Dwan vs Cates Match May Restart Soon

Published on March 13th, 2013 1:38 am EST

The King presents the Tom Dwan Durrrr Challenge #2It appears as though the second "durrrrr Challenge" (Tom "durrrr" Dwan vs Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates) may be on the verge of restarting.

Remember the "durrrr Challenge"? Back in January of 2009, Tom Dwan issued a challenge to the poker world in order to find some action.

Dwan's terms - 50,000 hands of four-table heads-up No Limit Hold'em or Pot Limit Omaha (opponent's choice). The winner would be the player that was up at the end of the 50,000 hand challenge. If Dwan won, his opponent would pay an extra $500,000 on top of whatever he lost during the course of the challenge. If Dwan's opponent won, Dwan would pay out $1.5 million.

A number of players reportedly accepted the challenge, with Patrik Antonius getting the first shot at "durrrr".

The match between Dwan and Antonius ended up being a dud, thanks to their very sporadic play. Dwan and Antonius only ended up playing 39,436 hands, as Antonius reportedly bought out of the bet after falling behind by over $2 million.

Enter Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates and the second "durrrr Challenge".

After running up a big bankroll on Full Tilt Poker, Cates let the poker world know that he accepted the "durrrr Challenge". After a bit of back-and-forth, Dwan and Cates started their challenge in August of 2010.

The Cates vs Dwan battle also moved along fairly slowly before being halted due to "Black Friday".

The current numbers from the second "durrrr Challenge":

"durrrr" Challenge 2:

Tom "durrrr" Dwan vs Daniel "jungleman12" Cates

Leader: Daniel "jungleman12" Cates

Up by: $1,251,059.00

Total Hands Played: 19,335

Total Hands Remaining: 30,665

Challenge Started: August 2010


Earlier this week, Daniel Cates looked to jumpstart the challenge via Twitter:

"@TomDwan, would you like to continue our challenge instead of playing everybody else at every game on @FullTiltPoker"

Dwan responded with this earlier today:

"Hey @junglemandan, sure. Also care to pay me our figure finally since I guess now we're tweeting dick things we could text?"

In addition, Cates mentioned in an interview with HighStakesDB.com that the challenge should "hopefully start again within two weeks."


The second "durrrr Challenge" looks to be on the verge of restarting nearly three years after it began.


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