Tom Dwan is a professional poker player who regularly plays in the biggest online games, primarily on Full Tilt Poker, where he plays under the screen name "durrrr". In 2009, Dwan became a member of Team Full Tilt.
Born in 1986 in New Jersey, Dwan first started playing online poker in March 2004 at the age of 17 during his senior year in high school. He began with a $50 bankroll at Paradise Poker. Dwan moved up in limits slowly, starting with small buy-in sit-n-go’s and low-limit cash games. He went to Boston University to major in Engineering, but was playing so much poker that he dropped out of college, bought a house in Texas with friends, and spent most of his time working on his game. By the time he left college, he had a good-sized bankroll. Before he turned 21, he traveled to Canada where the minimum age to play in a casino was lower than the U.S.
According to online databases that track high-stakes players, Dwan earned $312,000 on Full Tilt in 2007 and $5.41 million in 2008, and lost $4.35 million in 2009, with much of his losses going to Phil Ivey, Ilari Sahamies, and Isildur1. His results reportedly got better after switching down in stakes.
In November 2009, Dwan got challeneged to a series of heads-up No Limit Holdem cash games by a Sweden newcomer using the online name "Isildur1", who had recently been involved in high-stakes games against Patrik Antonius, Brian Townsend, and other players. He challenged Dwan to a heads up marathon playing six tables at a time with over a million dollars in play. By the end of the week-long marathon Isildur1 had gone on the largest run in the history of online poker winning approximately $5 million from Dwan.
In January 2009 Dwan issued a $1 million challenge to play online anybody heads up for 50,000 hands 4-tabling 200/400 or higher No Limit Holdem or Pot Limit Omaha. If his opponent is ahead after 50,000 hands, Dwan agreed to give them an additional $1,500,000. If Dwan is ahead he will get an additional $500,000. Phil Ivey said that he is willing to play, and David Benyamine said he was thinking about it. Patrik Antonius was the first to actually accept the challenge and play. Regarding his challengers, Dwan has said he thinks that the other players are better but that he may have an edge in these particular circumstances. As of February 2010, Dwan and Antonius have played almost 33,000 out of the 50,000 hands. Dwan is leading the challenge by close to $1.4 million.
Dwan's first live tournament cash in a major event was a minor cash in a European Poker Tour (EPT) event in London in 2005.
Dwan has cashed in the money in live tournaments and has appeared on NBC's National Heads-Up Poker Championship, the fourth season of Poker After Dark, the third and fourth seasons of Full Tilt Poker's Million Dollar Cash Game, and the fifth and sixth season of GSN's High Stakes Poker.
His next live tournament cash was in 2007 at the WPT World Poker Finals $9,700 No Limit Hold'em Championship Event, where he finished 4th and won $324,244.
In January 2008, Dwan finished 2nd at the Aussie Millions A$3,000 Pot Limit Omaha with Rebuys event, winning A$103,200 ($90,716). In January 2008 he also finished 2nd at the WPT Borgata Winter Open in the $5,000 No Limit Hold'em event, earning $226,100. At the 2008 $25,500 WPT Five-Star World Poker Classic Dwan finished in ninth place, earning $184,670.
In the first year that he played in the WSOP, Dwan cashed twice in 2008, finishing in 7th and 8th place. He cashed in the WSOP Europe in 2009.
Dwan holds the record for the largest pot won in a recorded live game at over $1.1 million, which occurred during the fourth season of Full Tilt Poker's Million Dollar Cash Game. It broke the previous record of over $919,000 also won by Dwan in the fifth season of High Stakes Poker.
As of 2009, he has 3 WSOP cashes and total live tournament winnings exceeding $1,100,000.
HPG ADMIN on February 27, 2013