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Old 01-04-2009, 05:29 PM
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Bluff Magazine recently leaked the following info which will accompany their February cover story on Dwan:

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Tom “durrrr” Dwan:

“I’m making this heads-up challenge to the world. Anyone can accept. Four tables, minimum of $200/$400, and I’ll put up $1.5 million to their $500,000. We play 50,000 hands minimum and if they end up a dollar after rake they keep the side money or whatever. So basically, if you and I played and you won a dollar, you would get my $1.5 million and if I won a dollar I would win your $500,000.

“So I’m giving a million dollars free if anyone thinks they can do it.”
Apparently this info wasn't supposed to be released before February, but there you have it.

There's already been a lot of discussion about this with the current favorites to accept the challenge being Patrick Antonius, Phil Ivey, Urindanger (an account apparently shared by two brothers - Hi Dang and Hac Dang) and trex313 (possibly also Hac Dang). What about Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond? you ask... See below.

Dwan posted some clarifications on the 2+2 forums:

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1) 200-400min (nl/plo obv)
2) can change tables anytime eff stacks are >250bb
3) have to reload when stacks are <75bb
4) $$ won in the challenge is kept obv (if i win 750k in poker, i get that PLUS your 500k- if i lose 750k in poker you get 2.25m total).
5) same stakes the whole time
6) not open to phil galfond"
If they were playing 500 hands per hour 4-tabling, that would be 100 hours.

This should be an interesting story to follow.

Any takers?
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Old 01-04-2009, 05:36 PM
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Nice challenge, he is giving everyone really good odds in this bet.
I am very interested to see how this gets finished.
But playing 50k hands, wow that is just crazyness, gonna be long sessions.
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anybody wanna lend me five hundred thousand dollars?

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how many will apply to this?



it will certainly be a separate major event in poker this year

lotzamoneyz up for grabs
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anybody wanna lend me five hundred thousand dollars?
How good are you at PLO? And what's the juice?
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There's no point making a dramatic challenge if you dont accept all comers. Challenges like this are a lot about ego and the belief that no one has an edge on you in a particular discipline. Fear has no place here.
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durrrrrrrrrrrr got powned by venice
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Haha thats so sweet

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durrrrrrrrrrrr got powned by venice
my thoughts, exactly!

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total bull sh.ip....at thirty seconds per hand, that would be 52 days at 8 hours per day....

bull

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Talked to my accountant about this apparently that kind of loan isn't generally profitable for them so i'm not sure what i'm gonna do...maybe set up a brothel to raise the funds -_- can crush this donk @ PLO
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total bull sh.ip....at thirty seconds per hand, that would be 52 days at 8 hours per day....

bull
its heads up, they can play faster than 120 hands/hr... probably near 200-250/hr. would be my guess.
and don't forget to figure in 4-tables.

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so, six and a half days....damn

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so, six and a half days....damn
I'm sry... did you want your million tonight?

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I think it's a joke more than anything, if I was Phil Galfond I'd definitely ask him about this though..
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Not sure why Galfond isn't invited. According to table ratings durrr has won over $700k from OMGClayAiken.

xhttp://www.pokertableratings.com/overview/durrrr

If anything he wouldn't allow Benyamine, who is he's lost over $900k to.

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There's no point making a dramatic challenge if you dont accept all comers. Challenges like this are a lot about ego and the belief that no one has an edge on you in a particular discipline. Fear has no place here.
Venice= Phil Galfond, IMO.
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durr is an arrogant ass this just solidifies that. i hope someone shuts him up.

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durr is an arrogant ass this just solidifies that. i hope someone shuts him up.
yea he is. it'll be funny when he loses.
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Venice= Phil Galfond, IMO.
lolzy, the thought had crossed my mind.

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Looks like Ivey, Benyamine, Antonius have accepted.

-http://www.pokerkingblog.com/2009/01/06/david-benyamine-phil-ivey-and-patrik-antonius-all-accept-the-durrrr-challenge/

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Lol a few guys on cr were talking about staking a thier top HU cash player in but he refused because his highest limit is 10knl.
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Ivey Accepts Durrrr's Poker Challenge

“Somebody’s probably going to go broke,” said Phil Ivey. “That’s a lot of money, and a lot of time.”

When Phil Ivey says something is “a lot of money,” most people take notice.

In what will surely become one of the most anticipated heads-up poker matches of all time, should it actually occur, Phil Ivey has accepted Tom “durrrr” Dwan’s open heads-up challenge to the world.

Dwan told Card Player about his challenge last month, and it is described in full detail in the magazine’s upcoming cover story about him, set to hit casinos this week.

Basically, Dwan has challenged anyone in the world — with the sole exception being his good friend and professional poker player Phil Galfond — to play 50,000 hands with him heads up, in either no-limit Texas hold'em or pot-limit Omaha at $200-$400 stakes at a minimum of four online tables.

"I don't get enough people to play me heads up. Even though there is more money to be made in other games, rather than playing heads up at one or two tables, it's so interesting and you learn a lot," said Dwan. "I think I might have an edge here, but it's more to have fun and gamble a bit. That's why I'm making this challenge."

If, at the end of the 50,000 hands, his opponent is up, Dwan will fork over an additional $1.5 million to pad his opponent's winnings. If Dwan is up, he keeps the profits, as well as another $500,000 from the competitor.

It hasn’t taken very long for his 3:1 odds offer to be seized upon by the other vultures of the poker community.

Ivey told fellow pro Barry Greenstein today at PokerRoad.com that he has called Dwan to accept the challenge. Ivey said in the interview that he thought French pro David Benyamine had first dibs on Dwan, but Benyamine told Card Player today that he has not accepted Dwan's bet, although he is still considering it.
Greenstein pointed out just how long 50,000 hands will take, saying on the podcast, “That’s like playing four games for about a month, four- or five-hour sessions.”

He told Ivey, “I don’t know if you really have the patience to play a guy for a month,” but tipped his hat earlier in the show who he thought was better when he said that that he “would’ve expected [Dwan] to challenge everyone except for maybe Phil Ivey, who’s looking to me like the best heads-up player.”

Ivey conceded that Dwan might have an edge early on in the battle, since he is not as used to multi-tabling as the online pro is.

“The funny thing is, he probably does have an edge,” said Ivey. “There’s something tempting about that million and a half to $500,000.”

Ivey also said that Patrik Antonius, as well as a number of other pros, have indicated that they are interested in taking up the 22-year-old phenom.

“A lot of people are confident in their game, but no one I’m aware of has ever backed it up like this,” Galfond said, of Dwan's challenge. “As far as the challenge being open to anyone but me, I take that as one of the highest compliments I’ve received as a poker player.”
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Go Ivey.

I would love to know when this will all take place.

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I guess I'm downloading FTP now. I just need to find a good rakeback site and wait for this thing to start.
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