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Isaac Haxton Abandons Durrrr Challenge with Tom DwanWritten on May 23, 2013
Isaac Haxton initiated the Durrrr Challenge with Tom Dwan more than two years ago, taking the third place in line behind Patrik Antonius and current contender Daniel “jungleman12” Cates. In a recent interview with Poker Tube, Haxton made it very clear that he no longer has any intention of going through with the challenge, calling it a joke.
Tom “durrrr” Dwan began his challenge with Patrik Antonius in 2009, but the two never finished the 50,000 requisite hands to see it through to the end. Daniel Cates began his run for $1.5 million of Dwan’s money in 2010, but again, … Read More
Dwan and Cates Play another Short Round in the Durrrr ChallengeWritten on May 20, 2013
Every time we think we’re about to get some real action in the Durrrr Challenge, things get cut short. That’s exactly what happened on Saturday as Daniel Cates Tweeted via his Junglemandan account “durrrr challenge now @ Tom Dwan”.
The action got underway, and did include one of Full Tilt Poker’s biggest hands of the day, but just over an hour into it, the competition was already coming to a close. Dwan let it be known that he thought he had more time, but that he had to leave.
There were actually two major hands that went down, but one … Read More
Tom Dwan Applauds as PokerStars Puts an End to Annoying Bum-HuntingWritten on May 20, 2013
PokerStars has made it official – No more bum-hunting!
“Did you just say ‘bum-hunting’? That sounds gross…”
Yes, I did say bum-hunting, and no I’m not talking about dirty old men praying on the tight tooshies of young athletic 20-something ladies… or the other way around, for that matter.
Over the last many years, there has become an all too common practice at online poker sites known as ‘bum-hunting’. It is essentially an unethical and extremely annoying practice wherein advanced poker players sit at moderately priced tables in an effort to prey upon less experienced players who … Read More
Another Great Week for Tom Dwan, Winning Over $1m at FTPWritten on May 15, 2013
Some of the biggest poker pros in the world have been tearing up the virtual felt this week. Among them, Tom “durrrr” Dwan pilfered the tables for $572,000 on Thursday alone, accumulating more than $1 million throughout the week. Other big winners (in order of highest to lowest) include Ben “Sauce1234” Sulsky, Kyle “cottonseed1” Hendon, Niklas “ragen70″ Heinecker, the nameless Norwegian “Odd_Oddsen”, Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius, and Isaac “luvtheWNBA” Haxton; all clipping the chips for $130k-$1m+.
Dwan had already been plowing through the nosebleed stakes for a few days when he ran across a $500/$1000 PLO table of the most fortuitous … Read More
Daniel Jungleman Cates Registers for Battle of Malta Poker EventWritten on May 14, 2013
We love to keep track of our favorite poker players, particularly Tom Dwan and Daniel Cates, who continue to sporadically compete in the Durrrr Challenge on Full Tilt Poker. This week, we found out where “Jungleman12” will be spending a portion of his September. Cates is registered for a paradisiacal poker brawl at the Battle of Malta.
No word on whether Tom “durrrr” Dwan will be gracing the coastal glory of St. Julian, but Daniel has confirmed his imminent participation in the second annual running of the Main Event, which boasts an elevated guaranteed prize pool of €200k. Other big-name … Read More
Phil Hellmuth Responds to Release of Scandalous UB Poker RecordingsWritten on May 13, 2013
The terms “Ultimate Bet / UB Poker” and “scandalous” are synonymous. What was once a thriving, respected member of the online poker community turned grotesquely sour back in 2007-2008 when it was unearthed that the site’s owner, Russ Hamilton, and several others involved with the poker site, were involved in a massive ignominy of cheating. Now, former employee Travis Makar has come forward with recordings of a meeting in which Hamilton discussed keeping UB’s limelight pro, Phil Hellmuth, in the dark.
The tapes were recorded back in late 2008, right around the time that Ultimate Bet was headlining every poker … Read More
Welcome to the DurrrrChallengeWho is this man Durrrr ? At just 22 years of age, Tom Dwan has become one of the most respected poker pros in the history of the game. From nosebleed cash games to some of the world's largest live and online poker tournaments, the man they call "durrrr" can be found everywhere. Recently, Dwan issued the Million Dollar Challenge: open to any member of the poker community except Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, the challenge requires opponents to play Dwan in 50,000 hands of $200/$400 or higher on four tables at a time. If either player drops below 75 big blinds in their stack at any point, they must reload. At the conclusion of the Pot Limit Omaha or No Limit Hold'em hands, a winner will be crowned. If Dwan is ahead by $1 or more, his opponent must fork over $500,000. If Dwan's opponent is ahead by $1 or more, the youngster has offered to pay $1.5 million. In each case, the victor will also keep the spoils of the 50,000 hands of play. In addition to the money, the Million Dollar Challenge is about bragging rights.
The Challenge, as you'd expect, generated a considerable amount of buzz even before any poker pros raised their hands to play. However, three of the game's best will face Dwan and receive 3:1 odds on their money: Patrik Antonius, Phil Ivey, and David Benyamine. The latter two are World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet holders; in fact, Ivey owns five of them. In 2005, Antonius won the prestigious European Poker Tour (EPT) Baden event. He also finished third in the 2007 WSOP World Championship of Pot Limit Omaha for $311,000. The trio combines for $5.25 million in career WSOP cashes. Ivey and Antonius are both members of Team Full Tilt.
