Remember the pre-Black Friday Durrrr Challenge? Yep, this again.
The quick, abbreviated backstory for the uninitiated. Former Full Tilt Poker Professional Tom Dwan challenged anyone in the world his $1.5M to their $500K that he could beat them in an extended heads-up match with a few specifics such as number of tables and stakes. Patrik Antonius took on Dwan and eventually bought out. Then young upstart, at the time, Jungleman took the Challenge, proceeded to get a massive lead, Black Friday happened and the Challenge has been in limbo ever since.
For years now, Jungleman and Durrrr just haven’t ever been on the same page in terms of getting this, now years in the making, game resolved. For Dan, there’s a $1.5M payday he’s looking to cash in on. For Durrrr, well, there’s no more Full Tilt paychecks as far as we know and a lot less incentive to spend his time on this.
So Jungleman has, every now and again, made the rounds on the poker media bashing Dwan for ducking him and not unlike Ted Forrest's recent tirade against Mike Matusow, has been unafraid of lighting Dwan up in print. This week (already) he’s talked to both Pokerlistings and FlushDraw to goad Dwan into doing anything…even just replying to his texts.
Over at Pokerlistings, he’s called Tom “uncooperative”, “frustrating” and “outrageous.”
“I feel like he won’t complete it, for a few reasons, but for now I won’t divulge his personal situation. But I’m not thrilled with anything I hear about him.”
Cates went on to say that if things don’t change he will be forced to say more about why Dwan isn’t playing, but that he hopes things can be worked out privately between the two high-stakes pros.
When he talked to Flushdraw, he talks of Durrrr as “not a real person”, “totally insane” and “flaky.”
I don’t really know how he thinks. I think that he just says things, and he believes some things he says. I think he’s completely delusional. He thinks that he can come back and win, and that the situation is a lot better than it actually is. I don’t know if he believes that or not, but who knows at this point? But, it kinda doesn’t really matter to me, I don’t care the reason why he’s not playing. I just care that he’s not playing! That’s all I care about, I just want to play. That or buy out, but he won’t even do that, and I don’t think he can. It’s just aggravating to me.
There’s nothing really new to the situation. Jungleman feels he has a massive edge (and he does have what looks like an insurmountable lead) and he’s made himself available to the media once again to take Dwan’s character to task.
If the pair ever met again on the virtual felt, it would likely be “Rail Heaven” for the online nosebleed fans, but when you read these pair of interviews you get the feeling that Dwan not only doesn’t plan on finishing this, he just doesn’t care.
Would you watch any of the high stakes action between these two or are you just over it?