“Poker is all about making more right decisions than your opponent.”


  • One of online poker’s biggest-ever winners
  • Master of the Macau cash game circuit
  • Has never won a seven-figure tournament score
  • One of Full Tilt Poker’s most infamous sponsored pros
  • Grew a $10 million fortune from a $50 deposit


Tom Dwan is known best for his fearless nature and devil-may-care attitude to poker at the very highest level. No move is beyond the former Full Tilt ‘phenom’ whose emergence in 2007 as the poster boy of online poker’s biggest pots was legendary. Known by his online moniker ‘durrrr’, Dwan cultivated a reputation for never backing down and has pulled off some of the biggest bluffs in the history of poker.

Still too young to be indicted into the Poker Hall of Fame, 37-year-old Dwan is an incredible live and online ‘hybrid’ who became the face of Full Tilt Poker in the aftermath of the first poker ‘boom’. Taking on the best and bullying them out of their millions, Tom Dwan has held his own with the very best in the business, earning a seat at the same table as anyone. He has won six-figure and higher pots from the likes of Doyle Brunson, Patrik Antonius, Viktor ‘Isildur’ Blom, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey over a distinguished poker career.

Dwan seems like the sort of poker player whose intuition and skill mean he was always destined for greatness, but quite in contrast to this image, his decision to quit an engineering course at Boston University and work at McDonalds while beginning a career playing poker. Soon climbing the ranks online, Dwan shot to fame when he transferred his skill at the nosebleeds from the online to live felt, gaining a cult following made up primarily of his fans online.

Still only 37, Tom Dwan has pivoted in recent years t playing more tournaments, having generally preferred cash games over the years. Despite never winning a World Series of Poker bracelet, no-one relishes taking on ‘Durrrr’, with his inscrutable table image and relaxed demeanour disguising a keen eye for detail and a temperament suited to the highest stakes imaginable.

In a recent High Stakes Duel match, Tom Dwan won heads-up against Phil Hellmuth to inflict the Poker Brat’s first defeat in eight heads-up matches after wins against Daniel Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari and Nick Wright. Dwan’s prowess in heads-up play is notorious, but in his tournament career, he has won just five ranking events, with three of those being heats during seasons of Poker After Dark and the PartyPoker Premier League respectively.

Lately, Dwan has pivoted to Triton Poker events and the high stakes and often varied formats seem to suit the New Jersey raised ‘Peter Pan’ of poker. Dwan’s record in Short Deck especially is formidable and over the past few years, each new trend such as Pineapple or Chinese Open Face poker has coincided with early success for ‘Durrrr’ thanks to his intuitive need to be ahead of the curve.

Tom Dwan’s Best WSOP Results


2010$1,500 No-Limit Hold’em2nd$381,885
2011$10,000 H.O.R.S.E.5th$134,480
2008$10,000 World Championship Mixed Event7th$67,680
2008$5,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw w/ Rebuys8th$45,110
2011$25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship9th$67,436

Tom Dwan In Action

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  • Live Earnings: $6.1 million
  • Ranking Event Wins: 18
  • Biggest Win: $1.19m (WPT Legends of Poker Championship /2004)
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Tom Dwan – Million Dollar Challenge

Back in 2009, Dwan issued a ‘come and get me’ million-dollar challenge… to anyone except Phil Galfond. Taking on Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates instead, Dwan lost $1.2m

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Paul Seaton, a poker luminary with over a decade of experience, has reported live from iconic poker events, including the World Series of Poker, European Poker Tour, and World Poker Tour. He’s not just a spectator; he’s been the Editor of BLUFF Europe Magazine and Head of Media for partypoker.

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