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According to HighStakesDB, Dan "jungleman" Cates (pictured) has hit $10 million in winnings at the high-stakes tables on Full Tilt Poker. He reached the mark after scooping $677,000 in a marathon session on Saturday. According to the tracking site, Cates played for 26 hours with a scant one-hour break. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsson Poker, a leading global online gaming provider. Betsson Poker is available on Mobile and offers regular promotions to live events around the world along with great bonuses and competitions. Play nowfor a chance to win the a Dream Holiday with the Grand Poker Adventures throughout 2014! --- HighStakesDB explained, "Cates had an indifferent first few hours, only starting to go into any significant profit after 9.5 hours of play. A four-hour afternoon session, however, put Cates firmly in control, winning over half-a-million dollars. With four six-figure sessions, including two of more than $270,000, jungleman12 eventually finished [Saturday's] sessions with a $677,400 profit. Over the entire session, however, he is up $563,000, as he lost $113,600 in sessions which started after Midnight." More importantly, Cates eclipsed eight-figures in winnings at the high-stakes tables of Full Tilt for his career. In 2014, Cates is up $3 million. HighStakesDB began tracking Cates in 2009 and, over the course of the last five years, the site has logged $9.69 million in winnings for him across all sites that it follows. He is up $5.4 million in No Limit Hold'em games, $1.8 million in Pot Limit Omaha, $1.4 million in Mixed HA, $655,000 in Eight-Game, $373,000 in Draw Games, and $2,700 in Limit Hold'em. The only format Cates has not turned a profit at is HORSE, where he is a $3,000 loser. All told, HighStakesDB has tracked Cates for almost 361,000 hands. He was the second contender for Tom Dwan (pictured) in the so-called Durrrr Challenge, which hasn't seen any action since last year. As it stands, Cates is up $1.5 million in the Durrrr Challenge against Dwan after 20,000 hands. The Challenge has dragged on for four years now, leading Cates to tell PokerListings last December, "durrrr is just being disrespectful at best at this point and I'm not sure what to do about it." Cates' biggest pot played online, according to HighStakesDB, came in 2010 in a $300/$600 Pot Limit Omaha game. That pot, which was played against Patrik Antonius, was worth $375,000. He has played three pots that HighStakesDB has tracked that have passed $300,000. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
[caption width="640"] Davidi Kitai of the Paris Aviators won the first Global Poker League tournament.[/caption] After months of build up and hype, the Global Poker League finally got cards in the air this week with three days of action and it was two players, Randy Lew of the Hong Kong Stars and Davidi Kitai of the Paris Aviators, who stole the show. Kitai gets the honor of going down in history books as the first winner of a GPL tournament. Kitai came out on top of a Six Max match that included Daniel Cates, Dzmitry Urbanovich and Igor Kurganov. Lew, one of the wildcard picks for the Stars, left his heads-up match with Sergey Lebedev of the Moscow Wolverines with a perfect record – the only player to do so in Week 1. The schedule has teams playing Six Max matches, one player from each squad, on Tuesdays and Heads Up matches on Wednesday and Thursday. Teams play against their own conference until the Summer Series when inter-conference play is introduced for the first time. Day 1 The Paris Aviators had the best opening day in the Eurasian Conference. David Kitai won the first Six Max match and finished third in the second to earn 10 points for the Aviators. The Hong Kong Stars picked up the win in the second match-up thanks to Raiden Kan. The most talked about hand from Week 1 was a hero fold by the Belgian that seemed to dominate post-match conversation. With a 5-1 chip lead over Kurganov, Kitai checked his option with [poker card="ts"][poker