Dan ‘jungleman12’ Cates Gives Away Main Event Seat
By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
Bob Woolley is running well this week. Thursday night he flopped a straight flush playing 1/2 NLHE at the Stratosphere and hit a $450 high-hand jackpot. Oh yeah, and he won $10K on Saturday, thanks to Daniel ‘jungleman12’ Cates.
When Cates announced last month that he was planning to give away a seat to the World Series of Poker Main Event we were impressed with the 21 year old’s generosity. Think about it, even though Cates has had tremendous success playing nosebleed heads-up poker online against the likes of Viktor Blom and Tom Dwan, he’d never played a single event at the WSOP. To celebrate his first WSOP, Cates decided to raffle off a buy-in to this year’s Main Event to another player who had yet to have a taste of the flagship tournament of the most recognizable series on the planet.
Saturday, Woolley received a voice mail with some good news. His name was selected from the proverbial hat and he would be playing in his first WSOP Main Event courtesy of Cates.
So who is Bob Woolley? Well, if you’re a reader of poker blogs you might better recognize him as PokerGrump. Woolley grinds it out at 1/2 NLHE in casinos all over Las Vegas and plays an occasional tournament here and there. He’s played in exactly three WSOP events. His first in 2009 ended with self-admitted “disastrous results”. This year, Woolley has played in the $1,500 HORSE and the Seniors Tournament (he turned 50 just a few months ago) but failed to make the money in both events.
In an exclusive interview with Rakeback.com, we asked Woolley if it was safe to assume he was a Daniel Cates fan now. He replied saying “If I win, I’m going to get vanity license plates that say ‘TY DAN’…on my new car, of course.” Woolley’s dry sarcasm isn’t going to come across in print very well, but rest assured this is not a comment from another cocky player with the arrogance of Lindsey Lohan on probation.
Woolley actually carries a polite and reserved, yet calculating demeanor at the poker table. Don’t mistake him for nit though. He can pounce on the slightest sign of weakness from an opponent and plays a solid NLHE game (the author has first-hand experience).
We wish Woolley the best of luck at the Main Event, and commend Cates for his generosity. Apparently there are a few good stories out there in the post Black Friday poker world.