Once hailed as one of the greatest online poker players ever, Tom Dwan is now drawing headlines for avoiding competition. As we discussed last week, a frustrated Dan “Jungleman” Cates called Dwan out for inactivity in the Durrrr Challenge. With a $1.25 million lead in the challenge, Cates stands to win another $1.5 million if he can finish with the lead. However, Dwan seems ever hesitant to pick the Durrrr Challenge back up again, with about 30,000 hands left to go.
But perhaps some recent pressure from the public may force him to reconsider his position. A thread has opened up on 2plus2 called Is It Time to Call Tom Dwan a Scammer. And in it, many of the posters have less-than-favorable things to say about the poker pro. One of the posters is Dan Colman (mrgr33n13), who had this to say:
I would for sure say he is scamming jungleman, so yea hes a scammer
This isn’t the only forum thread where people are questioning Dwan’s ethics. A Reddit subforum spawned after Colman’s comment. Here the discussion is a little back and forth, with some posters offering the opinion that there’s nothing legally binding in this challenge. Moreover, this has evolved into a debate about the validity of any unsanctioned prop bet.
For the most part, though, it seems that Dwan is in the wrong here since he came up with the challenge and terms. One can only expect that if the shoe were on the other foot, Dwan would be more than happy to finish the challenge and collect his winnings. But since he’s losing and out of an online poker sponsorship deal these days, maybe even constant forum outcries won’t get him back to the cyber tables.