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‘Jungleman’ Comes Clean, Admits Involvement in Poker Cheating Scandal

Written by:
Nagesh Rath
Published on:
May/27/2020

Some are saying that a cheating scandal involving poker pro “Jungleman” Daniel Cates will make the Mike Postle cheating scandal "look like a church service".

The "Jungleman" fessed up to his involvement after Dan Bilzerian of Instagram fame posted a photo of an individual named Sina Taleb and said, “This cocksucker cheated me, @bp22 (Perkins) on others outta money on Fun Ocean poker app by having @junglemandan play on his account.”

"Jungleman” issued the following statement:  

I'd like to address the allegations posed by Dan Bilzerian in this now deleted tweet.  

I could not do so earlier due to legal advice and financial matters . 

To be clear, I started playing with Sina (his last name is not Taleb, for the record) on may 8th and ultimately played very few sessions,  none of which were against Dan Bilzerian as claimed.  

I played very few hands against Bill Perkins, who sat in a game I understood was rampant with professionals who were ghosting. I thought since many on the site were using pros to play for them (which was clear by the uniquely high level of play) at the time it felt acceptable for me to be playing. Unfortunately Bill got caught in the crossfire and I'm very sorry for that.   

While I don't think it's fair that I’ve been singled out for something many were much more guilty of, I accept that as a role model for the poker community my punishment should be disproportionate compared to a normal player. I hold myself to a high standard of ethics and aspire to be devoid of inequity, but I still make mistakes and am sorry for my actions. I will do my best to behave better in the future. 

I'd also like to give gratitude to my friends and the people that supported me on the internet and other communications. Your efforts were vital to mitigating this situation and I appreciate your concern for me. Special thanks to Nick Schulman who contacted me to make sure I was ok and started the #Freejungle movement. If anyone else believes in my integrity and that I should not be lambasted over the internet, I would appreciate any support and will appreciate it especially if I know you.  

 

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