Jungleman & ElkY Participated In $150,000 Fitness Prop Bet – Who Can Get 12% BF?

Elky Jungleman Weight Loss Prop Bet

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

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

6 months, 12% body fat

The latest fitness bet is between And “Jungleman” Cates and Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier. The conditions are simple – they have six months to get down to 12 percent body fat. The bet, which is half done and ends in February, is $150,000. If one of them achieves the goal and the other doesn’t, 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 former has lost 17 pounds and the latter 20 pounds. The bet is just the latest between the duo, who have a history of betting on who can do the most push-ups, the longest plank and who can run the fastest uphill mile.

“I want to get in shape, challenge ourselves and ideally have fun,” said Cates PokerNews. “I chose to bet with ElkY because I know he will be honorable and even reasonable during the bet given the experience and he is not an athlete so I can have 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 both of us to pursue >0-total goals with =0-total games. The principle of reconciling these seemingly contradictory motives for big money extends well beyond fitness betting.”

Grospellier added, “Dan is a very driven person and he wants to inspire others, which I totally understand. Also, we’ve previously made fitness bets which have both helped 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 at around 12 percent for the rest of my life.”

Dan Cates and Betrand Grospellier
Dan Cates & Bertrand Grospellier at the plank.

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

“That’s an amount that seems motivating enough for both Dan and me,” ElkY said. “In a perfect world, we should have enough motivation with no financial incentive – or in this case more of a counter-incentive – but this amount will ensure we stick to our plan/goal. The way I see it, everything is connected. Physical health, mental health, well-being, focus, longevity and the ability to perform at peak levels. So this achievement will be the first step in my journey to become the best version of myself.”

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A look at other health-inspired prop bets

earlier this year, Doug Polk started with a body fat loss prop bet Bill Perkins where the owner of The Lodge Poker Club in Texas needs to lose 50% of his body fat in 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 at odds of 20:1 Lose 50 pounds in just a few months.

Likewise already in 2018, Jaime and Matt Staples won $150,000 weight loss bet against Perkins. The brothers bet $3,000 at odds of 50:1 that they could reach the same weight within a year. It was a tall order as Jaime weighed 137.9 kg (304 pounds) and brother Matt only 60.7 kg (134 pounds), 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).

Jaime and Matt Staples
Jaime and Matt Staples

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

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

*Images courtesy of Dan Cates & Bertrand Grospellier.

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