Cate Hall vs. Mike Dentale Showdown

Poker Twitter spat headed for Twitch streets.
New @DougPolkPoker YouTube video and special announcement.

The social media dispute between high profile poker players Cate Hall and Mike Dentale appears to be confirmed for a legitimate HU4ROLZ Poker Night in America contest to take place at Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino this coming March.

Saturday afternoon, Upswing Poker featured pro Doug Polk revealed that he will perform Master of Ceremonies duties for the five-figure matchup live on Twitch Poker.

“Ya’ boy’s gonna be in the mix commentating this Cate Hall vs. Mike Dentale heads-up match and frankly I think we are in for a treat,” Polk divulges near the end of the clip which features a live cash game hand between Dentale and 2016 Aussie Millions 3rd place finisher Samantha Abernathy.

Cate Hall Poker Bio


Cate Hall is a Yale Law School graduate, former competitive chess player and World of Warcraft gamer from Arizona who has cashed for over $800,000 in live poker tournaments since January 2015 according to The Hendon Mob. Her breakout performance came a year ago when she placed 5th in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $291,300.

Hall has been cast on multiple Poker Night in America episodes over the past two years, and has made a name for herself through a combination of poker results and community engagement.

Mike Dentale Poker Bio


Mike Dentale is a veteran live poker player from New York who has been on the scene since 2008. The Hendon Mob has his career cash total at $1.38 million headlined by a November 2015 championship effort in the Borgata Fall Poker Open for $336,300.

Dentale has also been active on social media, but was embroiled in controversy this April while competing in a satellite event into the $25,000 buy-in Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Although his Big Blind open-fold to a Small Blind all-in that he already had covered was eventually overturned by tournament staff, ensuing arguments between he and Mukul Pahuja resulted in two penalties that ensured Dentale busted the event.

Get Your Popcorn Ready

Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram uploaded a special YouTube segment Friday outlining the ongoing Poker Twitter battle between Hall and Dentale.

“As you can see, a lot of mean things were said on both sides,” Ingram told his fans at the 5-minute mark of his video. “When you’re gonna say things like that, you gotta back it up! You gotta step up to the plate!”


Newly-assigned grudge match promoter Matt Glantz couldn’t agree more it seems. Glantz has $6.3 million in live tournament cashes, is a PNiA regular and Pennsylvania native who has been key in facilitating the upcoming high stakes match.

Penix-Measuring Contest Too?

While we’re on the topic of stepping up to the plate, old-school online poker tournament specialist and Golden Knight slot machine button-masher Dan “Wretchy” Martin has also entered the mix with a challenge of his own to Dentale.


Although it’s doubtful that separate contest will get any live cast love, Glantz is more than willing to accept sponsorship pitches for the upcoming Cate Hall vs. Mike Dentale Heads-Up For Rolls showdown.

Stay tuned to Upswing Poker for the latest news on this and other poker community events!

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David Huber

David Huber

David Huber (known as "dhubermex" online) has been involved in the poker industry for more than a decade. He currently assists several poker and gaming entities as a researcher, writer, and consultant. Former Editor-in-Chief & Head Moderator of online tournament rankings site PocketFives (2006-2011).

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