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Gossip Column: Daniel Cates Challenges Phil Hellmuth & Bryn Kenney; Patrick Leonard Asked to Arbitrate a Unique Staking Scenario & More

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  • Attreyee Khasnabis April 13, 2021
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Issuing poker challenges seems to have become the latest trend in the global poker community. About a week after Bryn Kenney questioned Phil Hellmuth’s claim of being ‘GOAT’ since the former is currently ranked #1 on the All-Time Money List, Daniel Cates has jumped onto the bandwagon. ‘Jungleman’ issued a challenge to both Hellmuth and Kenney, asking them to participate in a charity poker match and donate their losses to his charity.

Meanwhile, partypoker Ambassador Patrick Leonard found himself adjudicating over a unique poker scenario where a player who had been eliminated from a $10K buy-in tourney received the amount back as a ‘gift’ from the player who knocked him out. Now, the question arises, should the player return this as profits to his staker, or does he get to keep the entire amount for himself? Read below to find out what Leonard arbitrated.

While it is still unsure whether Hellmuth will take up Cates on his offer to play the charity match, he will most certainly be facing off against friend-turned-rival Daniel Negreanu in Round 2 of their High Stakes Duel II. The second round will take place on May 5 at the PokerGo Studio in Las Vegas.


Daniel Cates Challenges Phil Hellmuth & Bryn Kenney to a Charity Poker Match

Twitter has been blowing up with poker pros constantly challenging each other. Just days after Bryn Kenney challenged Phil Hellmuth’s ‘GOAT’ claim, Daniel Cates has joined the party. ‘Jungleman’ took to Twitter to call out both Kenny and Hellmuth, telling them to play poker with him and donate their losses to his foundation.

Daniel Cates
Daniel Cates

Having received no response from Hellmuth or Kenney, Cates called them out again.

While Hellmuth loved the idea and seemed to be onboard, Kenney hit back, saying that Cates’s post about donating to his charities that haven’t been set up yet was an ‘ego post.’

Ranked #1 in the All-Time Money List on Hendon Mob, Kenney indeed is a force to be reckoned with, but Cates isn’t an amateur either. With $9.03 Million in live tournament earnings to his name, which includes two Triton Super High Roller titles, Cates is a worthy opponent even for the likes of Phil Hellmuth and Brynn Kenney. In fact, Cates’ domination over Tom Dwan in the Durrrr Challenge is talk of legends and went a long way in establishing the former as one of the leading poker pros in the business.

Cates responded by accepting that Kenney was better than him at tournament poker, but not much else.

Kenney bounced back, stating that he isn’t interested in playing anyone under a $250,000 buy-in.

Whether the match will eventually materialize between the trio is yet to be seen. Honestly, we can’t wait for it to happen!


Patrick Leonard Asked to Adjudicate Unique Poker Staking Scenario

Unorthodox situations have a tendency to pop up in poker. One such incident recently took place involving a poker staking scenario that partypoker Ambassador Patrick Leonard was asked to arbitrate over.

Patrick Leonard
Patrick Leonard


The matter at hand involved a player who was staked for a $10,000 buy-in tournament and busted out empty-handed. The opponent who eliminated the player caught up with him in the next break and gave him the $10,000 entry buy-in amount for knocking him out.

Now the dilemma arises on whether or not the player should return the money to his backer. On the one hand, it can be argued that the amount that was returned to him was a ‘gift’, and therefore, the staker has no claim over it. On the other hand, from an ethical perspective, one may argue that had he not been staked, he wouldn’t even have played the tournament, nor would he have received the money back. So, giving the staker his investment back would be the moral thing to do.

It was a tough decision to make, but when push came to shove, Leonard decided that the player should get to keep the entire amount. Even though he believed that splitting the money with the backer would be a goodwill gesture, but since he wasn’t allowed to come up with a middle ground, he chose to stick to the technically correct path.

The Poker Twitterati had a lot to say on the matter.


Phil Hellmuth vs. Daniel Negreanu: Round 2 Set for May 5

Round 2 of the much-awaited High Stakes Duel II between Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu will take place on May 5, starting at 8 PM at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas. It will be streamed exclusively on PokerGo.

Daniel Negreanu vs Phil Hellmuth
Daniel Negreanu vs Phil Hellmuth


Round 1 of this epic match-up had taken place on March 31. The 15-time WSOP bracelet winner, Phil Hellmuth, made an incredible comeback from a 19:1 chip deficit to win the first round for $100,000.

The rules for Round 2 will remain the same as the first. However, this time around, the GGPoker Ambassador will have to fork up the $100,000 entry buy-in. The heads-up sit-and-go will kick off at 100/200 stakes and 30-minute levels.

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