Whether or not Tom Dwan gets his bracelet at this year’s WSOP, the series is invariably drawing to a close. In years past, Dwan has typically withdrawn from the live tournament circuit following the World Series, giving his fans plenty of action to follow in the online nosebleed sections. Now, without Full Tilt to fall back on, one can only guess at durrrr’s next move, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
In the best case scenario, Dwan will be busy for another two weeks, battling his way to the Main Event final table which will be decided on July 19. In the more likely event that durrrr is eliminated early, he’s got a few moves to ponder. After a month of nearly non-stop competition, Dwan could probably use some downtime, but after entering a few dozen WSOP events his bankroll is probably in worse shape than his health.
Dwan’s been hitting more overseas tournaments than usual this year, and the WPT’s been pretty kind to him. The WPT Slovenia stop (July 17-21) will be soft with many of Europe’s best lingering in Las Vegas, but it still seems like an unlikely choice for durrrr. Even less likely is the EPT Tallinn tournament that kicks off the eighth season of the tour on August 2. Odds are Dwan will spend the rest of July at his home base in Vegas, whether or not he fares well in the Main Event. That’s because the local poker rooms that Dwan frequents will continue to benefit from Main Event spectators until the WSOP has officially ended.
Another reason that Dwan might as well stay and play in Sin City this summer is that it’s also home to the new Epic Poker League. While many young pros were initially skeptical of the new league, Dwan has already confirmed his intent to play in the first Epic Poker Main Event, which begins on August 9. From there he’s got the option of taking a quick trip to California for the WPT’s Legends of Poker, or of jetting to the EPT Barcelona which runs from August 27-September 1 and will give him a chance to do some second home shopping in the process.
Dwan will get another go at an Epic Poker title starting September 6, but by then the European tournament schedule will be offering some enticing options too, including the WPT Grand Prix de Paris (September 5-10) and the WSOPE (September 14-28). The final two Epic Poker Main Events won’t take place until winter, leaving durrrr plenty of time to ponder a move that will allow him to resume his Full Tilt play in a country that’s more poker friendly.