TCOOP 2013: Thomas "GaggleoKings" Ambler ambling to quick money
There's a fuzzy picture of a young man sitting in a card room. He's wearing a loose-fitting t-shirt. His hair is bit tussled. He's got a look on his face that says, "Take this picture if you want. I honestly just...don't...care."
That is Thomas "GaggleoKings" Ambler.
It's a fitting name for 21-year-old from Chesterfield, England. It's easy to imagine this young man ambling down a city street with a happy, aimless look on his face.
"To be totally honest I'm just your normal, lazy human with a real dislike of being told what to do," Ambler says.
So, take his picture. He doesn't care. After all, he's just banked nearly $60,000 in the Turbo Championship of Online Poker.
Ambler won TCOOP Event #10 ($11+R 3X-Turbo NLHE) for $58,737, by far the biggest score of his poker career. And make no mistake: it is a career.
A one-time business student, Ambler left university in his final year and now supports himself solely by playing cards. He admits, it probably wasn't the smartest move he's ever made, but there's no time to worry about that now.
"I agree with living for the day, and at the time it seemed the right thing for me to do," he says.
And today is all about poker. It's what he does. He's a NLHE specialist who had been in the midst of an ugly downswing. In fact, just before the kickoff of TCOOP, Ambler found himself navel-gazing a bit on the Blonde Poker forums. He decided he needed some goals for the year. He decided he wanted a five-figure score, $50,000 in profit for the year, to get out of make-up with his backer, and to make Supernova on PokerStars. He ticked a lot of boxes before the end of the month.
"So, just the Supernova thing to go," he says.
The simple fact is, he's just a young man in love, both with his girlfriend and the game of poker. He admits, he's a bit of an obsessive. He admits that's probably not a good thing, but there's not much he can do about it. It's who he is.
"When it comes to doing something I enjoy, I really try my best and keep trying because --again being totally honest -- I love winning," he said.
Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging