Last One In, First One Out

In the world of inventory management, “Last In, First Out” is abbreviated “LIFO.” In the world of $40,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournaments, it’s called a “Durrrr.” Tom “durrrr” Dwan, one-half of the ongoing Million Dollar Challenge, lasted nearly two levels in the high-stakes live tournament at the World Series of Poker (WSOP), busting just before the first break after showing up late.

The official WSOP coverage hadn’t quite gotten to page two when Dwan and David “The Dragon” Pham tangled in Durrrr’s final pot. After a flop of 8-5-3, Dwan check-called a bet of 8,200 from Pham. The turn came the deuce of diamonds, putting two diamonds and two clubs on the board. Then, the action really heated up. Pham bet 28,000, Dwan pushed for 54,000, and Pham made the call with Dwan’s tournament life on the line. Pham turned over pocket kings, while Dwan showed pocket sixes.

Needing to catch a six for trips or four for a straight, Dwan watched as one of the two remaining kings in the deck hit on the river, sending the youngster packing from the commemorative tournament. The hand propelled Pham to nearly 200,000 in chips and, one day later, the poker pro holds the 20th largest stack out of 41 remaining players at 480,000.

Dwan’s foe in the Million Dollar Challenge, Patrik Antonius, did not play in the $40,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em event, although he is in Las Vegas.

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