The Online Ups and Downs of Richard 'Chufty' Ashby

Although his online career appears to be a game of two halves, Englands Richard Chufty Ashby has good reason to be happy about his overall profit from playing the high stakes online game…

By: Andrew Burnett

Leaving aside his sponsored pro status on Neil Channing’s Black Belt Poker skin, Ashby played against some of the biggest names in the game on both Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars, and we’ll start with the former…

As we’ll also see with Ashby’s PokerStars account a little later, the graph is a rather unusual one – short bursts of activity and long spells of inactivity. That overall winrate, however, is not to be sneezed at.

Looking a little closer, it’s clear that 2008 was Chufty’s annus mirabilis, one 4-week heater netting him $1.8million in profit. Hitting the $3million overall profit mark for a week in July was followed by a slow, downward trend – but $2.37 million up for the year seemed as good a place as any to stop.

Here’s his biggest pot from that incredible year, a May PLO showdown with the likes of Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan, Brian Hastings and one of the many accounts over the years belonging to Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte

Putting in almost no volume on Full Tilt in the years that followed, Ashby handed back a fair bit of that profit, but by then he was also learning that the tournament circuit could be a profitable place.

Though never really his cup of tea, Ashby has almost $2.5million in lifetime live cashes to his name – and a 2010 WSOP gold bracelet in 7-card Stud to go with the cash.

When we move over to Chufty on PokerStars, it’s not quite as pretty a picture for the former Options and Futures Market Maker from London…

That Mixed game misfortune to the tune of $370k or thereabouts isn’t a huge loss per hand at the lowest of the high stakes ($25/50 and $50/100) but it’s still a bit ugly for a man of Ashby’s abilities.

What is quite interesting, however, are some of the players at that level – hardly household names for the most part, but some of them were posting excellent profits below the nosebleed level…

With a 2010 WCOOP (World Cup of Online Poker) bracelet in PLO to add to his list of successes over the years, Richard 'Chufty' Ashby has good reason to look back on a career of mostly highs and a spot in England’s all-time poker heroes list.


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