Daniel "jungleman12" Cates is considering a move abroad in order to continue his career as an online pro. The high stakes star hopes to find a place to settle down in Canada, Europe or possibly Asia, he says.
Daniel "jungleman12" Cates was among the those who were hit the hardest by Black Friday, as he from one day to the next saw his primary source of income disappear with the U.S. Department of Justice's shutdown of the American online poker
In a new interview
, Cates now reveals that he may be taking the consequence and move abroad in order to continue in the nosebleed games.
"My first reaction was honestly a bit indifferent. I don't think I quite realized how serious it was, but later it struck me how big this was," Cates said about the sudden impact of Back Friday.
"At first, I considered moving to the UK, but then I started looking at other options. I am still thinking about Canada, or maybe Asia. But I'm not totally sure yet," he added.
Cates also spoke about his career as a pro, and how he has worked his way up to becoming one of the world's best and foremost nosebleed players.
The young American admitted to have learned a lot from his fellow high stakes pros as he progressed through the levels, with players like Isaac Haxton and Ben Sulsky being among his biggest mentors.
"I learned a lot from players like Scott "URnotINdanger2" Palmer, Isaac "Ike" Haxton, Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky, and Justin "ZeeJustin" Bonomo. Even "Isildur1" has taught me a lot," Cates revealed, at the same time hinting that he believes these players to be among the best in the world.
"These players, "Ike", "Sauce123", "Isildur1" and my friend "URnotINdanger2", are probably some of the best NLHE HU players in the world in my opinion," Cates said.
""Isildur1" has an incredibly balanced game, and he is extremely good at adapting as well. He is so aggressive, and he chooses some spots where he can exploit you well, and overall I think his understanding of the game is very, very good," he added.
Cates also spoke about some of his strategies when playing in the nosebleed games, the Durrrr Challenge against Tom "durrrr" Dwan and his own situation as a high stakes player with large sums potentially tied up on Full Tilt Poker.
Finally, he also admitted that he would chose Liv Boeree over Vanessa Rousso and that he at one point when he was a losing player at the lower stakes considered leaving poker
See the full interview here