Biography of Daniel Cates
Daniel Cates, also known on Full Tilt Poker, as Jungleman12, or on PokerStars as w00ki3z, is an excellent poker player. Both in high-stakes cash games and in live tournaments, Cates has what it takes to beat his competitors. In total, he has won over 11 million dollars from various competitions and we believe this is only the start to his successful career.
Cates most recently received his first major title from winning the 2014 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) on PokerStars.com, proving yet again how advanced his poker skills are, both online and in person.
Early Start to His Career
Cates was born November 14th, 1989 in Bowie, Maryland. At a young age, he was addicted to playing video games, but that didn't stop him from excelling in high school and scoring in the 99 percentile on the SAT, with a perfect score on the math sections. When Cates was first introduced to online poker at age 17, he immediately fell in love with the game, applying a mathematical approach to it.
After he graduated from high school, he attended the local University of Maryland to pursue a degree in Computer Science. Cates started playing No Limit Texas Hold'em for a $0.25/$0.50 buy in online and at the local casinos near the school he went to. He eventually starting applying a new strategy called, "reverse game selection."
By using this strategy, he would challenge all of the regulars at the local casinos he visited to a few rounds of No Limit Hold'em. He would study their techniques and look for their weaknesses so that he could come up with individual ways to beat them. It took him awhile to master this strategy, so was forced to work at McDonalds to fuel his bankroll.
In 2009, Cates lost the majority of his bankroll to Viktor Blom in a single session of No Limit Hold'em at Full Tilt Poker. It took him almost a year to fully rebuild his bankroll and recover from the substantial loss.
Cates accepted the Durrrr's Million Dollar Challenge in August 2010, which meant he had to play a series of No Limit Hold'em games against Tom Dwan at $200/$400 buy-ins for 50,000 hands. If Cates had even a $1 more Dwan by the end, Dwan would give him $1.5 million. Cates not only beat him, but he was able to win more than $5 million from him by the time the competition was over.
In April, 2012 Cates entered the No Limit Hold'em event at the PartyPoker.com Premier League Poker V in Vienna. He finished runner up to Scott Seiver, bringing home over $300,000 with him. Nearly a year later, Cates won the No Limit Texas Hold'em event at the World Poker Tour's Venice Poker Festival, cashing in at $45,000. He then went on to win WPT's Alpha8 No Limit Hold'em Super High Roller event for the grand prize of $500,000, beating both Kinesh Pather and Jason Mercier.
When in an interview with Bluff Magazine, Cates was asked how he managed to become so successful so fast and in response he said, "I watched videos, read some books, but mostly watched videos," he added, "I played a variety of opponents and took notes on all the different details. I played probably three or four hours a day on average."
Cates loves to help inspiring young players that have similar questions and concerns that he had when he was first starting out, and he once went as far as giving up his seat at the main event at the WSOP so that another young player could step in and get the experience instead. He's willing to tutor anyone when it comes to poker skills, even football legend, Emmett Smith.
Cates currently resides in London, England, having moved over there after the Black Friday incident so that he could continue to play online poker. He has always enjoyed travelling and trying out new restaurants, so he was actually very excited about the move.
In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends, and playing video games, which is typical of almost any twenty-six year old bachelor. Cates also has a great relationship with his parents and is always spending his money on them, buying them plane tickets so that they can come to London to visit him.
Author: Nicole Miller
Updated: October 2016