Tom "Durrrr" Dwan: Player Profile

If you’re looking for an inspirational “rags to riches” story from the world of poker, Tom “Durrrr” Dwan Jr. is the guy you should check out. Technically, he was not brought up in poverty, but the way he started in the industry is quite interesting because his riches are pretty much self-made. From a starting bankroll of $50, Dwan worked his way through online poker tables and tournaments.

What is Tom Dwan's Net worth?

According to poker analysts, Tom Dwan net worth is roughly $10 million, consisting of more than 40 documented cashes between Cash Games, TV Shows, WSOP, EPT & WPT from Sep 11, 2005 to current.

Tom Dwan’s Humble Beginnings

On his 17th birthday (2004), his father gave him $50 as a present and he used it to make a deposit on Paradise Poker. He ended up losing $35 on $6 sit-and-goes (SnGs), but he managed to cash in his last two SnGs for that round. From that $50 present, he was able to build up enough bankroll. During this time, he kept on playing short-handed cash games. After winning those games, he then moved forward to heads-up games.

By the age of 23, Dwan became a widely known online player under the screen name “Durrrr”, playing primarily in the highest stake games of No-Limit Texas hold ‘em and Pot-Limit Omaha. Following his online fame, he appeared on several poker-related shows, including NBC’s National Heads-Up Poker Championship, Poker After Dark, and GSN’s High Stakes Poker.

Dwan on Live Tournaments

When he was 19 years old, Dwan participated in the second season of the European Poker Tour held in London. He joined the £3,000 no limit Texas Hold 'em Main Event and cashed in for the first time, finishing 12th among the list of players . This was his first cash in, earning him £7,000. Dwan was 21 years old when he cashed in next at the World Poker Tour's 2007 World Poker Finals $9,700 No Limit Hold 'em Championship Event. He finished fourth and earned $324,244.

In January 2008, Dwan participated in the Aussie Millions A$3,000 Pot Limit Omaha with Rebuys event and finished second, letting him win A$103,200. In the same tournament, he finished 62nd in the A$10,000 No Limit Hold 'em Main Event and won A$25,000.

During the same year, Dwan joined the WPT Borgata Winter Open and finished second against James Michael Sowers in the preliminary $5,000 No Limit Hold 'em event. He earned $226,100 in the said event.

During the first year that Dwan became eligible to play in a World Series of Poker (WSOP) event, he cashed in two times. He finished in 8th place when he reached the final table at the 2008 World Series of Poker’s $10,000 World Championship Mixed. In the said event, he earned $54,144. He then almost won again in a seven-person final table, but finished in the 8th place once more, this time in the $5,000 No Limit 2-7 Draw with Rebuys event. He earned $45,110 in the said event.

In the Dwan 2008 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship, he defeated Phil Hellmuth in his first match. However, he was eliminated when he went against Mike Matusow in the following round. Dwan finished in 9th place at the 2008 Five-Star World Poker Classic (the $25,500 WPT Championship) and won $184,670.

Dwan finished 2nd in the $1,500 No Limit Hold 'em event of the 2010 WSOP in the, earning him $381,885.

Dwan participated at the 2011 WSOP and cashed in three times. He even finished fifth in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship and won $134,480.

By 2013, Tom Dwan total winnings from live tournaments had reached $2,200,000.

Dwan on Live Cash Games

Dwan marked a record for the largest pot won in a televised live game. He won over $1.1 million, during the fourth season of Full Tilt Poker's Million Dollar Cash Game. This feat broke the previous record that he also made – over $919,000 in winnings via the fifth season of High Stakes Poker. It was also one of Tom Dwan biggest winnings. By 2016, Dwan has been playing high stakes cash games in Macau and Manila. This is also one of the reasons why we're seeing less of him in WSOP tournaments.

