Poker Junkie Op-Ed: Jungleman Challenge? Who Cares?
Dan "Jungleman12" Cates has issued a challenge to poker players worldwide to play him heads-up in Prague on December 6th for €100,000 and the chance to win the World Poker Heavyweight Championship belt.
Poker Junkie blogger compncards asks who cares?
Do You Smell What Jungleman is Cooking?
To quote WWE superstar The Miz ... really?
You're now creating a World Poker Heavyweight Championship belt? Really?
When did poker become the WWE? I get the concept of trophies and bracelets, but a belt?
Then again, it shouldn't surprise me as we have poker players boxing, holding kickboxing matches and competing in MMA these days.
Next thing you know, poker players will come out to titantron entrances like WWE wrestlers.
Phil Hellmuth would be a natural on the mic. He would be poker's equivalent of Ric Flair.
To be the man, you've got to beat the man.
So, now that there is a "World Heavyweigh"t Title, can we also have a Diva division for the women?
Maybe even a tag team division? Perhaps a masked poker player?
Jungleman can break out his Jose "Girah" Macedo mask in that case.
Does Anyone Care? Should Anyone Care?
Reaction by and large to the Jungleman challenge has been one of indifference.
Gus Hansen and maybe a couple of others have showed a bit of interest, but that's about it.
If a certain site hadn't reported on it, I wouldn't have even heard about it and there seems to be very little buzz surrounding this "challenge." (I don't consider 2+2 talk to be buzz.)
The bottom line is there really isn't much at stake in this challenge to draw the players out.
Cates is not giving any incentive other than his fictional "championship belt" and there really isn't much in the way of +EV for players.
If Full Tilt was still around, this might be a good publicity stunt for the company. But otherwise, nobody seems to care.
I know I sure don't.
"Proving your ability against the best players" is little incentive to most players.
Offer them something of value and they will turn out. But this isn't it.