Tom "durrrr" Dwan has started his return at the online high stakes tables off on the wrong foot as he has had a disaster three days at the tables, losing $777k. The Full Tilt Professional has been away from the online scene for more than a year and a half, and it seems to have had an impact on how he compares to other online professionals. He played 8,751 hands in the first three days of December and the results got worse day-by-day.
His account is registered in Macau where he spends a lot of the year playing the big cash games there but he may have been playing from London according to his Twitter. He tweeted "Off to london in a few hours. #onlinepoker!" on 16 November and we saw him for the first time on the tables since Black Friday the following day. He played for five days in a row and after losing $243k in his first day of play, he slowly recovered some of the losses back over the next four days to finish the month of November with a loss of $95k.
He took some time off from online poker for more than a week at the end of November and could have possibly gone back to Macau to play in the live cash games there. At first, it seemed like he didn't have too much money deposited onto his online account during his first five days of play as he was playing mostly $25/$50 even when there were bigger games running, but he decided to play $300/$600 HUNL on 21 November against UK NLHE specialist Alex "IReadYrSoul" Millar. Most players would be scared to play durrrr at probably his best game and at stakes so high but it seems like Kanu likes the challenge of playing tough players. The match itself ended fairly even with durrrr losing around $15k over the course of approximately 460 hands and 90 minutes play.
durrrr gets unlucky on the turn as IReadYrSoul hits a higher two pair to win this $129k pot.
durrrr is crushed as he shoves his small pair pre-flop right into IReadYrSoul's pocket aces in a $127k pot.
Dwan was back in action online on 1 December to the delight of the railers who were eagerly awaiting his return. This time durrrr decided to focus on PLO and Draw games rather than NLHE. He played just 54 hands on the first day of December, all at the 2-7 triple draw tables, but it didn't go well for him playing against a fellow US pro. He lost $84,750 in two short sessions against Scott "mastrblastr" Seiver. The action that day focused around another Full Tilt Professional, Gus Hansen. The players followed him but it didn't end well for them as Gus was by far and away the biggest winner in the Draw games, winning $535k for the day. Dwan played the big 2-7 triple draw games that ran on Full Tilt prior to Black Friday and has never been scared to compete with the best at any game; however, he does seem to want to play 2-7 specialists Alex "Alexonmoon" Luneau and Seb "Seb86" Sabic heads-up. They are regarded by many as two of the best players in the world in that particular game and maybe even Tom Dwan has to game-select in such a situation.
durrrr flops two pair against patpatpanda's aces to scoop this $139k pot.
durrrr re-appeared at the tables the next day hoping to turn things around. He decided to play some PLO and Omaha Hi/Lo instead of the draw games to begin with. He was unlikely to get any heads-up action at PLO so sat in the $50/$100 and $75/$150 deep ante ring games. He played this at the same time he was playing $1k/$2k Omaha Hi/Lo against SallyWoo. The PLO did not go well for Dwan as his aggressive style couldn't yield him a profit and he lost $152k to end as the biggest loser in those games. Dwan's play has been analysed by many throughout the years and as a result, a lot of the players may have been prepared for him upon his return to the tables. However, one should not under-estimate him as he can change his style of play at any time to deceive his opponents. His style of play in PLO means that the swings and variance will be high but just as he might lose big, he also wins big and there have been many times that has been shown before.
He fared much better in the Omaha Hi/Lo match where he battled SallyWoo heads-up at $1k/$2k and won $156.5k from him. Furthermore, he also played in a ring game with patpatpanda and Gus Hansen in which he won another $39k. It all went well for him in these games and although SallyWoo is considered a specialist in this game, Dwan could certainly compete with him. Gus Hansen is regarded as a very strong player in Hi/Lo and he only played for a short while that day but very few are willing to play him heads-up. Patrik Antonius was one of a handful of players who would play him.
Dwan's session was not over as he decided to play arguably the biggest game we have seen recently on Full Tilt. He played $100/$200 and $200/$400 NL 2-7 triple draw. His opponent was none other than online phenom Ben "Sauce1234" Sulsky. Tom had been playing FL 2-7 triple draw earlier and actually played around 590 hands of it, basically breaking even, but Sauce1234 sat down at the $100/$200 NL 2-7 triple draw table durrrr was sitting at. It all started well for Sauce and he never looked back before durrrr decided to move the game unto $200/$400. It got even worse for him there and by the end of the game, he had lost $258k to Sauce. Very few players have the bankroll to play this game so high as many could argue that the bankroll needed for $200/$400 NL 2-7 triple draw would be $4 million.
durrrr played the same three games the following day in a marathon 12 hour session. This time, however, it was the reverse in PLO and he grinded away over 3,300 hands at the tables from $25/$50 - $75/$150 deep ante to win $106k. He really put the time and effort in that day to win back a lot of his losses from the previous day. He couldn't repeat his previous day's fortunes at the Omaha Hi/Lo tables where he lost a modest $17k which is very minimal in a $1k/$2k limit game.
He decided to continue his battle with Sauce1234 at the $200/$400 NL 2-7 triple draw tables and lost a further $187.5k against him. It seems like Sauce is prepared for this game and is continuing his great run of 2012. Dwan also got action from two unknown players new to the Full Tilt high stakes games. He, however, was unable to do well against both of them, and it is obvious that they have experience playing high stakes games on other sites before moving onto Full Tilt. DealMeInFast and 1Mastermind both managed to do well against durrrr, each winning six figures against him.
The first three days of December have not gone well for the New Jersey Wonder Kid as he has lost over three quarters of a million dollars. His absence from the online poker scene has allowed other players to catch up in ability such as Sauce1234 and due to the variance of playing the games durrrr does, six figure swings are standard. One can hope that he'll continue playing online again very soon and get off to a winning streak.