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High-Stakes Online Poker: Dan Cates Wins $486,000

Poker Pro Now Up Around $750,000 On 2014

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It took a little while before poker pro Dan Cates got going in 2014, but when he did it happened in a big way. Cates played around 3,600 hands through the first week of March, winning $486,380, according to tracking data from HighstakesDB.

The upswing has him in the black around $750,000 on the year. Cates is one of online poker’s all-time greatest players, winning nearly $8.5 million lifetime.

Other big winners this month so far include kagome kagome ($419,489), Gus Hansen ($415,488) and Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene ($298,024).

Hansen has been getting slaughtered for months and months, but his upswing here is great news for him. Could he finally have figured out a way to turn things around? The Danish poker pro not long ago dropped to $16 million in the hole lifetime on Full Tilt, but his winnings in March have him back to around $15.9 million in the red.

The big loser in March has been Alex “PostflopAction” Kostritsyn, who dropped $571,257. Hac “trex313” Dang lost $364,104. Kostritsyn plays limit games, such as deuce-to-seven triple draw. Dang has been the reason why Cates is having such a great month.

The largest pot through the first week of March was a $144,000 hand at $200-$400 no-limit hold’em. KPR16 came out on the right end of things against Tight-Man1. KPR16 flopped top set of jacks and got three streets of value, even after electing to shove on the river.

His opponent mucked without showing.

Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, one of the most aggressive players in online poker, has had an uneventful month so far, losing around $50,000. He is still up more than $1 million in 2014, trailing only Tollerene and his $1.8 million in profits.