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durrrr finds million dollar challenger
Although no specific date or venue has been announced, Tom Dwan has found his first opponent for the live durrrr Million Dollar Challenge in London next month.
London's own Sammy "any two" George has signed up to take on the online phenom, according to event organizers Matchroom Sport.
"With Phil Ivey and Patrick Antonius, you are talking about guys I rate quite highly," George said. "Guys like durrrr to me are normal, you know, they're nothing special.
"I'm stepping up to the plate and putting my money where my mouth is."
While Dwan is highly regarded as one of the best high-stakes online players in the game right now, George has yet to make any major mark on the poker world.
He has become a familiar face on televised poker in the UK after appearing on The Big Game and Poker Million, where he made the semi-final.
His biggest live tournament cash to date was a 21st place finish at the 2009 WPT Championship in Las Vegas this past April for a little over $21k, although George has built a reputation for himself in London's biggest cash games.
Dwan and George will square off over 500 hands in a live heads-up match playing either Pot-Limit Omaha or No-Limit Hold'em up with a $500k buy in. The blinds will be set at $500/$1000 and once the match starts, neither can leave until the 500 hands or up or they go broke.
"Sammy is one of the few players in the game who is willing to walk the walk rather than just talk the talk and although many will see him as underdog in this match, he has plenty of heart and should not be underestimated," said Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport.
Dates, a location and three other challengers willing to take on durrrr are expected to be named in the near future.
"I'm buzzing," said George. "What could be sweeter than playing in the world's biggest heads-up match against durrrr?"
The much hyped online durrrr Challenge, with Dwan putting up $1.5 million to any challenger's $500,000, four-tabling heads-up with minimum $200/$400 stakes over 50,000 hands, is still ongoing.
Dwan is is in the midst of taking on his first challenger, Antonius, although progress has been slowed by scheduling conflicts, the 2009 WSOP and the allure of other high-stakes action online.