Friday, July 1, 2022 6:40 AM Local Time
Dan Cates Makes History; Wins Back-to-Back $50,000 Poker Players Championship ($1,449,103)
In the end it was a win by submission for Macho Man Dan eight minutes after sunrise.
Having announced he'd "basically already won" the $50,000 Poker Players Championship ahead of the penultimate day's play, Dan "Jungleman" Cates backed up his words with actions and secured his second WSOP bracelet along with $1,449,103 in prize money after defeating Brazilian Yuri Dzivielevski heads-up.
Dzivielevski was looking for his third WSOP bracelet win in four years, and had opportunities in a marathon topsy-turvy heads-up battle in front of a raucous Brazilian rail. However, he fell just short and would have to settle for second-place.
$50,000 Poker Players Championship Final Table Results
|PLACE||WINNER||COUNTRY||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|1||Dan Cates||United States||$1,449,103|
|4||Benny Glaser||United Kingdom||$464,420|
Day 5 Recap
Five players returned for the final day of the Poker Players Championship, played in the Bally's Event Center and streamed on PokerGO.
Overnight chip leader Dan Cates was soon surpassed by Benny Glaser, looking to win his fifth WSOP bracelet, while Johannes Becker headed in the opposite direction. He finally got his last chips in the middle in No-Limit Hold'em holding ace-ten against the ace-queen of Glaser to bust in fifth.
Cates had enjoyed a brief spell back in the chip lead, before Glaser returned to the top of the chip counts, but after a hot streak during Limit Hold'em Cates started to open up a considerable gap.
That gap grew wider still after Cates outdrew Glaser in a hand of No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw. With Glaser standing pat with a ten, Cates drew one to make an eight. Glaser called off for half of his remaining chips to fall to the bottom of the counts.
And in the same round of Single Draw, Glaser was out. It was a battle of the pat hands between Glaser and Kihara, with Kihara patting an eight and Glaser unable to break his nine and patting behind to bust in fourth.
There was still clear water between Cates and the other two players, with the gap remaining consistent for an extended period. In the end, it was Kihara who blinked first after check-raising river when his straight draw missed, only to get picked off by Cates' trip jacks.
Three doubles for Kihara would follow — in Limit Hold'em, 2-7 Single Draw and Stud Hi-Lo — but he was eventually eliminated in 2-7 Triple Draw by Dzivielevski who found himself out-chipped by over 3:1 to start heads-up play.
And so, in front of a raucous rail of vocal Brazilians and vociferous Americans trading chants back and forth, as well as the assembled TV personnel and poker media, the two players settled in for an entertaining back and forth heads-up battle that produced many stand-out moments over the course of seven hours.
An early wheel for Dzivielevski in 2-7 Triple Draw along with catching Cates bluffing in No-Limit Hold'em saw him almost draw level in the chip counts, but back came Cates after winning a series of Pot-Limit Omaha hands that had Dzivielevski scrambling to stay alive. In the last hand of the PLO round the chips went in with Dzivielevski dodging straight, flush and even backdoor quad outs to stay alive and prolong the battle.
Cates still held the momentum and, aided by a straight flush in Limit Hold'em, he worked hard to again hold a 2:1 chip lead.
Dzivielevski is a two-time WSOP bracelet winner, and this was the Brazilian's sixth WSOP final table and fifth in two years since the WSOP returned from its coronavirus-induced hiatus. So when Cates opened up another lead he didn't blink and worked steadily to close the gap once more.
Then it was Dzivielevski's turn to put his foot on the gas. It felt like he had Cates right where he wanted him and finally had the measure of his opponent. But that's where the Jungleman is most dangerous, and in a blink of an eye — aided by the steadily increasing blinds and limits — the tables had turned and it looked like Cates was inches away from victory.
The two traded pots almost as often as they traded the chip lead. A double for Cates was the first called all in for several hours after Dzivielevski had again had Cates inches away from the exit.
Then the limits simply became too much. Dzivielevski was short after a 2-7 Triple Draw hand, and despite several No-Limit Hold'em doubles to stay alive, Cates was finally able to close out victory shortly before 6 a.m.
Former Poker Players Championship Winners 2006-2022
Friday, July 1, 2022 6:38 AM Local Time
Yuri Dzivielevski Eliminated in 2nd Place ($895,614)
Yuri Dzivielevski's comeback has been thwarted during a No-Limit Hold'em round.
Dzivielevski shoved for 2,200,000 with and Dan Cates, who has spent the last few minutes talking like "Macho Man" Randy Savage, pondered his options before calling with .
