He is known more for his cash game skills than his tournament prowess, but that doesn’t mean that online phenom Tom “durrrr” Dwan can’t build a chip stack. On day 1b of the World Poker Finals, Dwan jumped out to an early chip lead after doubling up with a straight flush and spent the rest of the day terrorizing his table and increasing his stack.
Dwan is highly regarded by his peers as one of the best young cash game players on the planet. While Dwan is generally used to sitting down with some of the game’s best in Phil Ivey, David Benyamine, Patrick Antonius, Gus Hansen and Brian “sbrugby” Townsen, he was fortunate to start at a table where the only familiar face was Erica Schoenberg sitting across from him. Schoenberg would survive the day, but the rest of her competitors would not be so lucky.
Dwan had no problem punishing his table throughout the day, but it helped that he hit some hands along the way. After getting his opponent to call a 25,000 river bet when he held kings full of nines, another opponent at the table remarked to his tablemate, “son, you don’t stand in the way of a moving train.” His opponent tried to pretend as if the hand hadn’t bothered him, but you could see he had been flustered by the run in with the 21-year-old poker professional. In only five levels of play, Dwan amassed 134,500 in chips, good for third place in the chip counts”
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