Posts Tagged ‘Dan Cates’

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 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

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 angry over Viktor Blom’s $100k Debt

Friday, March 21st, 2014

As many poker players know, there’s a lot of borrowing that goes on in the game. And high stakes online poker pros are certainly no stranger to this, with many of them getting loans from other players so they can keep grinding in the nosebleeds. Of course, when these loans aren’t paid back, things definitely get testy.

Such was the case recently with Dan “Jungleman12” Cates and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. Apparently, Blom owes Cates $100,000 and is being slow to pay the amount back. The two got into a heated exchange, and here’s a chat log of their conversation, thanks to HighStakesDB:

jungleman12: i cant describe how annoying it is to lose tyou viktor
Isildur1: 2 pair
Isildur1: biatch
jungleman12: scum
Isildur1: too easy
Isildur1: eat this
Isildur1: ty
Isildur1: u suck
Isildur1: easy money
Isildur1: gus on the other hand
jungleman12: pay your debt scumbag

CardPlayer asked Jungleman to expand on this exchange. “Well, I was kind of tilted at the point,” Cates said. “It’s not really a secret that he owes me some money. He owes me like a little over $100,000, but he’s been making some small payments here and there. He’s going to give it back to me, it seems, but it’s taking some time and it’s a little frustrating. He has borrowed money before on multiple occasions and paid back for those.”

Jungleman also went on to explain why he thinks that the Swede has been so slow to pay him back. “Well, he owes other people money as well. He owed me money first.” Cates added. “I stopped loaning him money or whatever…Yeah, it is a complicated situation.”

One more interesting point that Cates covered involves Blom implying that he is somehow better than Jungleman at poker. “It’s possible he thinks he is better than me, and probably at some things, sure,” Cates explained. “He might have been better at no-limit at certain points in time, but he’s not a better gambler than me, at all. He’s probably not a better overall player, either. I don’t think he can make that claim…He has been dodging me at no-limit over the past year and a half.”

If there’s one nice thing about this story, it’s that Isildur1 and Cates made up after their heated argument. Jungleman believes that Blom was probably drunk when they played and spouted off a little too much.

Tom Dwan to address Issues with Full Tilt Poker Soon

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

For over two years now, Tom Dwan has been taking heat for being uncooperative in finishing the Durrrr Challenge with Dan ‘Jungleman12’ Cates. But as it turns out, Full Tilt Poker may have a large role in why Dwan hasn’t continued playing the Challenge more recently.

The famed high stakes player didn’t give out many details about exactly what the beef is with his former sponsor. However, Dwan did drop a big hint that he’s not on a friendly basis with Full Tilt when asked about a penalty involving the Durrrr Challenge. “I haven’t been comfortable playing on Full Tilt cause I have a really big issue with them,” he told Bluff Magazine.

Dwan added that he’ll probably reveal his problem with Full Tilt in more detail, but he doesn’t want to get into something like this on “3 hours of sleep.” It doesn’t sound like the Durrrr Challenge is any closer to resuming either. Dwan said that Jungle knows what the Full Tilt issue is, plus he has a lot of other things going on right now anyways.

One other interesting tidbit that he dropped during the Bluff interview is when he said, “We don’t even have the hands from Full Tilt which is ridiculous because they didn’t even put up a page, but I have another more pressing issue with him (Jungleman).”

The last topic that Dwan discussed in this short interview involved how he’s at the Aussie Millions right now to play in some of the big cash games there. However, he did say that he still spends most of his time in Macau because the games are just so much bigger there.

The big takeaway from this 3-minute conversation with Dwan is that he’s definitely not happy with Full Tilt. And it doesn’t sound like he’s trying to duck Jungleman’s challenge, but rather wait until everything is right between he and Full Tilt. But don’t expect that to happen any time soon, given how he was dropped by FTP less than two months ago.

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.

Dan Cates and Viffer in Heated Argument over Side Bet

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Dan “jungleman12” Cates claims he’s made an agreement with Tom Dwan that will finally get the durrrr Challenge started again. It’s been a long time since both players have squared off against each other, and Cates hopes they can finally finish the 50k hands they set out to play in 2010.

An interesting side story that’s been developing lately is a feud between Cates and live cash pro David “Viffer” Peat. These two entered into a prop bet on the durrrr Challenge, whereby Viffer put lots of money on Dwan to win. Cates explained this by telling PokerListings, “I booked a 20% crossbook with Viffer for the durrrr Challenge. I also did a side bet of $50k to his $62k.”

The story took a big turn recently when Cates was playing a $2k/$4k cash game in Vegas. Viffer had a piece of Jungleman’s action, due to business he’d done with other guys that Cates knew. After the session was over, Jungleman paid Viffer his $160k stake, and the latter said, “By the way, I’m not paying you for the durrrr Challenge.”

Cates said Peat strongly believes that Black Friday incident was an “act of god” and like a “rain delay in baseball” where everything was a wash. So because of this, the cross bet between he and Cates should supposedly be off.

Jungleman countered by saying that nearly everybody in the poker community sides with him over Viffer. He cited a situation where nobody on TwoPlusTwo backed Peat’s argument after he explained his side of the story.

Cates ended by saying that he thinks Viffer is trying to avoid paying up in this bet and nobody should do business with him in the future. Considering that Cates is already commanding quite a bit of attention over this matter, it’s likely that people will at least think twice before making another prop bet with Viffer.

Barcode – The Mysterious Online Poker Phenom

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

When it comes to high stakes online poker, we’re used to seeing names like Phil Galfond and Viktor Blom dominating the news. However, a new and mysterious player named “Barcode” (a.k.a. 1Il|1Il|1il|) has been experiencing most of the success lately.

Getting into the specifics, this player is fresh off of a week where he made over $554k. And this isn’t the only success that Barcode has experienced because he’s managed to collect over $1.3 million while playing against some of the top online poker players in the world. October 11th was an especially good day since he was able to win $557k in profits!

Apparently, Barcode makes the bulk of his money on the PokerStars $100/$200 and $200/$400 PLO tables. This certainly isn’t surprising because these games are a favorite among many of the world’s top players. It’ll definitely be interesting to see if Barcode continues to top the nosebleeds and haul in major profits.

Tony G backing Jungleman

In other big high stakes news, Tony “G” Gouga has announced that he’s going to stake Dan Cates. Gouga wrote about the news with the following:

I have talked before about how I wanted to stake Isildur1 – well I am back in the staking business now as I am backing Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates. I think this guy could turn $5 million into $100 million – he’s a genius. I started off by backing him for the WPT Grand Prix de Paris and intend to back him live but predominantly online.

To those who’ve followed high stakes in the past, it may seem weird that Cates is being staked. After all, he made over $5 million in 2010 profits and has collected around $8 million overall. However, he’s also had a lot of money locked up on Full Tilt over the last year and a half. Plus it seems like he may have hit a little downswing as Gouga said, “He has definitely had his ups and downs but his heart is in the right place.”

With a rich backer like Tony G, it will be very interesting to see how Cates does in the near future.