NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
Durrrr Challenge Changes: Trends Continue
October 28, 2021

It's been over four months since we at PokerRoad News last checked in on the infamous Durrrr Challenge and in all honestly few seemed to notice or care, but with another major skirmish taking place just last night, perhaps it's time to check the recent numbers and damage.

The Durrrr Challenge, for the new folks out there (or those with memory loss) involves the gumption of high stakes poker pro Tom "durrrr" Dwan and a wager he put out to nearly any poker pro.  Dwan offered 3-to-1 odds for up to $500,000, for any player able to end up ahead even a dollar, after playing him heads-up for 50,000 hands on at least four online tables at once. 

The first player to take up the challenge was Full Tilt pro Patrik Antonius, who since mid-February has been periodically playing Dwan, and since mid-June attempting to erase a $725,000 deficit he had acquired during the 20,000 some hands they played during that period.

Roughly, another 7,000 hands have been played since that last June report, and although clearly there have been major shifts- due to the huge $200/$400 blinds that often lead to pots worth hundreds of thousands of dollars- upon inspection of tracking sites like DurrrrChallenge.com, it becomes clear that not much has really changed. 

2,000 of those 7,000 hands were played just last night at Full Tilt Poker and once the dust had settled, Antonius found himself fairly close to where he was in June, down $779,248 to Tom Dwan.

As of this writing, there are still 22,815 hands to go in this particular Durrrr Challenge and if Tom and Patrik keep on pace with last night's play, they could conceivably be finished with it in less than 12 days (which would be nice).  More likely though, the two busy pros will continue to play at the speed they've set since they started their match in February, averaging roughly 3,400 hands a month and giving fans seven more months of news coverage to look forward to, before Dwan's next challenger has a chance to step up.


Story by Mark Anderson

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