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'durrrr Challenge' Update: Antonius Takes Lead with $161,000 Session

'durrrr Challenge' Update: Antonius Takes Lead with $161,000 Session 0001

Tom "durrrr" Dwan and Patrik Antonius were at it again on Friday night, logging another 425 hands in their 50,000-hand challenge match. With the $161,086 he won in this session, Antonius took the overall lead, now being up $107,445 on Dwan over the life of the challenge. The two only played for 82 minutes during this go-around, as Dwan encountered a problem all online poker players experience from time to time — his internet connection was on the fritz, and in a game this big, a disconnection could potentially cost him tens of thousands.

durrrr: i guess i need to quit
durrrr: until i fix intnet
durrrr: that was almost pretty costly
durrrr: well
Dealer: durrrr has 15 seconds left to act
durrrr: i guess it wouldv saved me $$ lol
durrrr: but lost ev
Patrik Antonius: k

Antonius jumped out to an almost immediate lead, picking up this pot within the first few minutes of play. Dwan made a pre-flop raise to $1,200 and Antonius called. The Finn checked the {j-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{3-Hearts} flop, Dwan bet $1,750, and Antonius came in with a check-raise to $7,650. Dwan called. The {q-Diamonds} landed on the turn and Antonius led out for $17,700. Dwan moved all in for $31,350 and Antonius made the call, showing {a-Hearts}{6-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} for straight and flush draws while Dwan revealed {a-Spades}{6-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{5-Spades} for a set of fives. The {7-Hearts} on the river made Antonius a seven-high straight, however, and he collected the $80,399 pot.

Only minutes later the two had another major confrontation, Dwan opening for $1,200 and Antonius calling. Antonius bet out on the {j-Spades}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds} flop and Dwan called. Both players checked the {10-Hearts} on the turn, but the {j-Clubs} on the river was the catalyst for some big action. Antonius bet $5,600, Dwan raised to $19,300, Antonius reraised to $41,600 and after a lengthy stint in the tank, Dwan made the call. That river card made Antonius the nut boat with {j-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{4-Clubs} and he raked in $90,399.

The session's largest hand came late in the session. Antonius opened for $1,200, Dwan three-bet to $3,600 and Antonius came along with a call. Dwan bet out $4,800 on the {q-Clubs}{6-Spades}{5-Clubs} flop, Antonius raised to $21,600, Dwan reraised to $72,000, Antonius moved in for $118,536 and Dwan called. Both had hit a piece of the flop, Dwan with {j-Spades}{9-Clubs}{8-Spades}{7-Clubs} for straight and flush draws and Antonius with {j-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{6-Clubs}{5-Hearts} for two pair and a higher flush draw. The {j-Diamonds} on the turn gave Antonius jacks up and the {4-Clubs} on the river improved his hand to a queen-high flush and he took down the $155,683 pot.

Thus far, the two have logged 5,517 of the 50,000 challenge hands, Dwan laying claim to 3,010 pots and Antonius winning 2,487. A mind-boggling $31,340,380 has been wagered thus far between the two over 17 hours of play. Stay tuned to PokerNews for continuing updates on this battle royale.

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