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Player Profile – Tom Dwan

At 25, Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan already has a lifetime of stories to tell. Durrrr was one of the original online poker professionals to surface, and he had all the characteristics you would expect as well. He is young, slightly outspoken, and he loves the game as much as any other. Here, we will explore more about one of the brightest players on the circuit, Tom Dwan.

History and About

Born on July 30, 1986 in Edison, New Jersey, Tom Dwan has not given too much away about his life. While not short of an opinion when it comes to other players and the game, he avoids talking about his life before poker.

Tom started playing poker online at the age of seventeen using money he received for his birthday to play $6 Sit N Go tournaments on Paradise Poker. After his initial success, Durrrr moved to low stakes no limit cash games where he slowly built a good sized bankroll. This continued for a while until he changed his focus to heads up no-limit cash games on the high-stakes tables (generally $10/20 or above) playing some of the best players online. As a player with no fear, Tom Dwan took on, and usually overcame, those who he seemingly stood no chance against.

Even though he earned a reported $5.5 million from cash games on Full Tilt Poker alone in 2008, Tom Dwan has gone through plenty of swings. It is reported that he lost 40% of his online bankroll ($2 million) in just four months during 2008. He also said that he lost $3.5 million in January 2009 alone and $7 million from October to December in the same year. However, these are all swings that Durrrr has recovered from.

2010 was probably the most eventful year for Tom Dwan. In the first few months of the year, Dwan was up a couple of million dollars after moving down a few levels after a rough end to 2009. When Black Friday struck, Tom Durrrr Dwan was approximately $3.5 million up for 2010.


As you can see from the above, Tom Durrrr Dwan has had a lot of success playing online cash. However, he has also had plenty of success offline. While he is yet to win a major tournament on the WPT, EPT or a bracelet at the WSOP, he has cashed two, one and ten times respectively.

At his first WSOP event, Dwan reached the final nine players in two tournaments, the $10,000 World Championship Mixed Event and the No-Limit 2-7 draw with re-buy’s event, finishing eighth in both.


The future is really up in the air for Durrrr. As an online professional who clearly preferred playing on the internet, he has stated that he wants to get back to a major site without having to move from America, which at the moment is impossible. It is believed that he will move possibly to Canada in the very near future and when that happens, he will be at the centre of a battle from the larger sites to sign him up.

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