Jungleman12: The 2010 High-Stakes Poker Winner

Monday, January 3, 2011

High-stakes online poker pro Daniel “jungleman12” Cates took the top spot on the earnings list for online poker pros in 2010. poker player Dan Cates brought in over US$5 million from the virtual tables at Full Tilt Poker. Dan Cates won over $500,000 in one marathon session of $300/$600 half no-limit Texas Hold'em/half pot-limit Omaha cash games.

Early in this session, Daniel Cates lost about US$250,000 to his opponents, including the top poker player in the world Patrik Antonius. Dan Cates quickly rebounded and finished the session with double that amount in profits, closing off a career year for the online poker sensation.

Poker pro Daniel Cates also earned over US$500,000 in the “Durrr Challenge”, a series of heads-up no-limit Texas Hold’em matches with young online poker wizard Tom “durrr” Dwan. Daniel Cates and TomDwan have played just over thirteen thousand hands against each other, with the winner of the matches to be determined after fifty thousand hands.

Tom Dwan is also among this year's big winners, with profits of just over US$3.6 million. Dwan sits behind Daniel Cates and Andreas “skjervoy” Torbergsen (US$3.7 million) on the 2010 online cash game leaderboard. Poker superstar Phil Ivey is also among the top five in online poker earnings with just over US$3 million.

The 21-year old Cardrunners instructor burst onto the scene and destroyed all who took a seat against him and he finished the year with a profit of $5.5million! On his way to topping the 2010 leaderboard, top poker pro Daniel Cates had two seven-figure results in both August and May, only had one month where he won less than $100,000 and became the second player to accept the Durrrr Challenge

Their challenge is still ongoing however Daniel Cates is currently in the lead and strong favorite to win the $1.5million side bet from Tom Dwan when the match comes to a conclusion in 2011. Dan Cates also had a popular poker student this year – Cristiano Ronaldo, who is rumoured to have been paying Cates $2,000 per hour for his coaching lessons.

His fellow Cardrunners instructor Andreas “skjervoy” Torbergson finished the year with profits of $3.7million and he was closely followed by Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan who finished the year with a profit of $3.6million. Meanwhile Phil Ivey continued being consistent and posted a yearly profit of $3million.

It was Brian Townsend who has the unfortunate honor of being top of the biggest losses leaderboard, finding himself dropping $2.5million at the Full Tilt Poker tables. He was closely followed by PowerPoker professional Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies who finished the year with losses of $2million. 

They were followed by the best poker poker player Gus Hansen who finished the year down $1.6million – however it could have been a lot worse for the Full Tilt Pro if he didn’t play as well as he did in the final two months of the year.

Although Daniel Cates has had a phenomenal year by 2010 standards, his profits for this year are much less than the top money winners in years past. Last Year, poker pro Patrik Antonius earned around $8.9 million at the online poker tables. In 2008, Phil Ivey took the money list crown when he earned US$7.3 million.

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