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Dan Cates, AKA “Jungleman” (cover image), announced his entry in the WSOP bracelet winners club in style as he took down Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship to collect the $954,020 up-top along with the honor of getting his name engraved on the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. Ryan Leng fell short of a fifth career bracelet in second place for $589,628.
The latest Run it Once coach, Dan Cates, dressed as a Streetfighter and dyed green hair, channeled his superpowers by declaring he would win the event even before the start of the final table. As Cates later explained, “I said I was gonna win, so I win. But it was pretty important because now I have more money to help the world and to continue a career outside of poker.”
This was his third-ever cash in a WSOP event. On winning his first bracelet, Cates said, “Oh yeah, this bracelet thing, It is actually pretty cool, and I am glad to have won one. I think I have one of each now, the Alpha 8, the WPT, and I have a Triton [victory]. I think that gives me the trifecta. I am not sure how that works. But is pretty cool, especially a tournament that’s named after Chip Reese, who has passed away.”
The mixed game event logged in an elite field of 63 players, collecting a juicy $3 Million prize pool, and paid out 10 places. The in-form Josh Arieh (6th for $161,422), Matt Glantz (7th for $128,256), Nick Schulman (8th for $106,120), GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu (9th for $91,595), and Mike Wattel (10th for $82,623) were others who posted deep runs.
Day 5 had five survivors returning for the live-streamed final table that went on for over 12 hours. Cates held the second shortest stack among the five finalists but quickly chipped up to grab the chip lead.
Chris Brewer (5th for $211,235) and the start of the day chip leader Eli Elezra (4th for $286,983) were the first two players to fall.
Cates eliminated Paul Volpe (3rd for $404,243) to enter the heads-up holding a commanding chip lead with 16 Million in chips against Ryan Leng`s 2.90 Million.
The duo battled for over an hour until Leng was down to just five BBs. The last hand of the tournament played out in Limit Hold’em. Cates opened and Leng made the call with . All the chips went in on the flop and Cates took down the event as the completed the board.
Final Table Results (USD)
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