Durrrr Total Winnings (Documented)

Casino $2,325,223 27 0 0
World Series of Poker $778,297 10 0 5
World Poker Tour $508,914 2 0 2
European Poker Tour $12,398 1 0 0

Durrrr Biggest Winnings (Career Highlights)

Feb 10, '14 AUD$250K No-Limit Hold'em
2014 APPT 8 - Aussie Millions
$225,998 6 $446,700
Jun 06, '10 Event 11 - $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em
2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker
$1,500 2 $381,885
Nov 13, '07 No-Limit Hold'em Championship
2007 World Poker Finals (WPT)
$9,700 4 $324,244
Jan 25, '08 No-Limit Hold'em Event 12
2008 Borgata Winter Open (WPT)
$5,000 2 $226,100
Apr 26, '08 WPT No-Limit Hold'em Championship Event 15
2008 Five-Star World Poker Classic (WPT)
$25,000 9 $184,670
Sep 30, '06 WCOOP 2006 Event No. 16
$5,000 2 $152,425
Jun 23, '11 $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship
2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker
$10,000 5 $134,480
Jan 11, '08 Pot-Limit Omaha Event 7
2008 Aussie Millions
$2,640 2 $90,816
Apr 10, '12 Main Event
2012 Party Poker Premier League V
$125,000 6 $80,000
Jun 03, '11 $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Heads-Up Championship
2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker
$25,000 9 $67,436
Jun 06, '08 Event 8 - World Championship Mixed Event
2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker
$9,400 8 $54,144
Nov 30, '08 No-Limit Hold'em Final
2008 Premier League Poker III
$75,000 4 $50,000
Jun 11, '08 Event 18 - No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball w/ Rebuys
2008 39th Annual World Series of Poker
$4,700 8 $45,110
Jul 03, '10 Event 55 - $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker
$10,000 17 $31,288
Jan 27, '13 2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
2013 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship
$25,000 15 $25,000
Mar 08, '09 NBC Heads Up Championship Event
2009 NBC National Heads-Up Championship
$20,000 9 $25,000
Jun 22, '11 $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Six Handed
2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker
$5,000 16 $23,519
Sep 25, '09 Pot-Limit Omaha - Event 3
2009 World Series of Poker Europe
$7,421 14 $20,959
Nov 27, '08 Heat 7
2008 Premier League Poker III
$0 1 $20,000
Jan 20, '08 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event 12
2008 Aussie Millions
$8,800 62 $17,600
Jun 03, '10 Event 6 - $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker
$5,000 35 $16,607
Sep 11, '05 WCOOP 2005 Event No. 7
$500 8 $13,627
Oct 02, '05 Main Event
2005 Grosvenor World Masters
$5,314 12 $12,398
Oct 02, '05 No-Limit Holdem EPT Main Event - Event 5
2005 EPT London - Season II
$6,800 12 $12,398
Nov 24, '08 Heat 2
2008 Premier League Poker III
$0 2 $12,000
Nov 29, '08 Heat 11
2008 Premier League Poker III
$0 3 $8,000
Nov 26, '08 Heat 6
2008 Premier League Poker III
$0 3 $8,000
Sep 23, '07 Sunday Mulligan
Full Tilt Poker
$200 7 $4,669
Nov 25, '08 Heat 4
2008 Premier League Poker III
$0 5 $4,000
Jun 18, '10 Event 31 - $1,500 H.O.R.S.E.
2010 41st Annual World Series of Poker
$1,500 74 $2,869
Nov 28, '08 Heat 10
2008 Premier League Poker III
$0 6 $0

Where is Tom Dwan?

Dwan has been known as the kid genius to take the online poker community by storm. He was crushing people on the tables and he had confidence that was off the charts. He so strongly believed in his talent that he offered 3:1 odds to anyone who could beat him heads up over a span of 50,000 poker hands.

That was the time when Daniel “jungleman” Cates entered the scene and accepted what has been known as the “Durrrr Challenge”. The goods were just too good for any skilled poker player to turn down. The conditions were set for the challenge: Cates would have to pay Dwan $500,000 if he lost, but if he won, he would receive $1.5 million from Dwan. In 2010, the heads-up battle began with both of them playing online at around 20,000 hands. It was clear that Cates was ahead of the game with an impressive $1.3 million profit. However, the challenge suddenly was put to a halt in the spring of 2011.

