Two Hands From 8/24 Session

Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Patrik Antonius are finally back at the Durrrr Challenge tables on Full Tilt Poker after an extended hiatus. The last time we saw these two battle it out at the four Pot Limit Omaha tables, Dwan took an incredible run to overtake Antonius for the lead. Now, it was Antonius that took a great run to slice more than half of Dwan’s advantage away from him. Let’s look at two key hands from the last session.

Two Pair vs. Two Pair

Full Tilt Poker $200/$400 Pot Limit Omaha Hi – 2 players

durrrr (BB): $86196.00
Patrik Antonius (BTN/SB): $213787.00

Pre Flop: ($600.00)
Patrik Antonius raises to $1200, durrrr raises to $3600, Patrik Antonius calls $2400

Flop: ($7200.00) 2h 4c 2c (2 players)
durrrr bets $4800, Patrik Antonius calls $4800

Turn: ($16800.00) 9h (2 players)
durrrr bets $11200, Patrik Antonius calls $11200

River: ($39200.00) Qd (2 players)
durrrr bets $32600, Patrik Antonius requests TIME, Patrik Antonius calls $32600

Final Pot: $104400.00
durrrr shows 6h 3d 4h Ad (two pair, Fours and Twos)
Patrik Antonius shows Jd 4s Jc Qc (two pair, Queens and Fours)
Patrik Antonius wins $104399.50


Previously in the challenge, we saw the big blind (be it Dwan or Antonius) 3bet regularly and this time around we are seeing it again. Antonius held J-4-J-Q single suited while Durrrr held 6-3-4-A double suited. Typically in these near coin flip situations neither player is really willing to fold, and both players show their PLO hand reading abilities in this 54-45% situation that favored Antonius pre-flop.

With the 2-4-2 flop with two clubs, there was no doubt some action was on the way. Durrrr flopped top two pair along with a gutshot draw. Antonius on the other hand also flopped top two pair with his pocket jacks and the board’s deuces and also has the flush draw. Durrrr bets and Antonius calls but doesn’t raise. We can only guess here that he’s checking for deception or because he doesn’t want to overvalue chasing a flush on a paired board in a PLO game. Either one, and maybe both, were potential insights into his flop play while having a big flop lead.

The turn brought durrrr a flush draw with the 9 of hearts. Again, Dwan lead out for about 66% of pot and with the 70-30% advantage, Antonius again called. The Queen of diamonds bricked off both player’s flush draws and durrrr bet again clearly hoping that three barrels of aggression would be enough to get Antonius off his hand. The problem for durrrr was that the Queen inproved Antonius to two pair Queens over Deuces with no straights or flushes possible. Unless Dwan had a 2 in his hand or 44, 99, KK or AA he had him beat. It seems like that’s a wide enough range to slow Antonius down from raising for a river value bet, but at the same time unlikely enough for him to make a solid call and take down a $104,000 pot.

durrrr Wins Some Back

Full Tilt Poker $200/$400 Pot Limit Omaha Hi – 2 players

durrrr (BB): $138392.50
Patrik Antonius (BTN/SB): $111796.00

Pre Flop: ($600.00)
Patrik Antonius raises to $1200, durrrr raises to $3600, Patrik Antonius raises to $6000, durrrr raises to $18000, Patrik Antonius calls $12000

Flop: ($36000.00) 4s 7c 8d (2 players)
durrrr bets $36000, Patrik Antonius raises to $93796 all in, durrrr calls $57796

Turn: ($223592.00) 2s (2 players – 1 is all in)

River: ($223592.00) 7s (2 players – 1 is all in)

Final Pot: $223592.00
durrrr shows Js 9d 5d Ts (a flush, Jack high)
Patrik Antonius shows 8c 9s Th Ac (two pair, Eights and Sevens)
durrrr wins $223591.50


Very rarely have we seen 5bets pre-flop from either player but when one of them has a monster it has come up historically during the challenge. This time though we see the first 5bet bluff since durrrr’s J-9-5-T double suited isn’t quite a monster but does qualify as a decent starting hand. Antonius showed he was game by calling the 5bet in position with 8-9-T-A single suited. Antonius held the pre-flop advantage by a 54-40 margin (6% chance to chop).

The flop brought a curious 4-7-8 rainbow that gave both players the same open ended straight draw. Antonius actually paired the board with his 8 and held a 51-23% advantage at this point in the hand. Durrrr also held a gutshot draw to a 6. Obviously, we are seeing the pre-flop aggression play part of the meta-game strategy at the flop. Neither player had a stranglehold in the hand but they were clearly not playing just the cards in front of them but their opponent’s image as well. Durrrr led out for full pot, and Antonius shoved all in, and Dwan was game and called. Although there was 26% chance of a chop, the runner-runner spades were heartbreaking for Antonius and shoved $223,591 to durrrr.

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