Dan 'Jungleman' Cates Hustling Hard to Get into $2k/$4k Aria Game

Published on 9 July 2013 by Pokerlistings 1096

Dan "Jungleman" Cates is one of the most successful online poker players in the world, which is probably why the players in the $2,000/$4,000 No-Limit Hold'em game at Aria won't let him play. Cates has been traveling the world since we last saw him at the PokerListings Battle of Malta and we check in with him at the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas.

Since last time I was in Malta, I've been all over the place basically. Oh yeah, I remember the Battle of Malta. It was fun. Malta actually kind of reminds me of Vegas in some ways. It's got this whole area with strip clubs and clubs and just party every night. Except it's an island...it's like the island full of crazy people. Such a fun time last time that I think I'll be going back to Malta this year.

I came back to Vegas a couple times and also to Europe, Barcelona, Romania, places like that. When I'm doing this travelling through Europe, I mostly just play online. And then, in the summer there's a lot of games going on in these places. There is some really good online action going on. I decided to fly to Canada especially to play it and this time I got in. I've been trying to get into the two K, four K game or get a piece in it somehow. I've been hustling and stuff to get in there, but it's not easy. They don't want any regulars and they take all these steps to make sure nobody gets in. Like yesterday, for example, Tom was taking a seat, but he was sleeping the entire time. So they just put his name on the seat and that prevented anyone from sitting there.

Greg Merson, yeah he was also angry about this kind of behavior at Aeria. I actually talked to him and he said it was more about that two four game, than the two K four K. In the game, they wanted it to be a soft game. They wanted it to be mostly fish or people that just aren't that good. It's very difficult to get into it unless you owe people, everyone at that game a favor. I actually did play in it once and I won a little bit, relatively speaking, and it was pretty juicy. I remember there was a hand where I raised three flop, this guy threw with me. I had four, red, ace, king. He goes all in and he has queen,jack. Like, what players do that? And it's just things like that you just won't even see at an online five-ten game. It will just never happen. We ran it three times and I won it two of the times. So I won like a third of stack. It's like one of the softest games that runs, so I'm trying to get in. I really am trying and doing everything I can.