Full Tilt Million Dollar Challenge Round 2: Durrrr Beats Ziigmund For $68,000November 20, 2009 9:06 am
After dropping $22,500 to Marigliano in Round 1 of his challenge, Tom Dwan managed to even the score by beating Finnish poker pro Ilari “Ziigmund” Sahamies for a small profit yesterday.
At first it looked like the match would be abandoned after Tom Dwan started showing signs of exhaustion after his online battle against Swedish mystery pro Isildur1. As Matchroom Sport, the Challenge organisers, explained:
“Overnight, he resumed his online battle with Isildur1 on Full Tilt and, after showing up without any sleep, the strain began to show towards the end of the encounter, as he admitted to feeling delusional… At one stage, it looked like he would not be able to finish, but he dug deep to not only keep the pace, but also come out on top.”
Both players bought in for $250,000 and played exclusively $500/$1,000 Pot Limit Omaha, until later on in the match when the duo decided to re-buy for another $250,000 and increase the blinds to $2000/$4000.
Early on, the action almost came to an abrupt end after a short stacked Dwan pushed with Qs-Td-8s-5h after a 5s-9h-3s flop fell. His flush draw was useless against Sahamies As-Ah-6d-Js holding, but a 5d on the turn was enough to win the hand and double him up.
The biggest action on the day involved a $512,000 pot which Sahamies managed to win but Tom exacted some revenge a little later when he took down a pot worth around $450,000 having hit his full house on the river to his opponent’s trips.
At the end of their 12 hour session, Tom had nosed ahead by $68,000 and commenting on the game said: “It was a tough game but a great one at the same time.There were some huge pots and in the end it could’ve gone either way really but after losing out against Marcello I’m delighted to have won today.”
Sahamies concurred and explained: “I played badly in the last five hours and made six or so bad calls in the last half an hour – but we played for such a long time that I was a little bit tired, but it was a tough game but fun at the same time. I was in front around 250k and Tom moved all-in, I was small favourite but Tom won it and then a few hours later the same happened with me all in and Tom the favourite but I won, so there were a lot of swings in the game. In the end Durrrr won $68,000 but really that’s nothing in this game, it was one of the toughest I’ve ever played in and it was great to be involved.”
Tomorrow, the action continues at ‘Les Ambassadeurs’ in Mayfair in London, when Tom takes on Sammy George in the next round, a match he is favourite to win.