The flop put the ball in Cates' court, with the turn providing to help to the all-in Dzivielevski. A burn card later and the landed on the turn, busting Dzivielevski in second place and awarding back-to-back $50,000 Poker Player Championship titles to the one and only Dan "Jungleman" Cates.
|Dan Cates||33,600,000||2,200,000 |
|Yuri Dzivielevski||0||-2,200,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 6:34 AM Local Time
Antoher Double For Dzivielevski; He Couldn't WIn This, Could He?
Yuri Dzivielevski has doubled up again after fading a bag of outs.
Dzivielevski was all-in with and against the of Cates. The Brazilian' queen-high reamined best on the flop. He paired his eight on the turn, and faded straight draw outs with the river falling the .
|Dan Cates||31,400,000||-800,000 |
|Yuri Dzivielevski||2,200,000||800,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 6:30 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Doubles But Still Super Short
Yuri Dzivielevski shoved for only 400,000 with , and Dan Cates looked him up with .
The board ran and cheers of "VAMOS! erupt from the Brazilian rail.
|Dan Cates||32,200,000||-1,300,000 |
|Yuri Dzivielevski||1,400,000||1,300,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 6:26 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Is On Fumes
Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Dan Cates raised and Yuri Dzivielevski three-bet, which Cates called. Dzivielevski drew one and Cates drew two.
Dzivielevski bet and Cates called, before each player drew one card each.
Dzivielevski bet, Cates raised, and Dzivielevski called.
Both players stood pat. Dzivielevski checked, Cates bet, and Dzivielevski called.
Cates took the massive pot down with , besting his Brazilian opponent's .
|Dan Cates||33,500,000||8,000,000 |
|Yuri Dzivielevski||100,000||-8,000,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 6:17 AM Local Time
Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Dan Cates has one hand on the bracelet following a huge hand in Limit 2-7 Triple Draw.
Yuri Dzivielevski raised with and Cates called with . Dzivielevski drew two and Cates drew three.
Cates led for 800,000 and Dzivielevski. Cates called and drew one. Dzivielevski stood pat.
Cates checked, Dzivielevski bet, and Cates check-raised. Dzivielevski called, as the pot swelled to 12,800,000 chips.
Cates now stood pat,and Dzivielevski drew one. Both players checked.
"Ten-six," said Cates, and Dzivielevski looked pained as his last draw gave him , a worse hand than Cates' .
|Dan Cates||25,500,000||6,400,000 |
|Yuri Dzivielevski||8,100,000||-6,400,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 6:08 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Wins a Big 2-7 Pot
Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Dan Cates raised to 1,600,000 with and Yuri Dzivielevski called with . Dzivielevski drew three, and Cates drew two.
Both players checked, Dzivielevski drew three again, and Cates drew two. Dzivielevski checked, Cates bet 1,600,000, and Dzivielevski called.
Dzivielevski drew one, as did Cates.
Dzivielevski check-called a 1,600,000 bet and won the pot with because Cates could only muster .
|Dan Cates||19,100,000||-5,200,000 |
|Yuri Dzivielevski||14,500,000||5,200,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 5:56 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Approaching 10M Chips
Seven Card Stud Hi-Low
Yuri Dzivielevski is approaching 10 million chips after taking down the first couple of hands during the Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo round.
|Dan Cates||24,300,000||-3,550,000 |
|Yuri Dzivielevski||9,300,000||3,550,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 5:19 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Gets Short in a PLO Clash
Dan Cates raised the button with the and Yuri Dzivielevski came along with the in the big blind. Both checked the flop and the followed on the turn. Dzivielevski checked again and Cates then bet 1,100,000 only to face a raise to 3,500,000.
That sent Cates into the tank but he came along as the river completed a potential back door flush. Dzivielevski now checked and Cates bet the pot to win the hand without any showdown.
|Dan Cates||27,850,000||9,200,000 |
|Yuri Dzivielevski||5,750,000||-9,200,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 5:12 AM Local Time
The Lead Swings Back to Cates
Dan Cates raised the button with the and was three-bet by Yuri Dzivielevski with the for Cates to tag along. On the flop, Dzivielevski check-called a bet with his open-ender and they checked the on the turn.
