Tom "durrrr" Dwan is a well-known high-stakes player, born in 1986 in Edison, New Jersey. He first began playing poker at the age of 17 (2004) and has experienced incredible success since. His first deposit of $50 and then a $6 sit & go on Full Tilt has turned into a career and lifestyle for Dwan; he quickly played his way up through the stakes.
He is also known for his eccentric poker challenges in which he seeks out a good game between other professional players of his level. He first appeared on television in the 2007 WPT World Poker Finals, in which he placed 4th and brought home $324K. By 2008, Dwan’s bankroll had surpassed the seven-figure value, rumored to be in an excess of five million dollars, from online play alone.
Since his early days of playing poker, Dwan has been an active member of twoplustwo poker forum. It is here that he has worked through a lot of strategy with other community members. To this day, Dwan is still an active participant at twoplustwo.
Many of his fans have equated Dwan with Doyle Brunson, though the modern-day version takes the aggressive approach to poker to a whole new level. Dwan has also been a part of some of the biggest online poker hands in the history of the sport. In October of 2008, at a $500/$1,000 NLH game, Dwan’s KK lost the biggest pot (at the time) amounting to more than $723K to the AA of
Di “Urindanger” Dang, another big-money online poker player. Along with Phil Ivey, Patrick Antonius, Dwan’s good friends, David "Raptor" Benefield and "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, and newcomer, Isildur1, Dwan and Dang have broken each other’s records and swapped millions of dollars back and forth among the elite group for over two straight years now.
In addition, Dwan appeared on the High Stakes Poker TV show in March, 2009, during which he was part of the largest pot to ever be played live. He took an epic $919K+ from poker legend, Barry Greenstein.
While many wonder how it could be true with all the cash that Dwan loses, he’s never admitted to going broke. In addition to his online cash game success, he’s also had more than $1 million in tournament winnings that include a WPT final table and a WSOP final table. He’s still very young though, and has a lot more poker ahead of him. There’s plenty of time for him to take his career
seriously; right now, he’s enjoying his gift and being himself by initiating such contests to his colleagues as the Durrrr Million Dollar Challenge and the Million Dollar Live Challenge. It is undoubtedly certain that he will never return to Boston College where he once was an English major; he’s got much bigger things ahead of him now.