Posts Tagged ‘Jungleman12’

Ilari Sahamies taunts Dan Cates during Online Poker Session

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

ilari-sahamies-dan-catesIt seems that Ilari Sahamies is truly back, both in terms of his online poker winnings and his legendary trash talking. During a recent high stakes session involving Dan ‘Jungleman12′ Cates, Sahamies took the liberty of questioning Cates’ sexuality, then adding that he himself was drunk at the end. Here’s a quick look at the highlights of their chat log, with the full version appearing on TwoPlusTwo:

lari FIN: ike
Ilari FIN: u my man
w00ki3z.: sec illari
w00ki3z.: let me see if I can sort something
Ilari FIN: wookiez semi gay

(cont’d later) Ilari FIN: wookiez shut uop
Ilari FIN: u r gay
w00ki3z: **** illari

(cont’d later) w00ki3z: i have gf genius
Ilari FIN: u have none

(cont’d later) Ilari FIN: im totally drunk

Judging from the entire chat log, these two aren’t bitter enemies. But this type of chat was typical from Sahamies in his heyday, which lasted from 2009 to 2011. And it looks like “Ilari FIN” might be starting a new era of success, and along with that is coming the trash talking that he is so well known for. Regarding his online poker successes lately, Sahamies has made $895,547 in 2015 alone, and his HighStakesDB graph shows that he’s up around $1.5 million since December of last year.

The Finn was once one of the most-dominant high stakes PLO players, eventually reaching $7 million in lifetime profits on Full Tilt Poker. Unfortunately, he lost a great deal of this money in 2011 and stopped playing online poker for a while. But now he definitely looks to be back and is one of the toughest PLO players at PokerStars right now. And given that Ilari FIN is a headline-maker, I can only hope that his success continues throughout 2015 and beyond.

Dan Cates up $10.2m, Phil Ivey down $5.1m

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Oh what a difference a couple of years can make in high stakes online poker. Coming into the relaunched Full Tilt Poker, Phil Ivey was the game’s biggest winner with $19.2 million in online profits. However, he’s since taken a big tumble over the nearly-two years since Full Tilt reopened.

Switching to the name “Polarizing,” Ivey is now down $5.1 million. This still leaves him with about $14.1 million in career online poker winnings. And we certainly wouldn’t expect him to be in money trouble, given his multiple business endeavors and baccarat edge-sorting profits. Still, it’s strange to see the man whom many call the “world’s greatest all-around poker player” struggle so badly.

On the other end of the spectrum is Dan “jungleman12” Cates, who is dominating the cyber felt this year. Cates had the prime of his poker career interrupted by Black Friday, as he’d earned $6.8 million in just a year before April 15th, 2011. Since resuming his high stakes career at Full Tilt, Cates hasn’t experienced any drop-off, and his HighStakesDB graph just keeps going up. At the time of this writing, Jungleman has made over $2.83 million in 2014, which leads everybody entering September.

Cates also ranks third all-time with $10.23 million. He only trails Ivey and Patrik Antonius – the latter of whom is another interesting story. Like Cates, Antonius is crushing players this year and has earned $1.83 million. Overall, the Finn has collected $5.95 million in career profits through his “Finddagrind” name. Combine this with $11.2 million from his self-titled name and Antonius has over $17.1 million in career winnings.

Of course, the high stakes online poker world is a fickle place. So it’ll be interesting to see if Cates and Antonius continue dominating the big games at Full Tilt. But at this point, we have little reason to doubt their skills.

Dan Cates describes going from Loner to Poker Star

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

These days, Dan “Jungleman12” Cates is known as one of the most successful No-Limit Hold’em players in the world. But there was once a time when Cates was an unknown, lonely high school student. Cates recently discussed his humble beginnings with iGaming.org, and here’s an excerpt from the interview:

I didn’t get along with my family that well, but it was not like we were fighting all the time. I was mostly isolated and played a shit ton of video games after discovering them,” Cates started recalling some of his early childhood memories.

“In school I was pretty lonely, as I didn’t have many friends and I wasn’t too good at making them. I was good at school, very good actually, and I went to the only magnet school in the area called Eleanor Roosevelt High School where I was in the science and tech program.

Cates goes on to describe how he played Command and Conquer for endless hours, despite his family’s best attempts to stop it. But there was definitely some good to come out of all this because Jungleman credits his experience with this game for helping him become a better poker player.

When Cates did get into poker, he had some rough experiences in live games. In fact, he felt like a lot of people cheated him in these games. When Jungleman began playing online poker, he started out with $5 and $10 sit and go’s. Eventually, he joined CardRunners and began playing heads-up cash games.

This is the point where Cates’ career really took off because he kept improving his game and making lots of money. As Cates says, he got to a point where he was playing against many of the people who served as his instructors.

After 2010, Jungelman became a bonafide star when he won $5 million in online poker. Since then, he’s remained a top NLHE player, winning hundreds of thousands of dollars at Full Tilt over the past few years.