Jungleman12 - I would challenge Isildur1

Daniel 'jungleman12' Cates, one of today's best high stakes cash game player recently visited the Hungarian capital Budapest, this is where he gave an exclusive interview to Rakerace.com. He mentioned the possibility of a Jungleman challenge happening in the near future. As he said:

"Unfortunately, I think that to offer one similar to the durrrr challenge, in terms of offering 3 to 1 in 50,000 hands would not be profitable for me. People are becoming more and more competitive and there’s only so much that you can really even push in No Limit. Doug and I talked a little bit about doing such a thing, but, fingers crossed, maybe it’ll happen. No disrespect for him, he is a very good player, of course, maybe even the best at this point. I’d personally wanna do it against Isildur. Just because, you know, it’s kind of a long-standing rivalry between us, to some extent, in addition, right now I think I have an edge versus him. I don’t think it’s gonna happen, though, because of other reasons."

The iPoker Online Poker Series VI Kicks Off This Weekend

The iPoker Online Poker Series (iPOPS) launches for the sixth time this weekend, with a total guaranteed prize pool of €1,000,000.


The iPoker network, home to skins like Everest Poker, Betfair, Winner Poker or Coral Poker announces the sixth instalment of their popular online multi-table championship, the iPoker Online Poker Series (iPOPS). After the system successfully debuted in iPOPS V, the championship will be held both at low and at high stakes.

PokerStars Runs Sunday Warm-Up with $260k Overlay

A technical issue at PokerStars caused the $215 Sunday Warm-Up tournament on 6 April to run with only 1,204 players. Consequently, the prize pool accumulated from the buy-ins was nowhere near the guaranteed $500,000.

Sunday Warm-Up

As a result of an unusual technical issue, the PokerStars $200+$15 Sunday Warm-Up of 6 April ran with a gargantuan overlay of about $260,000. By default, in the first three hours of the tournament, late registration is open and a lot of players indeed tend to skip the first couple of blind levels. This time, however, late registration was disabled and the field was closed when they shuffled up and dealt. A relatively small player pool of 1,204 participants could therefore play for the $500,000 in prize money.

Holdem Manager Supports HM1 until 30 April 2014

Effective 1 May 2014, no more updates will be released and no technical support available for Holdem Manager 1.

Holdem Manager 2

Holdem Manager has notified players in an e-mail that, as of 30 April 2014, they no longer support HM1. This effectively means that players will be able to log in, use the software including the HUD but need to expect that no more updates will be released and bugs and crashes will not be fixed. The company ceases to support the first version of the popular poker tool from this May.

IPN Gives Away Bad Beat Jackpot in Freerolls

IPN, shutting down in May, has recently withdrawn its Bad Beat Jackpot promotion. The €145,000 left in the prize pool is given away in freerolls for players who have played at least one raked hand in the past 365 days.


International Poker Network parent company GTECH announced last December that it would focus on the regulated markets in the future. As a result, IPN, or the former Boss Media, operating on the .com market as one of the five networks managed by GTECH online gaming branch SPIELO G2, is to shut down soon. The remaining four networks, Canadian Poker Network, Poker Club Italia, Spain Poker Network and Svenska Spel are active on the regulated markets.

EPT Vienna 2014 - Khoroshenin Wins Main Event, Soulier Takes Down High Roller

Following a three-way deal, Oleksii Khoroshenin won €578,392 for his victory in the EPT Vienna 2014 Main Event. High Roller tournament winner Fabrice Soulier earned €392,000.

Oleksii Khoroshenin

Last weekend saw the eight-handed finale of the European Poker Tour Main Event with Anthony Ghamrawi in the chiplead (stack: 5,150,000). Favourites of the final nine, however, were SCOOP champion and $1,000 NLHE Hyper-Turbo HU regular Frei ‘deamon10’ Dilling, WSOP 2013 $1,500 NLHE Shootout winner Simeon Naydenov and PokerStars Sunday 500 winner online MTT pro Marko ‘BriDge2PaiN’ Neumann, whose short stack was still sufficient for him to come back.

888 Shows Off Major Annual Traffic Increase

888 has recently published the annual results for 2013 and the numbers are more than impressive: with a 7% grow in revenues and 21% more players than in the previous year, 888Poker is now the undoubted runner-up in the online traffic list on the .com market.


In 2013, 888 showed off an incredible increase both in revenues and active player numbers: the figures have increased by 7% and 21% over the previous year, respectively, which is even more stunning if you consider the general decline of the industry and shrinking numbers all across rival operators. As a result, 888Poker has reached the second position in the online cash game rankings by the end of the year.

