Apparently the online challenge didn’t quite turn out as well as Tom “Durrrr” Dwan would have liked, as in not enough takers and not enough of a challenge happening as fast as the adrenaline rush he wants to capture and feed on as long his funds and those of his opponents hold up, so he’s stepped up to give anyone in the world a shot at him. His first challenge was an online poker match that had Durrrr giving his opponents an opportunity to pocket substantial cash—if they could beat him—where he laid $1.5 Million against his opponents $500,000. Any challenger had to agree to play him for 50,000 hands playing four tables at the same time in $200-400 or higher No Limit Holdem or Pot Limit Omaha.
Dwan’s latest challenge is a heads-up poker match next month in London where both players will have to put up $500,000 with blinds at $500-$1,000 and the match will be played in four sets, each set consists of 500 hands. Neither player can quit a set. The set is only complete when 500 hands have been played or either player has gone busto. Durrrr also is being quite magnanimous in giving his opponent the option of game choices - Pot Limit Omaha or No Limit Holdem.
First up and ready to play Durrrr is Sammy “any two” George who is widely known in Europe. Sammy George is no newcomer to the green felt and has appeared on The Big Game and Poker Million, very popular poker shows in Europe. George’s match with Durrrr will be one of the biggest ones George faced but when asked about it, George said, "With Phil Ivey and Patrick Antonius, you are talking about guys I rate quite highly. Guys like Durrrr to me are normal, you know, they're nothing special."
Dwan’s original challenge is still ongoing with Patrik Antonius as Patrik was the first player to accept the challenge. Interestingly Tony G. has a comment in his latest blog about Durrrr’s latest challenge. Is there value in playing Durrrr and his challenges?
Durrrr certainly changed the whole energy of the season of High Stakes Poker as he made moves and plays that were completely off the wall—and got away with them. Apparently no one knows where to put him in a hand but does that change when the war zone is online or live? Will others step up and accept either challenge? Will Durrrr be satisfied with the results of either challenge or still be attempting to fuel his need for speed in poker with another one?
*Editor’s Note: One question that has surfaced from Durrrr’s original challenge and there appears to be no answer; 'Dwan stipulated that if the challenger is up only as much as $1 after rake, Dwan will pay that player $1.5 million, but if Dwan is up after the 50,000 hands, he will only take $500,000 for the feat.' Is the rake a factor in this challenge? Please respond in the forum.”