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Tom Dwan Records First Poker Tournament Score In Three Years

Cash Game Legend FInishes Second In Macau High Roller Event


Is he back?

This past weekend, Tom “durrrr” Dwan finished second in the $64,400 buy-in high roller event at the 2017 Macau Billionaire Poker Spring Challenge at the Babylon Casino. It was his first tournament score since February 2014.

It’s worth noting that the tournament had just 12 players, but any public appearance for Dwan is welcome news these days. The legendary cash game player has been absent from the live scene in America for several years now, but he’s apparently still a regular in nosebleed games over in the Asia-Pacific region.

Mikita Badziakouski, the winner of the high roller, took home about $420,000, while Dwan pocketed $250,000. Dwan now has $2.9 million in lifetime tournament earnings.

The score is great news for Dwan, who has been criticized by some of his peers in the high-stakes poker community over the defunct “Durrrr Challenge.” High-stakes player Doug Polk also took to his video blog this month to speculate about Dwan’s finances.

Dan Cates, Dwan’s opponent in the online poker challenge, said that Dwan has “gambled beyond his means.” According to online poker tracking site HighstakesDB, Dwan hasn’t played online in about three years.

Dwan was widely regarded as one of the most feared cash game players in the world during the pre-Black Friday era, but he also had some deep tournament runs. At the 2010 World Series of Poker, Dwan had millions in action on bracelet bets. With a rumored $12.5 million on the line in a measly $1,500 buy-in tournament, Dwan finished second out of 2,563 players and missed out on a payday that was likely larger than first place in the main event.

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