2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro

HKD $250,000 6-Max Event
Dias: 1
Event Info

2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Montenegro

Resultado Final
Mão Vencedora
3,046,000 HKD
Event Info
250,000 HKD
Prize Pool
8,232,000 HKD
Informações sobre o nível
10,000 / 20,000

Catching up with Tom Dwan in Montenegro

Nível 4 : 200-400, 50 ante
Tom Dwan Interview
Tom Dwan Interview

One of the more recognizable faces in poker, at his height Tom 'Durrrr' Dwan was playing in and crushing some of the biggest games of poker ever played on the Internet.

A spot on Team Full Tilt beckoned. Fans railed his action in the online chat rooms, his every move was scrutinized under the microscope of the Two Plus Two forums and his largest online pots, each worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, were re-watched and replayed countless times.

His televised appearances on High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark were watched with the reverence reserved for match-winning sports plays, then re-posted on YouTube, and his biggest bluffs and sickest hands redefined what many thought possible at the poker tables.

Then there was the furore surrounding the ‘Durrrr Challenge’ and one of the biggest WSOP side bets in 2010 where poker’s elite came close to dropping a ton of money should Dwan win his first bracelet, with Dwan eventually coming in second to New Zealand’s Simon Watt, much to the relief of some of the games’ more prominent players.

Then came Black Friday and the fall of Full Tilt with Dwan eventually parting ways with the online site in late 2013. The last recorded hand Dwan played (according to HighStakesDB) was in November 2013, where his online winnings still sit at US$2.17M.

The online games dried up, the Durrrr Challenge ground to a halt unfinished against Dan “Jungleman12” Cates. Rumours abounded that Dwan was bust, kidnapped by the Triads, and had lost $20 million playing in Macau – none substantiated.

Until, in early 2017, Dwan made an Ali-like return to the tournament arena and resurfaced playing in a tournament in Macau, eventually finishing in second to Belarusian Mikita Badziakouski for a US$252,153 payday.

Dwan followed this up with an appearance at the Montenegro Triton Super High Roller series, but came up short of the money and proved tough to pin down for an interview.

However, ten months later PokerNews managed to catch up with the elusive internet phenom, again in Montenegro, during an appearance in one of poker’s newest games – a short deck ante-only variant, usually played as a cash game. Was he back? What had he been up to for the last three years? What was he up to now?

Tom Dwan
Tom Dwan at the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Montenegro

“Well, the games online aren’t quite as big as they used to be, and the games in Macau are a little bigger than they used to be, so I’ve spent a lot more of my time out there when I’m playing. And then the times I’m not playing a lot of the times I’ve been in the US, and then I can’t play [online]. I’ve barely got to play online the last few years,” confirmed Dwan during a break in the HK$250,000 (~US$32,000) Sort Deck – Ante Only event at the 2018 Triton Super Series Montenegro.

Still based in the US, when he’s not flying between these new style stripped deck gigantic poker games in Macau, Manila and Las Vegas, Dwan is still very much in the thick of the action, only this action takes place behind closed doors.

“So sometime about two years ago a guy, a pretty nice guy, but he’d lost a bit of money in poker decided to take the… I think that the first time they did it they took the two, three, four, five and six out of the deck, but I don’t know. It was something like that and they ended up with the two, three, four and five out of the deck and that’s just become a very big thing in China. So, now a lot of the big games, they don’t got a two, three, four and five in the deck.”

This game is still in its infancy, and all optimal strategies have yet to be discovered and fully explored – the perfect environment then, for a skilled player with an edge to make some good money. Being as Dwan’s opponents include players of the calibre of Phil Ivey, Dan Cates and Jason Koon, that sounds like a journey of discovery with a steep learning curve.

“People have a little idea by now how to play short deck in cash games – there’s still a lot to be figured out there, but tournaments, really, there’s a lot people don’t know I think, so we’ll all probably be learning as we go along and everyone will be testing out their theories these next few days.”

Dan Cates
Jason Koon (left) and Dan Cates (right) in action at the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Montenegro

So Cates and Dwan are clearly on friendly terms, so what of the Durrrr Challenge then?

“I’d like to play it at some point. I think that now he’s (Dan Cates) playing some more games out in China and I think he sees now why I didn’t have time [to play] a lot of the time. But I think we’d both like to finish it and that’s more on me than him and hopefully, that’ll happen, but then again hopefully there’s a lot of big games so that gets put off a little bit. I don’t know, but I mean we’ll try to.”

