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World Series Of Poker Main Event Day 1B -- Dan 'Jungleman' Cates Near 200,000

Also WIth A Big Stack Is 10-Time WSOP Champ Doyle Brunson


Online poker legend Dan “jungleman12” Cates amassed the second-largest stack in the room Sunday on Day 1B of the 2013 World Series of Poker main event.

A total of 1,942 runners turned out, as Cates managed to take his starting stack of 30,000 all the way up to about 190,000. The Maryland native, like everyone in the tournament, paid an entry fee of $10,000 to compete for poker’s most prestigious title.

Cates cracked a joke on Twitter by downplaying his start:

Cates, one of the biggest winners in online poker history, hasn’t done much in tournaments so far during his illustrious poker career, but his first day of the main event holds the possibility of being the start of something monumental.

The field of 1,942 players was almost 1,000 more than Day 1A. So far the 2013 main event has brought in 2,885 players. Day 1C on Monday will need 3,714 to beat last year’s total of 6,598. In 2012, Greg Merson took the top prize. He had a big stack after Day 1A.

Other notable big chip stacks from Day 1B include Alan Keating (123,5000), Sorel Mizzi (120,000), Annette Obrestad (108,750), Cliff Josephy (96,600), Joe Ebanks (95,000), Scott Seiver (94,100), Doyle Brunson (90,000), Liv Boeree (88,000), Juha Helppi (87,225), Xuan Liu (82,000) and Melanie Weisner (81,700).

Card Player caught up with Seiver during a break.

In addition to Brunson, former main event champions Chris Moneymaker and Dan Harrington managed to survive to play on. There are also three flights of Day 2.

Notable bustouts included Kevin Saul, Bill Perkins, Scotty Nguyen, Erick Lindgren, John Monnette, Greg Raymer and Jesse Sylvia, who finished runner-up last year.

Stay tuned to for more updates from the event.