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Tom Dwan and Patrik Antonious to Give First Poker Lessons

For the first time ever, two of the game’s brightest minds will be divulging upon intracacies which have won them countless millions. Tom “durrr” Dwan and Patrick Antonious, two of internet poker’s brightest luminaries, will be giving one-on-one lessons for charity thanks to the initiative of Brandon Adams. Part Harvard professor, part poker professional, and now a smidgen philanthropist, Adams is success incarnate. The genius’ latest personal venture,, makes high-speed audio-video teleconferencing technology available a site with world-reknowned virtuosos and Nobel Prize winners across a variety of fields, and is launching with the April 18th Antonius lesson. (Dwan’s comes a day later on the 19th.)

“Having Patrik and Tom available to the poker community is clearly a great resource, and I’m very curious to see what their initial hours of coaching will go for,” Adams said. “Tom is simply the most innovative mind in poker, and many of the best poker players of his (or any) generation have publicly credited him as being the leading influence in their poker development. Tom is exceptionally quick, and I think he’ll pack a lot of insight into a typical one hour session.”

“Patrik is probably the second biggest winner in poker over the last decade,” Adams continued. “At one point, he was the biggest winner in every major game type.”

A majority of the proceeds will go to benefit the Morris Jeff Community School in New Orleans, an open-access public school helping educate and instill a sense of awareness into the local youths. According to a post yesterday on Adams’ Twitter account (the only way to bid on these one-of-a-kind offers):

“new bid for @patrik_antonius. $3200. @Tom_Dwan is at $3k.”

At the price it costs some people before they even see a return on a poker deposit, these might actually be viable options.

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The “Here It Comes…” Poker Video of the Week Moment

Tom “durrr” Dwan and Barry Greenstein battle for a $548,700 pot, the second largest in High Stakes Poker History.

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Massive Cash Games Wrapping Up In Macau

The Asian Poker Tour recently just came through Macau, China for it’s 2010 stop on the circuit. Not an impressive story by any means. The impressive part were Macau’s cash games, which saw some of the world’s premier high stakes players, including Phil Ivey, Tom “durrr” Dwan, John Juanda, and Chau Giang, battling for their share of the endless wealth of the local Chinese businessmen.

First reported by world renowned tournament director Matt Savage, the action has been chronicled on the Two Plus Two Poker Forum and is the stuff of legend, giving new definition to the words “big game”. Forum user “Stella Yeh”, who was confirmed to be the Marketing Director at the Poker King Club card room at the StarWorld Casino (home to a significant portion of the epic sessions), submitted the following post:

“Last night all the regular high roller Chinese guys were playing..along with World Champion Chau Giang. (Durr and Phil were taking a nap and getting some rest)

How it went down:
Blinds: $10,000, $20,000HKD blinds, $10,000 Ante/person
There was a straddle of $40,000 HKD.
Chinese guy: bumps it up to $100,000HKD (with Ace, Jack)
Chau Giang: raises to $500,000HKD (with Ace, Ace)
Chinese guy: calls ….(everyone else folds) it’s now heads up

Flop comes out: J, J, 10

Chau Giang: Checks (two pair, aces and jacks)
Chinese guy: bets $1.2 million (with trip Jack’s, ace kicker)
Chau Giang: Calls

Turn: Ace ( WOW, Chau Giang has now made a Full house Aces over Jacks….While Chinese Guy has Full house Jacks over Aces)

Chau Giang: first to act ….Checks!
Chinese guy: pushes All IN …around $9 Million HKD
Chau Giang: Calls
River comes a 3: Chau Giang takes down the over $20 Million HKD POT!!!!!!!”

When translated into US Dollars, the hand was worth $2.58 million, an absolutely massive pot that stands as a testament to the action that has been seen day in and day out for the past two weeks. If not the largest, it was certainly one of the most notable hands.

While the aforementioned hand lined Giang’s pockets handsomely, rumor has it that it is Dwan who was the biggest winner at the tables (see picture). Originally down over $20 million HKD, he apparently rocketed back to over $62 million HKD, roughly $7.99 million US, the end result of a 15 hour heads-up marathon session.

Play has all but ended, with Ivey headed back to the states up on his visit and with Dwan taking time away from the tables to vacation across the rest of Asia, most likely to find a prospective third world nation to purchase with his winnings.

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Tom “durrr” Dwan’s Blown Opportunity to Bankrupt Poker Economy

durrrTom “durrr” Dwan is no stranger to tossing around money like it’s going out of style. Synonymous with some of the largest pots in cash game history, Dwan has broken players looking to make their comeuppances at the highest stakes of the game online. He is a gatekeeper with deep pockets and an even deeper understanding of the game. If you haven’t spectated his tables, you have probably watched him on High Stakes Poker, playing at a level of play atop another plain of thought light years beyond anyone who isn’t Phil Ivey. He is also synonymous with being one of the greatest players alive that doesn’t own a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet.

