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Dan Bilzerian Alleges Dan Cates Was The "Top 7 Pro" In Bill Perkins' High-Stakes Poker Cheating Tweet

Bilzerian Made The Accusation Monday After Perkins Tweeted About The Situation Over The Weekend

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Dan Bilzerian has accused Dan Cates of cheating in a high-stakes private poker game played on a mobile app between wealthy businessmen.

On Saturday night, millionaire poker enthusiast Bill Perkins tweeted that he was cheated in a presumably high-stakes game that would “make the Mike Postle scandal look like a church service.” He said that the incident involved players that “you would call poker heroes.”

Perikins’ initial tweet sparked curiosity and popcorn gifs from many in the poker community as theories about the situation began to spread.

At first, Perkins wouldn’t give any more detail than that, only that he was cheated by a top tier poker pro. He spent several hours responding to players who wanted Perkins to reveal more if for no other reason than to save other poker players from being cheated by the same person.

Eventually, he revealed that Jason Koon was the one player who showed integrity and alerted Perkins to the scandal, and that a separate player had confessed to cheating.

On Sunday, Perkins elaborated further, clarifying that the game was private and played on a mobile app. A top pro was playing under the screen name of a recreational player invited to the game in exchange for a piece of the profit. This form of cheating commonly referred to as “ghosting.”

The majority of mobile poker apps on the market right now do not facilitate real money gaming. Any payments made to players must be made outside of the app based on play money balances.

Perkins agreed to keep the name private in exchange for more information about who else was involved. In a subsequent tweet, Perkins said that it was a “top 7 player” that was cheating the game.

On Monday afternoon, Dan Bilzerian tied a couple of names to the story when he tweeted that Sina Taleb allowed Cates to play on Taleb’s account against Bilzerian, Perkins, and others. The tweet included a picture of Saleb and blurred out contact information. Taleb is an unknown to the poker world without a documented tournament cash.

Cates, however, is touted as one of the best players on the planet and regularly plays in the biggest cash games in the world. He also has just shy of $7.4 million in tournament earnings.

He responded to Bilzerian’s accusation by saying it was “misleading” and that he has never played a hand of poker with Bilzerian, but couldn’t dive into the issue any further because of legal reasons.

Perkins showed up in the responses to Bilzerian’s tweet and said that he had high-level attorneys advising him on his next step.

He also walked back the comparison to the Postle situation, noting that he only did so because the amount of money at stake in his game was much more than what Postle is accused of cheating players out of.

Update: Bilzerian’s tweet has since been deleted, but Cates’ response is still up.

 
 
 
 

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eaglestorm76
4 months ago

im confused. Dan Bozo-rian seems to be mad at that guy, but then he called him a cock sucker, which as we all know is a compliment.

 
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Dan12345678
4 months ago

What is ghosting? I'd like further explanation on what this is and how it's cheating.

 
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Thomas1234
4 months ago

In high stakes privates games, you often can only get invited by being a bad/recreational poker player. Some enterprising rec players will allow good pros to play on their account in exchange for a cut of the winnings. So the cheating part of it, is that players who think they are playing against other non-pro players are tricked into giving action to pros who will crush them.

 
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Clay1
4 months ago

Jungleman did this same shit 10 years ago when he introduced the world to the next big thing "girah". Some young kid from portugal who they said won millions on euro sites before turning 18 and going pive with Jungleman. Caught playing on his account. Ghosting, general fuckery. Why anyone is surprised now is a mystery.

 
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Sam1234
4 months ago

Only one I've ever seen is Dan Bilzerian playing Bill Perkins account on acr during stream on yacht after couple days acr disabled account.Was that ghosting like you say? but its OK to do that to anonymous players,just not high stakes.They re all cheaters tryin to get over on people with deceptive practices other than skill.

 
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oliveras19
4 months ago

LIVE POKER IS A PONZI SCHEME. ONLINE POKER IS AN EVEN BIGGER PONZI SCHEME. THE PRO-PLAYERS NEED UNSUSPECTING (PREFERABLY RICH) SUCKERS TO ENTER THEIR GAME/DEN IN ORDER THAT THE PROS CONTINUE TO NET WINNINGS. WITHOUT THE SUCKERS THE PROS WILL MAKE MONEY ONLY FROM EACH OTHER IN ENDLESS CIRCLES. THE RICH SUCKER PLAYERS SHOULD KNOW BETTER.

 
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