We’d almost given up ― almost.
Maybe it was the Vegas heat. Maybe they had nothing better to do. Or maybe they were just sick of playing cap pot-limit Omaha cash games and wanted a taste of the real thing. Whatever the reasons, the stars aligned early Sunday morning as Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Patrik Antonius sat down at the “durrrr” Challenge tables on Full Tilt Poker and resumed their 50,000-hand match after a 92-day hiatus. The two played 280 hands for 50 minutes, and Antonius booked a $244,599 win. Although Dwan still has a rather comfortable $1.6 million lead on Antonius after 39,254 hands, this match still has the potential to go either way. The swings are huge and last night’s action alone generated two pots that broke the $150,000 mark, Antonius winning both of them.
The session’s two monsterpottens unfolded near the end of the session within only four minutes of one another. In the first, Dwan opened for $1,200 from the button, and Antonius called from the big blind. The flop came down , and Antonius made a $2,400 donk-bet into the pot. Dwan raised to $8,500, Antonius three-bet to $27,900, Dwan repotted to $86,100 and Antonius called all-in for $78,997. Dwan showed for the nut straight and an open-ended straight flush draw while Antonius turned over for bottom set and an ace-high flush draw. The on the turn paired the board and made Antonius a full house and the missed Dwan’s remaining outs. Ship the $160,394 to Finland.
Minutes later, Antonius kicked off a preflop raising war, opening for $1,200. Dwan reraised to $3,600, Antonius four-bet to $6,000, and Dwan five-bet to $18,000. Antonius called and they saw a flop. Dwan led out for a pot-sized bet of $36,000, Antonius moved all-in for $94,196, and Dwan called off the rest of the $74,790 he had behind. Although Dwan had by far the better preflop hand with , he only flopped top pair, while Antonius hit the nut straight with his . Dwan improved to two pair and picked up a flush draw when the fell on the turn, but the river blanked out with the , Antonius winning the $185,579 pot.
With 10,746 hands remaining, no one knows how (and when) the duel will end. Which will finish first, this match or Dwan’s yet-to-begin battle with jungleman12 (our money’s on the latter)? Stay tuned to PokerNews for continuing coverage.
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