Dan 'Jungleman' Cates Loses $5 Million At Manila 'Big Game'

Dan 'Jungleman' Cates Loses $5 Million At Manila 'Big Game'Previously a feature of Macau’s StarWorld Casino, the ‘Big Game‘ has now moved to the Philippines capital city, Manila, where some of the world’s top poker pros and Asia’s wealthiest business men are currently competing at stakes as high as $2,500/$5,000, with a mandatory $10,000 straddle added to up the action further. Already partaking in the ‘Big Game’ is Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan, and not to miss out on the potential rewards offered by such a lucrative game, Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates, too, headed east to join them. As he tweeted on August 3rd:
“Going to one of my favorite casinos @solaireresort in manila.”
Ten days later, however, and the 25 year-old pro may have changed his opinion of the venue slightly, after taking a massive beating and apparently losing a whopping $5 million. As Cates tweeted on the 13th August:
“Sooo manila didn’t go well, only lost about 38m hkd(5m usd).”
Ironically, four days before heading off to Manila Cates had hinted as to his less than stellar results in 2015, and wrote the comment; “pretty dark year for everyone I know in poker… who is winning out there lol besides rast and robl?”
Besides amassing almost $11 million from online cash games throughout his career, Cates has won just $59,080 on Full Tilt in 2015, whilst dropping -$501,435 at PokerStars. Now, however, this year’s losses pale into insignificance compared to his recent trip to Manila. And so begins the task of dropping down stakes and building up his bankroll to take another stab at the Manila ‘Big Game’ sometime in the future. As Cates ended his most recent tweet from the Philippines by saying:
“Gonna play some 5/10 online and take another shot.”


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