Tom "durrrr" Dwan's Amazing Online Roller Coaster Ride In 2009

According to, Tom Dwan earned $312k on Full Tilt in 2007 and $5.41 million in 2008. In 2009, however, things took on an all together more volatile nature, and Tom “durrrr” Dwan’s poker graph saw more ups and down’s in it than a Disney World roller coaster ride.
Fresh from his major up swing at Full Tilt in 2008, Dwan hit a massive downswing right from the start in 2009, and by February he was already stuck $4 million. Throughout March, Dwan regained over $3.5 million of his bankroll, only to lose $2.3 million of it in the following two weeks. By July, however, Tom Dwan had gone from $4 million in the red to $2.4 million in the black for a remarkable turn around of $6.4 million.
If Dwan was feeling  ‘swing sickness,’ up to that point, things were about to get a lot more volatile for the young internet sensation as late October to November saw Dwan suffer the biggest downswing of his life. Not only did he drop $2 million to Phil Ivey and Ilari Sahamies, but perhaps most significantly he lost a massive $5 million to mystery newcomer Isildur1, in the space of just one week.
By the end of November, Dwan found himself stuck $6.8 million for the year, and so he did what any smart thinking professional would do in that situation, and took a break from the nosebleed stakes in order to ground it out on the $50/100 for a while, before building his bankroll up to attack the high stakes tables once more.
Dwan’s last session of December netted him an impressive $730k, and meant he had won $2.7 million for the month, reducing his total loss for the year from its one time low of almost $7 million to $4.5 million in the red.
Despite the loss, Dwan deserves an incredible amount of respect for enduring the poker roller coaster ride of a lifetime, and finishing off the year on a winning note. Also, if you combine his lucrative sponsorship deal signed recently with Full Tilt Poker, with his other poker action throughout the year, it would appear Dwan may actually be in profit in 2009.
The upswings and downswings which are regularly experienced by poker players is taken as part and parcel of the game but as you progress higher up the stakes some of those downswings can be hard to endure even for top pros. Dwan has emphatically shown he has the heart and stomach of a true champion in being able to deal with the huge ups and downs the game has thrown at him.
Here at Online, we wish him luck and look forward to following all his action throughout 2010.

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