By Nathan Carroll, Rakeback.com Poker News
When we last heard from our intrepid warriors, Daniel "Jungleman" Cates was maintaining a lead of $650,000 over his opponent, challenge issuer Tom "durrrr" Dwan. As the terms of the Durrrr Challenge dictate, the two will play heads-up at stakes of $200/$400 or higher for 50,000 hands on Full Tilt Poker and the player who is ahead at the end will scoop a $2 million dollar sidepot--$1.5 million of which came from durrrr.
After getting started in August 2010, durrrr jumped out to an early lead, but it evaporated quickly as Jungleman used his methodically balanced and aggressive play to rack up big wins whenever the two faced off.
They met across the virtual felt for another session this week. Both players showed exceptional stamina, putting in more than six hours and nearly 3,000 hands.
Once again, Jungleman came out on top, this time to the tune of $319,103.50. Aiding his victory was a monster pot of $216,500, the biggest of the challenge so far. Jungleman took this one down after hitting a flush with J2 of hearts and finding himself all-in on the river against durrrr's lower flush.
Although there's still a long way to go in the Challenge, there's no question that things are looking grim for durrrr. Assuming the stakes stay at $200/$400 as they have been for the match so far, durrrr will need an upswing of 20 buy-ins just to get back to even. Not impossible by any means, but certainly a long ladder to climb, even for one of the world's best heads-up players.
Of course, if he ever gets too upset about his results against Cates, Dwan can always look back to his battle against the first player brave enough to take on the Durrrr Challenge: Patrick Antonius. The match with Antonius is technically still unfinished, but durrrr has already taken $2,000,000 from the Finn, and is almost guaranteed to win the $500,000 Antonius put up for the sidebet.
Keep your eyes on the Rakeback.com Poker News Page for updates to the Challenges as they come.
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