Online poker phenomenon Tom 'durrrr' Dwan made an exceptional career for himself at the virtual felt before making the transition to live poker. Dwan continues to spend a remarkable amount of time playing online poker, in addition to many live and televised poker events. Favoring the high and ultra-high stakes, Tom Dwan is perhaps best known for his Million Dollar Challenge.
Born in New Jersey in 1986, Thomas Dwan was an English major at Boston University when he opened his first online poker account. Starting with $50, Tom Dwan started playing low-stakes Sit and Gos, then moved on to ring games as his bankroll grew. Playing under the internet handle 'durrrr', Tom Dwan inevitably worked his way up to the high stakes, competing against some of the most renowned professionals in online poker. After significant earnings, Dwan made the decision to play poker
full time, and withdrew from his studies at Boston University.
In 2008, Tom Dwan earned an astonishing $5.4 million dollars playing online poker. However, Dwan's statistics show a loss of $4.3 million over the course of 2009. His loose, aggressive playing style has caused him to drop enormous amounts of cash in a relatively short period of time. Nevertheless, Tom 'durrrr' Dwan has managed to stay on top of his bankroll, and despite huge losses, Dwan maintains the balance with massive wins.
Surprisingly, as of March 1, 2010, Tom Dwan has only cashed in 10 live tournaments wherein he has earned just over one million dollars since 2005. Dwan made one final table and two money finishes in the WPT, and three money finishes in the WSOP. He also placed second in 2008 in an Aussie Millions event and cashed once in the EPT.
Tom Dwan favors high stakes, one-on-one poker games; perhaps the stimulus that gave rise to the 'durrrr Challenge' that Dwan issued in early 2009 to the entire poker community. Dwan proposed to put up $1.5 million dollars against any challenger's $500k in a series of 50,000 heads-up online poker hands
, except Phil 'OMGClayAiken' Galfond. Patrik Antonius
accepted the durrrr Challenge first, however, without a firm schedule the two players have taken a year to get through just over half of the 50,000 hands. The sluggish pace of the million dollar challenge has significantly diminished public interest in the matches.
Full Tilt Poker welcomed Tom Dwan into their elite fold in November of 2009. The youngest member of Team Full Tilt, Dwan has been provided dedicated tables for the 'durrrr Challenge'. Tom 'durrr' Dwan frequents the Full Tilt Poker high stakes tables, preferring No Limit Texas Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha.