Cash Poker Prodigy Tom Dwan Stands To Win Up To $15 Million At WSOP 2010June 9, 2010 7:00 am
Never one to shy away from the action, Tom “durrrr” Dwan has added just the incentive he needs to pick up a WSOP bracelet or two this year, by setting odds of 3.25:1 for anyone brave enough to bet against him winning an event.
It didn’t take long before he had a whole host of pros lining up to take him up on his offer, such that Dwan is now believed to be in a position to either win $15 million or lose around $5 million depending on how he fares.
Two of his biggest detractors are Phil Ivey and Eli Elezra, who apparently have placed $3 million and $1 million prop bets against Dwan, respectively. However, it would seem so many people have taken bets against Dwan that Mike Matusow announced on the side lines of Dwan’s recent final table finish at WSOP Event #11 ($1,500 No Limit Holdem):
“Does anyone in poker have any money left if ‘durrrr’ wins that tournament?”I know I don’t!”
Tom Dwan came in an impressive 2nd place at the event, narrowly missing out on picking up his coveted WSOP bracelet and a whole lot of extra money, which prompted Daniel Negreanu to tweet:
“Congrats to Tom Dwan! We were all rooting for you… To come second! Wow I escaped. What a sweat that was.”
Tom Dwan has show time and again he has more gamble than most when it comes to the big bet, and you can’t help but admire his confidence in laying so much money on the line, especially seeing as he is traditionally a cash player and a relative novice at tournaments.
However, one man doubting the merit of Dwan’s approach is Harvard economics professor and poker pro Brandon Adams. As he explains:
“If you win a bracelet, you’ve already had a good summer, right? You’re piling pain on pain and glory on glory. It makes more sense to have more balance. Bracelet bets put unbelievable pressure on you. As long as they loom over your head, it’s really all you can think about.”
Weighing up the pros and the cons of Dwan’s prop bets, one thing for sure is that his performance so far at WSOP 2010 has been enough to send a powerful message to his detractors, who will continue to sweat their bets for the rest of the competition.