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The "durrrr" Challenge: Antonius Shaves $68,000 Off Dwan’s Lead

The "durrrr" Challenge: Antonius Shaves $68,000 Off Dwan’s Lead 0001

On an evening in which Tom "durrrr" Dwan played over 5,000 hands at stakes from $50/$100 to $300/$600 and won close to $1 million, he and Patrik Antonius managed to squeeze in a short session of the "durrrr" Challenge, marking their first meeting after a five-and-a-half week hiatus.

After they logged 588 hands in about two hours, Dwan lost a modest (for these stakes) $68,000. With 27,773 hands completed in the 50,000-hand challenge, Dwan's losses in this session cut his overall challenge lead to $711,556.

When our two high-stakes rivals last met back on Oct. 27, Dwan expanded his lead, booking an $81,000 win. This time, however, it was all about Antonius, who set the tone for the match by taking a six-figure pot right off the bat.

Holding {10-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{8-Hearts}{4-Spades}, Antonius opened for $1,200 from the button, and Dwan three-bet to $3,600 with {K-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}. Antonius called, and they saw a {J-Diamonds}{7-Spades}{3-Hearts} flop. Dwan check-called Antonius’ $6,000 continuation bet on the flop, then checked again when the {K-Spades} hit the turn. Antonius fired $16,800 into the $19,200 pot, having picked up a flush draw to go with his straight draw, while Dwan hit top two pair. “Durrrr” repotted to $69,600, and Antonius called off the $45,197 he had behind. Antonius was looking for a spade or an eight, nine or ten, and landed one on the river when the {8-Spades} fell, earning him the $143,193 pot.

Although Dwan collected three of the five largest pots, Antonius hit his draws and caught his outs in more than enough of the midsized pots to make up for losing the larger ones, thereby keeping momentum on this side.

In one of those hands that truly churns the brain, Antonius led off the action with a $1,200 raise. Dwan then three-bet to $3,600 and Antonius called. All the money went in on the {A-Diamonds}{9-Clubs}{8-Spades} flop, Dwan betting $4,000, Antonius repotting to $19,200, Dwan moving all-in for $42,597, and Antonius making the call for his remaining $23,397. Dwan turned up {A-Hearts}{A-Clubs}{10-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} for top set and an open-ended straight draw while Antonius showed {10-Spades}{7-Spades}{6-Diamonds}{6-Clubs} for the same straight draw. Although the {3-Spades} on the turn gave everyone a bit more of a sweat as Antonius picked up some additional outs with a flush draw, the river was the real heartbreaker for Dwan. It was the {10-Clubs}, Antonius’ 6-7 playing to make him a ten-high straight and earn him the $92,393 pot.

The night’s largest pot clocked in at $155,199 and unfolded just past the session's halfway point. Dwan opened for $1,200, Antonius reraised to $3,600, and Dwan called. Antonius led out for $6,000 on the {J-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{2-Spades} flop and Dwan looked him up. The turn came the {9-Diamonds}, and Antonius settled on a full-pot bet of $19,200. Dwan again flat-called, and they saw the {8-Hearts} hit the river. Holding $83,599 behind, Antonius checked and Dwan bet $48,800 into the $57,600 pot. Antonius called, only to see that Dwan had a runner-runner straight with his {Q-Hearts}{10-Clubs}{6-Spades}{4-Spades}.

Ever the multitabler, Dwan also sat in at a 7-Game table of $2,000/4,000 while playing Antonius on four $200/$400 pot-limit Omaha tables. He banked $150,000 there, sending his total cash game profits for the day up to $948,000.

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