As many poker players may have known, it was around this time that Full Tilt and PokerStars were shut down and the American authorities seized the players’ bankrolls. Consequently, Dwan and Cates was not able to push the challenge forward. Hence, the two had to look for other venues where they could get action and they played the live games in Macau and Las Vegas. That was also the time when the rumours about the million dollar stacks in Macau first surfaced.

By November 2012, Full Tilt opened its online doors once more and Cates was excited to complete the challenge. After all, beating Dwan would boost his poker bankroll by $1.5 million. However, by that time, Dwan was more keen on playing live games because they were more rewarding and soft. Throughout the course of 2012 and 2013, Dwan played about 100,000 hands and only 2,500 of those were under the “Durrrr Challenge”.

Dwan Vs. FTP; Dwan Vs. Cates

On December 2013, it was reported that Dwan had left Full Tilt Poker’s wing. Two months after the announcement, Dwan shared that he had a “big issue” with Full Tilt Poker, but he refused to talk more about this problem.

The following months, he incurred an even bigger problem with Cates who strongly wished to complete the “Durrrr Challenge” that was worth $1.5 million. However, Dwan was not interested in the challenge anymore and he reportedly agreed to pay Cates $40,000 for every two months that there was no progress in the challenge. Cates was so upset that he even threatened to reveal some aspects of Dwan’s private life. More hype grew around the issue and the challenge as the online poker community sided with Cates. Despite this, Dwan remained unfazed. As time went by, his camera appearances became fewer and fewer to the point that no one knew what was happening with him. The only sources of information regarding Dwan was his Twitter account, some social media photos and that incident in Macau that was related to illegal betting. Moreover, no one really knows the current Durrrr net worth since he has been playing off the radar for the past few years.

More Macau Action for Dwan

So the question is, “Where is Durrrr now?” What is he up to? Does he still play poker? The answer is of course, “Yes!” There were rumors circulating online that he is now broke and living in someone else’s basement. But don't pay any mind to those rumors because the truth is he is well, alive and kicking hard through the poker tables. In May 2015, Dwan made an appearance at the Poker King Club grand opening. He appeared alongside Phil Ivey – a sign that he was already a household name in Macau.

On 27 July 2015, Cates took to 2+2 to make an important and interesting announcement, stating that the issue he had with Dwan has been resolved and that the challenge would possibly be completed within nine months. Cates shared, “We have completed 25k hands roughly. Tom and I have had some disputes but I believe we have essentially resolved them. The challenge is agreed to be played out in the next 9 months (God-willing). I think Tom intends on finishing the challenge but has been distracted by things of great importance... In addition, Black Friday greatly hindered our progress.”

The Black Friday that Cates was referring to has nothing to do with the American tradition where people line up in stores for discounts as big as 90%. It was an event that happened in the poker world last 15 April 2011 when federal authorities revealed an indictment against the three big names in the US poker industry: PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker. With issues regarding payment transactions, most of the poker sites left the US and operated elsewhere. Cates and Dwan were playing on Full Tilt Poker while completing the “Durrrr Challenge”.

During an interview at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour in Manila, Poker King Club president Winfred Yu resurfaced the “Durrrr Challenge” topic, saying that Dwan was involved in the highest cash games in the Philippines. Along with Cates and Ivey, Dwan was playing stakes as high as $5,000/$10,000 Six-Plus Hold'em. This poker format is similar to the classic No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em, but the 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s are excluded from the deck to tip the game more towards gambling and less towards skill.

Dwan Still Playing at the Poker Tables in Asia

So, whatever happened to Tom “Durrrr” Dwan? Well, his fans should be delighted to know that he is still playing at the poker tables in Asia. It may not be the same environment that we are used to seeing him. The last time he played online was on Full Tilt last 15 December 2013. Last 24 January 2015, he played on 2+2, but on a live poker table.

Dwan may have avoided the scrutiny of the online poker community, but as you can see, he still continued playing poker. Hopefully, in a few months, we will get closure about his online poker career by seeing him complete the “Durrrr Challenge” with Cates. We can’t blame him if he decided to leave the online poker world and move to the live tables. After all, they say the juiciest games can be found in places like Macau.