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Amazing Play by Dan “Jungleman” Cates at the $200K Coin Rivet Invitational

Amazing Play by Dan “Jungleman” Cates at the $200K Coin Rivet Invitational

Dan "Jungleman" Cates needs no introduction to those following poker as he has been at it for years. He got his claim to fame more than a decade ago in the online poker arena by beasting the biggest nosebleed cash games available for years.

Cates is more than a one-trick pony as he has amassed nearly $12 million in live tournament earnings as tracked by The Hendon Mob. His last recording live poker cash was a memorable one as for the second straight year it awarded Cates a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet after he defeated a field of 112 entries in the WSOP Event #56 $50,000 Poker Players Championship - 6-Handed to win the $1,449,103 top prize.

Cates has recently shown why he is among the best with a great read in a hand against Karl Chappe-Gatien in the live-streamed Coin Rivet Invitational, featuring the biggest buy-in of $200,000 at the Triton Super High Roller Series (SHRS) Cyprus taking place at the Merit Royal Diamond Hotel & Casino.

Cates with a Great Read

There were just 19 players remaining with blinds at 25,000/50,000 along with a big blind ante of 50,000 when Cates, dressed as ancient Roman, strutted his stuff.

The hand began simply enough with Cates opening for 100,000 with A K and Chappe-Gatien called with 2 2 from the small blind. Both players checked the 8 6 7 flop before the J turn put four hearts on the board.

Not only did neither player own a heart but also didn't connect in any way to the board. One thinking in ABC poker terms would normally think the first player to bet would take down the pot but that isn't what happened here as you will soon witness.

Cates bet 175,000 after Chappe-Gatien checked. Instead of letting his hand go, Chappe-Gatien opted to portray a strong hand and min-raised to 375,000.

"It's a pretty sick play," Triton Poker commentator Randy Lew said. "He knows he just needs to risk the minimum on a four-flush."

Cates perhaps smelled something that wasn't right and opted to call.

Cates did connect his king with the K river, however, the board was reading a flush. If the action went check/check the pot would have been chopped up.

Chappe-Gatien opted to check and Cates won the leveling war after he jammed for 875,000 and got a fold for what was more than two-thirds of his opponent's stack.

"What did we just see?!" Triton Series commentator Ali Nejad said in shock. "That was unreal!"

The $200,000 Coin Rivet Invitational is set to crown its winner today. Stay tuned at PokerListings to find out who will win the massive $5.5 million top prize.

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