Tom Dwan is No Longer a Member of "The Professionals"Published on December 16th, 2013 10:52 pm EST
Full Tilt Poker's team of A-list poker players, "The Professionals", is now down to just two people, as Tom Dwan and Full Tilt Poker have parted ways.
Full Tilt Poker 1.0 was known for its ridiculously long list of sponsored players. Tom Dwan, aka "durrrr", signed a deal in November of 2009 to become a member of "Team Full Tilt". This prestigious list of players (at the time, anyways), included the likes of Phil Ivey, John Juanda and Howard Lederer.
Shortly before Full Tilt Poker 2.0 launched in October of 2012, the site announced that they were creating a stable called "The Professionals", which would include Tom Dwan, Gus Hansen and Viktor "Isildur1" Blom. Full Tilt Poker's decision to re-sign Dwan was a no-brainer, as he was presumably going to help lead the relaunched site back to prominence.
The deal between Dwan and Full Tilt Poker didn't go as planned, as the two sides have decided to part ways following the expiration of Dwan's contract.
The decision to part ways is seemingly an easy one from Full Tilt Poker's perspective, as Dwan has rarely played on the site over the past 12 months. Gus Hansen and Viktor Blom have both logged a tremendous number of hands on FTP over the past year, but Dwan has chosen to spend the majority of his time playing in cash games around the world.
Dwan also angered many (including Daniel Negreanu) when he turned up four hours late for a planned grudge match between Full Tilt Poker's "The Professionals" and select members of Team Pokerstars Pro. Negreanu had this to say at the time:
"If you're a sponsored player and you get paid, then you better do those things or you are disrespecting your organization and the game. If you aren't prepared to do that, then don't wear the patch."
In addition, Dwan has drawn the ire of many in the online poker community for his contribution to the sorry state of the second "durrrr Challenge". Daniel "jungleman12" Cates, Dwan's opponent in the second "durrrr Challenge", has called out "durrrr" multiple times to finish the challenge, but the two sides have only played very sporadically. It seems as though the battle between Dwan and Cates will never be completed.
Dwan's reputation has taken a major hit over the past couple of years, so it should be no surprise that he is no longer a member of Full Tilt Poker's "The Professionals".
Source: Pokerlistings.com - Breaking: Tom "durrrr" Dwan Dropped as Full Tilt Poker Professional
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