10,983 Hands of the "durrrr" Challenge Have Now Been CompletedPublished on 2009-04-11 09:47:53
On February 18th, 2009, the "durrrr" Challenge got underway to a great deal of fanfare.
Early in 2009, Tom "durrrr" Dwan issued a challenge to any poker player in the world that wasn't named Phil Galfond.
Dwan challenged the world to a multi-table, 50,000 hand minimum cash game battle.
Four tables at a time. Dwan's opponent could pick the game of choice (either Pot Limit Omaha or No Limit Hold'em). A minimum of $200/$400 on each table.
If Dwan was up at least $1 (after rake) at the conclusion on the challenge, then he would receive $500,000 from his opponent, on top of whatever he made during the course of the challenge.
If Dwan's opponent was up even $1 after rake at the conclusion of the challenge, then Dwan would have to fork over a staggering $1.5 million dollars, on top of whatever was lost during the challenge.
Three players were believed to have accepted the challenge - Phil Ivey, David Benyamine and Patrik Antonius.
Antonius got the first shot at Dwan, and the challenge got underway in mid February.
The challenge, which looked to have been abandoned a few weeks ago, has really picked up over the past week or so. The two players seem intent on finishing out the challenge, which is now over 20% complete.
As it stands right now, Tom "durrrr" Dwan currently has a $78,062.00 lead.
The two have passed the lead back and forth a number of times now, with neither player being able to build up a substantial advantage.
10,983 of the 50,000 hands have now been completed in the challenge.
Of those hands, Dwan has won 5,804, while Antonius has won 5,141.
There have been a total of 18 sessions (according to Full Tilt Poker), and $64,269,981.00 has been wagered.
Both players have had brief $200k leads, and both players have seen these leads evaporate in just a couple of hands.
Dwan has won two of the three largest pots of the challenge so far.
The largest pot of the challenge was a $291,950.50 hand that was won by Dwan.
After the flop came 6-4-J with two clubs, the two players put around $125,000 into the pot.
The turn brought the 10 of diamonds, "durrrr" pushed and Antonius snap-called.
Antonius showed Kh-Jh-9c-Jc for top set, a flush draw and a gutshot straight draw.
Dwan showed Ac-5h-3c-7c for the nut flush draw and open-ended straight draw.
The river was the Queen of clubs, giving Dwan the nut flush and the $292k pot.
We'll keep you posted of any new developments in the "challenge" as it moves forward.
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