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Online pro Ashton Griffin wins extreme prop bet

North American Poker Tour (NAPT) “High Roller” winner Ashton Griffin has won $300K in a prop bet that sent him running 70 miles in a 24 hours.
Ashton Griffin

Ashton Griffin

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.

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