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Full Tilt Fever: Durrrr Challenge Headed for Television

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The Durrrr Challenge is open to all but very few poker players in the world can accept it. It requires players to compete at high-stakes cash games, meaning their bankrolls have to be able to accommodate that level of play. But the numbers of players who sidle up to the Full Tilt Poker tables to observe the play are able to see some of the best poker being played on the internet.

Patrick Antonius was the first to accept Tom “durrrr” Dwan’s challenge, and since it requires that 50,000 hands be played and the two have busy schedules, the matches continue to play whenever they have time. The games played must be no-limit holdem or pot-limit Omaha, preferably a mixture of both, and players must compete on several consecutive tables at the $200/$400 level or higher. If Antonius is up after the requisite number of hands, he wins $1.5 million of Dwan’s money, but if Dwan wins, Antonius must pay him $500,000.

Meanwhile, another player, Daniel “Jungleman12” Cates accepted the challenge, though the condition was that only NLHE was to be played. Matches only got underway in the past weeks, and several sessions have been played, with thousands of railbirds watching every hand. Since there is no time limit, this challenge could also go on for a number of months before an ultimate winner is declared, and others like Brian Townsend have also indicated an interest in playing, so more could be on the horizon.

With the Durrrr Challenge being such a hit with poker fans, Full Tilt and Dwan have decided to take the contest to a live format as well. The live challenge was issued in July, and three players - Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies, Marcello “Luckexpress” Marigliano, and Sammy “any two” George - accepted. Each of Dwan’s opponents will play 500 hands against him with blinds of $500/$1,000, and the opponent can choose whether to play PLO or NLHE. And all will be taped at the Les Ambassadeurs Club at the Mayfair in London, England from November 17 to 19, 2010. There is no word on which countries or television networks will broadcast the episodes, but the Full Tilt website asserts that it will be aired in 2010.

As previously mentioned, most players cannot compete at these levels, but most who tune in to watch the matches have hope. They all have money in their Full Tilt Poker accounts and try to increase their bankrolls through regular site play, whether it be in cash games or tournaments. And one way to do that is to watch some of the best players in the game, take notes, and try to incorporate some of those strategies into their own games. It can be done. It has been done. No player starts at the stakes of Dwan or Antonius, as even they will confess that they started with a minimal deposit on an online poker site and worked hard to develop the bankrolls and skills that they have now.

All it takes is the willingness to try, learn, and play. By downloading Full Tilt Poker here and making your first deposit, the first step to becoming one of the best players in the world is accomplished. And to help that bankroll along, use the bonus code “POKERWORKS” when signing up to qualify for a 100% bonus that you can earn through regular site play.

And when you accept - or create - your own version of the Durrrr Challenge, the rest of us will line up to watch!

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