The infamous Instagram star Dan Bilzerian accused Daniel "Jungleman" Cates of ‘ghosting' along with Sina Taleb in a high-stakes poker game hosted by Bill Perkins.
It all started this sunny morning of Sunday, May 24, when Bill Perkins shook Twitter with a highly interesting story, that a major cheating scandal has occurred, one he believes would make the Mike Postle scandal look trivial in comparison, as this scandal involved famous ‘heroes' of the poker world. However, he did not say exactly who it was.
The next day, Monday, May 25, Perkins revealed what the scandal was all about, but did not divulge the participants. Jason Koon was the only name mentioned, whom Perkins said was approached to join the alleged cheaters but refused and ultimately became the whistle blower for this situation.
Perkins is talking about the increasing unregulated market of individuals privately playing online using free-to-play apps, then settling the money matters off site. Of course, these games are rife with security problems. Perkins is claiming that someone, who is actually a professional poker player, is posing as a recreational player, but he isn't naming him/her because they are still investigating what appears to be a network of cheating. The accusation is that the poker pro was using someone else's account, thereby keeping their own identity secret.
The poker community became very curious about this, since it is a common practice in online poker and though it is bad, many say it isn't comparable and nowhere near the level of the Mike Postle scandal.
Perkins also left a vague clue as to who exactly the reputable player(s) are in this scandal. He did not spill any names, but instead he described them as a ‘top 7 player', which many speculate he is referring to the All Time Money List.
Dan Bilzerian Drops a Name
Dan Bilzerian posted in his Instagram and Twitter accounts that he had been one of the players in the alleged private, high-stakes game on a mobile poker app. Last night, Bilzerian finally added a name to the cheating scandal, accusing Jungleman as the cheater who played against him and Perkins under a different player's name on the Fun Ocean poker app.
The tweet, which Bilzerian has already deleted, accused Sina Taleb of letting Cates use his account to scam other players out of money on the app. The post had a photo of Taleb, who doesn't appear to be a well-known poker player.
Cates replied to the tweet quickly, defending himself from the accusations.
Cates wrote, "I can't discuss this right now for legal reasons but this is misleading, I haven't played a hand of poker with Dan Bilzerian ever. More to come when appropriate but there was rampant ghosted on the site that people have admitted to."
Bilzerian's accusation fits nicely with all the details that Perkins has disclosed so far about the cheating scandal. Perkins' tweet on Sunday said that the cheating involved pro poker players playing under the accounts of "fish", and he is still investigating the scam.
This is not the first time Jungleman has been mixed up in a scandal. In 2011, he was linked to the cheating scandal involving José "Girah" Macedo and Haseeb "Dogishead" Qureshi.