As it was previously reported, Dwan traversed a 2,563-player field earlier this month to battle Simon Watt, 2009 Asia Pacific Poker Tour Aukland event winner, heads-up for a WSOP bracelet. Regardless of the riches he has accumulated, all of the money in the world can’t buy the notoriety WSOP gold represents. Fortunately and unfortunately for durrr, it can buy him into more events, which is just what he will have to do after coming in second of the $1,500 no-limit hold’em event

Dwam earned $381,885 for his troubles, which is a couple of hours in the poker office at $200/$400 or a relatively large pot at his $500/$1000 Omaha tables. To put it into perspective with the million dollar hands he’s been in, it’s a relatively small splash in a big pond. Put the money into perspective with the potential money he had riding on prop bets with a WSOP bracelet in 2010, it was a pin prick to a Stegosaurus.

Erik Seidel tweeted later that night: “Durrrr was a player away from winning the Main Event of the WSOP 5 months early.” Mike Matusow said much the same after his runner-up finish concluded: “[Dwan] was playing for the main event title right there.”

It was originally estimated that Dwan had $2 million riding on bracelet prop bets for the 2010 WSOP. Once heads-up play began, the fully realized amount riding on the difference between first and second was newly estimated at $12.5 million. The difference between first and second on paper was $232,363. The difference between first and second off the record was life-changing and undoubtedly a figure that would have bankrupted the poker economy, or at least some of its players in on the degeneracy. It would have been put so deeply in the red by a Dwan victory that President Obama would of had to offer it a bailout.

No stranger to big game players are big boy prop bets, as you’ve seen me previously report. The lofty multi-million dollar purse Dwan stood to win is the largest ever reported, and could remain that way for a very long time. To give himself better odds, Dwan had even registered in the $1,500 2-7 no-limit single draw event, simultaneously running while he was deep in the no-limit hold’em event. Running back and forth between his two tables to maintain his stacks and afford himself better odds, Dwan gave new meaning to the words “determined” and “sick”.

Even a player of Dwan’s superior skill and tact had to be left reeling after his elimination in second place,  knowing full well that in a heartbeat, the bankroll he had grinded up over his year’s of online play–resting roughly at $6 million–would have tripled over night. That’s just stating the obvious though, like a reporter going up to the star quarterback after losing the championship game and saying “You just lost the championship. What are you feeling right now?”

Like a true professional, Dwan was on to his next tournament the following day. Time is money, and being a man with his skill and lots of both, it’s only a matter of time and patience before he hits the prop bet lottery.

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My Name’s Phil Ivey and I’m a Professional Gambler

moneypitWhen you’re as ballin as Phil Ivey, winning hundreds of thousands of dollars playing some of the biggest cash games in the world is just another mundane day at the office. So how do you pass the time in your ho-hum life in between quarter million dollar hands and casino buffets? Prop bets.

Prop bets and the poker community go hand in hand. From the golf course to feats of strength to the criminally insane, these bets feed a gambler’s compulsive appetite for always needing something to be on the line.

For anyone that missed last night’s episode of High Stakes Poker, what is arguably the largest prop bet ever made took place between Ivey and fellow high stakes pro Tom “durrr” Dwan. Dwan bet Ivey $1 million that he couldn’t give up eating meat for a year. At a price that takes some people a lifetime of hard, honest work to make, Ivey has to refrain from chicken, fish, beef, and pork. That MBFN. Dwan–get in touch with me and I’ll do it for $100,000. Let me know. TTYL!

For a better look into Ivey’s lifestyle, disregard for money, and his fearless ability to place anything and everything on the line, ESPN took an incredibly enthralling and intimate look here.

As for prop bets, the game of poker has had a long laundry list of famous pros, stupid bets, and irreparable regrets. Below are some of the most notorious:

  • Gavin Smith, Jeff Madsen and Joe Sebok recently had a three-way last longer bet during the main event of the L.A. Poker Classic. Sebok, first to be eliminated, now has to get tattoos of both Smith and Madsen on his body. Madsen was next to go and only has to defile his body with Smith’s face. Only…
  • Howard Lederer, a vegan, was bet $10,000 by David Grey that he wouldn’t eat a cheeseburger. The melted goodness on top wasn’t the only cheddar Howard got his hands on that day. He immediately let go of the tree he was hugging and chowed down on the beef patty, walking away with some easy money.
  • Easily the most infamous prop bet ever involves high stakes gambler Brian Zembic. A friend of Brian’s bet him $100,000 that he wouldn’t get breast implants and keep them for a year. Defying all laws of nature and manhood, Zembic went through with the procedure, paying for the surgery that replaced his dignity with 38Cs. He remains a walking one-man circus sideshow, getting $10,000 a year for the life of his money making chest.
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