– General Introduction –
Andrew Robl is an American professional poker player. He was born on September 27th, 1986 in Okemos, Michigan.
He’s a regular in super high stakes cash games and tournaments alike. As for tournaments, he has $5.780 million in cashes. As for cash games, he’s appeared in the super high stakes games put on by Triton Poker, and on the classic NBC show Poker After Dark.
Robl got his start playing online as a teenager. He uses the screen name “good2cu” on PokerStars and the now defunct poker site Full Tilt.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2007: He makes enough money on online poker to become a professional poker player instead of going to college.
- 2008: He starts appearing on the classic TV show Poker After Dark on NBC.
- 2013: He finishes first in the A$100,000 No Limit Hold’em – $100,000 Challenge at the Aussie Millions for A$1 million. That is the biggest single live tournament cash of his career to date.
– Andrew Robl’s Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Robl grew up in suburban Michigan. In an environment like that there seemed to be only one life path for him: go to college and get a “real job”, something he wasn’t too excited about.
As a teenager, he fell in love with poker by watching ESPN’s coverage of the World Series of Poker. He started playing the game with his friends – and also jumped into online cash games underaged. It worked out well for him: during the summer between his senior year in high school and freshman year in college, he made between $70,000 and $80,000 playing online poker.
Evidently, this was enough for the young cardshark to ditch college and start playing cards for a living, escaping any mundane career his family intended for him.
However, that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t know what hard work is like. He talked about his experience as a teenager in the “I Am High Stakes Poker” interview series on Paul Phua’s YouTube channel.
“Actually, I made quite a bit of money playing poker when I was like maybe 17, maybe like a thousand dollars, which, you know, to me it was a lot of money at time. Then I lost it all. And I had to take a job as a janitor just to get some money to play poker again.
Then, after that, I kind of had a little bit more respect for money. ‘Cause playing poker was a lot more fun than cleaning toilets.”
→ Live Tournaments ←
Robl has $5.871 million in live tournament winnings, according to his Hendon page. That sum was accumulated by cashing in 35 different events over the course of 12 years.
The first recorded cash on his profile is from December 2007. He finished 7th in the $5,100 No Limit Hold’em event at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. He won $36,585. The fact that the very first cash in his live tourney career was from a $5K event shows that he was already a successful online pro when he started to venture into live tournaments as well. The first time he made a score for over $100K on the live felt was at the 2008 WSOP.
In December 2010, he came in 2nd in the $10,000 NLHE Championship event at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic again, this time pocketing a hefty $549,003 prize. In May 2012, he finished 2nd in the $100,000 Super High Roller at the WPT World Championship, Las Vegas for $822,375.
Robl’s biggest live tournament score to date comes from the 2013 Aussie Millions. He took down the A$100,000 Challenge event for A$1 million. He beat Igor Kurganov from Russia heads-up for the title.
In May 2019, he came in 5th in the HK$750,000 Short Deck Hold’em event at the Triton high roller series’ Montenegro stop for HK$3.423 million ($436,021).
→ World Series of Poker ←
Andrew Robl is yet to win his first WSOP gold bracelet.
The closest he came to a bracelet was a 3rd place finish in the $5,000 Mixed Limit/No Limit Hold’em event for $144,337 in 2008.
In 2017, he made it to the final table in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop event. That final table featured such poker greats as Rainer Kempe, 2014 WSOP Main Event champion Martin Jacobson, 2019 WSOP Main Event runner-up finisher Dario Sammartino, online poker legend Bertnard “ElkY” Grospellier, and the eventual winner Doug Polk. Robl finished 8th for no less than $387,732.
In 2012, he took 7th place in the $10,000 Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em championship event for $56,380. He eventually got knocked out in the round of 8 (out of the 512 entrant-field) by American poker pro Jason Mo.
Overall, Robl has cashed in 11 World Series events for a total of $819,545 combined.
→ Live Cash Games ←
Andrew Robl first appeared on season 4 on the classic poker TV show Poker After Dark on NBC in 2008. However, he didn’t play cash game then, rather, a winner-take-all Sit&Go.
In June 2019, Robl appeared in Triton Poker’s live streamed super high stakes cash game match in Jeju, South Korea. The blinds were KRW1 million/KRW1 million/KRW2 million ($900/$900/$1,800). In that game, his backee Jean-Robert Belland played a very memorable hand – more on that later.
→ Online Poker ←
Robl plays under the screen name “good2cu” on PokerStars. He also used that alias on the now defunct poker site Full Tilt.
He started his professional poker career as an online cash game player. Despite that, all the hands the online high stakes cash game database has tracked on his accounts are at a loss.
On PS, he lost $30K over the course of 21,579 hands, playing mostly PLO. On Full Tilt, he lost around $400K in a 38,500-hand sample – on this account, he mainly played Hold’em.
→ Scandals ←
Quads over Quads
In 2010, at the $10K NLHE partypoker World Open, Robl suffered a scandalously bad beat.
He rivered Quad 9’s against his opponent Terry Lewis – who already flopped Quad Q’s… Naturally, Robl did not survive this insane cooler.
JRB punting it off with 53 suited in the Triton cash game
In the super high stakes Triton Poker cash game in Jeju we talked about above, Robl was seated at the table with Jean-Robert Bellande. It’s important to note that JRB was actually backed by Robl – meaning part of his buy-in was put up by Robl in exchange for a share of his profits in the game.
That is why it was extremely awkward when JRB’s around $200K profit vaporized into a $450K loss in just two back-to-back hands.
The first one had the online poker community chuckling for weeks. Inexplicably, he 5-bet shoved with 53 suited pre-flop. Understandably, his “investor” Andrew Robl was visibly frustrated at the table after that.
When JRB’s Aces got cracked by pocket 9’s in the very next hand, there was nothing he could do…