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Durrrr Makes Poker TV History

by Poker Team

Poker fans often flock in scores to watch Tom “Durrrr” Dwan play the largest pots in the largest online cash games on an almost nightly basis. For the year, of the largest pots played out, Dwan has appeared in most of them. Dwan now has another impressive notch to add to his belt as he has now won the largest pot in televised poker history.

The scene was during the final filming for Full Tilt Poker’s Million Dollar Cash Game which took place in London. Full Tilt used the enormous power of its brand name to seat some of poker’s biggest heavyweights for this show. Some of the mega-stars featured include Phil Ivey, Allen Cunningham, Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan, Mike Matusow and Gus Hansen.

It was apparent early on that this particular show would make headlines, given the high caliber of player and the blinds they were playing. The game was no-limit hold em with $1,000/$2,000 blinds and a $200 ante. Early on, Antonius and Dwan, no strangers to each other, faced off with Antonius flopping a set of Kings to best Dwan’s aces for a half a million dollar pot. This paled in comparison to the historical hand to be contested between Dwan and Ivey later on. After a marathon session, the two players were joined by Antonius to play 3-handed in what would have to be the toughest shorthanded game in the history of poker.

On the button, Dwan put in a standard raise and was 3-bet by Ivey out of the small blind. Antonius folded and Dwan and Ivey were heads up. The flop was Qc-5c-3d and Ivey led out, betting $40,000. After some deliberation, Dwan made the call. The turn card was the 4 of hearts and Ivey again led out. This time, Dwan raised it up to a quarter of a million dollars. Ivey took a long time to think and re-raised all in. He couldn’t have felt too good once Durrrrr snap-called the raise. Dwan showed 6h-7h for the nut straight while Ivey turned over Ac-2h for the wheel, however, he was drawing completely dead.

Largest Pot in Poker TV History

The pot was worth approximately $1.2 million. That turn card was both a nightmare (for Ivey) and a dream (for Dwan) and will forever live in poker history.

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