Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan is an amazing talent with a killer combination of fearlessness and raw intelligence reminiscent of Phil Ivey
Name: Tom Dwan
DOB: July 30th 1986
Tournament winnings: $1.15m
Greatest moment: Winning the largest pot in televised poker history versus Phil Ivey
Tom Dwan’s first taste of poker was aged 17 when he borrowed his father’s Neteller account to deposit $50 and play small stakes SNGs. After winning a small amount he soon ditched the SNGs and, by the time he turned 18 had won $15k playing cash games.
Durrrr attended university in Boston but after only two semesters he dropped out to take up poker full time. Dwan’s ability to deconstruct hands along with his fearless aggression is what sets him apart from the chasing pack. So self-confident is he that in January 2009 he issued a challenge to the poker world. He would put up a stake of $1.5m to any opponents $500k playing four tables of heads-up over 50,000 hands. Patrik Antonius was the first to accept the ‘durrrr challenge’ and is currently well behind Tom after 33,000 hands.
Dwan also offered the world a similar live game challenge for a $500,000 stake playing $500/$1000. After a loss versus Marcello ‘luckexpress’ Marigliano he went on to beat Ilari ‘ziigmund’ Sahamies and Sammy ‘Any Two’ George.
2009 was a bad year online for Dwan losing $5m to newcomer Isildur1 and finishing the year over $4m down which was in stark contrast to his incredible 2008 results. His televised cash game poker appearances have earned him much acclaim as well as some record pots including the biggest in televised history of $1.1m versus Phil Ivey in Full Tilt’s Million Dollar Cash Game and a $919k pot versus Barry Greenstein on High Stakes Poker. In November 2009 Dwan became a member of Team Full Tilt and continues to strike fear into all that sit down with him.