Online Poker

Full Tilt Challenges Players to Take on Durrrr

by Omar

For the past several years, Tom “Durrrr” Dwan has been on of the most popular and followed online poker pros. Anytime he sits at one of the nosebleed games at Full Tilt Poker, scores of railbirds invariably follow, looking to watch one of the game’s greatest young players.

Perhaps almost as large as his poker skills, is his ego. Never one to shy away from a challenge, it was about two years ago that Dwan issued his famous Durrrr Challenge to anyone who would agree to face him for 50,000 hands. Without rehashing all of the details, he offered 3 to 1 odds on $500,000 if his opponent were to profit against him after those hands. To date, two players took him up on the challenge, Patrick Antonius and Dan Cates, and to date, neither of the two matches are complete. The one with Antonius was unofficially suspended after 18 months with Dwan holding a sizeable lead, and the one with Cates, though proceeding quicker that the Antonius contest, appears to be moving at a snail’s pace as well. The lengthy time elapsed in these matchups has caused much of the public interest to dissipate.

Perhaps sensing this lack of excitement, Full Tilt Poker, Dwan’s online home, has just announced a new promotion centering around Dwan himself. Dubbed the Challenge Durrrr promotion, it is a unique opportunity for anyone, regardless of stake level played, an opportunity to match up against one of poker’s finest. Players are first asked to opt into the promotion on their home screen. Once they do, they are eligible to begin accruing Challenge Leaderboard chips by simultaneously playing two No Limit Hold’em or Pot Limit Omaha ring games, or No Limit Hold’em or Pot Limit Omaha ring games.

Once a player is playing the games, for every pot the player wins, he will earn Leaderboard chips equal to the number of players dealt into the hand. To qualify for the chips, at least 3 players must be dealt into the hand and a flop must have been seen. Once a player has achieved 500 Leaderboard chips, the number of earned chips will be posted on the Leaderboard.

Depending on the size of the game, players will be broken into one of three leaderboards:

Low ($0.01/$0.02 through $0.10/$0.20)
Medium ($0.10/$0.25 through $0.50/$1.00)
High ($1/$2 and higher)

From there, players who qualify will be entered into Challenge 2, the Freeroll Challenge. On March 19th at 4:30PM, there will be three freerolls, one for each of the Leaderboards with guaranteed money of $5, $10K and $15K. The winner of each of the freerolls will move onto the next round. Challenge 3 takes place on Sunday, March 20th at 4:30PM, where the remaining players will oppose each other in a Matrix Sit and Go for $25K. The player earning the most points will move on to the final stage against Tom Dwan himself. The player will play 4 simultaneous sit and go’s against Dwan and will win a cash prize based on how many they win:

1 win = $10,000
2 wins = $25,000
3 wins = $100,000
4 wins = $1.5 million

Never before has a site offered a promotion of this type where one lucky player has a chance to potentially win over $1.5 million. The promotion will get underway this weekend. Players are once again reminded to opt in to avoid being shut out.

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