Durrrr Challenge II Back on After Three-Year Hiatus

October 5, 2013

It’s been a while (more than three years) since the Durrrr Challenge II has been updated, but alas, the time has come. Dan “jungleman12” Cates vs. Tom “durrrr” Dwan picked up again on October 1st on Full Tilt Poker.

Dwan and Cates went heads up for 3+ hours at the NLH $200/$400 when Cates improved his lead on Dwan by almost $200K in just under 1,500 hands. Thus far, more than 20,000 of the 50,000 required hands have been played with Cates ahead by more than $1.2 million.

On September 24, Dwan Tweeted, “In taiwan for the 1st time ever… Not leaving the airport tho. Maybe next trip. Had my biggest loss ever yesterday,” referring to a pot he lost against Cates.

The two had agreed back in July to play at least 4,000 hands per month, but that didn’t happen in August or September. Cates wrote on 2+2 in July that if the 4,000 hands were not played, penalties would be applied for not complying with the timetable.

Perhaps the challenge is back on now, and hopefully it won’t be another three years before we see another session out of the Durrrr Challenge II. The requirements of the challenge require 50,000 hands to be played. If at the end of these hands Dwan is down by even one dollar, he must pay his opponent an additional $1.5 million. On the other hand, if Dwan wins, he will receive $500K from his opponent.

When play picked back up last Tuesday, Cates was already showing a six-figure profit in just the first 200 hands. Dwan eventually managed to gain a lead and was up $130K and maintained the lead for most of the session until about the last hour when Cates made his comeback. Now that Cates is in the lead, he will be insistent that the challenge continue in a more regular fashion.


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