Griffin, known online as “ASHMAN103”, took seventh in the Costa Rica leg of the 2010 Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) and also in 2010, won the NAPT $25K Invitational High Roller Bounty Shootout to take home the huge payday of $560K.
Full Tilt Red Pro and Griffin’s room-mate, Haseeb Qureshi, bet the 22-year old that he couldn’t complete the 70 miles (113 km) in less than 24 hours and stood to win $900,000 if Griffin didn’t make it. However, the “ASHMAN103”, with no training for the feat, little sleep the night before and while suffering from a hangover, completed the task with 45 minutes to spare. Details of the prop bet were made public by Justin Bonomo, one of the most respected young gaming-to-poker converts on the live tournament circuit.
The bet apparently came about after Griffin and Justin Smith were discussing athletic feats during a skype conversation. “I decided on a number that I could actually run, and that people would actually bet against,” Griffin said. “70 miles seemed to be the ideal number.” A trained college wrestler, Griffin believes his body is in the necessary shape: “The wrestling has trained my mind to push my body beyond its breaking point,” said Griffin, who took hour-long naps every 15 miles. “I wasn’t going to break in this bet.”
Recent extreme prop best include the $2 million weight-loss bet that Ted Forrest and Mike Matusow agreed on in May of 2010. The $2 million wager meant Forrest had to lose nearly 50 pounds in less than 2 ½ months – which he proceeded to do and is still charging Matusow for the pleasure.