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Is Tom Dwan Still Rich?

May 08, 2019
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Professional poker player Tom Dwan, also known as “durrrr,” is one of the most recognizable names in the gambling industry, with a net worth of $10 million for 2010. But where is he now? Is he still gaining money in this way?

Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Dwan vanished from the US poker scene more than four years ago and brought his gaming enthusiasm to Macau instead, where he’s lately been playing short-deck hold’em (a deck without 2,3,4, and 5). His abrupt shift between two very different gambling markets has brought about many rumors about his financial standing, with some editions claiming that he went broke! Besides this, he has been inactive on Twitter since July 25, 2018.

On March 7, 2019, Asian poker organizer Triton Poker released an exclusive interview with Dwan, where the professional poker player spoke about his plans: “I think I’ll play a lot the next three months in Asia.” Dwan’s words may be a hint about his financial matters, which are going well enough to proceed the poker career.

Started with a $50 bankroll, in 2007 his earnings were $312,800, according to Always in the public eye, Dwan has participated in some of the most significant TV live game pots, some of which have reached more than $1 million.

But unlike so many other celebrated poker players, Dwan has never won a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet or a World Poker Tour (WPT) title. He gained fame thanks to online poker, which brought him $5.41 million on Full Tilt Poker (an Irish poker card room) in 2008. A year later, Dwan received membership in the Team Full Tilt, and in 2012 he became the site’s brand ambassador.

August 2010 marked the beginning of notoriety for the then-24-year-old. Challenging anyone other than Phil Galfond to beat him in at least 50,000 hands, Dwan launched the “Durrrr Challenge” and promised to pay out $1.5 million the one who overplays him. His stumbling block was Daniel “Jungleman12” Cates. After 19,335 of the 50,000 hands were played and “durrrr” was lagging $1.2 million; so Dwan halted the challenge.

“I’d like to play it at some point. I think we’d still both like to finish it, and that’s more on me than him. Hopefully, that will happen,” said Dwan in a recent interview with Poker News.

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