'durrrr Challenge' Update #2: Antonius Storms Back with $191,000 Win
When the $500-$1,000 HA action on Full Tilt broke early Saturday afternoon, Tom "durrrr" Dwan and Patrik Antonius agreed to resume their "durrrr Challenge" match, which had been on hiatus since Wednesday. At just before 2:00 p.m. EST, Dwan and Antonius sat down for their second session, where Dwan won $36,661 over the course of 92 hands before pausing to take a lunch break. Action resumed about two and a half hours later, with the two cash game heavyweights logging a four-and-a-quarter-hour session that spanned 1,288 hands over their four heads-up tables. As they started their second session of the day, Dwan was up $171,573 over the life of the challenge, but Antonius mounted a huge comeback, booking a $228,069 win to put him ahead of Dwan by a total of $56,178 over the 2,915 hands they have logged thus far on their way to a total of 50,000.
Dwan dominated the match at the start, getting ahead of Antonius by nearly $100,000 at one point. In their first major all-in confrontation, Dwan opened for $1,200 and Antonius called from the big blind. Antonius checked the flop, opening the door for Dwan to bet $1,750. Antonius fired back with a raise to $6,000, Dwan reraised to $14,300, Antonius moved all in for $43,247 and Dwan called, having him covered. Dwan's was good for trip sixes, but Antonius' trips with came with a straight draw to boot. The turn was the , increasing Antonius' odds, but the that fell on the river made Dwan sixes full and the winner of the nearly $89,000 pot.
The next two six-figure pots were a tale of two flopped boats—both by Antonius. Holding , Antonius made it $1,200 to go preflop and Dwan called with . The flop came down , Antonius flopping fives full and Dwan making trip sixes and an open-ended straight draw. All the money went in—Dwan leading out for $4,800, Antonius raising to $15,200, Dwan reraising to $28,500, Antonius four-betting to $60,600 and Dwan calling all in. The on the turn made Dwan a useless straight, but the that spiked on the river gave him the bigger boat and the $114,000 pot. Antonius flopped another full house only a short time later and slow-played it to perfection. Antonius opened for the standard $1,200, Dwan reraised to $3,600, and Antonius slyly flat-called, holding . Dwan did the bidding for him when he led out for $4,800 on the flop, Antonius flatting with the full house. The turn brought the and Dwan fired another bullet for $11,200 followed by another coy call from Antonius. The landed on the river and Dwan bet $17,400. Antonius moved all in for $56,833 and Dwan called the $39,433 balance, mucking as soon as he saw the bad news. Antonius dragged the largest pot of the session, at $152,866, on that hand.
As the match drew on, Antonius continued to erode Dwan's lead. Stacks at all four tables grew extremely deep, often in the 300-500 big blind range. The chat box was active and rowdy to say the least, many of the observers constituting that most desperate form of railbird, peppering the conversation with requests for tournament stakes and $5 transfers in between declarations of Patrik Antonius' god-like stature and durrrr's "pwnage."
"durrrr send me $5 PLEEEEEEEEZE" bleated one cash-poor player.
The last major pot of the session started off with some heavy preflop action, Dwan opening for $1,200, Antonius reraising to $3,600, Dwan four-betting to $10,800 and Antonius calling. The flop came down a rather dangerous-looking . Antonius led at it for $8,400 and Dwan called. The turn was a blank, the , and Antonius fired a second time, for $12,500. Dwan called again. The hit the river and Antonius moved in for his remaining $19,594, with Dwan making the call. for Antonius flashed on the screen, a king-high flush, leaving Dwan to muck his hand as Antonius raked in the $102,387 pot.
Antonius quit the match at just after 9 pm EST, Dwan congratulating him on the win. The two agreed to resume the match on Sunday, most likely around the same time unless there's some $500-$1,000 action going. 2,915 down… only 47,085 hands to go!