early age were taught by their fathers or by their older brothers or any male relative. Hardly do we hear of poker professionals who were taught by a female member of the family or a female relative. But this is the case with poker professional Andy Black. It was his mother who taught him how to play poker at such an early age. And it was his mother who became the way for him to have a dream of becoming a poker professional someday.

Born in on July 20, 1965 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Andy Black started to play poker seriously in 1986. It was also during this year that he was trying to complete a law degree from Trinity College, which is located in Dublin. While he was a law student, he was also a member of the Junior Common Room, a poker group wherein poker giants Padraig Parkinson and Donnacha O'Dea also became members. And in order to hone his poker abilities more, he decided to visit Griffin Casino as often as possible. The Griffin Casino is a casino located in Dublin which offered free coffee and food. It was also one of the reasons why Andy Black frequented such gambling establishment.

Since 1997, Andy Black has already been showing his noteworthy poker abilities. At the 28th Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP), he cashed in the money in the No Limit Hold'em Championship game.

In 2004, Andy Black reached the final table of a Pot Limit Hold'em event of the Barcelona Open tournament. Such tournament was part of the European Poker Tour of PokerStars. He only finished as the eighth placer but was awarded US$3,014.

In 2005, Andy Black joined a number of events, some of which were the Irish Open tournament, the 36th Annual WSOP tournament, the No Limit Hold'em Summer Series tournament, the Borgata Poker Open tournament, the Irish Winter Tournament, the World Poker Finals, and the Cavendish Club Festival.

Just the same in 2006, Andy Black was still present in a number of poker events, including the Goldstrike World Poker Open, the 2006 TOC for the World Series of Poker, and the 17th European Seven Card Stud Championship game conducted by the European Poker Tour.

Andy Black was also visible in a number of poker events held in 2007. Among these events are the 2007 Crown Aussie Millions Championship, the Grand Finals of the European Poker Tour, the PaddyPower Irish Open tournament, the WSOP tournament, and the fourth season of the European Poker Tour in Dublin.

The latest participation of Andy Black in the poker tournament circuit occurred on January 14, 2008. He joined the No Limit Hold'em event of the 2008 Crown Aussie Millions Championship wherein he cashed in the money and won US$22,780.