Tom Dwan

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Tom Dwan is a professional poker player from the United States. His most well-known online poker alias is “durrrr” and he is frequently referred to as Tom “durrrr” Dwan even outside the internet.

Tom Dwan is chiefly famous for his online high-stakes success with No Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha cash games. This doesn’t mean that he isn’t a successful live player or tournament player. To the contrary; by 2013 his total wins from live tournaments exceeded $2.2 million.

In 2009, Dwan became a part of Team Full Tilt. When PokerStars re-launched Full Tilt Poker in fall 2012, they re-signed Dwan as a brand ambassador. After little over a year, Full Tilt Poker confirmed that the contract had not been renewed for another year.

Personal life

  • Thomas Dwan Jr. was born in Edison on July 30, 1986. Edison is a township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States.
  • Tom Dwan attended Boston University.

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European Poker Tour (EPT)

The first time Tom Dwan cashed in one of the major live poker tournaments was when he was 19 years old and got to 12th place in the EPT London £3,000 No Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event. This was the second season of EPT. For his 12th place, Dwan was rewarded with £7,000.

World Poker Tour (WPT)

The second time Tom Dwan cashed in one of the major live poker tournaments was roughly three years after his 12th place in EPT London. This time, the now 21 year old Dwan finnished four in WPT’s 2007 World Poker Finals $9,700 No Limit Hold’em Championship Event. For this feat, he recieved $324,244.

At the time of writing, Tom Dwan has made it to the money in WPT twice and reached one final table. The final table was for the 2008 WPT Borgata Winter Open $5,000 No Limit Hold’em where he ended up in second place after losing to James Michael Sowers. This second spot placement was worth $226,100.

At the 2008 Five-Star World Poker Classic ($25,500 WPT Championship), Dwan got to ninth place and earned $184,670.

Aussie Millions

Dwan was runner-up at the 2008 Aussie Millions A$3,000 Pot Limit Omaha (with rebuys) tournament. His second place earned him over 100,000 Australian dollars. In the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event, he ended up in place 62 which was in the money and worth 25,000 Australian dollars.


At the time of writing, Tom Dwan has no WSOP or WSOPE bracelet. He has reached three final tables and made it to the money ten times.

The first time Dwan was old enough to play in WSOP in Las Vegas was in 2008. In the $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event he finnished in eight place and was awarded with nearly $55k. In the $5,0000 No Limit 2-7 Draw with rebuys he finished at eight place again, this time winning just above $45k.

In 2010, Dwan finnished in second place in the WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold’em and was rewarded with $381,885. The following year, he cashed three times at WSOP, with his most notable finish being the 5th place in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E Championship.

Other stuff

  • Dwan participated in the 4th – 7th season of Poker After Dark.
  • Dwan participated in NBC’s National Heads-Up Poker Championship.
  • Dwan participated in the 3rd – 5th season of Full Tilt Poker’s Million Dollar Cash Game.
  • Dwan participiated in the 5th and 6th season of GSN’s High Stakes Poker.
  • Dwan participated in the 2008 National Heads-Up Poker Championship.
  • Dwan participated in the 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

Dwan holds the current record for the largest poker pot won in televised live game. It was in an episode during the fourth season of Full Tilt Poker’s Million Dollar Cash Game that Dwan won a pot containing over $1.1 million.

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Tom Dwan’s early online poker endevours

Tom Dwan started playing online poker with a $50 bankroll. Unlike many beginners, he escewed both cash games and scheduled tournaments in favor of Sit & Go’s. It was only after gaining expericen with Sit & Go’s that he broadened his repertour to included cash games and scheduled tournaments as well.

2007 and 2008

According to, Dwan earned $312,800 on Full Tilt Poker in 2007. While this is a big sum, it is dwarfed next to the amount of money he made at FTP the following year – a whopping $5.41 million.


In January 2009, Dwan lost over $3.5 million. After six months, he had recovered from this loss. The bliss was shortlived, because in mid-November 2009 a Swedish player by the alias Isildur1 challenged Dwan to a series of heads-up No Limit Texas Hold’em cash games. Dwan accepted the challenge, and the two played six tables simultaneosly. Before the week was over, Isildur1 has won roughly $5 million from Dwan.

From late October to late December 2009, Dwan lost about $5 million to Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, and approximately $2 million to Phil Ivey and Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies.

In December, Dwan started playing at lower levels than normally, and this proved to be highly beneficial for his damaged bankroll. In December 2009 alone, he won $2.7 million.

According to, Dwan lost $4.35 million in 2009. This meant that his cumulative winnings at Full Tilt Poker since January 2007 was at $1.4 million.


A few months into 2010, Dwan had recouped his 2009 losses at Full Tilt Poker, according to data from He won $1.6 million during the first two weeks of April. Two sessions with Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies earned Dwan $1.6 million, and by April 21 he was $7.3 million ahead for the year. He lost approximately $4 million during the following three weeks, but was still well over three millions ahead for the year.

Tom ”durrrr” Dwan and the Million Dollar Challenge

In January 2009, Tom “durrrr” Dwan issued a $1 million challenge where he offered to play anyone – except Phil Galfond – heads-up online for a total of 50,000 hands. The terms of the challenge was that the two players would play $200/$400 or higher No Limit Texas Hold’em or Pot Limit Omaha at four tables simultaneously. If his opponent was ahead after 50,000 hands, Dwan would give him or her $1.5 million (in addition to the money already won). If Dwan was ahead after 50,000 hands, his opponent would be obliged go give Dwan $500,000 (in addition to the money already won).

Patrik Antonius and Daniel Cates both took up the gauntlet (individually), but Dwan has so far not completed 50,000 hands with any of them. In October 2013, Cates and Dwan had completed about 20,000 hands and Cates was roughly $1.2 million ahead of Dwan. According to Cates, Dwan is refusing to respond this Cates’ requests for a continuation of the challenge.

On November 17-19, 2009, Full Tilt Poker arranged a Durrrr Million Dollar Challenge. This challenge, which consisted of 500 hand live heads-up, was carried out at the famous Les Ambassadeurs Club in London, and was broadcast by Sky Sports. Each opponent could chose between Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. The blinds were $500/$1,000.

The buy-in for the challenge was $250,000, with the option of rebuys. Dwan played against Sammy “Any Two” George, Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies, and Marcello “luckexpress” Marigliano. Dwan lost the challenge against Marigliano by $22,500, won the challenge against Sahamies with $68,000 and wan the challenge against George with $750,000.