Poker is stuffed with prop bets. In actual fact, we just lately printed an article about 5 of the craziest prop bets of all time. A kind of concerned Michael Noori making an attempt to eat $1,000 price of McDonald’s meals over a 36-hour interval, a fairly unhealthy endeavor.
A number of different fashionable bets have gone the opposite means encouraging the contributors to get wholesome. Now, particulars have emerged relating to one other health-inspired prop wager between two of the most important names in poker.
6 Months, 12% Physique Fats
The newest health wager is between Dan “Jungleman” Cates and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. The phrases are easy – they’ve six months to get all the way down to 12 % physique fats. The wager, which is midway carried out and ends in February, is for $150,000, that means if certainly one of them makes the mark and the opposite doesn’t, the loser will owe the opposite $150K. If neither of them makes it, or if each do, then it is a wash.
This previous summer season Cates began at 18 % physique fats whereas Grospellier was at 24.5 %. So far, the previous has misplaced 17lbs and whereas the latter has misplaced 20 lbs. The wager is simply the newest between the duo, who prior to now have wager on who can do essentially the most pushups, longest plank, and who can run the quickest uphill mile.
“I need to get in form, problem ourselves and ideally make it enjoyable,” Cates instructed PokerNews. “I selected to do the wager with ElkY as a result of I do know he shall be honorable and even cheap throughout the wager, given expertise and since he is not an athlete so I can have an opportunity myself.”
He continued: “I need to be the perfect model of myself for any companion I’ve as a result of I’d need them to do the identical for me. It additionally forces wholesome habits and I’ve by no means carried out it earlier than. It ought to hopefully encourage the poker group and permit us each to pursue > 0 sum targets utilizing = 0 sum video games. The precept of aligning these seemingly contradicting motives for giant cash may be prolonged far past health bets.”
Grospellier added: “Dan is a particularly motivated individual, and he desires to encourage others, which I utterly get behind the thought. Additionally, we beforehand made health bets which each helped us get in form, so he was the right companion for this health wager. After the wager, I need to go even decrease, and hopefully keep round 12 % for the remainder of my life.”
As for the $150K wager, it appeared the correct amount.
“It is an quantity which appears motivating sufficient for each Dan and me,” mentioned ElkY. “In an ideal world, we must always have sufficient motivation with out monetary incentive – or extra like counter-incentive on this case – however this quantity will ensure we keep on with our plan/aim. I see it as all the pieces being related. Bodily well being, psychological well being, well-being, focus, longevity, and talent to carry out on the highest stage. So, this achievement would be the first step in my journey in direction of being the perfect model of myself.”
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A Have a look at Different Well being-Impressed Prop Bets
Earlier this yr, Doug Polk started a physique fat-loss prop wager with Invoice Perkins the place the proprietor of The Lodge Poker Membership in Texas should lose 50% of his physique fats inside a yr or pay the hedge fund supervisor $200,000.
Again in 2010, Mike Matusow misplaced a $2 million prop wager to Ted Forrestwho had wager $100,000on himself at 20:1 odds to drop 50 kilos inside a couple of months.
Likewise, again in 2018, I like and Matt Staples received $150,000 weight reduction wager towards Perkins. The brothers wager $3,000 at 50:1 odds that they might get to the identical weight within the span of 1 yr. It was a tall activity with Jaime weighing in at 304 kilos (137.9 kg) and brother Matt down at a slim 134 (60.7 kg), however they met within the center at 188.3 (85.4 kg) every – that means Jaime misplaced 115.7 kilos (52.5 kg) whereas Matt gained 54.3 kilos (24.6 kg).
Followers of ElkY may recall that after the 2012 World Collection of Poker (WSOP) Europe in Cannes, France, each he and Eugene Katchalov biked the 118-kilometer trek to the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Sanremo, Italy. The Frenchman did so after not having ridden a motorbike in 15 years!
The journey to Sanremo was the results of a wager that the 2 gamers made for the World Championship of On-line Poker (WCOOP). Katchalov made more cash than Grospellier throughout the three-week collection, however nonetheless agreed to pedal from Cannes collectively together with his good friend.
*Pictures courtesy of Dan Cates & Bertrand Grospellier.
Government Editor US, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner.