Tom Dwan is also known as Tom “durrrr” Dwan, and many think that he is the modern day equal to Doyle Brunson. The only thing is that he takes his aggression to a whole new level. He was born on July 30, 1986 in Edison, New Jersey and started playing poker at the age of 17 in 2004. His whole world of poker started when he deposited $50 into an account on Full Tilt Poker. He did however; start off with $6 sit and gos online, then quickly moved up to the cash games and grinded his way through a lot of the limits. Some of the credit for his quick movement through the ranks has to go to the online community that is available at www.twoplustwo.com forum.
He was an active member of the strategy community and he still continues to participate in discussions. By 2008, he had a hefty bankroll going and it exceeded seven figures alone. No one knows exactly how much, but there have been rumors that he has exceeded $5 million over the internet alone.He plays at the highest limits available, and racked up some of the best and most memorable hands at the table. By fall of 2008 during the $500/$1,000 No Limit Hold ‘em, he was mostly on the losing end of the biggest jackpot in the history of online casinos which was valued at over $700,000. He lost to Di “Urindanger” Dang. He held KK, while Di held AA. He was also was involved in another large pot that was ever played on the television show: High Stakes Poker and he won over Barry Greenstein in 2009 taking home a pot that equaled $919,600.
He has claimed that he has never gone broke however, and this is in contrast to a lot of other professional poker players who have gone broke a number of times in their careers.
Although the online cash games are his best and most played, he has also had some great wins at live tournaments and has finished at the final tables of the WSOP and WPT. As of the year 2009, his earnings from live tournaments exceeded $1 million. He actually offered up a $1 million heads up challenge in the same year. It was eventually known as the “durrr” challenge and it gave the opponents 3-1 odds on $500,000 that they could beat him over the span of 50,000 different hands while being on four tables. If anyone was able to beat him, they would receive $1.5 million. Patrik Antonius was the first player that actually took him up on this challenge.