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The "durrrr Challenge": Cates Takes Another $39,797 From Dwan

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Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Daniel “jungleman12” Cates continued the "durrrr Challenge" Tuesday evening, playing a 1,099-hand session. Lately the match has been one-sided and Tuesday's contest was no different as Cates added to his lead. Although it was a modest $39,797, Dwan appears no closer to solving the mystery that is defeating Cates. Here are the stats following Tuesday's bout.

Overall Stats

Hands played: 19,335 of 50,000
Cates' profit: $1,251,059
Dwan's losses: $1,255,119

The largest pot played between the two on Tuesday went Dwan's way. He opened to $1,200 on the button and was quickly reraised to $4,800 by Cates from the big blind. A call from Dwan led to a {K-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}{7-Clubs} flop prompting Cates to fire out a $4,800 bet. Dwan called and the {9-Spades} hit fourth street. Cates kept up the heat with a $14,400 bet, but was was still unable to shake Dwan. The river brought the {6-Hearts} but slowing down was not on Cates' mind. With the pot at $48,000, Cates shoved with the bigger stack. Dwan had $30,287 behind and opted to call with {10-Spades}{7-Spades} for just fourth pair on board. His read was spot-on as Cates could only table {Q-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for queen high and the $108,573.50 pot was shipped to Dwan.

In another hand, Dwan kicked off the action with a button raise to $1,200. Cates put in the standard three-bet to $4,400, and after Dwan called, the flop came down {K-Spades}{8-Spades}{8-Clubs}. Cates once again fired a bet half the size of the pot — $4,400. Dwan, this time, put in a raise and made it $11,100 to play. A call from Cates delivered the {5-Spades} on the turn and he checked, finding himself with a decision to make when Dwan shoved with the bigger stack. With $35,296.50 behind, Cates called all in and tabled {J-Hearts}{8-Diamonds} for trips. Dwan showed {8-Hearts}{6-Hearts} for trips, as well, but his kicker was inferior. They ran the river twice, to no avail for Dwan. The {7-Spades} followed by the {2-Spades} kept Cates' jack kicker in play to scoop the $101,592 pot.

The next biggest pot that Cates won kicked off with similar action to the first two hands mentioned. Dwan's opening $1,200 raise was three-bet by Cates to $4,800. Dwan called and the two saw a {J-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{5-Clubs} flop roll out. Cates fired $5,200, Dwan popped it to $13,900, and Cates slowed down as a result, opting to call. The {3-Clubs} came down on the turn and the action was checked by both players. The {2-Spades} fell on the river, leading to Cates to bet $28,000. Dwan called, but mucked when Cates revealed {A-Hearts}{Q-Clubs} to take the $93,399.50 pot.

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