Tom “durrrr” Dwan Issues Million Dollar Challenge

Date: January 11, 2009

Tom “durrrr” Dwan recently issued a challenge to the online poker world. He stated that he would put up $1 Million of his own money against any player that was willing to put up $500,000 and play him in 50,000 hands at $200-$400 Limit online. After 50,000 hands, if the player was up against Dwan, they would win $1 Million. If they were behind, Dwan would get their $500,000.

It didn’t take long before he had three players step up to the challenge. As most would expect, the first player to take the challenge was Phil Ivey. Ivey is considered by many to be the best all around poker player in the world. Many expect Dwan to fall at the hands of Ivey.

The next player to take the challenge is David Benyamine. Benyamine is one of the top online players in the world and recently won his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet. While Benyamine is one of the best high stakes players, his skill level is considered to be below Dwan’s and Dwan is expected to win.

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Patrik Antonius was the third player to accept the challenge put down by Dwan. Antonius has yet to take down a WPT or WSOP title, but he is a well respected cash game player and should provide a challenge to Dwan. Many people expect Dwan to win this match.

The time and location of the challenge has yet to be determined. Chances are the challenge will happen on Full Tilt Poker.

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High Stakes Poker Kicks off Fifth Season March 1st

Date: December 22, 2008

Season five of High Stakes Poker will debut on GSN Sunday March, 1st. The show will be part of GSN”s new “Poker Night.” GSN also will be airing episodes of the World Poker Tour this season. The WPT is currently in its 6th season.

Filming is currently underway in downtown Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget casino. This season, the minimum buy-in has been increased to $200,000. Some of the players that will appear during this season of High Stakes Poker include David Benyamine, Daniel Negreanu. Erick Lindgren, Barry Greenstein, Phil Ivey, and Victor Ramdin, Paul Wasicka, David Williams, Doyle Brunson, Phil Laak, and Antonio Esfandiari. The current World Champion of Poker, Peter Eastgate, will also appear during the fifth season of High Stakes Poker.

High Stakes Poker is known for not only it’s high stakes cash game format but also for bringing out some of the biggest names in the world to play high stakes poker. Unlike a tournament, players put up their own money to play in the event. Players are compensated by the network for their appearance, but the fee is very small in comparison to the stakes that they play at.

The cash game format on High Stakes Poker mimics actual cash game action, complete with little neiances such as straddles, running hands twice, and even prop betting. Many of these things are banned in tournament play but are used to spice up cash games.

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Hosts A.J. Benza and Gabe Kaplan return this season to provide their insight. Kaplan is a regular player on both the tournament circuit and high stakes cash game action.

High Stakes Poker will kick off its 5th season Sunday March 1st at 9 P.M. EST.

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