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  • Tom “Durrrr” Dwan Challenge Continues Against Patrik Antonius

    Monday, March 9th, 2009 by t2admin

The action between Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Patrik Antonius, the first battle stage of the “Dwan Challenge”, continues to rage at Full Tilt Poker, though the momentum has lost its edge somewhat. According to Tom Dwan, scheduling conflicts and other high stakes action have slowed the progress of their epic conquest.

In a recent interview, Dwan stated, “We haven’t played that much so far. There have been a lot of bigger stakes games which we both were interested in, so those take a little bit of precedence. Plus our schedules have been a little different.”

It’s been nearly a month since Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Patrik Antonius took to the virtual felt at FullTiltPoker.com to begin the challenge on February 18, 2009, playing hand after hand of $200/$400 PL Omaha at 4 simultaneous tables. Only 5 sessions have taken place overall, totaling just 4,178. For those of you keeping up with the details, 50,000 hands must take place before the duel comes to a decisive end.

As any follower of the Dwan Challenge should know, “durrrr” is posting triple odds in the challenge. He has put up $1.5 million to Antonius’s $500k. Once 50,000 hands have taken place, the player holding more chips than he began with – even if it is just $1 more – walks away with both stacks, $2,000,000 (minus any rake).

After 13 hours of play, “durrrr” holds the current lead of about $140k. Once the Dwan/Antonius competition is completed, FullTiltPoker.net pro Phil Ivey will reportedly be the next to take up the Dwan Challenge.

Dwan stats that being in different time zones has not helped to expedite the challenge, while juicy high-stakes action is tripping them up as well. “We start playing four tables of $200/$400 and then five random names show up at $500/$1000 at four tables so we’re obviously going to go to those.”

When asked to predict the outcome, according to the current status of the challenge, Dwan replied, “We just haven’t played enough hands to tell, and there hasn’t been anything that interesting yet.”

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