Daniel Cates Admits To Ghosting Allegations

By Ben Hamill - May 30 2020

Daniel Cates Admits To Ghosting Allegations

Daniel “Jungleman” Cates has reportedly admitted to having ghosted a (none-pro) friend’s account in a high-stakes home Poker game played around three weeks ago. This after businessman and Poker enthusiast/player Bill Perkins on the weekend on social media hinted at a pro having cheated at a home game by making use of a third-person account.

Related: Bill Perkins Outs Cheat Worse Than Postle

The home game supposedly involved various recreational high-stakes players alongside a handful of well-known Poker pros. Cates has since admitted his involvement but said that he had not been aware that ghosting by pro-players assisting recreational players was not allowed during the game in question. He reportedly played “alongside” a person only identified as “Sina”, one of the named participants in the game ghosted by Jungleman. Cates now claims he had right from the very start assumed that the game in question would be played with the understanding of pro-players ghosting rec-players as being a given and as such, perfectly acceptable and nothing out of the ordinary or in contravention to the set ‘rules’.

The controversial game for which Cates is now being called out for having cheated by means of ‘ghosting’, was apparently played on May 8.

To Ghost Or Not To Ghost

Ghosting is in fact an acceptable practice that involves a strong or pro-player sitting alongside a ‘weaker’ player in an online game, aiding and instructing the recreational or weaker player as to which moves to make and why. Ghosting is only acceptable on condition that it a game was prespecified as allowing the practice of ‘sitting in’ by a more experienced/professional Poker player. It’s a practice that’s become relatively common especially when a casual player happens to make a “deep run” during the final stages of an online Poker tournament. A more experienced player will often in a case like this “sit in” on play so as to afford the inexperienced or semi-experienced player a better chance at winning.

The conditional dividing line, so to speak, indicating the difference between cheating and acceptable aid seems to be the exact point in play and time the pro-player is requested or decides to join in the game. The practice of ghosting within this particular (acceptable) context isn’t the same as if the pro-player were to, for example, pretend to be an inexperienced player right from the start of a tournament.

But Everyone Is Doing It

Cates, who eventually got called out by controversial Poker figure and self-proclaimed professional player Dan Bilzerian, said at the time of his apology that he thought it unfair that he alone was being singled out for having ghosted at a home game when so many other professionals were in fact doing the same exact thing.

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