The durrrr Challenge: Dwan Gains some Ground

The second installment of the durrr Challenge has been something of a treat for poker fans everywhere. Why? Simple – it’s because the instigator of the challenge himself is at the losing end. Cates has done incredibly well for himself by holding on to a lead of more than $700,000 in the first few months of the challenge. However, it seems as if Dwan’s finally gaining some impetus as he managed to cut into Cates’ lead by about $172,000, lowering Cates’ total winnings to $582,000.

About the Challenge

Those poker fans who still don’t know about this challenge are probably living under a rock. It’s actually the second of its kind, though the first one seems to have been buried deep and forgotten. The challenge between Dwan and Antonius has already gone on for two years and there seems to be no sign of imminent completion. The second challenge between Cates and Dwan, though, is pretty much alive – though also moving slowly. Cates wants to speed it up, but Dwan seems determined to stick to shorter sessions. During the last challenge, though, Dwan obliged his opponent by playing for a longer duration, and it did wonders for him. Tom Dwan managed to win $172,000, although he lost most of the monster pots during the session.

This lowered Cates’ lead to only $582,000 – which is still substantial, but if this latest session is any indication, Dwan might finally be adjusting to Cates’ style, having slowly but surely gained ground during the last two sessions.

Huge Pots

As is usual in cash games involving Tom Dwan, several pots managed to reach more than $100,000. The biggest one was worth $169,000 – a pot which went to Cates. Another big pot was worth $124,778, also won by Cates. However, Dwan won several of the smaller pots and was pretty consistent during this long session. He also managed to win a $103,600 pot, which helped much in giving him an edge. So far, about 11,000 of the required 50,000 hands have been played. There’s still a long way to go, and hopefully the two of them will actually get to finish the challenge.

The first challenge is pretty much dead and it’s highly doubtful that we’ll ever see a conclusion for it. With Dwan having a $2 million lead at the first challenge, though, we might not really need to wait for the conclusion. At least this second one’s more interesting by far.

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