Daniel “Jungleman” Cates is famous in the poker world for playing high stakes and taking the Durrrr Challenge. Recently, he became involved in a controversy with José “Girah” Macedo.
Macedo became famous in the poker world in January when a new account on the Two Plus Two Poker forums posted that an anonymous Portuguese “poker prodigy” had won 2.5 million euros in a year. Both Cates and his friend, Haseeb “DOG IS HEAD” Qureshi, posted in the thread naming Macedo and remarking that they were impressed by his skill. Macedo later posted on Two Plus Two, telling a remarkable story of rapid success at poker. Many people, however, did not believe his story.
Cates and Qureshi staked Macedo and planned to live with him in Portugal. Qureshi was active in helping Macedo improve his reputation, and Macedo managed to become a LockPro Elite for LockPoker, on the Merge Gaming Network.
In April, Macedo competed in the Bluff Pro Challenge on Lock in which the player who won the most on the site during the month. Macedo was originally said to have won the challenge, but he was disqualified. LockPoker explained that he had been disqualified for letting someone else play on his account. That person actually lost money according to both LockPoker and Macedo. However, Qureshi revealed in a later blog post that Macedo had received a $100,000 chip dump from him.
On August 6th, various posters on Two Plus Two revealed that Macedo had been caught cheating players. Macedo had encouraged friends of his in a Skype chat group to play against an account that he said played poorly while he watched via the screen-sharing software TeamViewer. Macedo was actually using the information that he gained from sharing these players’ screens to cheat.
Qureshi and Cates were both involved in discussions with the cheated players as well as Macedo before the cheating was made public. Much of their behavior during this time period has been closely scrutinized, as has Macedo’s story and their relationship with Macedo in general.
The situation is extremely complicated, and Subject: Poker suggests that readers familiarize themselves with it by reading the many threads about the topic on Two Plus Two.
Cates, however, had offered very little response to the situation until agreeing to do an interview with me yesterday. He agreed to allow Venessa Selbst, a respected high stakes poker player, to join the interview as well. Just hours after that interview concluded, Cates’s publicist contacted me to inform me that Cates had lied to us and that he would like to do another interview to explain. Both interviews appear below.
We had originally agreed, as a compromise between a text and voice interview, to conduct a voice interview but only to publish the transcript. Cates later agreed to publish the audio in the interest of transparency. Because of this confusion, the audio quality is quite poor–There is static, typing, and various sound effects from our respective computers audible on the recording–and much of the interview is conducted more casually than would be ideal. The interviews also have no clear introduction or closing statements. Subject: Poker apologizes for these problems.
Interview with Daniel Cates- Part I
After this interview, Cates’s publicist contacted me to tell me that Cates had lied about Haseeb playing on Macedo’s account; it was actually him who played on the account. She said that he would like to do another interview to clarify.
Interview with Daniel Cates- Part II, First Half
As is obvious in the recording, Cates’s microphone starts to have problems here. We have removed a long discussion about how to fix the problem.
Interview with Daniel Cates- Part II, Second Half
We have removed a long discussion between the three of us about the pros and cons of releasing the audio. Cates eventually gave his consent.
Update 8/13/2011 4:27 PM EDT:
I would like to personally thank Vanessa Selbst for being extremely helpful throughout. Vanessa was incredibly flexible and donated much of her time and expertise to this interview. I would also like to thank Two Plus Two poster SGT RJ for helping me to prepare for this interview, as well as all the members of the poker community who suggested questions.
Edited on 8/12/2011 3:31 PM EDT: Changed the misworded partial sentence “Cates eventually agreed to.” to “Cates eventually gave his consent.”
Edited on 8/12/2011 6:03 PM EDT: Switched recordings to versions with better audio quality, with thanks to Joe Tall from DeucesCracked. The originals can be found here.
Edited on 8/13/2011 4:43 PM EDT: We accidentally called Martha Micon Marsha. Thanks to @DougLeePoker for the quick correction and apologies to Martha for the mistake.