Dzivielevski bet the on the river and Cates quickly raised, sending his opponent into a deep tank. The fold by Dzivielevski avoided a chop and Cates went back into the lead by a small margin.
|Dan Cates||18,650,000||600,000 |
|Yuri Dzivielevski||14,950,000||-600,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 5:01 AM Local Time
Cates Flops a Flush to Regain the Lead
Yuri Dzivielevski raised with the on the button and was called by Dan Cates with the . Cates check-called a bet on the flop with his flush and then checked again the turn. Dzivielevski bet his straight and folded when Cates raised.
|Dan Cates||18,050,000||1,800,000 |
|Yuri Dzivielevski||15,550,000||-1,800,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:56 AM Local Time
Almost Back to Even
Seven Card Stud
Yuri Dzivielevski: / /
Dan Cates: / /
Yuri Dzivielevski completed with a ten showing and Dan Cates called with nines in the hole. Dzivielevski continued to bet on fourth and fifth street to earn calls before he checked sixth and seventh street when facing an open-ended straight draw on the open board.
They checked it down as Dzivielevski won the pot with his set of aces.
|Yuri Dzivielevski||17,350,000||1,100,000 |
|Dan Cates||16,250,000||-1,100,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:50 AM Local Time
Cates Flops a Flush
Yuri Dzivielevski raised the button with the and Dan Cates called in the big blind holding the . The flop gave Cates a flush and he checked it. Dzivielevski bet 300,000 and instantly folded when Cates check-raised to 1,700,000.
|Dan Cates||17,350,000||600,000 |
|Yuri Dzivielevski||16,250,000||-600,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:42 AM Local Time
Cates Doubles To Even Out the Stacks
Dan Cates limped in with the and Yuri Dzivielevski checked his option with the . The flop was checked by Dzivielevski and Cates then bet 300,000, his opponent check-raised to 900,000 and Cates called.
Dzivielevski bet the turn for 2,000,000 with his flush draw and Cates called as they headed to the on the river.
Dzivielevski emptied the clip and moved all-in for an effective 4,950,000 to get called by Cates, who doubled and went within 100,000 chips of the lead.
|Yuri Dzivielevski||16,850,000||-12,100,000 |
|Dan Cates||16,750,000||12,100,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:26 AM Local Time
Cates Gets Shorter Once More
Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
Dan Cates raised and Yuri Dzivielevski made it three bets for his opponent to call. Dzivielevski patted and Cates discarded two cards for Dzivielevski to bet and Cates to call. Cates discarded one while Dzivielevski patted it once more and a bet by the Brazilian was met by a call of Cates.
The final draw was once more patted by Dzivielevski and Cates took one. Both checked and Dzivielevski won the pot with his as Cates had paired his four.
|Yuri Dzivielevski||28,950,000||4,700,000 |
|Dan Cates||4,650,000||-4,700,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:19 AM Local Time
Cates Starts to Ascend Again
No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw
Yuri Dzivielevski raised to 600,000 and Dan Cates called. Both discarded two cards and Dzivielevski bet 400,000, which Cates snap-called. The Brazilian tabled the but it was Cates who raked in the pot with the .
|Yuri Dzivielevski||24,250,000||-2,250,000 |
|Dan Cates||9,350,000||2,150,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:15 AM Local Time
A Way Back for Cates in Single Draw?
2-7 Single Draw
Dan Cates raised to 600,000 with and Yuri Dzivielevski called with
Dzivielevski drew one and Cates drew two.
Dzivielevski paired his seven but still bet 400,000. Cates called with and won the pot.
|Yuri Dzivielevski||26,500,000||-1,100,000 |
|Dan Cates||7,200,000||1,200,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:10 AM Local Time
Dzivielevski Turning the Screw?
|Yuri Dzivielevski||27,600,000||3,000,000 |
|Dan Cates||6,000,000||-3,000,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:09 AM Local Time
Cates Under Ten Million
Yuri Dzivielevski raised and Dan Cates called.
The flop was with Cates check-calling a bet. The turn was the and Cates check-folding to another bet.
|Yuri Dzivielevski||24,600,000||2,400,000 |
|Dan Cates||9,000,000||-2,400,000 |
Friday, July 1, 2022 4:07 AM Local Time
Limit Hold'em Extends Dzivielevski's Lead
Dan Cates raised with and Yuri Dzivielevski called with
Both players saw a flop of and Dzivielevski check-called a bet.
The turn saw Dzivielevski check-raise with Cates calling with an open-ended straight draw.
He was drawing dead despite the completing the board and Dzivielevski bet, with Cates folding.
|Yuri Dzivielevski||22,200,000||4,800,000 |
|Dan Cates||11,400,000||-4,800,000 |