Andrew 'good2cu' Robl, 23, was born and raised in a small town outside East Lansing, Michigan. He is now living his dream in Las Vegas. He has a nice condo overlooking the Las Vegas strip. He plays high stakes poker live and online. He has been featured on TV poker shows like Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker. He is one of the poker pro team that is helping launch and promote Victory Poker. He is endorsing poker software products like PlayerGPS. His life is currently being featured in the documentary From Busto to Robusto: good2cu.
What is it like to see your life chronicled in a documentary?
I thought it was pretty cool. It's interesting to hear people, who are close to me, their perspective perspective on my career, since that is not an everyday conversation piece. It's also pretty cool that someone out there thinks my life is cool enough to make a movie on.
Do you feel the documentary gives an accurate portrayal of your life?
Yea I think so. Although I don't always lose :). That was an exceptionally bad week for me, one of the worst weeks of my career. To give some perspective, I've won around $200k in the past week. Winning and losing insane figures is just a monthly thing for a high-stakes poker pro.
There has been a mixed reaction to From Busto to Robusto: good2cu in the poker forums. Was that a worry before you did the documentary? Do you really care what other people think regarding your lifestyle?
Well people have made it known in poker forums for years that they don't like me or my lifestyle. It's not something I really thought about before making myself a 'public figure' on the Internet. If I go could back in time I would of probably kept my screenames anonymous. With that said I try not to care too much what people I've never met think about me. I try to get my sense of validation and self-worth from how true I remain to myself and my values not what people I've never met think off of one blog post or TV appearance. I think I once heard a quote that it is better to be loved by a few people then adored by the masses.
In the documentary, there seems to be a tension between your stated desire for more money, more girls, more cars, more toys with its corresponding addicting factors against your desire to find peace and inner happiness. Where are you presently in your journey to find a balance for yourself?
I think I am happier than I have ever been. I have smart, interesting, caring people all around me and the freedom to do whatever I want. I am also much better at not letting myself fall into bad, 'degen' habits that I used to do regularly.
You have a lovely girlfriend, Mila. She is older and has strong desires to settle down with kids which seem to conflict with your present lifestyle. Are you still together and how do you resolve those differences?
We are still seeing each other. We are just very honest with each other about what we want in life and the future of the relationship. We both enjoy spending time with each other and make each other happy.
The documentary focuses on your series of matches and significant losses to Mr. X. To the uninformed, they could see it as irresponsible gambling. Do you follow strict bankroll management guidelines, or do you deviate according to your feelings?
I like to think that I use "Kelly Criteria". Basically, if I think my edge is big, I'll risk a large % of my bankroll. If I think my edge is small, I'll risk much less. Sometimes if there is a super big game that I want to play in that I think I have a significant edge in, I'll sell some of my action to other people (who are not in the game).
Months later, where do you stand in our ongoing poker matches with Mr. X?
I did not play him again after the documentary.
You mentioned a common quality that a lot of poker players have, a 'sickness', how good are you at controlling your 'sickness'?
Sometimes I play bigger than maybe is wise for my ideal level of happiness vs. stress. So I guess that makes me a little sick. I ALWAYS want to be playing in the biggest game in the casino or on a given site. I think it probably has as much to do with ego as it does with sickness. Although I'd say I almost always have an edge when I'm gambling.
You were seriously into video games in high school. At what point did your aspirations switch to poker and you decided you wanted to be famous and on TV?
I don't think I ever wanted to be 'famous' or 'on TV'. Not quite sure where that idea came from. I got into poker because I had always loved playing games and found it intellectually engaging. The fact that I could make money from playing a game and not to live the 9-5 lifestyle was also immensely appealing to me.
Once I already made a living playing poker I found it wrong that many of the 'famous' poker players actually weren't that good at poker, yet were known as the best players in the world. I found this unfair and unjust, but now I realize that that is how it is in a lot of industries and that being known as one of the best at what you do to outsiders shouldn't be looked at as a source of validation.
You were an original member of the "Ship It Holla Ballas", a youthful group of poker players who prominently displayed their excessive lifestyles in poker. What was life like for you back then and why did you want to share it with the world?
My life is pretty similar to what it was back then, expect I would like to think I'm more mature now. My reasons for sharing it with the world is not quite clear to me now. I guess I thought I was pretty cool and wanted to share the stories with strangers on the Internet and for them to think I was cool too.
Once it got such a huge, largely negatively reception I kept it up out of spite. I guess it was kind of FU to all the people who didn't like it. It was kind of "I did everything opposite from what society tells people they have to do to be successful and look at the life I lead". I mean reflecting on it now, it was obviously immature.
How did you come to join the Victory Poker pro team? What is your role with them?
Victory Poker is owned and operated by one of my best friends, and most of my other best friends are part of the pro team. That made it a really easy decision. On top of that I strongly believe in the product and the brand.
I am a sponsored pro. I endorse and promote the brand.
You have had considerable notoriety and success at a young age, what are your aspirations in the poker world moving forward?
This is something that changes on the daily basis (depending on how I'm running). Sometimes, I have aspirations to be one of the best players in the world, other times I just want to make a lot of money and use it to launch me into other things.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Andrew. Before you go, we have several fun questions we always ask our interviewees.
What is your favorite fun poker phrase/slang/acronym?
Ship it, Holla :).
Bet no one saw that one coming.
If the poker industry disappeared completely, what other career would you most like to attempt?
I would still like to be in a daily risk taking profession. Most like doing some type of trading.
If you were on death row, what would be your last meal?
Kobe Beef and Pinot Noir.
When your poker career is over, what would you most like to be remembered for?
Having won a lot of money and always being a man of honor and my word.