Joined: Apr '11
Age: 53 (M)
Daniel Junglemandan Cates proved w hy he's one of the best online players in the world yesterday with a decisive win over one of the year's biggest winners Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky.
The pair met in PokerStars' All-Star Showdown finale and, after a tight start, Cates eventually asserted his dominance; albeit with a helping hand from lady luck at one point.
With so little to choose between them on paper the match was always going to be tight and that proved the case after the first two hours.
By hour three, however, Cates caught a break and after rivering a flush in a pot worth $93,600.
He then went on to to scoop another pot worth $200,000 with 9h5d. After bets and raises on every street, the pair finally got their stacks in on a 2c5s9c5c7c board. In the split-second before the cards were revealed Sulsky must have been confident with his pocket deuces, however, after Cates' hand was flipped over and the $200,000 pot was shipped in the opposite direction he realised how unlucky he’d been.
The momentum was now firmly behind Cates and, despite Sulsky maintaining his composure and mounting a series of fight backs, he eventually closed out the match after 3,179 hands.
The win netted him $550,000 as well as the title: All-Star Showdown Champion.