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‘durrrr Challenge’ Update: Dwan Clobbers Antonius for $376,000, Pulls Nearly Even

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The “durrrr Challenge” just keeps rolling on, ever so slowly, though Patrik Antonius and Tom “durrrr” Dwan’s personal decisions to focus on the cash-game action rather than grinding out WSOP events day after day has yielded online railbirds another mid-series challenge session, the 28th of this match. In the wee hours of the morning, Dwan and Antonius played 786 hands of $200/400 pot-limit Omaha over the course of two and a half hours. Though Antonius came into the session with roughly a $400,000 lead, he found it all but erased by the time they quit for the night, Dwan picking up over $376,000 to shrink Antonius’ lead to only $34,594 after 16,124 hands.

This session was, quite simply, all about durrrr. Of the six $100,000-plus pots that developed, Tom Dwan won five. The first one unfolded on table “durrrr Challenge 1,” where Antonius had ground out about $13,000 over Dwan so far, his stack nearly $93,000 to Dwan’s $67,000. Dwan opened for $1,200, Antonius reraised to $3,600 and Dwan called. Antonius checked the {q-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{6-Spades} flop over to Dwan, who bet $4,800. Antonius re-potted to $21,600 and Dwan decided to call. The turn brought the {j-Clubs} and Antonius fired a $50,400 bet, attempting to set Dwan all in. Dwan happily called, turning over {10-Spades}{10-Clubs}{9-Hearts}{5-Spades} for a queen-high straight and a flush re-draw to Antonius’ {a-Spades}{k-Clubs}{8-Spades}{5-Clubs} for a pair of eights and the nut flush draw. Though the river brought Antonius a third eight with the {8-Clubs}, it wasn’t enough and Dwan raked in the $134,394 pot.

About fifteen minutes later on table “durrrr Challenge 2,” they got their stacks in again with eerily similar hands. Antonius opened for $1,200, Dwan three-bet to $3,600 and Antonius called. Dwan check-raised Antonius $6,000 bet on the {j-Spades}{7-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} flop to $25,200 and Antonius made the call. The turn was the {8-Clubs} and the rest of the money went in, Dwan check-calling all in after Antonius bet $57,600. Antonius had turned a set of eights with {10-Clubs}{8-Spades}{8-Hearts}{5-Hearts}, but Dwan had the open-ended straight draw, a flush draw, and an overpair with {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}{9-Hearts}. Dwan hit the {q-Spades} on the river to make a queen-high straight, again toasting Antonius’ set of snowmen for a massive pot, $159,992 in total.

The bloodshed continued over on “durrrr Challenge 3,” where Antonius three-bet Dwan’s $1,200 open to $3,600. Dwan called and they saw a {5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds} flop. Antonius bet $6,000 and Dwan called. The turn was the {10-Hearts} and Antonius led again, this time for $19,200. Dwan potted to $76,800, leaving himself only $465 behind and Antonius called. The rest of their chips went in on the {3-Hearts} river. Though Antonius rivered a wheel with {a-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{4-Spades}, Dwan had him one better with {8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{5-Clubs}{2-Spades}, his flopped two pair turning into a six-high straight on the end to earn him the $173,730 pot.

The last major pot of the session ended up being the second-largest pot of the entire challenge at $229,590 (the largest was $291,950, in case you’re curious). Both players were sitting pretty deep on “durrrr Challenge 3,” Antonius with nearly $115,000 and Dwan with just over $245,000. Antonius led off the action with a pre-flop raise to $1,200, Dwan three-bet to $3,600 and Antonius came right back at him with a reraised to $10,800. Dwan called and they saw a flop of {a-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{2-Spades}. Dwan checked, Antonius bet $16,400, and Dwan was back over the top with a check-raise to $70,800. After a bit of a think, Antonius called and they saw the {6-Diamonds} fall on the turn, putting a potential flush on board. Dwan set Antonius all in for his remaining $33,195 and the Finn called, revealing {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}{6-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} for the flush. Dwan was looking for the board to pair on the river with {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts}{10-Hearts}{9-Diamonds} for a set of jacks and got there when the {2-Diamonds} came on the river, making him jacks full of deuces to take down the huge pot.

With Dwan and Antonius continuing to play a very limited schedule of WSOP events (though we hear the action is juicy as ever at Bellagio), will we see a few more sessions before the Main Event? Keep it here at PokerNews for continuing coverage of this match.

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