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The “durrrr” Challenge: Dwan Pulls Out to $937,000 Lead

The “durrrr” Challenge: Dwan Pulls Out to $937,000 Lead 0001

With the high-stakes online cash game action at a crawl, Patrik Antonius and Tom “durrrr” Dwan were left to face each other for another session in their now ten-month old “durrrr” Challenge match. Logging in close to 2,000 hands over a seven-hour period on Tuesday morning, Dwan won $225,715, increasing his lead to a total of $937,271 after 29,764 hands.

The session was a true back-and-forth affair, the lead changing more than a dozen times. Dwan started out well, grinding out a $125,000 profit before Antonius took control. The Finn erased Dwan’s gains and then some, finding himself up as much as $225,000 before “durrrr” mounted a comeback and finished the session a winner.

The first six-figure pot of the evening unfolded during their first half-hour of play, Dwan opening for $1,200, Antonius raising to $3,600 and Dwan making the call. Antonius led out for $6,000 on the {A-Spades}{7-Hearts}{6-Diamonds} flop and Dwan came along with a call. The turn was the {2-Clubs} and Antonius fired again, making it $19,200 to go. Dwan called and they went to the river, which fell the {Q-Hearts}. Antonius slowed down and checked, opening the door for Dwan to set him all in with a $57,600 bet. After letting most of his time bank tick down, Antonius finally called all-in for $55,997, but couldn’t beat Dwan’s {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts}{5-Clubs}{2-Hearts} for aces up. Dwan took down the $169,594 pot, off to an excellent start.

All told, two pots cracked the $200,000 mark, the largest coming in at $259,000. About two hours into their session and sitting with over 300 big blinds apiece, Antonius made it $1,200 to go from the button, Dwan three-bet to $3,600 from the big blind and Antonius made the call. Dwan check-called a $6,000 bet from Antonius on the {J-Hearts}{8-Spades}{6-Diamonds} flop, then check-called another $17,200 when the {3-Clubs} hit the turn. The river was the {2-Spades} and Dwan checked a third time, leading Antonius to bet $47,200. Dwan pounced, moving all-in for $140,581 and after a bit of a think, Antonius called off his remaining $55,788 only to see Dwan’s {J-Diamonds}{10-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}{4-Hearts} for a six-high straight.

At $238,674, the second-largest pot of the session came at its tail end, Dwan opening for $1,200, then popping Antonius’ $3,600 three-bet to $10,800. Antonius kept the pressure on with an additional reraise to $25,200 and Dwan called, sending them to the {K-Spades}{J-Clubs}{7-Hearts} flop. Antonius led out with a pot-sized bet of $50,400, Dwan moved all-in for $194,546 and Antonius called for his remaining $32,937, turning over {K-Diamonds}{Q-Clubs}{J-Spades}{9-Spades} for top two pair while Dwan revealed {J-Diamonds}{10-Spades}{9-Hearts}{8-Spades} for a wrap draw. The {7-Clubs} on the turn was safe for Antonius but Dwan rivered a jack-high straight with the {9-Clubs} and felted Antonius.

With Dwan in bankroll-rebuilding mode and “Isildur1” still MIA, don’t be surprised it these two reunite shortly for another round of holiday cheer.

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