For the second time in his career, Dan “Jungleman12” Cates has topped the online poker world in profits. According to HighStakesDB, Cates netted $3.43 million in 2014 through a combination of Full Tilt and PokerStars. This gave him a healthy lead over the next closest grinder, “punting-peddler,” a mysterious player from Macau who won $2,572,989 this past year. Here’s a look at the top 5 cash-game winners from 2014:
jungleman12 – $2,805,751
punting-peddler – $2,572,989
FinddaGrind – $1,683,538
Isaac “luvtheWNBA” Haxton – $1,541,060
Doug “WCGRider” Polk – $1,077,969
Going back to Cates, he played roughly 158,000 hands throughout the year and averaged a $21.70 profit on each hand. Assuming he averaged 150 hands an hour, that’s well over $3,000 an hour.
With his impressive year in 2014, Cates has now become one of the rare multi-year champions in online poker. He also led the iPoker world in 2010, when he burst on to the high stakes scene with $5 million in profits. And in an era where most of the pre-Black Friday poker studs have faded, Jungleman hasn’t missed a beat while earning $3.43 million in poker’s toughest era.
This brings Cates’ lifetime winnings up to $11.43 million, making him the third biggest winner ever behind Phil “Polarizing” Ivey and Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius. The latter also had a great year in 2014, netting over $1.68 million.
One poker legend who didn’t fare too good in 2014 is Gus Hansen. The “Great Dane” lost $5.8 million over 200,000 hands, plummeting his career Full Tilt losses to $20.7 million. Hansen had further insult added when Full Tilt dropped him from their team of sponsored “Professionals.”
Also being dropped from the Professionals was Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, who lost $1.7 million over 320,000 hands. Blom doesn’t quite have the same deficit as Antonius, but he has lost $3.37 million during his career at Full Tilt, which was third worst among all players. Here’s a look at the bottom five from 2014:
Gus Hansen – $5,864,263
Polarizing – $2,372,298
Isildur1 – $1,698,911
Crazy Elior – $1,222,910
OMGClayAiken – $1,092,098