Online Prodigy "jungleman12" And His Meteoric Rise To Poker FameMay 14, 2010 6:56 am
Having started his poker career in 2008 playing $0.25/$0.50 heads up cash games, “jungleman12” had soon moved up the levels to the $10/$20 game and by the end of the same year had turned a neat $100,000 profit.
Moving into 2009, “jungleman12” continued his assault on the NL game, started playing $25/$50 and over the past year has managed to accumulate around $1.1 million in profits at Full Tilt Poker.
What makes jungleman12’s feat even more spectacular is that the online pro is currently only 20 years old and would seem to be balancing his high stakes poker career whilst majoring in economics at the University of Maryland.
Although he has yet to reveal his true identity, informed speculation would seem to suggest he is probably Daniel Cates or Adam Junglen. Either way, his intelligent ultra-aggressive style has allowed him to carve out a lucrative career for himself in the game and as well as writing a blog at Cardrunners, he even offers tuition lessons at a rate of $1,000/h, or $2,000/h for the $25/50 level and above.
Describing in his blog how he made the transition into becoming a winning player, “jungleman12” writes:
“When I was a losing player desiring to succeed, negative stimuli forced me to embrace good traits. The extent of my loses had upset me deeply, and made me want to play lower so that I could afford to lose comfortably: proper bankroll management.”
“I had become so accustomed to losing that I embraced close to the ideal methodology of improving: I ignored the short term pain I had felt after each loss, and instead focused on why I was losing and how I could prevent it in the future: I focused on LONG-term results.”
“This blog functions as a reminder to everyone, including myself, to rely particularly on the science of reality to get what they want out of poker and life.”
Now within a short two year poker career, that same logical and scientific approach has seen “jungleman12” playing and more than holding his own against some of the world’s top players, such as Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan and Isildur1. As his poker adventure continues there are few fans doubting that this young poker prodigies best is yet to come.