Robl: ‘Everything in Ship it Holla Ballas Book is True’

Andrew Robl
Andrew Robl at the Aussie Millions $250k Challenge.

According to Andrew Robl, everything described in a new book about the controversial Ship it Holla Ballas poker crew is true.

Robl is one of the central figures in Ship it Holla Ballas! How a Bunch of 19-Year-Old College Dropouts Used the Internet to Become Poker’s Loudest, Craziest and Richest Crew by Jonathan Grotenstein and Storms Reback. 

Despite the author only using Robl’s online handle "Good2cu," it’s clearly about the young high-stakes pro.

“I’ve read the book,” he said. “I found it very entertaining. Everything in it is true.”

Robl and fellow poker players Phil Galfond, Peter “Apathy” Jetten and David “Raptor” Benefield were known for crushing online poker in the mid-2000s as well as living a fast-paced party lifestyle.

“When I look back at some of that stuff I just have to shake my head,” he admitted.

The book didn’t come as a tremendous shock to Robl as he’d done several interviews with the author. Much of the material Robl actually published himself on his blog back in the day.

Robl Still Winning Millions, Partying Less

Andrew Robl
Andrew Robl heads-up in the $100k Challenge

Much has changed for Robl since his younger years and earlier this week he was calm and collected as he won $1 million in the $100k Challenge at the Aussie Millions.

Robl said that in his younger years he would have partied for days after winning but he’s calmed down considerably since that period of his life.

“When I first got into poker I was insecure,” he said.

“I had a chip on my shoulder. I’ve matured since then. I used to feel like I had something to prove.”

Now a veteran of the poker world, Robl has one piece of advice for potential up-and-coming Ballas.

“If you do stupid things, don’t write about it on the Internet,” he laughed. “That’s a lesson I’ve learned.”

About Arthur Crowson

Arthur has been involved exclusively with the poker industry since the 2006 World Series of Poker where he still claims to have captured the first interview with a then-unknown player named Jamie Gold on one of the days leading up to the Main Event final table. Since then Arthur has been working full-time for writing news stories, covering poker tournaments, interviewing players and capturing it all with his trusty Canon camera.

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