What Do We Know About Daniel “Jungleman” Cates Vs Phil Galfond Match

By Craig Klinski
December 23, 2022
Jungleman vs Galfond

Jungleman vs Galfond

Phil Galfond was handed another victory in his ongoing Galfond Challenges last month when Brandon Adams threw in the towel after only 2900 hands but $290,000 in loses plus a $100,000 side bet.

With Galfond’s fourth Galond Challenge victory in the books, attention turns to Galfond’s next challenge, which is rumored to be none other than Dan “Jungleman” Cates.

The Jungleman vs Galfond match-up would arguably be the most anticipated match thus far. While Galfond’s previous opponents have been formidable, none have truly had the name recognition and expected prowess of Jungleman. Galfond’s previous victories in the Galfond Challenge have come against Venividi, ActionFreak, Chance Kornuth and Brandon Adams.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Cates was involved in a high-profile heads-up match. In fact, Jungleman was involved in one of the first “challenge” matches when he went head to head with Tom Dwan in the durrrr Challenge in 2010. Jungleman is up $1.2 million against Dwan while many wonder, including Cates, whether the match will ever finish.

So what do we know about the Jungleman vs Galfond match so far? Below we break down some frequently asked questions about the next installment of the Galfond Challenge.

What game will be played during the Galfond vs Jungleman match?

All Galfond Challenge matches have been at Pot Limit Omaha and the Jungleman match is no different. The pair will play €100/€200 PLO, which is the same currency and limits of the Venividi match.

How many hands will be played?

Galfond and Jungleman have agreed to play a 7,500 hand challenge, which would the smallest challenge so far, not counting the 1st Adams vs Galfond Challenge, which was 40 hours.

Is there a side bet for this match?

Each of the Galfond Challenge matches have included a side bet with proceeds going to the winner of the match. A sidebet between Jungleman and Galfond has yet to be publicized, although Galfond has given most of his opponents odds of around 2:1 to 4:1.

When will the match take place?

Although a match date has not yet been confirmed, the match is expected to take place soon.

Where will the match be held?

So far matches have been held on WSOP.com, partypoker and Run It Once Poker. Since Galfond is currently in the United Sates, WSOP.com seems like a likely venue while the pair play in Nevada.

Will I be able to watch the match?

If previous Galfond Challenge matches are any indication, players will be able to follow the action by a third party “watching” and commentating on the match through a platform such as Twitch or YouTube.

Who is favored to win the match?

Galfond vs Jungleman odds have not yet been established. However, once the match gets closer, we anticipate that PokerShares will once again will set lines.

Phil Galfond has so far been favored to each match, so it will be interesting to see if that changes with Cates.

What is Jungleman saying about the match?

After Galfond took down Adams, Jungleman had an interview with Adams in which he seems anxious to play to Galfond, playfully saying he will turn Galfond “into a shish kebab” and that he would “clip his wings.”

What is Phil Galfond saying about the match?

Mr. Nice Guy Phil Galfond simply had this to say about Jungleman: “I love Jungleman.”

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