Just when it seemed like online phenom Tom “durrrr” Dwan was laying low for a little while, news broke that the 23-year old poker pro is taking his infamous heads-up challenge from the virtual felt to a brick and mortar London setting.
The durrrr Challenge first made headlines in January of this year when Dwan issued a public challenge to any player who was willing to play him heads-up on four tables simultaneously for a grand total of 50,000 hands. Should the challenger be ahead after 50,000 hands, Dwan was willing to pony up a million dollars to his opponent, but if he won, Dwan would earn $500,000 from his challenger.
Patrik Antonius was the first player to accept durrrr’s challenge and the two have played intermittently since late February. As of mid-August, the two have logged 20,647 hands and, after being down several hundred thousand dollars early on, Dwan currently holds a $726,546.50 lead over Antonius. The two have not played each other since June and the future of their online bet remains unclear.
While the online Challenge may have lost some steam, a recent announcement by online site MatchroomSport.com that the durrrr Challenge was going live renewed interest in Dwan’s heads-up prop bet. The event will be filmed in London and will feature Dwan taking on four different opponents heads-up. Each match will be either Pot Limit Omaha or No Limit Hold’em and the blinds will be set at $500/$1,000. The buy-in for each match is $500,000 and play will continue for 500 hands or until one of the players goes broke and decides to walk away.
The first player to accept this live televised challenge is Sammy “any two” George, a cash game player from London, England. George is a familiar face to European poker fans. He has appeared on several poker-themed television programs including the PartyPoker sponsored vehicle “The Poker Den: The Big Game.” While appearing on the third installment of “The Big Game” George played for 24 hours straight and ended up as the big loser for the session after dropping over $78,000 after being up as much as $50,000.
George recently had a deep run at the World Poker Tour’s Bellagio Cup V where he finished in 21st place. A grand total of 268 players showed up for the $15,000 buy-in event and George earned $23,245 for his finish.
George is more excited than intimidated about taking on one of the more feared online cash game pros around. “I’m buzzing – what could be sweeter than playing in the world’s biggest heads-up match against Durrrr?”, said George in Matchroom Sport’s official announcement revealing his participation.“I’m stepping up to the plate and putting my money where my mouth is and it will be an honour to represent my country against the best the US has to offer.”
The remaining participants in the live durrrr Challenge have not been revealed, but some media outlets like Poker News Daily are reporting that Luke “_FullFlush1_” Schwartz might be next in line to take Dwan on. Schwartz and Dwan are no strangers and have repeatedly clashed on the high stakes virtual felt. Schwartz, who is known for his outrageous chat, has publically criticized Dwan numerous times this year and it will certainly make for good television should the two face off in real life for the upcoming London challenge.

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