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Daniel Cates on Tom Dwan & the 'Durrrr Challenge': "He Scammed Me"

Tags: Daniel Cates, durrrr challenge, Jungleman12, Tom Dwan.
Posted on 04 September 2014 by "T".

In 2009, Tom "durrrr" Dwan was at the height of his career and announced the durrrr challenge on an online poker forum to get some action: "I'm making this heads-up challenge to the world. Anyone can accept. Four tables, minimum of $200/$400, and I'll put up $1.5 million to their $500,000. We play 50,000 hands minimum and if they end up a dollar after rake they keep the side money or whatever. So basically, if you and I played and you won a dollar, you would get my $1.5 million and if I won a dollar I would win your $500,000. So I'm giving a million dollars free if anyone thinks they can do it."

Patrik Antonius accepted the challenge almost right away, then Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates took up the challenge in the second half of 2010. As of today, neither of the challenges have been completed. Dwan is up $2,059,719.50 against Antonios after 39,436 played hands, and he is down $1,251,059 against Daniel Cates after 19,335 played hands.

Cates has several times expressed his frustration with the challenge not being completed. In a recent chat on nosebleed table at Full Tilt Poker, he vented his thoughts on the durrr challenge:

punting-peddler: jungle not whining so much today when ur up 3.5 buyins
jungleman12: not up
punting-peddler: aha then im really surprised
punting-peddler: ah i guess i havnt won a pot yet against u
jungleman12: its easy to whine against you specifically
jungleman12: since ur endless luckbox ofc
punting-peddler: ur the one with the blessed account not me
jungleman12: blessed funny
jungleman12: 3m hands and i win
jungleman12: must be blessed
jungleman12: featured pro scams me
jungleman12: must be blessed
punting-peddler: yeye whatever
punting-peddler: what?
punting-peddler: who scamed u
jungleman12: tom
punting-peddler: aha i see
punting-peddler: im sure he will pay u
jungleman12: big scam
jungleman12: yeah ok
jungleman12: as soon as he finishes his angle
punting-peddler: but indeed takjing a long time
jungleman12: he doesnt have to play if its not completed
jungleman12: according to him
jungleman12: ask him
punting-peddler: lol
punting-peddler: quite a joke to say that from him
jungleman12: moment i owe him though
jungleman12: oh wheres my money??? he says
punting-peddler: well i really hope he finishes it
punting-peddler: pretty ridic not to complete
jungleman12: yes


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9 comments for "Daniel Cates on Tom Dwan & the ''Durrrr Challenge'': "He Scammed Me""

 Theapple04/09/2014 11:27:58 GMT
that was ridiculous challenge to begin with but those guys apparently dont take 'poker money' seriously, so 1m or so challenges are not a big deal to some people, lol

id go crazy if someone scams me for 1k, and its million we are talking about here... althro its a "poker money" million so it wouldnt last that much but still.... Tongue
 mgabesz05/09/2014 05:26:59 GMT
Yes, fantastic amount of moneys in the round these Red Pros and high stakes players almost live in a totally different world. They almost think about million dollars than a usual player about an amount between one and ten dollars...
 doubletop77705/09/2014 09:35:04 GMT
I really hope that Tom Dwan hasnt scammed him because Durrrr has always been one of my favourite players and i have always held him in such high regard that it would disappoint me greatly if this is true
 Heskor05/09/2014 14:46:48 GMT
Yeah he has the right to be pissed as this is a lot of money and also based on life, you have to complain when something is not good or unethical and this is what happens and glad we have some drama at the high stakes otherwise it would be boring to watch and so on. Anyway Tom Dawn and Durrrr are among the best players and i think they would not go for the challenge as he was bored, too little money lol! Cheers keep the news coming!
 Macubaas06/09/2014 11:18:29 GMT
Not sure why but somehow many predicted that this will be the end of this challenge...

As someone above said i think Daniel took a bit too serious this challenge. He is doing good lately, i think he won't be too upset for too long Smile
 LIKEIT2706/09/2014 11:41:24 GMT
Its just bad when you dont finish the challange,..
Tom didnt speak for a long time,
And didnt respond on any mails from Daniel.....
This has taken soooo long its ridiculles and probably a scam ore hes broke...

This is a song about durr https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyJpCnw7XJ4

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Its just bad when you dont finish the challange,..
Tom didnt speak for a long time,
And didnt respond on any mails from Daniel.....
This has taken soooo long its ridiculles and probably a scam ore hes broke...

Seems i cant post a link from youtube,but iff you put Tom dwan song in youtube you will find it video made by Srsly sirius

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Edit link worked i see it now not sure iff its allowed otherwise Mods can delete it,,,,,
 ammytyagi08/09/2014 12:35:35 GMT
Its more than five years but still this challenge is not completed. Tom is one of my favourite poker player and would not like to consider him as a scammer but this challenge should be completed by now.
 Fakiry08/09/2014 21:03:59 GMT
Having two big challenges running at the same time is always better for the one who's involved in both. Just as we can see he is winning one and losing the other which means that if it ended today he would only be losing half of what he was up to. And the one durrrr is behind is also the one in which he still have more chances to turn things around in his side. But ut seems to be taking way too much tume to be done wgich only puts pressure on his opponents. Nice playwd for durrrr!
 JorAxe11/09/2014 12:55:05 GMT
Lucky for the aversion to successfully complete the challenge but it looks difficult.

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