Tom Dwan has been lighting the poker world up over the past year. He’s been involved in some of the biggest pots in history on Full Tilt Poker and he continues to rake in tens of thousands of dollars every day he plays. Now “durrrr” is taking things up a notch by issuing a challenge to anyone in the poker world who can beat him in a minimum of 50,000 hands played on four tables simultaneously.
The specifics of the challenge are that the games will be played in $200/$400 limits and, if Dwan gets beat, he will pay the winner $1,500,000. The deal comes in the fact that, if someone loses to Dwan, they will only have to pay him $500,000. And even though durrrr is quite the player, you knew that this deal was too sweet for the world’s top players to pass up.
And it may be THE top player in the world who accepts Dwan’s challenge as Phil Ivey has agreed to take him on. Ivey said on Barry Greenstein’s radio show, “I’ve never posted a challenge like this. I’m just assuming that everyone knows I’m going to play them – I’m going to play every game. I’ll play anybody, at every game there is. Most of the time I start off as the underdog, I feel like. Eventually I’ll figure them out, figure out what they’re doing, make good enough adjustments to where I’m a favorite against them.” Of course, Patrik Antonius and David Benyamine are also interested in playing him which makes things even more interesting.
I think that durrrr will have his hands full with whomever he chooses to play in this challenge since there are so many great players out there. But Dwan has also probably been the most successful cash game player over the last year since I’ve heard he made about $10 million in 2008. It will definitely be interesting to see how he does against his opponent.