doug polk dan cates Doug Polk invited Dan “jungleman” Cates out to his card room in Round Rock, Texas — The Lodge — for a friendly but highly competitive game of high-stakes heads-up poker, which took place on livestream Friday afternoon with the casino owner coming out victorious and dominating most of the match.
Both players dressed up in costume for the six-hour $200/$400 no-limit hold’em battle — Polk as a police sheriff, although he more resembled a park ranger, and Cates as a not-so intimidating cowboy.
The poker superstars were good sports and at least attempted to remain in character for much of the session, especially “Jungleman” who really seemed into the gig. Global Poker PokerStars Play Polk the Better Player on this Day
Although the poker pros, who are friends goofed around and made sure to entertain the audience watching on The Lodge Live YouTube channel, they were playing for real money and weren’t messing around when it came to their poker strategy.
Polk and Cates have an extensive history battling against each other, although they haven’t faced off much in recent years, but they did compete in some heads-up cash games years ago online, with “Jungleman” getting the best of Polk. The tides turned a bit on Friday afternoon in Texas however.
Each player initially bought in for $50,000 — 125 big blinds — but they each topped up quite often, especially Cates, who found himself in a hole early on.
When all was said and done, Polk booked a $53,000 win , the equivalent of about one buy-in. Everybody Loves a Chop Pot
Polk was up quite a bit more than the end result at one point, and he could have finished with an even larger margin of victory if a few all ins had gone more his way. In three instances, the players ended up chopping monster preflop all-in bets.
Early on, Cates won a fairly sizable pot against the co-owner of the host venue . With on the button, he raised it to $1,000 and the big blind defended with .The flop came out and both players checked to […]
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