The tumultuous poker career of Ashton Griffin is characterized by exhilarating victories and devastating downswings. Known in the online poker rooms
as 'theASHMAN103', Griffin's bankroll busted several times in the first two years of his foray into the highest stakes of poker at Full Tilt. However, the self-proclaimed gambling degenerate has shown a commitment to improving his bankroll management and gambling habits, turning a profit of more than $3.5 million at Full Tilt Poker in 2009.
Ashton Griffin began playing poker in home games with his family, and recalls in his blog his memory of the thrill he felt as a kid when announcing to his mom that he had won $4 in a game with his dad and the neighbors. While in high school
, Ashton began playing poker online
in low stakes, 6-max ring games and Sit & Gos, slowly building his bankroll to $10k before busting most of it in the summer of 2007.
After a short break from poker, Ashton Griffin started over in the low stakes, successfully rebuilding his finances within a couple of months. One year after his 2007 bust, Griffin made poker news
headlines after a four week heater in which he scored $1.2 million. A week later, Griffin lost most of that million to high stakes
pros Phil Ivey
, David Benyamine
, and Hac 'trex313' Dang, among others. Recovering from the huge downswing was a rough road, nevertheless, 'theASHMAN103' inevitably climbed back up to the top, becoming one of the biggest winners in online poker for 2009.
A read through Ashton Griffin's blog reveals an openly introspective young man with a strong dedication to overcoming his demons. In addition to playing poker, Ashton Griffin also works as a poker coach, and participates in wrestling competitions.