Jungleman Responds to Bilzerian Ghosting Allegations: Admits Guilt and Apologises to Bill Perkins

Dan Jungleman Cates has responded to this weeks allegations that he played on an amateurs account in a highstakes private game, admitting he did so but apologising to Bill Perkins and claiming he had felt it was acceptable given he believed it was already rampant with professionals who were ghosting.

By: Andrew Burnett

Perkins had claimed earlier this week that he had been cheated in a highstakes private game on the Ocean Fun poker app, with Dan Bilzerian ‘outing’ Jungleman and the amateur who apparently allowed him to use his account.

Jungleman responded today by stating: “I'd like to address the allegations posed by Dan Bilzerian in this now deleted tweet. I could not do so earlier due to legal advice and financial matters. To be clear, I started playing with Sina (his last name is not Taleb, for the record) on May 8th and ultimately played very few sessions, none of which were against Dan Bilzerian as claimed.”

Cates added an apology to Bill Perkins, who was outraged that friends had cheated him: I played very few hands against Bill Perkins, who sat in a game I understood was rampant with professionals who were ghosting. I thought since many on the site were using pros to play for them (which was clear by the uniquely high level of play) at the time it felt acceptable for me to be playing. Unfortunately Bill got caught in the crossfire and I'm very sorry for that.” 

Although ghosting is generally ignored or accepted by the highstakes community as part-and-parcel of the game, pretending to be someone else – an amateur – in a private-invite game is rather different.

Jungleman, however, feels he has been unfairly targeted by the recent allegations and announcements.

“While I don't think it's fair that I’ve been singled out for something many were much more guilty of, I accept that as a role model for the poker community my punishment should be disproportionate compared to a normal player. I hold myself to a high standard of ethics and aspire to be devoid of inequity, but I still make mistakes and am sorry for my actions. I will do my best to behave better in the future."

His final paragraph makes for interesting reading, in as much as he feels wronged by certain elements of the poker community.

“I'd also like to give gratitude to my friends and the people that supported me on the internet and other communications. Your efforts were vital to mitigating this situation and I appreciate your concern for me. Special thanks to Nick Schulman who contacted me to make sure I was ok and started the #Freejungle movement. If anyone else believes in my integrity and that I should not be lambasted over the internet, I would appreciate any support and will appreciate it especially if I know you. To those who attacked my integrity, I forgive you.”

The statement can be read in full here although the initial responses on Twitter were rather damning of Cates’ intended apology…

Some, however, appreciated the sentiment conveyed in Cates’ message…

It’s likely that this will be far from the end of the story, however, with rumours that other big-name pros were involved in the private game ghosting.


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