When you win the largest played pot on television before the age of 25, many would call that a peak of a career. And for Tom "durrrr" Dwan, that was just the beginning, or a steady progression to his now more than $2.6 million in live earnings.
So next time you see Dwan at the table, which from his Hendon Mob profile, hasn’t been in a while, maybe keep an eye out so that you can add to his list of majors.
Here, PokerStars took a look at his top five hands.
And as he said in the video in response to never folding, “When I play poker, I just try to win as much as I can.”
Dwan vs. Bob Safai
On Poker After Dark, Dwan found the river-over bet before it became popular. Heads up with Bob Safai, Dwan has little chance against Safai’s top pair top kicker. Dwan stays in, calling $12,000 on the turn and then, with the reveal of the river, the opportunities seem to have faded for Dwan. Then Safai checks with over $40K in the pot.
Then Dwan goes all in with nothing. Safai lets it go with the best hand to the delight of Dwan.
Dwan vs. Eli Elezra
Going against a seasoned pro is not easy, especially when you’re bluffing. Back on Poker After Dark, Dwan flops a flush draw, and calls after Eli Elezra bets $16K. The board paired again on the turn, and Elezra isn’t having it and ups his bet with his nines. Dwan than raises to $72K, a feisty move that finally gets Elezra to fold.
Dwan vs. Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth has nine-seven and Dwan has jack-ten and the advantage. Both players check the flop and Dwan gets another ten to make trip tens. Dwan bets $27,600 and Hellmuth calls, drawing dead. This time, actually having the hand works out in his favor, moving all in with over $119K. Hellmuth calls. Just like that, Dwan bests his nemesis.
Dwan vs. Patrik Antonius
This hand made history on Poker After Dark. Dwan has kings to Patrik Antonius’s tens. The 10 on the flop hits Antonius, and he bet $27,000 with Dwan making the call. Dwan then hits a king on the turn and goes all in over the top of an Antonius bet, raising it up to $231,350. Antonius calls with all of his chips. The two ran it twice, but Antonius couldn’t find what he needed, losing out on a $561,800 pot.
Dwan vs. Phil Ivey
Dwan and Phil Ivey both hit straights, but Ivey can’t win thanks to Dwan hitting a four on the turn for the higher straight. Ivey goes all in, Dwan calls with the nuts and breaks a record with a $1,108,500 pot, the largest in televised poker history, losing Ivey over half a million in one hand.
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