Dan Cates

Dan Cates
GPI rank: 4192
WSOP Bracelets: 2
Total Live Earnings: $12,293,968
United States United States
Nickname: jungleman12
Last Seen in: 2022 World Series of Poker
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Dan Cates, better known by his nickname "Jungleman" is an American poker player. In 2021, he won his first WSOP bracelet.

Cates is known for playing at the very highest stakes both online and live, and was a regular feature in the PokerNews Railbird Report during the mid-2010s. In 2015, he admitted that he lost $5,000,000 while playing in Manila.

Poker Achievements

Cates' nickname came from his online username 'jungleman12' that he used when he first started out playing poker. He made a name for himself as a tough opponent in heads-up cash games online, regularly battling with the likes of Viktor Blom and Tom Dwan.

He also took on Phil Galfond in mid-2020, but came out second best.

In September 2021, Gates joined poker training site Run It Once as an Ambassador.

Less than three months later, Cates won his first WSOP bracelet. He won the highly prestigious $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $954,020 in what was only his third WSOP cash ever.

"I said I was gonna win, so I won. But it was pretty important because now I have more money to help the world and to continue a career outside of poker," Cates said in his interview after the hard-fought victory.

Durrrr Challenge

In 2010, Cates took on the Durrrr Challenge from Tom Dwan. The rules were that Dwan would pay $1.5 million to anyone who could beat him at high-stakes heads-up poker over 50,000 hands.

As of December 2021 — and with no hands having taken place since late 2013 — Cates currently leads by $1.2 million after 19,335 hands.

Cates did however spark rumours in late 2018 that the Challenge would be resumed, but there have been no further hands played.

Multi-Accounting Scandal

In 2020, Cates was involved in one of several high-profile scandals that year. He was accused of ghosting on a free-to-play money app with Dan Bilzerian and Bill Perkins.

He would later tweet this statement:

PokerNews Covered Events

Event Place Prize
2022 World Series of Poker
Event #56: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
1st $1,449,103
2021 World Series of Poker
Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
1st $954,020
2019 Triton Super High Roller Series London
£100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event
8th £410,000
2019 World Series of Poker
Event #58: $50,000 Poker Players Championship
6th $168,305
2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro
HKD $250,000 Short Deck Ante-Only
2nd 3,199,000 HKD
2017 Triton Super High Roller Series Manila
HK $1,000,000 Main Event
3rd 7,765,156 HKD
2015 PokerStars EPT Season 12 Prague
€10,300 High Roller
6th €138,110
2014 PokerStars and Monte-Carlo® Casino EPT Grand Final
€100,000 Super High Roller
2nd €1,283,700

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