Tom Dwan Biography
Tom Dwan's poker career started when he was just 17 years old, while playing under the screen-name "Durrrr." He has since gone on to win millions of dollars from competing in various online tournaments, particularly ones that focus on Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold'em.
In addition to playing online, Dwan has also cashed-in at several different World Series of Poker events, although he hasn't won a WSOP bracelet yet. This young, energetic player is a fearless risk taker who has well-developed strategies and natural talent. We expect to see even more great things from him in the future.
Thomas Dwan Jr. was born July 30th, 1986 in Edison, New Jersey. Dwan began playing online at Paradise Poker using the $50 that his father had given him for his 17th birthday. Dwan started competing in $6 sit-and-go tournaments, and after four months he had accumulated over $15,000.
He was attending Boston University, but he dropped out after one year to focus on playing poker professionally. Dwan was passionate about competing in live tournaments after playing against his friends at college, but until he turned twenty-one he was limited to tournaments outside of the United States.
Professional Poker Career
At 19, Dwan finished 12th in the €3,000 No Limit Texas Hold 'em Main Event of the European Poker Tour and won $12,000 in prize money. His next significant cash-in was at the 2007 World Poker No Limit Hold'em Championship Event, where he finished 4th and won over $320,000.
In 2008, Dwan made two World Series of Poker final tables, cashing out at over $110,000 and that same year he won an additional $226,000 at the Borgata Winter Open.
While travelling the world to compete in various tournaments, Dwan still excelled at online poker. Soon after opening an account at Full Tilt Poker, Dwan joined six different $100/$200 no-limit tables at the same time, and proceeded to win $200,000 in less than an hour. He eventually started playing against the most established online poker players in the world including Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, and Viktor Blom.
Confident in his skills, Dwan issued a $1,000,000 online challenge open to anyone to play against him for 50,000 hands of No-Limit hold 'em or Pot-Limit Omaha. If his opponent was ahead after the hands had been completed, Dwan agreed to give them $1,500,000, but if Dwan was ahead, he would get $500,000.
No one has actually accepted this particular challenge, but many skilled players wanted to try to beat him because of it. Viktor "Isildur1" Blom challenged Dwan to a week- long online competition of No-Limit Hold'em cash games which resulted in a devastating blow to Blom's career, as he lost almost $5 million.
Luckily the next year, Dwan was able to redeem himself when he finished 2nd at the 2010 WSOP $1,500 No Limit Hold 'em event, winning over $380,000. Dwan also cashed in three different times at the 2011 WSOP, with the most impressive being 5th place finish in the $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship.
His lifetime tournament winnings surpass $2 million with a good portion of that coming from the WSOP final tables. However, Dwan has yet to win a World Series of Poker bracelet. Below is a diagram showing Dwan's five best achievements at the WSOP events.
Tom Dwan's Top 5 World Series of Poker Results
|2010||$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em||2nd||$381,885|
|2008||$10,000 World Championship Mixed Event||7th||$67,680|
|2008||$5,000 No-Limit 2-7 Draw w/ Rebuys||8th||$45,110|
|2011||$25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship||9th||$67,436|
In addition to his WSOP accomplishments, Dwan holds the record for the largest pot won in a televised live game at over $1.1 million, which occurred during the fourth season of Full Tilt Poker's Million Dollar Cash Game.
More recently in May, 2012 Dwan won the biggest pot in poker history collecting almost $4 million in a cash game he played in Macau, China. He also earns extra money by appearing on popular TV poker shows such as GSN's High Stakes Poker and NBC's Late Night Poker.
Full Tilt Poker Scam
Dwan was sponsored by Full Tilt Poker for the launch of Durrrr's Million Dollar Challenge which was televised on Sky Sports. However, after the United States passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, Full Tilt had to close their doors to US customers.
Soon people realized that Full Tilt Poker didn't have the necessary funds needed to cover the surplus of withdraws and many customers were cheated out of millions of dollars. Dwan refused to continue his partnership with Full Tilt, as he was disgusted with their actions.
When asked what his take was on the Full Tilt fiasco with Bluff Magazine, he replied by saying, "From an ethical standpoint, the only two things they had to do were to make sure they had all the money and make sure there was no cheating. And that shouldn't be that hard. It was pretty ridiculous."
Today, Dwan prefers to compete mostly in live tournaments, and he continues to separate himself from having any association with Full Tilt Poker.
Author: Nicole Miller
Updated: October 2016