When poker players sit down at high-stakes tables, being them tournaments or cash games they have a fairly accurate idea about their chances. Even though they are evenly matched and the differences seem to be negligible, they know when they are slight underdogs or favorites and distinguish between better and worse opponents. Obviously, they have no intention of acknowledging that to the public and some of them go to great lengths to convince fans and media alike that they are the best players out there.
This kind of rhetoric inevitably leads to conflict and sometimes poker players decide to issue a challenge to those who claim that they are better than them. It is not certain which are the reasons for why Durr and Cates decided to play in a head to head competition, but so far this challenge didn’t lead anywhere. Tom gave his opponent excellent terms and was willing to pay a larger amount had he lost to Cates, but due to a busy schedule he didn’t actually play the necessary number of hands.
It comes as no surprise that many poker players thought that this challenge will never come to fruition, but recently, Dan “jungleman12” Cates gave them some good news. Apparently, he made an offer that his opponent should find too good to refuse despite the fact that he has plenty of action at high-stakes tables in Macau. Dwan and other poker professionals find the idea of competing against wealthy people with mediocre poker skills exciting, because these are the kind of opponents that you can milk for huge amounts of money.
As far as Dan is concerned, this distraction is responsible for the unnecessary delays and as a result he raises the antes. He refused to disclose the new terms of the agreement, but he told the media that under the new rules Tom is virtually bound to resume the challenge. The new deadline was set for the end of September but so far no new information transpired in the press, so we only have to wait and see.
Those who have no idea about what this challenge is all about should know that the winner will take all the money earned at the tables and an additional amount paid by the one who loses. The difference consists in the fact that if Tom wins the challenge he will receive an additional $500,000, while Dan will scoop an amount three times higher. This was the initial agreement and if any changes were made by either of the two parties, we should learn about them shortly.