Tom Dwan Lasts One Level in WPT L.A. Poker Classic

Tom “durrrr” Dwan lasted all of one level in the $10,000 buy-in World Poker Tour (WPT) L.A. Poker Classic. In a truly Dwan-like strategy, the youngster didn’t show up for the entirety of Day 1. By the start of Day 2, his stack had been blinded down to 15,000. The WPT claimed his absence was caused by a bevy of high-stakes online cash games along with the fact that Dwan “couldn’t get a flight to L.A. in time to catch any of Day 1.”

According to Yahoo Maps, the driving distance between Las Vegas and Los Angeles is just 270 miles, a short four-hour trip across the desert. Dwan, however, elected to fly and turned out for Day 2 in the middle of the second level of play, the sixth overall. At that point, blinds were 100-200 with an ante of 50 and Dwan’s stack had plummeted to 25 big blinds. The WPT reported Dwan’s arrival at 1:13pm PT.

By 2:18pm PT, or one hour later, Dwan had bitten the dust during Level 7. Down to a scant 4,600 in chips, Dwan shoved with A-7 of spades and the player in the small blind re-shoved with pocket nines. The flop came 2-3-4, giving Dwan a wheel draw, but a running 10-6 sent him back to the airport searching for a return flight to Las Vegas. Also employing the strategy of showing up on Day 2 was Antonio Esfandiari, who likewise did not survive to see Day 2.

One activity we know Dwan didn’t partake in along the way was the Durrrr Challenge, which has seen no action since February 13th. Instead, Dwan battled online against CardRunners instructors Brian Townsend and Cole South on Thursday night, earning a combined $543,000. The winner of the WPT L.A. Poker Classic pockets $1.8 million, with the top two finishers banking at least $1 million.

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