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Tom Dwan - Profile

Tom ‘durrrrr’ Dwan may still only be 25 years old, but he is considered one of the best online and cash game players in the world. His style of aggression and ‘no fear’ poker has made him one of the most feared and most exciting players on the circuit.

Dwan famously took $50 given to him by his father for his 17th birthday, put it into Paradise Poker and built this tiny bankroll into one of the biggest bankrolls in the world. His nickname, ‘durrrrr’, was used to try to incite opponents to go on tilt.

In 2007 Dwan won $317,000 on FullTilt poker, and in 2008 he won $5.4 million. Dwan is known for his large profits and losses. Before the 2007 World Series of Poker it was reported that he lost $2 million in four months. In January 2009 he lost over $3.5 million and at the end of that year he lost $2 million to Phil Ivey and $5 million to Viktor Blom.

Arguably the highlight/lowlight of Dwan’s online career came in November 2009, when the notorious Swedish player Isildur1 challenged Dwan to a series of heads up no limit hold’em cash games. They played six tables at a time with over $1 million in play. By the end of a week’s play Isildur1 had taken Dwan for $5 million.

After such a huge hit to his bankroll Dwan stepped down a level or two and tried to rebuild at the beginning of 2010. According to HighStakesDB.com Dwan won $1.6 million in the first two weeks of April alone, putting his 2010 winnings at $7.3 million on April 21. However, Dwan being Dwan, he managed to lose around $4 million in the next few weeks.

In live tournaments Dwan is considered one of the best players in the world. Dwan cashed twice in the first year he was eligible to play in the World Series of Poker, earning over $100,000. Dwan has the conspicuous record of winning the largest pot in a recorded live cash game. This occurred during the fourth season of Full Tilt Poker’s Million Dollar Cash Game, and won him over $1.1 million (this broke the previous record of $919,000, also held by Dwan).
As of 2011 Dwan’s total live tournament winnings exceed $2.1 million.

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