Online hotshot Andrew ‘Good2cu’ Robl gives us an insight into the life of a high-rolling pro
Wake up and head down to the pool at my Las Vegas strip condo for some early morning yoga with my gorgeous private instructor Nikki.
9:00 Stretch and meditate, focusing my mind to get ready for a day of grinding.
10:00 – 10:30 Write a list of things for my assistant Channing Emord to do now I’ve returned from Macau. I’m sure she’s excited to have me back in town!
10:30 – 13:30 Jump on my desktop and start playing five tables of $25/$50 NL and one table of $50/$100 NL. End up $22,800 up on the session. Quite a relief as my trip to Macau went terribly with me finishing down around $100k. 14.00 Head to 24 Hour Fitness to get a workout in with a personal trainer. It’s the only way I can force myself to work out when I have a bad day of poker.
15:30 Back to the condo to play four tables of $10/$20 PLO. After watching my friend Brian ‘tsarrast’ Rast play high- stakes PLO in Macau I’m eager to start playing more of it. With the high-stakes hold’ em action pretty dead recently I think I might finally learn how to play.
18:30 Head to Nobu for dinner with my friend and fellow poker pro Alan Sass, his girlfriend and my friends Craig and Melia. At the end of dinner we play ‘credit card roulette’ for the $1,700 bill. This consists of all the guys putting in a credit card and having the waiter putting them behind his back and drawing them out one at a time. The last card remaining picks up the whole bill. Alan ended up losing for the third time in a row and uttered more than a few profanities.
21:00 Watch TV show Mandrake, about a womanising lawyer in Rio de Janeiro. After seeing all the gorgeous women on the show I make a mental note to take a trip to Rio soon.
23:45 Pass out.
Wake up to my alarm, telling me it’s time for my personal training session.
13:31 Turn alarm and phone off and fall back to sleep. So much for a personal trainer forcing me to work out!
15:45 Crawl out of bed. Eat some fruit and fire up my espresso machine.
16:00 Start four-tabling $25/$50 and $50/$100 no-limit hold’em. 19:00 See a ‘good’ $500/$1,000 NL game on Full Tilt and can’t resist joining with only one buy-in my account.
19:30 I win what I believe is the biggest pot of my poker career. Learn $200,000 pots are very fun to win.
21:30 Quit the session up $130k. I’m starting to lose focus and ‘trex313’ and ‘OMGClayAiken’ are in the two seats to my left. I don’t want to play two of the best no-limit hold’em players in the world deep-stacked and out of position.
21:35 Re-add myself to the waiting list for the game and ask some friends to text me if my seat comes up.
21:40 Go to the gym and throw all my adrenaline into a hard workout.
22:45 Come back from the gym just as my seat reopens. Game looks much better now and I’m allowed to buy in for only $100,000 so I jump back in.
23:00 Stack Eric Liu and win a pot of $100k+. It looks like I’m about to book my first big win in a nosebleed game.
1:30 I lose a $200k+ pot but am happy I analysed the situation correctly.
1:35 Take a quick break and walk out on my balcony and stare off into the Las Vegas strip. I like to take frequent breaks when playing high-stakes to stay fresh. Staring at the strip seems to get me in the right state of mind to gamble.
2:00 My friend Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan jumps into the game and starts playing very aggressively. We play several large pots with less than premium holdings.
6:00 I decide to call it a night. I’m too tired to play four-handed with Durrrr, trex313 and OMGClayAiken, who are probably three of the top five no-limit hold’em players in the world. Overall I win $155,000 on the session.
6:10 Pour myself a vodka tonic and run a hot bath to try to calm my nerves so I can get some sleep. There is nothing I hate more than not getting my normal 14 hours of sleep.
6:30 Pass out.
Wake up to my assistant calling me to make sure I’m awake and drag myself out of bed and throw on some gym clothes, and grab the suitcase Channing had packed for me the night before. I bought all of my extended family tickets to the Kansas City Chief ’s game in Kansas City and have an early flight.
12:00 Get on the flight and thank god I decided to fly first class. Pass out.
17:00 Land in Minneapolis and head to the executive lounge. I always get weird looks because I’m young and normally dress like a bum while travelling. I the best no-limit hold’em players in the world deep-stacked and out of position. Win what I believe is the biggest pot of my career. Learn $200k pots are very fun to win download some pot-limit Omaha videos to watch on the flight. I also make some phone calls as I’m extremely bad with keeping in touch with friends and family and often try to catch up in airports.
19:00 – 20:30 Fly while reading Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It’s inspiring but I strongly disagree with many of his ideas.
20:30 – 21:30 Take a taxi to the Hyatt where I’m staying with my family.
21:30 – 23:30 Meet up with my dad, sister, aunts and uncles and grandma and head to grab dinner and some drinks. This is the first time I’ve seen them since I’ve had a lot of success playing poker and they’ve read stories in magazines about me and had a lot of questions. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal; I’m just good at playing a card game.
7:30 – 9:00 Eat breakfast and ride to the football stadium to start tailgating.
9:00 – 10:00 Have a few beers with the family, realise the game would be a lot more fun to watch if I had a bet on it.
10:00 Call and wake up amazing assistant Channing. She sounds quite sleepy and I suddenly remember it’s Sunday at 7am in Vegas. I feel bad for waking her and feel too silly that I called her at such an ungodly hour to place a bet on the game for me.
12:00 – 15:00 Watch the Raiders pummel the Chiefs from amazing seats right at the 50-yard line. I’m now very happy that I didn’t put a wager on the game. I’ve watched Chiefs’ games with my dad since I was a little kid and it was cool to be able to take him to the game.
15:00 – 16:00 Ride back to the hotel with my family. Exchange my contacts with everyone and tell them to be sure to tell me if they are coming to Vegas.
16:15 Pass out.
Wake up and try to order room service. Learn there is no room service from 12am to 3am. The Midwest is not a civilised part of the country. One of my favourite things about Vegas is that you can do anything at any time.
3:15 – 5:30 Hit the gym for a cardio workout. Try to forget how hungry I am.
5:45 – 7:00 Head to the Regency Club in the Hyatt. Grab some breakfast and finish writing this column, which I promised to do ages ago. Doing anything beside playing poker feels like a chore.
7:00 – 11:00 Play some $5/$10 and $10/$20 pot-limit Omaha on my MacBook Air. I’m unsure what to do even in some basic situations and have to think about every hand. I still think I’m one of the better players at this level and end up winning $3,500 three-tabling.
11:00 – 12:00 Watch an instructional video on pot-limit Omaha.
12:30 – 13:30 Head to the gym.
13:30 – 15:30 Play some $25/$50 NL heads-up. Lose $2,580, essentially breaking even at these stakes heads-up.
15:30 – 21:30 Travel back to Vegas.
21:30 Get picked up in Las Vegas by my assistant and head home.
22:00 Sleep. Looks like I finally might be back on a good sleep schedule.
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