Dwan also has plenty of live tournament experience. He made the televised final table and finished fourth in the World Poker Tour's (WPT) Foxwoods Poker Finals during Season VI for $324,000. He's appeared on NBC's "National Heads-Up Poker Championship" and "Poker After Dark."
First up for Dwan is Antonius. Designated Pot Limit Omaha tables have already been set up on Full Tilt Poker to host the spectacle. Keep checking back for up to the minute details on one of the world's most unique Real Money Texas Holdem Challenge.
Myths about Texas Holdem and the Challenge
Myths can be useful. On the surface they provide plausible explanations of why things are the way they are. Beyond that, they keep believers from discovering the truth, allowing those who know better to profit at the expense of others’ naiveté.
In poker, the abundance of myths certainly keeps play interesting. Following are a dozen of the most pervasive ones, many of which encourage inexperienced players to put more in the pot than they should or inhibit potentially good ones from playing at all.
- Poker is a game of chance . The inventor of this one obviously wanted to entice more novices to stop studying the game, give up calculating odds and put their chips in the hands of fate (with “fate” being a particularly good player). Quite the contrary, scientific research has shown that a player’s talent is the single most important determinant of success. Winning poker is about six parts skill for every one part luck.
- Good players always win. Don’t tell that to anyone who has ever finished second at a World Series of Poker (WSOP) title event. Even in cash games, the randomness of the cards is still a factor. Although good players succeed more than they fail—perhaps 60% or even 70% of the time—lose they most certainly do, walking away to play another day. That means there is at least an opportunity for lesser players to take them down.
- Winners must be super aggressive. Hollywood might like that script, and relentless pressure certainly has its place, especially in big money tournaments. But in cash play and limit games, it can actually work against a good player. Most successful professionals, like a Chip Reese or a Dan Harrington, are selectively aggressive. They can turn it on or off and will go full throttle only for short periods of time.
- Great poker players are born, not made. There might be such a thing as “natural poker talent,” but it is no substitute for experience and learning. Many of the top players today have an aptitude for math; they are good with numbers and quick at making calculations. Others are masters of human psychology. But those are just foundations on which to build their poker prowess. It takes playing in real game situations to develop one’s skills to the point of greatness.
- Poker is a man’s game. This has to be true, right guys? Just look at the WSOP poker rankings—all men—except for Annie Duke, Kathy Liebert, Jennifer Harman Traniello, Vanessa Selbst, Vanessa Rousso, Annette Obrestad, Joanne Liu, Liv Boeree and ten other women who have earned more than $1 million at the tables, not to mention dozens of other females who now play professionally. Sorry fellas, but it’s time to apologize to the ladies for this myth.
- Poker is all about reads . Players who can identify poker tells and understand what they mean certainly have an advantage. But if that were the secret to success, nobody would ever be successful online, where opponents are faceless, bodiless and perhaps just poker bots with poor programming. It’s much more important to know how to play your own cards than to focus on mind reading.
- Bad players ruin the game . That might be true at the Blackjack table, but in poker, bad players are the fish that feed the sharks. Even the ones that consistently overplay hands, raising when they should fold, staying in and catching lucky draws on the River, will eventually feed the chip stacks of the better players at a table. Bad players welcome!
- Losing bluffs help big hands win. Folks who subscribe to this baloney truly believe that they can’t get opponents to go along with their monster hands unless it appears they might be bluffing. What nonsense! Although getting caught in a bluff isn’t the worst thing that can happen in poker, it should never be a player’s intention. The sole purpose of bluffing is to turn a weak hand into a winner, not to advertise incompetence. Good players win big on big hands regardless of whether they bluffed previously or not.
- Online poker is fixed . Pardon the double entendre. Online poker is certainly not fixed (rigged) but it has been fixed (corrected) ever since the poker cheating scandals of 2005-07, involving Absolute Poker and UltimateBet. Today’s reputable online poker rooms are secure, monitored by regulators and audited to prevent any types of cheating or scams. If the games were ever found to be unfair, users and the industry would come down on them like a flopped flush on a pocket pair.
- It’s easier to win online than at live tables. So much depends on who is playing, where and when that no generalization of this sort can be made. In fact, the opposite may be true. Las Vegas poker regulars say a constant flow of tourists makes winning there easier than online, where the same players can be seen day after day. Online multi-tabling also means a single shark can feed on more fish, so in that respect it may be even more difficult to succeed in the virtual version.
- More bad beats occur online . It sure might seem like this is true, especially to anyone who has played a lot online and off. But it’s mainly a mathematical illusion. Online play is faster, meaning more hands per hour at the table and, hence, more bad beats in total than at real tables, where play is much, much slower. On the other hand, a real contributing factor might be looser play at online tables, leading to more bad breaks.
- Playing Texas Holdem for money is illegal . Unfortunately, this is true in some places, but not universally so. In Nevada, licensed casinos have poker rooms. In California, legal card clubs abound. New Jersey bans cash games played at home, but allows poker operated by some 12,000 organizations throughout the state. Online poker playing is lawful in most parts of the world, and some web sites welcome players from the U.S. and other countries where it is not. It is up to each individual to be aware of what laws apply, as they vary greatly from one jurisdiction to another.