Name: Thomas Dwan
Birthday: July 30, 1986
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Online Screen Names: durrrr (Full Tilt Poker), Holdem_NL (PokerStars)
Endorsed: Full Tilt Poker (Team Full Tilt)
Websites: @Tom_Dwan, durrrr blog, Tom Dwan official site
Tom Dwan, also known as “durrrr”, grew up in Edison, New Jersey. He started playing poker back in 2004, and as most internet beginners do, started with only a small deposit of $50. He started on the site Paradise Poker, and as many of his fellow friends did, started with small stakes sit-n-go tournaments. As most find out at an early age in their poker career, Dwan still had a lot of learning to do. He nearly lost all of his initial deposit, until he managed to score a few wins in those tournaments, and never looked back. He quickly became a sit-n-go professional, and shortly after beating some of the highest stakes sit-n-gos available, turned his attention to the world of cash games.
Similar to his luck at tournaments, Dwan initially struggled as a cash game professional. Starting at the smaller limits and working his way up, Dwan began to slowly build success at ring games, and it was during this progression that he decided against persuing his English degree at Boston University.
The online phenom they call “durrrr” was relentless in his pursuit of success, and was constantly challenging himself and his competition to become more proficient. Both him, and his roommate at the time, David “Raptor” Benefield, would constantly bounce ideas off of one another to become more complete players. In no time, Dwan had built a reputation for himself as one of the most fearless and intelligent players to ever click themselves to a multi-million dollar bankroll.
While Dwan was still a teenager, his live play certainly suffered, as he was still not of age to compete within the walls of a brick-and-mortar casino. That changed however, when Dwan’s first tournament cash came from overseas, and the 19-year-old prodigy took 12th place at the 2005 European Poker Tour London Main Event.
When Dwan finally turned 21, he made a big splash at the Foxwoods Casino 2007 World Poker Tour Main Event, for a payday of over $300,000. He also made the money bubble in several tournaments at the 2008 Aussie Millions, in which he made over a combined $100,000. He also added another $225K to his career tournament earnings, as in the same year he placed 2nd at the World Poker Tour Borgata Winter Open.
It wasn’t until the World Series of Poker in 2008 however, that Dwan was truly able to make a name for himself. On one of the biggest tournament and poker stages in the world, and in arguably the toughest and most saught after bracelet event, the then 21-year-old Dwan had a 7th place finish in the $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event for $67,680. He also cashed 8th in that same year, in the $5,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/ rebuys event for $45,111.
Recently, Dwan also has cashes in the 2009 NBC National Heads-Up event, as well as his biggest cash to date, a $381,885 score in the 2010 World Series of Poker $1,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’Em event.
The internet wunderkind was during this time, becoming extremely well-known. So well known in fact, that he was one of the first primarily online-focused poker players to step their way onto the set of the biggest cash game show on television, High Stakes Poker. It was here, that all of the biggest names in poker began to recognize Dwan as one of the most creative and thoughtful poker players in the world.
While Dwan has certainly improved his tournament prowess, his focus still lies in the cash game realm. In fact, in January of 2009, Tom “durrrr” Dwan issued his own online challenge. It would be a 50,000 hand challenge, with his opponents putting up a cool half-million dollars, to his $1.5 million. The games offered were either Pot-Limit Omaha, or No-Limit Hold’Em, at stakes of $200/$400 minimum. If either opponent was up even a dollar at the end of 50,000 hands, that player would win the side-bet, and of course, any money that they’ve accumulated along the way. You were allowed to quit at any time, with the assumption that you would be forfeiting the side-bet. Dwan was so certain of his incredible ability, that this challenge was open to anyone, with the exception of his good friend Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond.
Of course the offer generated lots of interest from many big names, including Phil Ivey and David Benyamine. Nonetheless, the challenge was taken on originally by a Patrik Antonius, who chose to play Pot-Limit Omaha. While the lead in the challenge swayed back and forth in the early stages, Dwan’s incredible proficiency at multi-tabling online, and Antonius’ inexperience at the same feat proved to be costly for the Finn towards the end. While the challenge isn’t officially complete as of October 2010, Antonius is currently down over an enormous $2 million, with a little over 10,000 hands left.
The newest comer for the durrrr challenge is currently Daniel “jungleman12″ Cates. He chose to play No-Limit Hold’Em, as it’s his specialty, and many consider him to be the best heads-up No-Limit Hold’Em player in the world. As of October 2010, Cates is still in the early stages of the ongoing challenge.
Dwan has had continuing success throughout his poker career, and while he’s encountered many rivals along his journey, it was the infamous isildur1, who came on to the online poker scene in October 2009, that gave him the most difficulty. While Dwan certainly is an incredible No-Limit player, the unknown Swede had played with a style and at a level that Dwan had never seen. Combine that with an incredible run of luck, and the encounters between the two equated to a $5 million dollar loss for Dwan.
After having his first losing year in 2009, Dwan came back in 2010 looking better than ever. Currently the online pro, and newest member of Team Full Tilt, is up over $3 million dollars in online earnings for the year.
Dwan currently has over $1.4 million in career tournament earnings.
In Dwan’s off time, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, making prop bets, and traveling. Make sure to check out Tom Dwan’s websites above, and you usually can watch him playing online at the highest stakes available on Full Tilt Poker.