Dan Cates has won his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #60: $50,000 Poker Players Championship after overcoming a stacked final table and defeating Ryan Leng heads-up. The mixed game contest attracted an elite field of 63 entries and the top 10 finishers earned a portion of the $3,016,125 prize pool.
In addition to a bracelet, Cates will also take home the $954,020 first-place prize and the right to have his name engraved into the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy. It was only Cates’ third cash ever at the WSOP, after a deep run in the 2015 WSOP Main Event and a sixth-place finish in the 2019 Poker Players Championship for $168,305.
“I said I was gonna win, so I won. But it was pretty important because now I have more money to help the world and to continue a career outside of poker,” Cates said in his interview after the hard-fought victory. The endurance challenge on the final day lasted for more than 13 hours, with Cates denying Leng his fourth career bracelet and earning his maiden one in the early morning hours in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
As far as his plans for the rest of the ongoing WSOP 2021 in Las Vegas is concerned, Cates is looking forward to do some charity efforts, do a hike and go to the gym a lot to get strong and play some poker. “I may play the Main [Event]. I can’t be in god mode for the Main, that’s not fair,” the high stakes pro concluded.