The 3 Players Tom Dwan Won The Most Money From

The legend of Tom durrrr Dwan will survive for as long as poker does, of course, but we are now a decade on from his most infamous times as one of the most-feared players in the game, so let us take a look back at how he amassed his reputation and fortune online…

By: Andrew Burnett

Just one look at that graph shows how high the stakes were and how swingy the biggest games proved to be, with pots of over $half a million regularly showing up amongst the big boys of the online game.

Patrik Antonius

There are few players who have crushed the game as much as Patrik Antonius, but against ‘durrrr’ things weren’t quite so rosy, their highly-publicised ‘durrrr’ Challenge match going against the Finn quite heavily.

Roughly 40k into the 50k hands of the match and Antonius was over $2million down, Antonius no match for Dwan at heads-up PLO – the match ending with a quiet buyout, although how much of the $500k side-bet Antonius had to hand over is unknown…

Antonius, of course, holds the record for the biggest online pot ever won – and crushed the online game for close to $20million – but every player has a bete noir, in this case Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan.

Gus Hansen

At the opposite end of the scale, Gus Hansen is one of the all-time biggest losers in the online poker game, and Dwan took his share of the Great Dane’s bankroll too, including Dwan’s own biggest-ever winning online pot

While Gus found himself in a downward spiral with no signs of an escape hatch, Tom Dwan was bouncing up and down the profit and loss charts.

Big losses to Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom and his infamous ‘durrr’ Challenge match with Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates costing him a bucketload, but seemingly plenty of Scandinavians with deep pockets willing to top him up again…

Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies

Yet another legend of the nosebleed game, Sahamies’ Full Tilt chart looks remarkably similar to Dwan’s…

…with the biggest difference being that Dwan’s bottomed out a good $2million healthier than his Finnish counterpart. Of course, when you are playing $500/1000 PLO, swings are bound to happen – and running into quad queens doesn’t help the bank balance either!

Perhaps the reason that Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan did so well against a variety of top ‘Scandies’ was that his aggressive, innovative and fearless play was a mirror of their own back in the online poker nosebleeds heyday?


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