Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan stunned the poker world when he announced his “Durrrr challenge” back in 2009. Of course that was in no small part due to the $1.5 million he was putting up in side action as a carrot to any potential opponents. Not everyone has the bankroll or stones to go heads up with Dwan for high stakes across four tables. Full Tilt Poker has come up with a solution though that will pluck one player from the online obscurity and throw them into a heads up battle with the poker phenom for the chance to win – you guessed it - $1.5 million dollars.
It will be no easy to task to qualify to face off with durrrr. In the first phase of the aptly named “Challenge Durrrr” players will have to either multi-table or Rush Poker their way up a cash game leaderboard.
Players of all stakes will compete in the challenge on an equal footing with a low stakes leaderboard operating for the micro stakes up to $0.10/$0.20. The medium stakes leaderboard operates for players playing $0.10/$0.25 to $0.50/$1.00, while players over $1.00/$2.00 will duke it on the High Stakes leaderboard. Players will earn points for each pot that they rake in based on the size of the pot and number of players that they beat out. Each leaderboard will award at least 500 entries into the second phase of the competition. Both No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha will accrue points towards the leaderboard.
The first phase of the competition is running right now. To be eligible for the leaderboard players will need to either multi-table 500 hands or play rush poker over 500 hands during the promotion. Any single run of 500 hands will be awarded points and the highest points haul of each player over any 500 hands consecutive hands will count towards the leaderboard.
Best of all if you score just 500 points on any of the leaderboards you will qualify for a special promotional multiplier on all Full Tilt Player points earned on eligible competition hands. Low stakes players will have their points doubled, medium stakes players will earn triple reward points, while the high stakes players have the potential to quadruple their Player Point haul during the promotion.
All players who qualify for the second phase will then get an invite to freerolls based on the leaderboard they qualified from. Keeping with the multi-table flavour of the Durrrr Challenge, each freeroll will run three simultaneous tournaments. The winner of each individual freeroll tournament will advance to the next round. Low stakes players will be playing for $15,000 in cash, medium stakes players will be looking for a share of $30,000, while the high stakes players will go after $45,000 in their freerolls.
From here, the remaining nine players will contest a Matrix Sit ‘n Go to decide who will go heads up with Tom Dwan in the final. For those not familiar with Full Tilt Poker’s Matrix Sit ‘n Go – it involves playing four simultaneous tournaments against the same nine opponents. Players will earn points for their finishing position and the number of players that they eliminate in each of the tournaments. The player with the highest amount of points will advance to take on durrrr.
In a similar setting to the “Durrrr Challenge” the winning contestant will go up against Dwan heads up across four tables of either No Limit Hold’em or Pot Limit Omaha. The game will be up to the challenger. The amount of prize money paid out will be based on how many Heads Up Sit ‘n Go’s the player can beat Durrrr in. One victory out of four will pay $10,000, two wins will earn $25,000, while three out of four tournaments will earn the player $100,000. Complete the sweep and you’ll take down a cool $1.5 million.
To get in the game simply download Full Tilt Poker and go to the cashier screen and opt in to the “Challenge Durrrr” promotion. Then get started on putting together your 500 hand run in cash games to qualify for the second round. Note you must opt in to the promotion via the cashier section of the Full Tilt Poker software.
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