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  1. Let the drama and personal insults continue to fly! This week, PokerListingssat down with Dan Cates (pictured), who was formerly in the midst of the Durrrr Challenge with Tom Dwan. The challenge, which was set to last 50,000 hands, is only about 40% completed and, according to PokerListings and other sites, Cates is up $1.25 million thus far. If Cates is up after 50,000 hands, Dwan owes him $1.5 million; otherwise, Cates owes Dwan $500,000. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- Penalties for Dwan and Cates not playingDurrrr Challenge hands were introduced in an effort to speed along the four-year-old battle. But, according to PokerListings, Cates is growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of action, saying, "[Dwan] failed to uphold any promises he made to me. He's extremely frustrating. It's outrageous. I feel like he won't complete it, for a few reasons, but for now I won't divulge his personal situation. But I'm not thrilled with anything I hear about him." Notice that Cates said he wouldn't divulge Dwan's personal situation "for now." According to PokerListings, "Cates went on to say that if things don't change he will be forced to say more about why Dwan isn't playing, but that he hopes things can be worked out privately." PokerListings added that the incentives inserted into the Durrrr Challenge have resulted in Dwan building a debt of $300,000. Dwan (pictured) has reportedly not paid any of that total. One of the most recent Durrrr Challenge sessions between Cates and Dwan occurred last October, when Cates padded his lead by $200,000 over 1,500 hands. $200/$400 Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em tables on Full Tilt played host to the competition, which has garnered a considerable amount of attention from the poker community when it has taken place. The original Durrrr Challenge started in 2009 and pitted Dwan against Patrik Antonius. The latter shredded Dwan, winning over $2 million in about 40,000 hands. Then, a buyout allegedly occurred that ended the challenge. In May, Cates and Dwan sparred over the unfinished Durrrr Challenge, with Cates Tweeting at one point, "@TomDwan, would you like to continue our challenge instead of playing everybody else at every game on @FullTiltPoker?" There were also threats to air "our business" via Twitter. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
  2. In the years before Black Friday, Tom durrrrDwan was a star in the online high-stakes community, playing the biggest stakes versus the best in the world, usually on Full Tilt Poker. Dwan was doing so well, in fact, that he was finding it hard to even get any action at the tables. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- So confident in his abilities was he at the time that he decided to throw down the gauntlet and offer 3:1 odds that he could be any player in the world heads-up over 50,000 hands. Known as the Durrrr Challenge, Dwan would pay $1.5 million to his opponent if he were up by $1 after the required hands were played. If Dwan came out on top, his opponent would pay only $500,000. Daniel JunglemanCates (pictured) was happy to accept the bet and the pair began sparring in 2010. After playing around 20,000 hands, Cates had amassed a sizable $1.3 million lead over Dwan. But the events of Black Friday effectively shut Full Tilt Poker down and delayed the challenge indefinitely. Since that time, Cates has been prodding Dwan to finish the match, but has had little luck wrangling the young high-stakes specialist. That could all change, however, if a 2+2 post by Jungleman is any indicator. "Tom and I have had some disputes, but I believe we have essentially resolved them," he said. "The challenge is agreed to be played out in the next nine months. 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." Indeed, in Cates' frustration, he called out Dwan (pictured) in the poker media and threatened to reveal aspects of Dwan's personal life. "The latest with durrrr is that he is being totally uncooperative," Cates told PokerListings last year. "We have played zero hands in 2014 and only 2,500 of the 62,000 hands Tom played in 2013 were from the challenge." In 2013, it seemed like the challenge was back on after the pair agreed to a penalty schedule in which Dwan would pay Cates $40,000 for every two months that passed without progress on the bet. Needless to say, the penalties failed to motivate Dwan, who now owes $300,000 in fines, according to Cates. "He failed to uphold any promises he made to me," added Cates. "He's extremely frustrating. It's outrageous." Even with Dwan seemingly unresponsive, Cates was confident enough in being paid by his foe to cross-book action against him in his battle against a Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em machine at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. The bet ended up costing Cates $400,000, a figure which he would deduct from the amount was owed by Dwan for the challenge. In the past few years, Durrrr has rarely been seen playing high-stakes online and is known to instead frequent the live nosebleed games in Macau. While that juicy game is off-limits to many pros, Dwan is allowed in due to his loose playing style, which generates a lot of action. If the challenge is indeed resurrected, the pair will need to find a new destination to play out their remaining 30,000 hands. Full Tilt Poker, which once hosted the challenge, recently decided to remove its high-stakes tables and has removed heads-up tables altogether. The Amaya-owned company hopes to reduce the risk of amateur players quickly going broke at the hands of professionals, never to return again.
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