There has always been an air of secrecy surrounding the fabled ‘Big Game’ in Macau, with Dwan seeming happy to let much of the mystery continue. With some of the larger poker games in Macau confirmed to be running at HK$10,000/$20,000 with a $40,000 straddle (~US$1,275/$2,550/$5,100) just how big is big, and where does the game take place?

“You’re asking me where the biggest game is based and you’re expecting me to answer that one? [laughs]. There’s some big ones in Macau I’ll give you that much. Sometimes they play pretty big stakes,” answered Dwan coyly.

While tight-lipped about the juicy cash action, the 31-year-old Jersey native comes across as both upbeat and relaxed and is more than happy to talk about his latest passion – traveling.

“I travel a lot. A lot of Las Vegas. Vegas more than anywhere else when I’m not playing,” said Dwan.

“So where is my favorite destination, that’s a good question. I went to the Maldives, and it was beautiful, I think that I like beach places like that, like Hawaii, I went to Hamilton Island in Australia. But then again I haven’t been to a place like that in a few months.”

And of course, any poker player not in action still gets the urge for some hustle and bustle.

“I went to Hamilton Island a few months ago, but once you’re there maybe you want to go to London and be in the hustle and bustle, or New York, or LA or Vegas. I don’t know I guess, but right now I would pick a beach place, that’s my answer.”

The luxurious Maestral Hotel and Casino fulfills quite a few of these criteria, a fact Dwan is keen to point out, and they have poker…

“Considering we’re in Montenegro and not on the Las Vegas strip, it’s pretty nice. I think that the Aman [Sveti Stefan – luxury resort on a private island] down the street is amazing,” said Dwan.

“Maybe Wynn or something looks a little fancier of course, but the main thing to me is, if I’m showing up to a casino I want a good poker games to play, and here they happen to have a few of those,” concluded Dwan, before jumping straight back into the thick of the action.

People’s interest in poker may have waned from its peak popularity, but their hunger to follow the fortunes of one of its favorite sons is still present. it’s nice to see that one of the game’s greats is still very much in action, and is still hungry for more. Who knows, maybe we’ll even get to see the Durrrr Challenge finished off this year; something to look forward to at any rate.

Tags: Dan CatesPhil IveyTom Dwan

High Stakes Phenomenon Tom "Durrrr" Dwan is Back in Action in Montenegro

Nível 4 : 200-400, 50 ante

High Stakes Poker Player Tom "Durrrr" Dwan has been away from the mainstream poker scene a little while. But PokerNews found him at the Triton Super High Roller Series in Montenegro, where he chats about where he's been, what the games in China have been like, how he got into short deck ante only games, whether he has cryptocurrency, his favourite worldwide destinations and more.

Tags: Tom DwanTom "Durrrr" DwanPokerNewsHigh Stakes PokerTritonTriton Super High RollerMontenegro2018englishMacau

Nitsche Straight into the Action

Nível 4 : 200-400, 50 ante

There are now three tables and 15 players in action in the Six-Max and there has been some rebalancing.

Steve O'Dwyer, Isaac Haxton and Steffen Sontheimer have all moved to join Dominik Nitsche and Triton co-founder Richard Yong has joined them.

Nitsche wasted no time getting into it, opening to 1,100 from under-the-gun with neighbor Isaac Haxton the only caller. The flop came down {j-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} with both players choosing to check.

The {7-Hearts} turn paired the board and brought no betting, but the {9-Spades} river did with Nitsche firing for 2,500. Haxton mulled over his options and took the aggressive line, raising to 9,000 in total. Nitsche thought it over and tossed in the call and the two turned over their cards. Haxton had {a-Hearts}{8-Hearts} but Nitsche just edged it with {a-Clubs}{9-Hearts} to win his first hand of the day.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Dominik Nitsche de
Dominik Nitsche
Richard Yong my
Richard Yong
Christian Christner de
Christian Christner
Badge Title

Two Tables Now

Nível 4 : 200-400, 50 ante

There are now two tables on the go in the Six-Max with Malaysia's Ivan Leow, Webster Lim Chin Wei, Yeh Wei Hsiang and Beh Kok Weng and Germany's Stefan Schillhabel all taking their seats.

