Dan "Jungleman12" Cates Canadian Visa ProblemsJuly 29, 2011 10:48 am
After Black Friday which decimated online poker in the US, more and more internet pros have been heading to lands abroad in order to continue their careers.
Listed amongst those poker pros who chose Canada as their preferred choice of destination include Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond, Cole South and now Dan “Jungleman12” Cates.
The 21 year old Dan Cates is an online cash game specialist and had earned around $7 million at Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars before the US decided to go all-out on their anti-online poker crusade.
Tweeting “leaving for Vancouver tomorrow, time to crush online again :)” Dan “Jungleman12” Cates should probably have spoken to his fellow pros first before embarking on his journey as he soon ran into trouble while trying to cross the Canadian border.
According to the Canadian Immigration VISA requirements, people categorised as “self employed/entrepreneur” need a visa to stay in the country. This soon became apparent to Cates, who then wrote:
“In a ridiculous twist, I have been deported from Canada for being an illegal immigrant… Going to Seattle tomorrow to try to get temp visa.”
However, things didn’t work out quite that simple for the US pro as he later followed up his tweet with:
“Correction: wasn’t deported, just denied entry 🙂 Seeing if I can find a way around this…”
“Apparently I need a visa to play poker for a living in Canada? Wtf? Anyone know about the immigration laws here?”
Dan “Jungleman12” Cates is now believed to have returned back to Seattle where he faces an uncertain future as he attempts to obtain a visa for Canada. In the meantime, other big online US players will be watching with interest the plight of “Jungleman12” before deciding on whether to follow a similar course of action themselves.