Jungleman & ElkY Embroiled in $150,000 Fitness Prop Bet — Who Can Reach 12-14% BF?


Poker is filled with prop bets. In fact, we recently published an article about five of the craziest prop bets of all time. One of those involved Michael Young trying to eat $1,000 worth of McDonald’s food over a 36-hour period, a rather unhealthy endeavor.

Several other popular bets have gone the other way to encourage participants to get healthy. Now details have emerged of another health-inspired prop bet between two of the biggest names in poker.

6 months, 12-14% body fat

The last fitness bet is between And “Jungleman” Cates and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier. The conditions are simple – they have six months to get to a certain body fat percentage. For Cates, he needs to go to 12 percent, while ElkY needs to go to 14 percent, as he started slightly higher. The bet, which is halfway through and ends in February, is for $150,000, meaning if one of them hits the target and the other fails, the loser owes the other $150,000. If neither of them make it, or if both make it, then it’s a wash.

Last summer, Cates started at 18 percent body fat, while Grospellier was at 24.5 percent. So far the first has lost 17 pounds and the last 20 pounds. The bet is just the latest between the duo, who have bet in the past on who can do the most push-ups, do the longest plank and who can run the fastest uphill.

“I want to get in shape, challenge ourselves and ideally have fun,” said Cates PokerNews. “I chose to place the bet with ElkY because I know he will be honorable and even fair during the bet, given experience and because he is not an athlete, so I can take a chance myself.”

He continued, “I want to be the best version of myself for every partner I have because I want them to do the same for me. It also enforces healthy habits and I’ve never done it before. It should hopefully inspire the poker community and allow us to pursue > 0 sum goals with = 0 sum games. The principle of aligning these seemingly contradictory big money motives can be extended far beyond fitness betting.

Grospellier added: “Dan is an extremely motivated person and he wants to inspire others, which I fully support the idea. We also made fitness bets before that helped both of us get in shape, so he was the perfect partner for this fitness bet. After the bet I want to go even lower and hopefully stay around 12 percent for the rest of my life.”

Dan Cates and Betrand Grospellier
Dan Cates & Bertrand Grospellier do a plank.

As for the $150,000 bet, that seemed like the right amount.

“It’s an amount that seems motivating enough for both Dan and me,” ElkY said. “In a perfect world, we should have enough motivation without financial incentive – or more of a counter-incentive in this case – but this amount ensures that we stick to our plan/goal. I see it as everything that is connected. Physical health, mental health, well-being, focus, longevity and the ability to perform at the highest level. So this achievement will be the first step in my journey to be the best version of myself.

Five Simple Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do In A Hotel Room To Stay Fit!

A look at other health-inspired prop bets

Earlier this year, Doug Polk started a bet on body fat loss Bill Perkin where the owner of The Lodge Poker Club in Texas has to lose 50% of his body fat within a year or pay the hedge fund manager $200,000.

Back in 2010, Mike Matusow lost a $2 million prop bet to Ted Forestwho bet $100,000 on himself with a 20:1 chance of losing 50 pounds in a few months.

Similarly in 2018, Jamie and Matt Staples won $150,000 weight loss bet against Perkins. The brothers bet $3,000 with a 50:1 chance of getting to the same weight within a year. It was a tall task with Jaime weighing in at 304 lb (137.9 kg) and brother Matt weighing in at 134 (60.7 kg), but they met in the middle at 188.3 (85.4 kg) ) each – meaning Jaime lost 115.7 pounds (52.5 kg). kg) while Matt gained 54.3 pounds (24.6 kg).

Jaime and Matt Staples
Jaime and Matt Staples

ElkY fans may recall that after the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe in Cannes, France, both he and Eugene Katchalov cycled the 118-kilometer journey to the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Sanremo, Italy. That’s what the Frenchman did after not cycling for 15 years!

The drive to Sanremo was the result of a bet the two players made for the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). Katchalov made more money than Grospellier during the three-week run, but still agreed to kick from Cannes with his friend.

*Images courtesy of Dan Cates & Bertrand Grospellier.

First name Last Name

Chad Holloway

Executive Editor USA

Executive Editor US, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet winner.

Jungleman & ElkY Embroiled in $150,000 Fitness Prop Bet — Who Can Reach 12-14% BF?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Scroll to top