Homebody and family man Gonzalo Robles headed for uncharted poker waters
It's 6:45am, and Gonzalo Robles has a day ahead of him. The boys have to be taken to school, and it's up to Robles to get them there. When the boys are safely in their classrooms, Robles heads for the gym. It may be the only exercise he gets all day, and he plans to make the best of it. By 10am, he's at work. At home. In front of his computer.
Robles fires up PokerStars and gets his day underway. He'll put in at least eight hours before he's done. Poker is his job, and he treats it that way.
"This is something I love to do," Robles said.
Now, Robles is set to take his passion to a level he barely had the courage to dream about. In January he'll be playing the $25,000 PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship in the Bahamas. He scored a Platinum Pass in a €250 event on PokerStars. He beat out more than 4,000 players to win more than €70,000 and the trip to the Bahamas.
"I was with my family and friends, my friend's girlfriends," he said of the moment he took it down. "Everyone was there for me. It was really crazy."
Robles was the second Argentine to win Platinum Pass. He's in good company. PCA champion Maria Lampropoulos was the first.
Robles wasn't born into poker. Nobody else in his family plays. His birth father manages a shoe store. His mother teaches Reiki. Robles plays poker and supports his wife and two sons with his efforts.
Thirty-two years ago, he was born in the Ramos Mejía neighborhood of Buenos Aires. He never left. He lives just down the street from the house where he grew up. Beginning at age 18, he drove a truck for a living and played poker on the side. He moved on to work for a supermarket and spent his spare time watching PokerStars tournaments on PokerStars.tv. He got better and better. Now he plays for a living using his stepfather Antonio's advice.
"He told me that with a lot of effort and dedication you can achieve big things, and that was very important to me," Robles said.
The PSPC will be Robles first international poker trip and this first time he's traveled so far from Argentina. It's all part of his ongoing dream to "be able to do still do this every day, wake up in the morning and play poker forever."
In the meantime, he hopes to serve as a good example for his sons. His older son Thiago has already shown an aptitude for poker.
"I want him to be like me--dedicated--because when you are happy and try hard, good things come," Robles said.
Gonzalo Robles is one of more than 300 Platinum Pass winners who will be going to the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship. Want to see more? Meet them all on in our PSPC Platinum Pass Winners index.