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Jungleman & ElkY Engaged in $150K Fitness Prop Bet — Who Can Reach 12% BF?

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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 attempt to eat $1,000 worth of McDonald’s food over a 36-hour period, a rather unhealthy undertaking.

Several other popular bets went the other way, encouraging the contestants to get healthy. Now details have emerged about another health-inspired prop bet between two of the biggest names in poker.

6 months, 12% body fat

The latest fitness bet is between And “Jungleman” Cates and Bertrand “EveryY” Grospellier. The terms are simple – they have six months to get down to 12 percent body fat. The bet, which is halfway done and ends in February, is for $150,000, meaning that if one of them makes the mark and the other doesn’t, the loser will owe the other $150K. If neither of them make it, or if both do, then it’s a wash.

This past summer, Cates started at 18 percent body fat while Grospellier was at 24.5 percent. So far the former has lost 17 pounds and while the latter has lost 20 pounds. The bet is just the latest between the duo, who in the past have bet on who can do the most pushups, longest plank and who can run the fastest uphill mile.

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

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

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

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Dan Cates & Bertrand Grospellier do a plank.

As for the $150K bet, it seemed like the right amount.

“It’s an amount that seems motivating enough for both Dan and me,” said ElkY. “In a perfect world, we should have enough motivation without financial incentive – or more like counter-incentive in this case – but this amount will make sure we stick to our plan/goal. I see it as everything that is connected. Physical health, mental health, well-being, focus, longevity and 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.”

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A look at other health-inspired plug bets

Earlier in the year, Doug Polk start a body fat-loss prop bet with Bill Perkins where the owner of The Lodge Poker Club in Texas must lose 50% of his body fat within a year or pay the hedge fund manager $200,000.

Back in 2010, Mike Matusow loses a $2 million prop bet Ted Forrestwho bet $100,000 on himself at 20:1 odds to drop 50 pounds in a few months.

Likewise, back in 2018, Jaime and Matt Staples wins $150,000 weight loss bet against Perkins. The brothers bet $3,000 against 50:1 odds that they could gain the same weight within a year. It was a tall order with Jaime weighing in at 304 pounds (137.9 kg) and brother Matt at a lean 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) while Matt gained 54.3 pounds (24.6 kg).

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Jaime and Matt Staples

Fans of ElkY may recall that he and after the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe in Cannes, France, Eugene Katchalov made the 118-kilometer trek to the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Sanremo, Italy. The Frenchman did it after not riding a bike in 15 years!

The trip 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 streak, but still agreed to kick off Cannes with his friend.

* Images courtesy of Dan Cates & Bertrand Grospellier.

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Chad Holloway

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

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