card="8h"] after Kurganov limped his button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"]. Kitai then checked the [poker card="8s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3s"] flop to Kurganov who bet 1,600. Kitai check-raised to 4,444 only to have Kurganov reply with a re-raise to 7,288. Kitai folded, leaving announcers Griffin Benger and Sam Grafton in shock. The other end of the spectrum was the Berlin Bears. Daniel Cates managed to post sixth place finishes in both matches, leaving the Bears without any points after Day 1. Cates admitted on Twtter later to being distracted while playing his GPL match. In Americas Conference play, Jason Wheeler, of the New York Rounders, also had a win and third place finish to give his team 10 points. The Las Vegas Moneymakers also had a strong showing thanks to Anthony Zinno finishing runner-up in both matches. And Anthony Gregg repeated Cates’ performance, posting identical sixth place finishes for the San Francisco Rush in both matches. Day 2 With the Six Max matches out of the way, the schedule turned to Heads Up matches in the Eurasian Conference. The Hong Kong Stars vaulted themselves into first place in their division thanks to Randy Lew’s 3-0 sweep of Sergey Lebedev of the Moscow Wolverines. Lew was the only player over the course of two days of heads-up matches to win all three. Grospellier earned six points by beating Cates 2-1 in their match while Justin Bonomo did the same for the London Royals beating Timothy Adams of the Rome Emperors 2-1. Day 3 The third day was all about the Americas Conference. Possibly the most highly anticipated match saw the L.A. Sunset’s Olivier Busquet, considered by some to be the best heads-up sit & go player in the world, going up against Darren Elias of the Sao Paulo Metropolitans. Busquet earned six points for the Sunset, beating Elias 2-1. All three Americans Conference heads-up matches ended with identical 2-1 scores. Tom Marchese of the New York Rounders beat Anthony Zinno of the Las Vegas Moneymakers and the San Francisco Rush got six points from Anton Wigg beating the Montreal Nationals’ Martin Jacobson 2-1. Zinno and Cates were the only two players to play every match for their team in Week 1. Week 1 MVP Sure, Lew went 3-0 in his match against Lebedev and deserves some consideration, but Kitai gets the Week 1 honors. The Belgian pro earned 10 points for his team with a win and a third place finish in the Six Max matches and gave those who tuned in on Twitch something to talk about with his amazing fold against Kurganov. Standings Week 2 Schedule Tuesday, April 12 12:00 pm ET Six Max: Eurasia Conference 1:40 pm ET Six Max: Eurasia Conference 3:30 pm ET Six Max: Americas Conference 5:10 pm ET Six Max: Americas Conference Wednesday, April 13 12:00 pm ET Heads Up: London Royals vs. Hong Kong Stars 2:30 pm ET Heads Up: Paris Aviators vs. Rome Emperors 5:00 pm ET Heads Up: Moscow Wolverines vs. Berlin Bears Thursday, April 14 1:00 pm ET Heads Up: Sao Paulo Metropolitans vs. Montreal Nationals 3:30 pm ET Heads Up: San Francisco Rush vs. New York Rounders 6:00 pm ET Heads Up: Las Vegas Moneymakers vs. L.A. Sunset All matches are streamed live on Twitch.tv/GPL.
[caption width="640"] Koray Aldemir earned his first career main event win by topping an elite 39 player field. (WSOP photo)[/caption] The Triton Super High Roller Series wrapped up another exciting festival filled with high rollers populated by the best players in the world. Capping off the series was the HKD$ 1,000,000 Main Event. Poker’s best and brightest were in the 39-player field with Phil Ivey among them. No stranger to high rollers himself, 2016 One Drop final tablist Koray Aldemir walked out of the six-handed final table victorious after defeating the star-studded field. Among the final tablists were Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates, Bryn Kenney, and defending Triton Main Event Champion, Wai Kin Yong, who was also the first player eliminated. Yong was crippled by Kenney in one of the first hands at the final table