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Dan Cates wins $3.43m in 2014 – Tops Online Poker World

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

dan-jungleman12-catesFor 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

Online Poker Cheating Incidents

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Unfortunately, we’ve seen a number of online poker cheating incidents lately, and some of the biggest names in the game are involved. So without further delay, here is a look at the major online poker scandals, and a description of what went down in each instance.

Jose Macedo (superuser scandal) – Jose “Girah” Macedo, who was once labeled the Portuguese Prodigy, was caught in an elaborate cheating scam where he referred unsuspecting friends to a supposed fish named “sauron1989.” Little did anybody know that Macedo was actually playing as sauron1989. He then asked his friends if he could view the match via Skype’s shared screen feature (to share poker tips), which they obliged to since it was unknown that he was also sauron1989. This gave Macedo access to his opponents hole cards, and essentially made him a superuser.

Haseeb “Dogishead” Qureshi (chip dumping) – Qureshi, who is Macedo’s poker friend, engaged in chip dumping, which involves intentionally playing hands bad so another player at the table can scoop up the chips. In this instance, Qureshi found chip dumping as the easiest way to deliver Macedo $100k since he backed the Portuguese Prodigy. However, this also enabled Macedo to win a Lock Poker challenge, and the victory was later rescinded after Lock discovered what happened. Qureshi has since quit online poker in light of the most recent Macedo scandal (they had close ties, Qureshi’s name is officially ruined).

Dan “Jungleman12” Cates (multi-accounting) – Cates was also linked to both Qureshi and Macedo, and he recently admitted to playing on three of Macedo’s online poker accounts. In an interview, Cates lied about not being involved in multi-accounting, but later admitted to playing through Macedo’s accounts in several $25/$50 PLO sessions.

David “Chino” Rheems (not paying money back) – Rheems has no connection to the aforementioned players, but he’s still earned a bad rap by borrowing money from players, and not paying it back afterward. At one point, Rheems was said to owe Will Molson, Tom Dwan, Joseph Cheong and Ben Lamb over $200k collectively. After winning the first Epic Poker League event, Rheems reportedly started paying people back with his $1 million in winnings.

Vegas Inc covers Online Poker Move to Canada

Monday, August 8th, 2011

As we discussed at the beginning of August, several prominent online poker pros like Phil Galfond, Cole South and Dan “Jungleman12” Cates have either moved to Canada, or are in the process of moving to Canada. This being said, the website Vegas Inc did a good story on this subject entitled “Exodus of Online Poker Players under way.”

This article revolved around how lots of Las Vegas poker pros are seriously considering going up north because the live poker game just isn’t the same. Vegas Inc wrote the following:

Las Vegas became a favored home base for many poker professionals because of the concentration of big-money poker games, tournaments and all-hours access to amenities and entertainment. Many online players also play poker in casinos — although those who make most of their money in virtual poker rooms have little use for the typically slower and more expensive games offered in Las Vegas casinos.

Tony Dunst, who not only plays online poker professionally, but also works for the WPT, had plenty more to say on why Las Vegas-based online poker pros hate the live game so much. He said, “Live (casino) poker is really slow and monotonous, and the casino setting is generally unpleasant. You’re sitting in a chair for nine hours around people you might not like or want to listen to.”

He finished by adding, “For people like us who play eight to 20 games at a time from the comfort of our own home … your buddies are around and you can watch movies and order food. You can talk strategy and communicate with friends from all over the world.”

Shaun Deeb was also featured heavily in this article, and he looks to be the next big-time pro to make the jump to Canada. Deeb told Vegas Inc, “I used to play poker for 100 hours a week. Every day I sit around I get more motivated to leave.” With over $6 million in online poker tournament winnings, it would be stupid for Deeb not to leave for the greener pastures in Canada.

Assuming you want to see more from the Vegas Inc article, you can check it out here.

US Online Poker Pros in Canada

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Ever since Black Friday (April 15th), major US online poker pros have been pondering a move to Canada since they can no longer play at some of the biggest poker sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt (although nobody can play at FT anymore). And some pros are starting to act on these thoughts, including Cole South and Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond.

South was the first of the US online poker pros to make the jump to Canada in late May. He was involved in a session with the mysterious “Esvedra” who’s been rumored to be Canadian billionaire Guy Laliberte. During the session, Cole South won over $200k, which is pretty good for somebody who’s struggled over the past couple of years after dropping $6 million.

Moving past South, Phil Galfond is the latest person to make the jump to Canada since he’s been seen on PokerStars. Interestingly enough, Galfond didn’t play as high of stakes as he normally does; instead, he was found on the $25/$50 NLHE and PLO tables. Unfortunately, the return to online poker hasn’t been totally successful for Galfond since he’s lost $20k, but he didn’t seem too shaken up after tweeting, “After 3 months off of online poker, I’d forgotten about downswings. Oh well. Still happy to be playing. I love the game.”

One last person worth discussing in regards to the US online poker pros moving north includes Dan “Jungleman12” Cates. However, there’s a twist in Cates’ story since he was prevented from actually getting into Canada. The reason why is because he didn’t have a VISA, which is a must for self-employed foreigners in Canada. At this point, Cates is still waiting in Seattle until he can get into Canada.