Will "durrrr Challenge" Ever Continue?

Published on January 2nd, 2019 3:53 pm EST

The durrrr Challenge is still alibe, believe it or not.  Will there be any hands played in 2019?Earlier this week, Daniel "Jungleman" Cates raised some eyebrows when he posted this to his Twitter account:

"@TomDwan Hey, haven't heard from you in a while. Don't you think it's time to give everyone an update on the durrr challenge, started in 2010?"

That's right - the second "durrrr Challenge" started all the way back in August of 2010. President Obama was not even halfway through his first term in office, Full Tilt Poker was still online and Facebook was still two years away from going public.

Tom "durrrr" Dwan won the first "durrrr Challenge", amassing a lead of over $2 million before Patrik Antonius reportedly bought out.

The second "durrrr Challenge" took place between Dwan and Daniel "Jungleman" Cates. The terms of the "Challenge" looked like this:

-minimum of 4 tables played simultaneously
-minimum of 50,000 hands
-$200/$400 blinds minimum
-Dwan's opponent could choose the game (either No Limit Hold'em or Pot Limit Omaha)
-any player who drops below 75 BBs must reload

If Dwan was up $1 or more at the end of the challenge, Cates would owe him an additional $500,000.

If Cates was up $1 or more at the end of the challenge, Dwan would have to pay out $1.5 million.

Cates took an early lead that he never relinquished. Dwan and Cates have reportedly played 19,335 of the 50,000 hand challenge, with Cates currently leading by $1,251,059.

The two sides have never been able to agree to terms to finish out the challenge. Full Tilt Poker collapsed, which is where the challenge was taking place. Cates has been frustrated about the challenge over the years, as he has a big lead and would obviously like to finish things out.

There are still unsatisfied side bets as well, so there are more people than just Dwan and Cates that want to see the challenge finish out as well.


According to reports, Dwan was supposed to pay out penalties to Cates if he was unwilling or unable to continue the Challenge.

Cates, after not talking about the state of the Challenge for a while, seems to have grown frustrated once again.

Will Dwan respond? Do you care?


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