and was sent to the rail one hand later. Kenney opened for 110,000 and Yong shoved all in from the small blind. Kenney called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"] and was a huge favorite to double through Wong's [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"][poker card="8h"] flop gave Yong hope with a flush draw but the ensuing turn [poker card="3c"] and river [poker card="8c"] ensured there would be a new main event champion. Yong was crippled after the hand and Sergio Aido finished him off. Only a few more hands would go by before Devan Tang was eliminated by Aldemir. Tang moved all in for eight big blinds from the cutoff with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] and Aldemir called from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9d"] flop provided plenty of action as Tang flopped two pair and Aldemir picked up a flush draw and a straight draw. The [10d] turn filled Aldemir’s straight and Tang failed to fill up on the [poker card="3c"] river. Down to his last 15 big blinds at the start of the new level, Kenney moved all in from the small blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="6s"] and was dominated by Cates [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] in the big blind. With only three immediate outs, Kenney missed on the [poker card="ks"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="jc"][poker card="4c"] board. With his finish, Kenney earned yet another high roller score in 2017 and he is now over $1,800,000 in earnings for the year. Shortly after the elimination of Kenney, the remaining trio agreed to a deal that gave Aido the most money but still left HKD$ 400,000 to play for along with the main event trophy. Cates was knocked out soon after the deal was made as the third place finisher. With the blinds at 30,000/60,000, Aido raised to 150,000 on the button and Cates jammed for about 1,400,000 out of the small blind. Aido called with [poker card="ks"][poker card="qs"] and had the [poker card="kh"][poker card="js"] of Cates one step out the door. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2s"] flop put a few chop outs in play but the turn and river both bricked to seal Cates’s fate. Aido brought a 3:2 chip lead into heads up play but was soon overtaken by Aldemir. Aldemir took a sizable portion of Aido’s stack a level into their match and took down the title not long after. Aldemir raised to 190,000 and Aido defended his big blind to see a [poker card="kd"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"] flop. Both players checked and Aido bet 275,000 on the [poker card="js"] turn. Aldemir called and the [poker card="ad"] hit the river. Aido bet 930,000 and Aldemir called with [poker card="qh"][poker card="tc"] for a rivered straight to beat the trip jacks of Aido [poker card="jd"][poker card="4d"]. The blinds moved up to 50,000/100,000 and Aido was down to less than 15 big blinds. Aido limped in with [poker card="ks"][poker card="tc"] and Aldemir pushed with [poker card="ah"][poker card="2h"] to put Aido at risk. Aido called and was live to extend his heads up match. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"][poker card="8d"] flop gave Aido plenty of help by putting a straight draw in place and he improved to a flush draw on the [poker card="3s"] turn. Despite his smorgasbord of outs, Aido missed on the [poker card="5d"] river and Aldemir sealed the win. The second place finish was the second final table for Aido in the Triton Super High Roller Series after finishing fourth in the Six Max event. Aldemir officially locked up his first career main event victory and should be a familiar face for future high roller events. Final Table Payouts Koray Aldemir - HKD$ 10,032,869* ($1,292,653) Sergio Aido - HKD$ 10,378,375* ($1,337,186) Daniel Cates - HKD$ 7,765,156* ($1,000,490) Bryn Kenney - HKD$ 3,893,000 ($506,090) Devan Tang - HKD$ 2,780,000 ($361,400) Wai Kin Yong - HKD$ 2,224,000 ($289,120) * - reflects three-handed deal
