Jungleman Wins 2nd Straight Poker Players Championship, This Time As The “MachoMan”

By Craig Klinski
July 1, 2022
Dan "Jungleman" Cates WSOP

Four new WSOP bracelet winners were crowned on Thursday, including another big win from Dan “Jungleman” Cates in the Poker Players Championship, of course dressed as “The MachoMan.”

Dan Cates’ second victory in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship in as many years came on Thursday night when Cates kept his chip lead that he held on throughout Day 5 and backed up his declaration that he had “basically already won” ahead of the final table.

In his path towards victory, Cates outlasted big names including 2021 WSOP Main Event winner Koray Aldemir as well as Benny Glaser, who was hoping to score his 5th bracelet.

In addition to winning his second bracelet, Cates also takes home a $1,449,103 first place prize, almost $500k more that he won during his 2021 PPC victory. With the win, Cates has now earned $11,853,966 in live tournament earnings, which is good enough for 105th all time.

$50,000 Poker Players Championship Final table results

  • 1st – Dan Cates – $1,149,103
  • 2nd – Yuri Dzivielevski – $895,614
  • 3rd – Naoya Kihara – $639,257
  • 4th – Benny Glaser – $464,420
  • 5th – Johannes Becker – $343,531
  • 6th – Koray Aldemir – $258,812

Other bracelet winners

Tamas Lendvai wins $600 Deep Stack Championship

Tamas Lendvai is the victor in the $600 Deep Stack Championship, coming out on top of a field of 4,913 entries over four days of play. For his efforts, Lendvai wins his first WSOP bracelet as well as a $299,464 first-place prize. Other big winners from the final table include runner-up Frank Reichel ($185,027), Jon Van Fleet ($138,149) and Alex Jim ($103,994).

Shota Nakanishi takes down $10,000 Short Deck

After three days and 110 entries, Shota Nakanishi is the winner of the $10,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em event against a record-setting 110 entries and a stacked final table that included Ben Lamb ($171,331), Brian Rast ($121,718), Sean Winter ($121,718) and Stephen Chidwick ($65,143. With the win, Nakanishi earns his first WSOP bracelet as well as a $277,212 first place prize.

Dash Dudley wins 3rd WSOP gold bracelet

The World Series of Poker has its latest three-time WSOP bracelet winner after Dash Dudley won the $1,500 Super Turbo Bounty on Thursday evening to win $301,396. Dudley was anything but a favorite to start Day 2 when he had just 3 big blinds. But he clawed back over the next 5 hours to win the event.

Dudley, whose previous bracelets came during the 2019 $10k Pot Limit Omaha 8-handed and the 2019 WSOP Europe €500 PLO a few months later, said the following after securing the win.

“Feeling amazing. This is the story you dream of. Three blinds left to start the day with 20 players left and somehow catch enough heat to get here and then close it out for number three. That was the goal this summer so it feels amazing.”

What’s on the schedule for Friday?

Final five return in the $1,000 Super Senior’s No Limit Hold’em

Massoud Eskandari is in the driver’s seat of the $1,000 Super Senior’s event, which is down to just five players from the original 2,668 entries. When action picks up for Day 4 at 11 AM PT, he will be joined by Jennifer Gianera, James Jewell, Peter Mylenki and Sharri Crawford. The remaining players are guaranteed at least $85,940 with first place set to receive $330,609.

42 remain in the Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship

Day 3 of the $1,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship kicks off today with Cherish Andrews leading the way among a field of 42 players. When action resumes at noon, she will be joined by a field that includes Natalie Hof, Melanie Weisner and Tiffany Michelle. The remaining players will be playing for guaranteed $7,557 in prizes include a first place prize of $166,975 and the bracelet.

Chino Rheem leads $10k PLO 8 or Better Championship

Chino Rheem is one of the best poker players to never win a bracelet. However, he finds himself in the driver’s seat in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better Championship with just 20 players left. Rheem will be joined by second-in-chips Filippos Stavrakis, as well as a handful of notables including Felipe Ramos, Allen Kessler, Eli Elezra, Josh Arieh. They will return at 2 PM PT as they play towards a first place prize of $611,362.

$600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack (8-handed) enters Day 2

A total of 2,858 players entered the $600 Pot Limit Omaha Deepstack event on Thursday with 102 suviving the day. It’s Guillaume Soumier who holds the lead with notables such as Koray Aldemir and Michael Mizrachi hoping to make a splash on Day 2 when action picks up at 2 PM PT.

Onur Unsal leads $3k No Limit Hold’em

Just 226 players of an original 1,359 entries made the cut in the $3,000 No Limit Hold’em Freezeout on Thursday with Turkey’s Onur Unsa leadinh the way. Action will pick up at 2 PM PT as players strive towards the $598,173 first place prize.

New events

Despite over a half dozen events still ongoing, there are two new events on the schedule for Friday. First up is the $1,000 Mini Main Event No Limit Hold’em, which begins at 11 AM PT. This will be followed up by the $10,000 Super Turbo Bounty No Limit Hold’em getting underway at 3 PM PT.

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