Dan Cates Wins 2021 WSOP Poker Players Championship In Jungleman Style; Josh Arieh Wins $10k Pot Limit Omaha Championship

By Craig Klinski
July 1, 2022

Dan Cates WSOP 2021

The Jungleman wins his first-ever WSOP bracelet after a victory in the $50k PPC while  Josh Arieh wins his fourth WSOP bracelet and Georgios Sotiropoulos takes down the Mini Main Event for his third bracelet. The WSOP Main Event begins its third flight on Saturday.

These stories and more are in the latest episode of the WSOP Update.

Dan Cates snags bracelet in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for 1st bracelet

Very few poker personalities capture poker fans’ attention in the way Dan “Jungleman” Cates does. Sporting green hair, red-framed glasses and a cutoff shirt, Cates took down the $50,000 Poker Players Championship early Saturday morning, defeating Ryan Leng heads up and a very stacked and accomplished final table:

$50k Poker Players Championship Top 10

Position Player Chip Count/Prize
1 Dan "Jungleman" Cates $954,020
2 Ryan Leng $589,628
3 Paul Volpe $404,243
4 Eli Elezra $286,983
5 Chris Brewer $211,235
6 Josh Arieh $161,422
7 Matt Glantz $128,256
8 Nick Schulman $106,120
9 Daniel Negreanu $91,595
10 Mike Wattel $82,623

Believe it or not, as a player who focuses on high rollers and cash games, the victory marks Cates first-ever WSOP bracelet and only third-ever WSOP cash. With the win, Cates earns an impressive $954,020 first-place prize in addition to the bracelet.

After the victory, Cates expressed some of his confidence that has been a hallmark of his success over the years.

“I said I was gonna win, so I won. But it was pretty important because now I have more money to help the world and to continue a career outside of poker.”

Cates now looks ahead to the WSOP Main Event, which he will enter over the next few days. “I might play some poker. I can’t be in God mode for the Main. It’s not fair. That’s not fair.”

Josh Arieh wins second bracelet of 2021 after $10k PLO Hi/Lo event

Josh Arieh is the latest player to win a second bracelet at the 2021 WSOP after coming out on top of the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better Championship. Not only does Arieh win his second bracelet this year, but his 4th career bracelet and the first-place prize of $484,791. He has also earned another six-figure score at the $50k Poker Players Championship just before this event.

Arieh outlasted a strong field of 194 players over three days including Danny Chang heads-up ($299,627), followed by Anatolii Zyrin ($207,369), Dan Colpoys ($146,817) and Jeff Gross ($106,391).

He credits an improved personal life to his recent success. “I’m at a better place, my personal life is as good as it’s ever been. I’m willing to accept whatever happens and I just feel good.”

Georgios Sotiropoulos wins Mini Main Event

After three days and 3,821 entries, Greece’s Georgios Sotiropoulos won the $1,000 Mini Main Event No Limit Hold’em on Friday afternoon, taking home his third bracelet. The victory marks his second of the 2021 WSOP, having previously taken down gold in the Flip & Go Online at GG Poker in August. He earned his first bracelet in the €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo event at the 2015 WSOP Europe.

In his path towards victory, Sotiropoulos defeated Wataru Miyashita heads-up ($267,328), followed by Jordan Meltzer ($202,695), James Patterson ($154,720) and James Rubinski ($118,898)

In the wake of the victory, Sotiropoulos had some time to reflect on his accomplishment. “It feels amazing. So many players in the tournament, 3,000 or so. So many hours played. And in the end, the result was what I wanted.”

845 enter Day 1b of the WSOP Main Event

Another 845 players entered the WSOP Main Event on Friday during the second of six flights with Steve Foutty holding the chip lead among the field of 611 survivors.

Other stacks to survive the flight were Stephen Chidwick, Kevin Gerhart, Mike Matusow and Justin Bonomo. The Day 1c flight will be held on Saturday beginning at 11 AM PT.

Upcoming events

On Saturday, the large majority of the focus will be on the WSOP Main Event. Today we will see the start of the third of the sixth flight, which gets underway at 11 AM PT.

Watch the WSOP

PokerGO will get back to their WSOP Main Event streaming coverage when they jump into the action beginning at 11 PM ET on Saturday night. Poker fans can watch all of the coverage by getting a PokerGo subscription for $14.99 per month or $99 per year.

Sights and sounds from the WSOP

Since Daniel Negreanu hasn’t entered the WSOP Main Event yet, there is time to party. Daniel Negreanu reports in from the GG Poker WSOP party in his latest vlog.

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