Online Poker Rooms Banned in Russia Still Accept Players

Russian internet providers started to ban online gambling sites but to no avail.


While online gambling is illegal in Russia, internet providers had previously taken no steps to block similar content. The issue took legal course in 2012, when prosecution tried to make Rostelecom ban illegal gambling sites.

William Hill Pulls Out of Numerous Markets

William Hill has announced that it is withdrawing from a total of 55 countries, including almost all the African markets as well as other regions.

William Hill

Effective tomorrow, 26 March, William Hill is pulling out of 55 countries, citing regulatory reasons. Affiliates have been notified via e-mail that the countries where the major provider ceases its operations include most African countries, in addition to Middle Eastern, Asian and South American states. Even after 26 March, players from the listed markets will be able to withdraw their money but neither to make deposits nor to play real money games.

Nevada and Delaware to Launch Common Market this Summer

While originally planned for winter 2014, it appears Nevada and Delaware players will be able to play against each other as early as this summer.

Nevada and Delaware agreement

Back in February, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed an agreement that made poker history: the Multi State Internet Gaming allows for the pooling of player liquidity for online poker operators licensed in both regulated states. Additionally, other states are allowed to join, which is an excellent opportunity for a newly regulated market to achieve proper liquidity as quickly as possible. For smaller state, the cooperation may prove essential to survive.

23 Entrants Confirmed for WSOP Big One Event

Among other players, title holder Antonio Esfandiari, Phily Ivey, Phil Galfond, Jason Mercier and Sam Trickett will all enter the WSOP Big One for One Drop event to compete for the $20 million first prize.

Antonio Esfandiari

Despite the fact that there is still over three months to go until the kick-off of the WSOP $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop tournament, seats are beginning to get occupied. The cap for the event is 56 and almost half of that, 23 places have already been taken.

Full Tilt Poker Introduces Flipout Tournaments

In the first hand of a Flipout tournament, all players automatically go all-in and then survivors play on in a standard freezout, already in the money. But how does this help non-recreational players?

Full Tilt Poker Flipout

Ever since its re-launch in November 2012, Full Tilt Poker has been performing under expectations in the competition against other online poker rooms and networks on the .com market. In addition to PokerStars, 888Poker, iPoker and PartyPoker have all been showing off better results; consequently, FTP has resorted to a range of innovations to reclaim its glory. Most recently, the room plans to improve multi-table tournament traffic with the Flipout events, launching 19 March.

Online High Stakes Action Gains Momentum in March

After a calm, almost dull February, the online high stakes cash game tables are starting to see some major action this month. Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom won $1.6 million over the weekend and Gus Hansen has been up $900,000 in the last 24 hours.

Daniel jungleman12 Cates

Online high stakes cash games have been gaining momentum this month after barely any action in February. Right after the Green Friday, as most US pros got back their bankrolls stuck on their Full Tilt Poker accounts, action resumed with players aiming to profit from the newly regained funds, including online highs takes money list 2010 leader Daniel ‘jungleman12’ Cates. The former NLHE specialist had been working hard on his deuce game and owned the 2-7 Triple Draw tables in his recent session as a result, winning $1,369,799 in the month so far in 10,939 hands.

Mike Leah Wins Two WSOPC Rings the Same Day

Multi-table tournament specialist Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah has reached a remarkable achievement, winning the $580 NLHE and $365 NLHE Turbo events of the WSOPC on the same day.

Mike Leah

Between 6 and 17 March, the WSOPC Bicycle Casino stop was running with 12 golden ring events and Mike ‘goleafsgoeh’ Leah emerged as casino champion by winning two of them on the very same day. On 14 March, 121 players registered for Event #9 $580 NLHE and accumulated a prize pool of $60,500. The top 15 finishes were in the money and nine players qualified for the final table, including WCOOP and FTOPS champion Leah, by far the most recognized face in the field. Eventually, he bested his opponents, defeating Lucas Fridriksson heads-up for $16,945.

Hansen on the Comeback in Triple Draw Games

While it would be way too early to draw conclusions, it appears that Gus Hansen may have a chance of starting to come back from his ridiculous losses after all. In the recent nosebleed 2-7 Triple Draw games, he has emerged a confident winner.

Gus Hansen

Recently, the hot games on the highest stakes are the $2,000/$4,000 2-7 Triple Draw sessions among the very elite of the online scene. Arguably, most intense has been the action between ‘taktloss47’ and Gus Hansen: the two of them had been playing for 12 hours straight yesterday before booking the largest total winnings of the day.

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