“durrrr” Challenge Update: Dwan Up by 1 million

Tom “durrrr” Dwan is in a row – for the past 8 sessions of the “durrrr” challenge, Dwan has won a decisive 7. The most recent session spanned just 892 hands but was enough to give Dwan an extra $199,442 to pad up his lead, giving him a total of $1,077,932. Antonius and Dwan have lodged over 31,912 hands in all. Use the Full Tilt Referral Code, THEGAME, and watch the durrrr challenge live at Full Tilt Poker.

Widening the Gap

The “durrrr” Challenge just recently resumed this week, with Antonius and Dwan logging in and playing against each other last Thursday after a 36-day hiatus. It’s such a great surprise, however, that they seem to be upping the pace of this challenge, having logged in again for the second time this week to battle it out. Though the second January session was actually considerably shorter than the first one, it was still significant because Dwan managed to score big in just a few hands and reached the 1 million dollar mark. That’s a sizeable lead which will undoubtedly be hard to beat. But then again, Antonius has been known to pull some surprises out of his sleeve at the most unexpected moments, so nobody really knows how this challenge will ultimately end. Besides, though Dwan is up by a million, the “durrrr” Challenge has been known for its swings, particularly the one on that legendary session last June 2009 where Dwan had to go through a $1.5 million swing within just 4000 hands. It will be hard for Antonius to recover, especially with just over 18,000 hands left, but it’s not entirely impossible.

Raking in the Chips

The last session, however, was bad for Antonius as Dwan managed to score the biggest pots of the night. Antonius did manage to win a pot worth $189,993, when he chanced upon a queen-high straight and the river failed to produce a winning card for Dwan. Dwan, however, was quick to recover. Just an hour later, he managed to nab the third biggest pot of the night – a pot worth $169,000. At first, Dwan was holding some rather ugly cards. Normally, one would opt to slow down at that point, but not Dwan. He opened for $1,200 immediately with his JD9S6H2D hand. Antonius, however, had a rather impressive hand. Armed with AHAC9C5S, Antonius did not hesitate to bet. The flop turned out as QD6S2S, which gave Dwan a two-pair. Antonius, still confident about his aces, raised again. The turn was revealed to be 2C, giving Dwan a deuces full – a remarkable turn-around considering what Dwan started out with. The river was revealed to be 4C, a rather inconsequential card. In the end, they kept raising until Dwan called all in, subsequently raking in the monster pot.

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