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Ashton Griffin Profile

Posted by Bill "zimba" Seibert at 17 December 2010 01:06
Ashton "theASHMAN103" Griffin is one of the top young cash game players in the world. He is fearless, aggressive and experienced, despite having little TV or live poker experience. He found his eventual niche in heads up NLHE and rode it to incredible success online.

He is considered one of the best HU and PLO cash game players in the world at only 22 years of age. He has won and lost millions, but seems to utilizing his experience and increasing maturity to climb to the heights of the poker world on his own terms. In 2010 he won over $1.2 million after winning nearly $4 million in 2009. He has also won some big tournaments including the $25k buy-in NAPT High Roller Bounty Shootout in February 2010 for $460,00. He also won the spring 2009 FTOPS $25k entry Heads Up event for $551,250.

Read his GosuGamers interview HERE

Things you might not know:
  • Griffin learned poker playing nickel dime with his mother and sister, but didn't take it seriously until he played with friends in high school.
  • In his sophomore year of high school he moved up to playing $60 Sit-and-Go's and his game took off.
  • After a bad run, he found himself with only $200 remaining in his account and in less than a month, he turned that into $10k, at which point he decided to quit school to focus on poker.
  • Griffin, as a sophomore in high school, told his father that he would become a millionaire in two to three years. It came true.
  • Although due to his age he has had limited live experience, his first taste of success was taking seventh at a 2008 Latin American Poker Tour event in Costa Rica for $28K.
  • Griffin played in Bobby's Room at the Bellagio when he was underage.
  • In August 2007 he had just busted a $10,000 bankroll and was mowing lawns for next to nothing with his best friend in North Carolina. With just $700 to his name and $84 in rake-back online he proceeded to go on the heater of all heaters, making his way up from live $1/$2 NLH to the biggest online cash games in the space of just 12 months – ending almost a year to the day with a roll closing in on a staggering $1million.
  • In August 2008, just a year after the initial run, Griffin made $1.2 million in the first 29 days of the month. He lost just under a million the very next week. He was playing $500/$1,000, $200/$400, $300/$600, and $2,000/$4,000 Limit O8 where he lost most of it to Phil Ivey and Hac "trex" Dang.
  • Left to rebuild once again, Griffin put his nose to the grindstone and made back $600,000 over the next four months.
  • Griffin is a poker instructor and blogger at LeggoPoker.
  • Griffin is a serious wrestler who trains with 3-time All-American, Steve DeAugustino.
  • Griffin has said after his wrestling career is over, and poker is just a job, he would like to get involved with buying and selling real estate.
Griffin is known for some infamous prop bets:
  • He is considered one of the best HU and PLO cash game players in the world at only 22 years of age. He has won and lost millions, but seems to utilizing his experience and increasing maturity to climb to the heights of the poker world on his own terms. In 2010 he won over $1.2 million after winning nearly $4 million in 2009. He has also won some big tournaments including the $25k buy-in NAPT High Roller Bounty Shootout in February 2010 for $460,00. He also won the spring 2009 FTOPS $25k entry Heads Up event for $551,250.
  • Griffin won $10 when he was challenged at 7 am after playing Chinese all night by Andrew "luckychewy" Lichtenberger to climb a small mountain nearby.
  • Griffin made a public prop bet on the 2+2 forums that he wouldn't play stakes any higher than $25/$50 until he made $500k in a one-year span. He dropped $400K in one sitting so he lost the bet. He then played on a stake to scrape together $10K. In less than a month he regained his status and won $600k.
  • Griffin lost $30k shooting basketball with his buddy Aaron "aejones" Jones
  • Griffin lost a 7-1 bet on whether or not the gatekeeper of their Vegas summer house community was a girl or a guy. He thought it was a guy. He had heard 'it' talk and I felt like he was stealing money from Chewy and Starkey. So one night they go to the gatehouse and there is this young Asian guy who dramatically confirms that 'it's was in fact a female.

Currently balancing wrestling and poker, Ashton "theASHMAN103" Griffin is poised for tremendous success in the future having seemed to have calmed his inner demons that caused his to lose considerable sums tilting or in non poker prop bets and gambling. His new discipline has been evidenced by his steady profitable play in limited time in 2010. The future is bright for this young talent who is only turning 22 in December.
Addressing his degen tendencies “I know I’m a degen but I’ve always had enough control to just drop and grind when I needed to and always had enough skill to have a good bread and butter game when grinding was the option.”

A video eliminating Chris Moneymaker and an interview with Griffin at 2010 WSOP:


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