Tom “Durrrr” Dwan No Longer a Full Tilt Poker “Pro”Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 by Ryan
Tom “Durrrr” Dwan is one of the more well-known, and often talked about poker players in the game today, and his rise really started in the online poker world. He was widely known as one of the “Team Red” Pros that played on the old Full Tilt Poker. After Full Tilt Poker was bought by PokerStars after the massive downfall from Black Friday, the high stakes poker player was still brought back on as a member of “The Professionals” as they were called. These are the sponsored players at the online poker site, but the most recent news to come out is that Dwan is no longer a part of this group.
Dwan was listed as one of The Professionals alongside of other big name players Gus Hansen and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom. Now though, if you head to the Full Tilt Poker website you are going to notice that there are only pictures of Hansen and Blom on the site. The reason for this is because Dwan’s contract came to an end, and Full Tilt Poker and Dwan have agreed to part ways. A Full Tilt spokesman was quoted as saying: “To have one of the most respected names in poker on our team has been a great pleasure. We will continue to watch Tom at the tables and wish him every success in the future.”
In November of 2012 we saw the three previously mentioned players get added as The Professionals on Full Tilt Poker, and this came after the rebirth of the site. The same owners who own PokerStars, Rational Group, were the ones who made this decision, and we’ve seen both Hansen and Blom remain very active in playing on the new site. Hansen apparently hasn’t had a hot run of things though, as he’s lost around $8.53 million this year, while Blom is up right around $650k. Dwan’s situation is a different one though, and it’s probably one of the reasons why the departure happened.
Dwan wasn’t as active as the other two players were on the site, and while he’s gone up around $750k in profit, it looks like he’s stayed inactive on the site for long periods of time. For starters, from June to September his account didn’t move at all, and while he played a small amount in September and October, he wasn’t back on the site since that point. Obviously to be a part of the pro team on a site, you are going to need to remain active and have yourself seen on the site fairly often, which is something Dwan just wasn’t offering the site.
Dwan also hasn’t had much success on the live poker trail either, and this could be another reason why we saw a change occur. In the past year we saw Dwan have only one official cash, which came at the NBC Heads-Up Championship back in January. In 2012 he pulled in a sixth place finish in the PartyPoker.com Premier League V in April, but we haven’t seen much else happen. Since 2011 he’s had only eight cashes in the big worldwide tournaments, and four of those were in “invitational” tournaments. Three of the other cashes came at the World Series of Poker back in 2011.
According to many reports, Dwan has been in Macau for a large amount of his time, playing in the high stakes games that are running there. Dwan even stated that he had his “biggest loss ever” in Macau, leaving many to wonder exactly how Dwan is doing money-wise right now, and what the biggest loss ever really means.
You may also remember the “durrrr” Challenge, which was run on Full Tilt Poker, and featured Dwan playing against other big named pros in a massive heads up match. The most recent was set to start up again in October between Dwan and Dan “Jungleman” Cates. The two sides set up new conditions, and after they got into it earlier in the year the two decided to schedule for play to start with significant financial penalties if one of the two sides didn’t live up to the expectations that were set. This could make things interesting, especially since the “durrrr” Challenge may not even be running any longer. In their recent match, Cates was up around $1.5 million after 25k of the 50k hands hand been played.
It’s unlikely that Dwan is going to sign another sponsorship right now, unless it’s with one of the European poker rooms like 888, partypoker, or Winamax. Regardless though, Dwan isn’t very active in online poker, and hasn’t been cashing much in live poker tournaments it seems, so it’s unlikely that we see him sign on anywhere anytime soon one would imagine.