Posts Tagged ‘sit and go’s’

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, 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.

Can Martin Balaz play 40,000 SNG’s in 30 Days?

Friday, May 25th, 2012

A few days ago, Czech online poker pro Martin Balaz announced that he’d be undergoing the insane task of playing 40,000 sit and go’s in 30 days. Getting into the specifics, the 22-year-old will be playing hyperturbo 6-max SNG’s, which makes the seemingly impossible task a little more realistic. But we emphasize the word “little” here.

Doing the math, Balaz will have to play 1,333 SNG’s per day in order to complete the challenge. In addition to this, he’ll also be grinding at $30-plus stakes and have to show a profit at the end. Balaz discussed this by saying, “I need to be profitable pre-rakeback and I have to play only $30-plus stakes. It will probably take about 400-plus hours – the edge in these is significantly lower, many regs are claiming that the games are already deader then dead.”

Judging from the Czech’s comments, even he realizes how difficult it will be to show a profit at the end of this challenge. After all, he’s not only going to be multi-tabling like crazy, but also hoping to beat out skilled pros. But this comes down to a matter of pride as Balaz said, “I want to prove to myself that I can make really insane prop bets and be profitable in any game I want.”

In regards to the prop betting, he’s offering 1-to-2.5 odds on completing this challenge, and he is willing to bet as much as $50,000. And just so nobody accuses him of cheating, Martin Balaz will set up a webcam that’ll be on him the whole time. The poker pro expanded on this by saying, “I need to prove to bettors that I am playing by myself the whole time, that is the main reason I am allowing railbirds to watch me. Also, I can’t get bored while I am chatting with railbirds, it keeps me busy.”

The challenge gets underway on June 15th, and we’ll soon see if Balaz can truly play 40,000 SNG’s in 30 days.

Poker After Dark back on NBC

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

There’s not really much going on in the world of poker TV these days – especially since NBC pulled the plug on Poker After Dark towards the end of 2011. However, this all looks to change because Poker After Dark’s producers, Poker PROductions, announced that the show will be back. They did so via the following twitter message:

RT @Kevmath: Good news for poker TV fans: Poker After Dark returns, airing on the NBC Sports Network. More to come soon.

As you can see, Poker PROductions is pretty sure that Poker After Dark will be back, which is definitely good news. Rumor is that 24 episodes will be airing in the future with 18 of these being cash games. The remaining six episodes will be sit and go’s, thus providing some variety in the lineup.

The main thing that’s up in the air right now is when NBC Sports Network will play the Poker After Dark episodes. The shows were filmed in December of 2011, so they are already finished; it’s just a matter of when people will get to see them.

One other big topic worth covering here is whether or not new episodes will be filmed after NBC runs the 24 unseen Poker After Dark episodes. At the moment, there’s no main sponsor for the show because their old sponsor, Full Tilt Poker, is currently defunct. So the long-term future will all depend on PAD’s ability to land a major sponsor.

Assuming the US government ever legalizes and regulates online poker, it wouldn’t be hard at all for PAD to get sponsored. But with the way things are dragging on with online poker legalization, it might be a while before anything like this happens. In any case, it’s just nice to hear that Poker After Dark will be returning for the foreseeable future.