Another German player, Dominik Nitsche has also entered and is waiting for some more runners over on the, as yet unused, third table.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Ivan Leow my
Ivan Leow
50,000 50,000
Lim Chin Wei my
Lim Chin Wei
50,000 50,000
Yeu Wei Hsiang MY
Yeu Wei Hsiang
50,000 50,000
Beh Kok Weng MY
Beh Kok Weng
50,000 50,000
Stefan Schillhabel de
Stefan Schillhabel
50,000 50,000

Two New Faces

Nível 4 : 200-400, 50 ante

The HK$250,000 Triton Super High Roller Series Six-Max event is now back in action and is up to seven entrants, though only six if these are seated. Hong Kong's Winfred Yu has taken his seat over on the table currently in action and Steffen Sontheimer is seated on the other table waiting for some more players.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Steffen Sontheimer de
Steffen Sontheimer
50,000 50,000
Winfred Yu hk
Winfred Yu
50,000 50,000

Nível: 4

Blinds: 200/400

Ante: 50

Haxton Leads Going Into First Break

Nível 3 : 150-300, 25 ante

The five entrants in the six-max are on their first 15-minute break of the day with Isaac Haxton the man holding a slender lead.

Orpen Kisacikoglu won a pot off Steve O'Dwyer that didn't make it to showdown and opted to play his rush the next hand, making it 1,050 to go when it folded around to him in the small blind, with Isaac Haxton defending from the big blind.

The flop came down {q-Spades}{a-Diamonds}{4-Hearts}, which Kisacikoglu led for 800 and Haxton called, bringing in the {q-Clubs} turn.
This saw checks from both players with the {j-Clubs} river completing the hand and the betting.

Kisacikoglu turned over {9-Spades}{7-Hearts} but this was not enough to beat Haxton's {j-Hearts}{k-Clubs}.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
57,000 500
Steve O'Dwyer ie
Steve O'Dwyer
53,000 5,500
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
43,000 -6,200
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
43,000 4,900
Stephen Chidwick gb
Stephen Chidwick
43,000 -5,175

Haxton Cracks Kisacikoglu's Ladies

Nível 3 : 150-300, 25 ante
Isaac Haxton
Isaac Haxton

There may well be some more entrants shortly with Dominik Nitsche, Steffen Sontheimer, Steffen Schillhabel and Christian Christner all over by the registration desk.

Meanwhile, at the sole table currently running Mikita Badziakouski opened the action from under-the-gun to 800 but folded to an Orpen Kisacikoglu re-raise to 3,100 from the small blind.

Steve O'Dwyer raised to 800 from the cutoff the following hand, finding callers in Kisacikoglu (button) and Stephen Chidwick (big blind), but his 2,000 c-bet on the {7-Hearts}{4-Clubs}{2-Clubs} flop was enough to take it down.

An interesting hand played out immediately afterward, with O'Dwyer raising again, this time to 750 from under-the-gun and picking up a customer with Kisacikoglu calling from the cutoff before Isaac Haxton made it 2,900 from the button.

O'Dwyer folded immediately, but Kisacikoglu was going nowhere and threw in the call to take the action heads-up to a flop of {a-Diamonds}{j-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}.

The action went check, check, repeating on the {2-Diamonds} turn before the Turkish player opted to lead the {2-Clubs} river for 4,000.

Haxton made a quick call, Kisacikoglu turned over {q-Diamonds}{q-Spades} but flicked them into the muck once Haxton revealed {a-Hearts}{8-Hearts}.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
56,500 8,100
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
49,200 -800
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
38,100 -8,900

Tags: Isaac haxtonOrpen Kisacikoglu

Nível: 3

Blinds: 150/300

Ante: 25

Badziakouski Joins

Nível 2 : 100-200, 25 ante

The field has grown by one, with Mikita Badziakouski joining the action and putting on his scarf as he took his seat. The Belarusian already sits atop his country's All Time Money List with over US$6.7 million in live tournament winnings and three High Roller titles on his poker resume and will be looking to add to that haul here in Montenegro.

Badziakouski arrived in time to see a small pot play out between Orpen Kisacikoglu and Isaac Haxton, with the two playing a limped blind on blind hand.

Three of the five players in action are sporting scarves, with O'Dwyer, Badziakouski and Kisacikoglu all rocking one. Kisacikoglu pulled his up like a bandit in a Western before checking the action over to Haxton on the {6-Clubs}{4-Hearts}{2-Diamonds} flop, who checked it right back.

This pattern repeated on the {8-Spades} turn before Kisacikoglu took a stab for 1,400 on the {2-Hearts} river, which was enough to get Haxton to give it up.

Jogador Fichas Oscilação
Mikita Badziakouski by
Mikita Badziakouski
50,000 50,000
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
48,400 -6,600
Orpen Kisacikoglu tr
Orpen Kisacikoglu
47,000 10,000

Tags: Isaac HaxtonMikita BadziakouskiOrpen Kisacikoglu