‘durrrr’ is the rather unpretentious moniker of the famous American High Stakes online poker player, Thomas Dwan Jr. The “durrrr” Challenge itself is Dwan’s own challenge to the online poker community. In short, durrr offered all comers a 3-1 odds on the bet that over 50,000 hands of the 200/400 Pot Limit Omaha online poker game, they could not show a profit against him.
In his original January 2009 post that announced the challenge, Dwan challenged anyone in the world to take on his challenge. On a minimum of $200/$400 on 4 tables played simultaneously, Dwan offered to stake $1.5 million to his challenger’s $500,000. At the time, many online poker players were avoiding Dwan especially on heads up games and this is why he had to sweeten the deal. In effect, he was offering them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
The challenger has to accept to play 50,000 hands minimum and if they ended up a dollar on Dwan, they could keep his $1.5 million dollar stake. Dwan’s challengers can choose the game they want to play (from either Pot Limit Omaha or No Limit Hold’em). Any of the two players who drops below the 75 BBs minimum has to reload. If Dwan is up $1 or more after the 50,000 hands have been completed, the challenger has to pay Dwan $500,000 in addition to any moneys won during the course of the challenge. If that is not the case, the Dwan forfeits his 1.5 million as well as other winnings.
In the post, Dwan specifically mentioned Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond as the only person in the world who was not eligible to take on the challenge. Dwan said Galfond was “too close a friend” to challenge in such a high stakes game.
The first person to take up the durrrr Challenge was Patrick Antonius. Dwan had posted his challenge of January 6th, 2009. Two days later, CardPlayer.com reported that Patrick Antonius was the first player in line to take on Dwan. At the time it was reported that Phil Ivey had confirmed accepting the challenge as well and that David Benyamine was also very interested in joining in too.
The Tom “durrrr” Dwan vs Patrik Antonius challenge began on February 18th 2009. Dwan was allocated 8 tables on FTP specifically for this challenge. After playing 1,541 hands; Dwan left with a profit of $134,000. August 3rd 2010 is the last time the two spurred on this challenge. In just 182 hands in that day’s session, Dwan increased his lead over Antonius to $2,059,719.50 with 39,436 hands dealt.
By mid August 2010, rumors started circulating that the Tom “durrrr” Dwan vs Daniel “jungleman12” Cates matches were due to start. And sure as rain the challenge kicked off before the end of the month. By the time of going to press, a total of 19,335 hands had been dealt in that challenge. Daniel “jungleman12” Cates was leading by $1,251,059.00 with 30,665 hands remaining. The challenge is still active.