Top 5 Tom Dwan's Craziest Poker Stories

December 17, 2021
Nikk Holland

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Tom Dwan has made a name for himself in the poker world based not only on his success, but the way in which he achieves that success. His aggressive playstyle has earned him millions of dollars playing some of the highest stakes games in the world.

Given the amount of experience Dwan has at the nosebleeds, he’s certain to have witnessed some crazy stuff along the way. Here are five crazy stories from Durrrr’s amazing poker career.

The Nickname

Dwan has long been known as Durrrr, but the origins of the nickname are pretty interesting. When Dwan first started playing poker on the then popular site Paradise Poker, he had an interesting username in mind.

He landed on Durrrr because he thought the nature of the name would naturally infuriate his opponents. As he won money from them the name Durrrr was sure to put them on tilt which he thought would lead to more success.

Rumors, Rumors, Rumors

Dwan was a staple on the scene throughout the early and mid-2000s. However, after the infamous Black Friday, Dwan went virtually MIA. A few years ago, Dwan began making appearances in the Triton Series, and it was also rumored he was playing some of the highest stakes cash games in the world. Here, Dwan talks about a seven-figure bluff, for example.

The specifics of the games in Macau will never be known, but the rumors are plentiful. One rumor was spread that, although eventually discredited by Dwan himself, he won $25 million in a session with wealthy Asian businessmen.

Poker Television

Dwan’s playstyle made him perfect for poker television shows like Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker. He was also very successful in these shows. In fact, Dwan profited the most on High Stakes Poker back in the mid-2000’s.

When Dwan initially left the show years ago, the ratings plummeted. Even in his recent return to Poker After Dark he has been a big hit for the show.

Almost A Hall Of Famer

2009 was the height of Dwan’s fame. After making regular TV appearances for years he had become a fan-favorite. In fact, Dwan was so popular among fans that he was almost selected for the Poker Hall of Fame.

Because of public balloting, Dwan was almost inducted into the Hall of Fame. He was eventually dropped from the race because he was too young and didn’t have any major results in big tournaments. Eventually, a rule was added which made 40 the minimum age for induction into the hall.

The Bracelet Bet

Although Dwan was a cash game crusher, he wasn’t particularly known as a tournament player. In fact, in 2010, Dwan laid a bet to the high stakes community that he would win a World Series of Poker bracelet. Players bet against Dwan, giving him 3-1 odds.

When he was heads up against Simon Watt in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event, bettors became nervous. In fact, “Huck” Seed had prematurely sent Dwan the $300,000 he bet against him when it got to heads up play. Watt would eventually best Dwan and take down the tournament.

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