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'durrrr Challenge' Update: Dwan Evens the Score

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Between their forays into the day's $500/1,000 HA games, Tom "durrrr" Dwan and Patrik Antonius fit in a short session of their pot-limit Omaha challenge match, logging 411 hands over the course of 80 minutes. Though Antonius had reclaimed the overall lead in their previous meeting, Dwan was able to erase the difference and then some during this session, booking a $123,849 win to leave him a $15,238 winner for the life of the challenge. With a total of 5,928 out of 50,000 hands played, this match is a virtual dead heat, with Dwan currently up less than one half of a single $40,000 buy-in.

Dwan won all five of the session's largest pots. The first unfolded on the "durrrr Challenge 4" table moments after the session commenced, Dwan buying in for $60,000 and Antonius for $40,000. Antonius raised to $1,200 and Dwan made the call. Dwan checked the {10-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{5-Hearts} flop, Antonius bet $2,400, and Dwan raised to $8,900. Antonius decided to flat-call. The {7-Hearts} on the turn brought another check-raise from Dwan, bumping Antonius' $20,200 bet to $40,400, which if called would set him in for the rest of his stack. Antonius called the additional $9,700 he had behind and turned up {a-Diamonds}{10-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} for two pair. Dwan, though, was far out in front with {k-Hearts}{q-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}{8-Clubs} for a ten-high straight as well as a flush re-draw. The {j-Hearts} on the river indeed made him the king-high flush and he took down the $80,000 pot.

Antonius re-bought for another $40,000 on that table and only three minutes later, these two aggressors clashed in another large pot. Antonius opened for $1,200, Dwan three-bet to his standard $3,600 and Antonius called. The flop came {10-Hearts}{6-Spades}{2-Spades} and Dwan check-called a $5,600 bet from Antonius. The {k-Diamonds} on the turn prompted Dwan to lead out for $18,400 and Antonius called after a moment's consideration. The river was the {5-Hearts} and Dwan potted to $55,200. It was too much for Antonius, who gave up his hand, surrendered the pot, and was forced again to top up his stack.

The big action continued to center around Table 4, where Dwan's stack was up to over $120,000. In another hand, Dwan raised to $1,200 and this time Antonius was the three-bettor, making it $3,600 to go from the big blind. Dwan called, and they saw a {k-Spades}{k-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} flop. Antonius led for $4,800, Dwan raised to $12,500 and Antonius called. The {2-Diamonds} on the turn put a potential flush on the board. Antonius slowed down and checked, while Dwan bet $12,700. Antonius called to see the {6-Diamonds} on the river. He checked again, opening the door for Dwan to make a pot-sized bet of $57,600. Again, though, Antonius couldn't pull the trigger and folded.

The session's largest pot came close to its end and again on Table 4, with Dwan's stack now nearing the $160,000 mark and Antonius back in for the minimum $40,000. Antonius raised to $1,200 and Dwan flat-called. Dwan check-called $2,000 from Antonius on the {q-Clubs}{6-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop and checked the turn when the {8-Diamonds} fell. Antonius bet $5,200 and Dwan came along with a call. The river was the {a-Diamonds}. Dwan checked, Antonius bet $12,800, and Dwan raised to $55,200. After letting quite a bit of his time bank tick down, Antonius called off the remaining $19,392 in his stack. Dwan showed him {q-Hearts}{q-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{7-Clubs} for the flopped nut boat (oh, that's all?) and raked in the $81,184 pot.

Soon afterward, Dwan started timing out on a few hands in the row and railbirds began to wonder if he was being plagued with the internet problems that cut the challenge's last session short. It turned out, though that Dwan was actually falling asleep in front of his monitor.

durrrr: I need a nap
durrrr: Falling asleep @ comp

The two quit the session and Dwan went off to sleep, perhaps to dream of flopping combination draws, turning the nuts, and stacking a certain Finn. Stay tuned to PokerNews as we continue to closely follow this matchup.

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