October 6, 2022
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Watch ‘Jungleman’ Dan Cates Make Historical past on the Poker Gamers Championship

“Jungleman” Dan Cates, certainly one of professional poker’s most colourful and entertaining personalities, turned the primary back-to-back match winner on the $50,000 Poker Gamers Championship when he claimed victory and greater than $1.4 million this summer time in Las Vegas.

Cates, who additionally hosts the Winning the Game of Life podcast and heads up the Dan Cates Foundation, brings aptitude to the poker desk by dressing up in costume. He won the 2021 event in Dragon Ball Z-inspired garb, after which efficiently defended his title in 2022 dressed as Randy “Macho Man” Savage.

You possibly can see Cates in motion tonight on CBS Sports Network because the 2022 $50,000 Poker Gamers Championship (PPC) airs in two hourlong installments.

Cates was in Cyprus competing within the Triton Super High Roller Series (a $200,000 buy-in!), the place he donned the persona of a sea god from historic mythology and answered our questions in character.

How has Cyprus been treating King Neptune?
Dan Cates: I’m TRIDAN, son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, inheritor to the throne of the ocean! Don’t let my atypical apparel idiot you…my return to the Earthdweller’s realm has price me my traditional apparel, my trident and my magic conch. It was too late that I might wield my magic weapons’ would possibly, when my servants returned my weapons to me within the $200k buy-in money sport. Behold their energy! I had 4 8s in opposition to Aces full! And sure, watery domains (corresponding to steams) are my specialty.

Whenever you Tweeted that you simply’d “basically already won” the PPC earlier than the ultimate day, had been you supremely assured or simply having enjoyable together with your opponents?
The entire match didn’t give any thriller to who the INTERCONTINENTAL POKER PLAYERS CHAMPION was gonna be. I even introduced a towel to the ultimate desk so all of the doubters might wipe their tears. Simply because the cream ALWAYS rises to the TOP, I used to be going all the way in which, child! Oooo yeeahh!

What’s the longest steady poker session you’d ever performed (both on-line or at a desk), and would you ever contemplate attempting to beat the 124-hour record?
My longest session was 72 hours, however I had a one-hour nap. I would contemplate attempting to beat the document but it surely’s not perfect.

Have you ever already thought of your costume/character in your try at a PPC threepeat?
I’m pondering to go along with what character the stream of vitality brings out. Maybe the readers can have some concepts?

2022 World Sequence of Poker: $50,000 Poker Gamers Championship, Thursday, September 22, starting at 8/7c, CBS Sports activities Community