Daniel “Jungleman” Cates has done the incredible, winning back-to-back $50,000 Poker Players Championship events at the World Series of Poker. After winning the tournament many of the game’s best players consider to be the toughest in the world in 2021, Cates did it again, winning it all in 2022. This time around, Cates scored a $1,449,103 first-place prize.
Cates now has two WSOP gold bracelets. His first came when he won this very event just one year ago. Cates also joins the illustrious group of Michael Mizrachi and Brian Rast as players to have won the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship multiple times. Mizrachi won it three times and Rast twice.
On the final day of play, just five players remained from the field of 112 entries. Johannes Becker went out first, falling in fifth place for $343,531. Then it was Benny Glaser hitting the rail in fourth for $464,420. After that, Nayoya Kihara busted in third for $639,257. Glaser knocked out Becker, Kihara busted Glaser, and Cates eliminated Kihara.
|1st||Daniel Cates||United States||$1,449,103|
|4th||Benny Glaser||United Kingdom||$464,420|
The 112 entries in the event pushed the prize pool to $5,362,000. It was the largest turnout for the $50,000 Poker Players Championship since 2013. The top 17 spots made the money, with deep runs had by Koray Aldemir (6th - $258,812), Taylor Paur (7th - $198,661), Daniel Weinman (9th - $155,421), and Dan Smith (17th - $83,738).
Aldemir, the reigning WSOP Main Event champion, was knocked out in a crazy hand to end Day 4. On the same hand, Paur was eliminated. Aldemir started the hand with more chips, so he received the higher payout. Cates was the one who did the job of knocking both Aldemir and Paur out.
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