The 2019 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro is in the books, and several huge winners emerged from the high-stakes poker series held at the Maestral Resort & Casino along the Adriatic Sea. Chief among them was Bryn Kenney, who won more than $4.1 million total and jumped to No. 4 on poker's all-time money list, per Hendon Mob. Kenney only cashed twice in the series, but both times he won the tournament. In the first, Kenney topped a field of 79 entries to win the HK$500,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event for HK$11.23 million ($1.43 million). In the second, he topped a field of 75 entries in the HK$1 million Main Event to win HK$21.3 million ($2.71 million). With those two wins, Kenney improved to just shy of $34.8 million in career live tournaments earnings, of which he's won more than $9.1 million in 2019 alone. Kenney’s previous best year on the live tournament felt was in 2017 when he won more than $8.5 million. Other big winners to come out of the 2019 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro include Rui Cao ($3.61 million), Paul Phua ($3.59 million), Nikita Badziakouski ($2.91 million), and Daniel Dvoress ($2.71 million). Both Phua and Dvoress cashed five times in the series and a total of 12 players earned combined prizes of more than $1 million. Top 10 Triton Poker Series Montenegro Money List Bryn Kenney - $4,145,235 Rui Cao - $3,611,013 Paul Phua - $3,594,983 Nikita Badziakouski - $2,912,467 Daniel Dvoress - $2,717,155 Arnaud Romain - $2,130,372 Daniel Tang - $1,976,217 Sam Greenwood - $1,943,613 Peter Jetten - $1,865,303 Ben Lamb - $1,192,009 Just outside of the top 10 were Kenneth Kiang and Seng 'Ivan' Leow, who cashed for $1.08 million and $1.06 million from the series, respectively. Triton Poker Series Montenegro Results HK$250,000 Eight-Handed NL Turbo Entries: 45 Prize Pool: HK$10,575,000 Steve O'Dwyer - HK$3,708,784 ($472,788) Isaac Haxton - HK$2,901,216 ($369,841 ) Linus Loeliger - HK$1,720,000 ($219,262) Kok Beh - HK$1,240,000 ($158,073) Sam Greenwood - HK$1,005,000 ($128,115) [caption id="attachment_624174" align="alignnone" width="1354"] Bryn Kenney won two tournaments at the recent Triton Poker Series in Montenegro (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] HK$500,000 Six-Handed NL Entries: 79 Prize Pool: HK$37,130,000 Bryn Kenney - HK$11,230,000 ($1,431,376) Daniel Dvoress - HK$7,430,000 ($947,028) Seng 'Ivan' Leow - HK$5,070,000 ($646,222) Sergio Aido - HK$3,820,000 ($486,897) Jason Koon - HK$2,970,000 ($378,556) Christoph Vogelsang - HK$2,300,000 ($293,158) Richard Yong - HK$1,820,000 ($231,977) Daniel Tang - HK$1,410,000 ($179,719) Cheong Ieng - HK$1,080,000 ($137,657) HK$100,000 Short Deck NL Ante Only Entries: 70 Prize Pool: HK$6,580,000 Winfred Yu - HK$2,040,000 ($259,952) Isaac Haxton - HK$1,370,000 ($174,576) Peter Jetten - HK$920,000 ($117,233) Leon Tsoukernik - HK$700,000 ($89,199) Steffen Sontheimer - HK$540,000 ($68,811) Ihor Shkliaruk - HK$420,000 ($53,520) Tam Lon - HK$330,000 ($42,051) Jordi Urlings - HK$260,000 ($33,131) HK$1,000,000 NL Main Event Entries: 75 Prize Pool: HK$70,500,000 Bryn Kenney - HK$21,300,000 ($2,713,859) Daniel Tang - HK$14,100,000 ($1,796,498) Peter Jetten - HK$9,600,000 ($1,223,148) Nikita Badziakouski - HK$7,260,000 ($925,005) Sam Greenwood - HK$5,650,000 ($719,873) Paul Phua - HK$4,440,000 ($560,609) Erik Seidel - HK$3,460,000 ($440,842) Matthias Eibinger - HK$2,680,000 ($341,462) Jason Koon - HK$2,050,000 ($261,193) HK$250,000 NL Turbo Entries: 37 Prize Pool: HK$8,972,500 Henrik Hecklen - HK$3,410,000 ($434,500) Alex Foxen - HK$2,200,000 ($280,323) Timothy Adams - HK$1,460,000 ($186,032) Daniel Dvoress - HK$1,052,500 ($134,109) Michael Watson - HK$850,000 ($108,306) HK$1,000,000 Short Deck NL Main Event Entries: 98 Prize Pool: HK$92,120,000 Rui Cao - HK$26,300,000 ($3,351,130) Paul Phua - HK$17,100,000 ($2,178,871) Arnaud Romain - HK$11,800,000 ($1,503,549) Daniel Dvoress - HK$9,070,000 ($1,155,694) Kenneth Kiang - HK$7,200,000 ($917,420) Ming Liu - HK$5,620,000 ($716,097) Choon Siow - HK$4,400,000 ($560,645) Isaac Haxton - HK$3,400,000 ($433,226) Timofey Kuznetsov - HK$2,630,000 ($335,113) Nikita Badziakouski - HK$2,300,000 ($293,065) Guang Lu - HK$2,300,000 ($293,065) HK$200,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Entries: 37 Prize Pool: HK$6,956,000 Hing Chow - HK$2,640,000 ($336,383) Ben Lamb - HK$1,706,000 ($217,375) Viacheslav Osipov - HK$1,130,000 ($143,982) Henrik Hecklen - HK$820,000 ($104,483) Wai Chan - HK$660,000 ($84,096) HK$200,000 Short Deck NL Ante Only Turbo Entries: 64 Prize Pool: HK$12,032,000 Quek Sheng - HK$3,700,000 ($471,416) Peter Jetten - HK$2,500,000 ($318,524) Paul Phua - HK$1,700,000 ($216,596) Kenneth Kiang - HK$1,292,000 ($164,613) Wai Chan - HK$980,000 ($124,861) John Gabe Patgorski - HK$770,000 $98,105) Daniel Dvoress - HK$610,000 ($77,720) Rui Cao - HK$480,000 ($61,157) [caption id="attachment_624175" align="alignnone" width="1354"] John Juanda was among the winners at the recent Triton Poker Series in Montenegro (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] HK$250,000 Short Deck NL Ante Only Entries: 65 Prize Pool: HK$15,275,000 John Juanda - HK$4,720,000 ($601,358) Daniel Dvoress - HK$3,160,000 ($402,604) Wai Yong - HK$2,150,000 ($273,924) Peter Jetten - HK$1,620,000 ($206,398) Sergey Lebedev - HK$1,250,000 ($159,258) Daniel Cates - HK$980,000 ($124,858) Christopher Soyza - HK$780,000 ($99,377) Paul Phua - HK$615,000 ($78,355) HK$750,000 Short Deck NL Ante Only Entries: 52 Prize Pool: HK$38,122,500 Nikita Badziakouski - HK$13,300,000 ($1,694,397) Sam Greenwood - HK$8,600,000 ($1,095,625) Qiang Wang - HK$5,700,000 ($726,170) Paul Phua - HK$4,400,000 ($560,552) Andrew Robl - HK$3,422,500 ($436,021) Xuan Tan - HK$2,700,000 ($343,975) [caption id="attachment_624173" align="alignnone" width="1354"] Ben Lamb was another big name to score a victory at the recent Triton Poker Series in Montenegro (photo: Triton Poker)[/caption] HK$500,000 Short Deck NL Ante Only Entries: 42 Prize Pool: HK$20,080,000 Ben Lamb - HK$7,650,000 ($974,634) Arnaud Romain - HK$4,920,000 ($626,823) Seng 'Ivan' Leow - HK$3,250,000 ($414,060) Xuan Tan - HK$2,350,000 ($299,397) Timofey Kuznetsov - HK$1,910,000 ($243,340) HK$300,000 NL/Short Deck Mix Entries: 27 Prize Pool: HK$7,857,000 Daniel Cates - HK$3,930,000 ($500,682) Jason Koon - HK$2,367,000 ($301,556) Rui Cao - HK$1,560,000 ($198,744) Effect On Poker’s All-Time Money List The big results coming out of the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Montenegro caused plenty of shifting towards the top of poker’s all-time money list. As already mentioned, Kenney jumped to No. 4 overall. Jason Koon, who cashed three times in Montenegro for just under $1 million, slid up one spot ahead of Antonio Esfandiari to be No. 8. Isaac Haxton, who, like Koon, won just under $1 million from this series, is now No. 13 and Badziakouski jumped to No. 15. John Juanda, who won an event in Montenegro for just more than $600,000, actually dropped back to No. 14. Then, looking a bit further down the leaderboard, Phua can now be found at No. 62 on the list after winning $3.59 million in Montenegro. High roller and super high roller events are as plentiful as they have ever been on the poker circuit. Numerous stops have $25,000 or $50,000 buy-in events, and some even push the envelope even further with $100,000 price tags on the schedule. Then, there are several festivals a year that are solely dedicated to ultra high-stakes players, such as the Triton Poker Series festivals. If there was ever a 'steroid era' in poker, similar to what baseball went through for an extended period of time, most commonly referred to as the latter half of the 1990s and into the 2000s. It's not that poker players are using performance-enhancing drugs to boost their earnings, but rather that there’s such an injection of these super high buy-in small-field events that are causing grand shifts in money lists. It doesn’t appear that these events and festivals are going anywhere, so poker will need to go through a bit of a market correction and rankings adjustments to correctly account for the juiced results.