After posting losses in 11 of their last 12 sessions, Patrik Antonius at last booked a win in the "durrrr" Challenge, taking $60,696 off the tables on Tuesday afternoon. During the 46 days his 50,000-hand match with Tom "durrr" Dwan went dormant, Antonius managed to turn around some stomach-churning online cash-game losses. Since their last session on March 12, Antonius has won back $2.64 million of the $3.15 million he was out for the year, which could go a long way toward explaining why he found himself ready to go back into the ring with Dwan, who is still up $1,847,105 overall in the challenge.
Antonius and Dwan dug in for more than eight and a half hours, playing 2,677 hands of $200/$400 pot-limit Omaha. With Antonius needing to make up so much ground on Dwan, it’s not surprising that so many monsterpottens materialized, four of them over $200,000. The largest pot went to Dwan, a $273,392 behemoth that was the Challenge’s ninth-largest hand overall.
Antonius was sitting on a nearly $529,000 stack when the hand came up while Dwan held just under $137,000. He raised to $1,200, then called Antonius’ $3,600 three-bet. Antonius led out for $6,000 on the flop, Dwan raised to $19,200, and Antonius came back over the top for $64,800. Dwan moved all-in for $133,096 and Antonius called, turning up for an overpair and a queen-high flush draw. Dwan showed having flopped a set of sevens. The on the turn made Dwan a full house and left Antonius drawing only to a queen. The river was the , Antonius hitting a flush that was no good and the pot was shipped to Dwan.
Our Finnish friend did lay claim to the second-largest pot of the day, no small sum at $248,798. Most of the money went in pre-flop, Dwan six-betting to $97,200 holding and Antonius calling with . Both players had around $30,000 behind when the flop came down , Antonius hitting top two pair and Dwan a straight draw. Antonius moved in his remaining $27,199 and Dwan called, having him slightly covered. The on the turn made Antonius a full house and the river fell the Antonius raking in the pot and leaving Dwan to rebuy.
The challenge is now 72 percent complete, with 14,020 hands remaining and as of press time, the two had sat down for another session. Could the end at last be near?
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