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Splashing The Pot – “Durrrr Challenge” Continues, Cake Poker Returns T.J. Cloutier’s Bracelet, EPT and Aussie Millions

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Splashing the Pot captures the foam created by the disturbance and turbulence of action, action, action, and is filled with tidbits above and beyond the victories and beats and adds a little spice to the game of poker.

Durrrr Challenge Continues After Long Hiatus –

In case you aren’t familiar with the challenge, here are some basics: Tom Dwan challenged anyone in the world to a heads-up game, playing Pot Limit Omaha or No Limit Hold’em.  The match will consist of 50,000 hands, with each session having four tables being played at the same time.  If Dwan wins by $1 dollar or more, all money won, plus a $500,000 side bet will become his.  If Dwan loses, he owes his opponent a whopping $1.5 million dollars, plus all money lost over the course of the event.

For the first time in over a month Tom “Durrrr” Dwan and Patrik Antonius continued the “Durrrr Challenge,” playing a 274 hand session early this morning.  Dwan continued to have the better of it, securing a small victory of $5,289.50, but improving his substantial lead to around $942,000.  The Pot Limit Omaha heads-up match finally saw the completion of 30,000 hands, leaving Antonius less than 20,000 hands to make up ground.
This session, while short, had its fair share of fireworks that could have very easily seen one of the competitors walk away with a huge session win, but for the most part it stayed even.  Spreading play over four tables, both players dragged in a huge pot at almost the same exact time, 3:41 am.  Antonius won $93,178.50 on one table, while Dwan was pulling in another $83,436 pot on another.  Literally one minute later, Antonius brought in a huge pot of $103,989.50.  If railbirds thought this was a turnaround point for Antonius, they were wrong, as less than 20 minutes later “Durrrr” won the biggest pot of the session securing $108,121,50.  The wait between sessions isn’t expected to be as long as it has been.  At the end of the session Dwan asked Antonius via chat if he wants to play again soon, and he agreed.  Railbirds are hoping for the long session they have been craving for.
World Series of Poker Europe Returns to ESPN2 with Caesars Cup

For the second straight year ESPN2 will televise two events from the World Series of Poker Europe.  Starting January 31, at 11 P.M. ESPN2 will show back-to-back episodes of the inaugural Caesars Cup, a unique team format tournament.  “Team Americas,” which includes the likes of Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Ivey, will battle “Team Europe,” featuring stars Patrik Antonius, Annette Oberstad and Gus Hansen.  The two teams will play a series of team and single matches, not only for bragging rights for a year, but also for the Caesars Cup.

ESPN2 will kick off coverage of the WSOPE Main Event on Sunday February 7 at 10 PM, with back-to-back episodes.  All the top names will be competing for a first prize of nearly $1.3 million dollars.
EPT Deauville Crowns Main Event Winner and Aussie Millions Action Continues

Jake Cody , playing in his very first European Poker Tour event, outlasted all competitors to win the Deauville Main Event.  With Cody holding a slight chip lead over Teodor Caraba, both were dealt monsters.  However, after all the chips got in, Cody’s Kings held against Caraba’s A-K offsuit, giving him the victory and the prize of €847,000.

The Aussie Millions Main Event is now on Day 4, and the field has been whittled down to 18.  Among the well known players competing for the 2,000,000 AUD first prize are Annette Obrestad (2nd in chips), Sorel Mizzi (3rd) and Dan Shak (6th).  The chip leader is little known Kosmas Dratsas, but he can become well-known if he can outlast this impressive field to take down the title. 

Phil Ivey Tops the List of Biggest Poker Earners Ever

put out a list showing the top poker winners of all-time when it comes to tournament cashes.  While it would be impossible to create a list including cash game wins and losses, and also over all net-worth, this list can at least be used for some interesting chat in the various poker communities.  As seen below, Phil Ivey holds a slight lead over Daniel Negreanu, but that could change the next time “KidPoker” cashes in an event.  What is not taken into account in this list is other assets, such as Phil Ivey’s share of Full Tilt Poker.

Additionally, one of the most noteworthy names on the list, T.J. Cloutier, stands out as he has recently lost a WSOP bracelet and a trophy for winning the Scotty Nguyen tournament.  Here’s hoping nobody else on the list shares a similar fate. (More news on Cloutier below)

Phil Ivey
Daniel Negreanu
Jamie Gold
Phil Hellmuth Jr
Scotty Nguyen
Joe Hachem
Peter Eastgate
Allen Cunningham
Erik Seidel
T.J. Cloutier

Cake Poker Wins eBay Bid for Cloutier’s WSOP Bracelet, Plans to Return It

It turns out the winning eBay bid of T.J. Cloutier’s bracelet for winning the 2005 $5,000 No Limit Hold’em Event came from Cake Poker.   Shortly after winning the bracelet, a blog entry on Cake Poker said they couldn’t in good conscious keep it, so they will return it, but not right away.  The blog entry joked that first there would be some “photo shoots” and that they might have to wear it to a “buddy’s home game.”

News of this comes mixed in the online poker communities.  Some are pleased because they feel the bracelet should be returned to its rightful owner.  Others suggest that Cloutier will maybe just sell it again because of his weakness for the game of craps.
Freeroll Fun Continues

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