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The Poker Grapevine – Jungleman Can’t Find Challengers

Posted by: Randy Williams - Wed, 2012-01-25 06:15

The Poker Grapevine – Jungleman Can’t Find Challengers

Daniel Cates, known to his online peers as “Jungleman”, has issued a €100k challenge a while ago but thus far no takers emerged. The challenge may have been based by and large on the infamous durrrr Challenge (which fizzled out in quite an anti-climax), but there were significant differences. The Jungleman Challenge would’ve taken place live, at the Prague Poker Festival on December 6, but it obviously failed to materialize. The Challenge still stands apparently, and Cates has listed some “unconventional” help in rustling up some opposition: Tony G has gotten onboard and he will attempt to convince someone to take on Cates.

In other news: PokerStars TCOOP (Turbo Championship of Online Poker) kicked off over last weekend. The action – as expected – was fast and furious as no fewer than 15 players earned tournament wins on the first two days alone. The UK’s Toby Lewis was among the winners. Lewis made his move in the $55 NL Holdem Knockout event, which he won for a $68,676 reward. He had to best a starting field of 12,270 players to get there.
While his win was an impressive one indeed, Lewis didn’t finish as the biggest winner of the weekend. That honor went to a player known as “alterbo ka”. The Brazilian won event #19, taking down a prize of $90.7k. The event – the $200+$15 NL Holdem Hyper Turbo - was done in less than 2 hours, so the winner’s earning rate was a truly impressive one indeed.

In still other news: Bet24 have begun seriously enhancing their in-house team of online poker pros. On Monday, they’ve announced that no fewer than 7 new professionals had joined the site. The new players who will represent the Bet24 brand online and in live poker events are: Arvin Golrang, David Wintersberger, Stefan Mattsson, Tapio Vihakas, Matias Knaapinen, Ida Lundholm and Sara Shalabi. By far the highest profile player among the 7 is Mattsson, who’s a renowned and feared cash game player.

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