Dwan Scares High Stakes Pros

Tom Dwan
Can durrrr bust the entire high-stakes community?

Tom "durrrr" Dwan made the high stakes community sweat last night with his second place finish in the $1.5k No-Limit Hold'em tournament.

Several big name pros had placed large bets against Dwan winning a bracelet at the 2010 WSOP.

"He had a lot of people scared," said Howard Lederer. "I was betting against him winning two this year, and two in three years."

"I don't have one-for-one this year, so I actually wouldn't have lost anything last night if he had won a bracelet, but it would've been bad for me."

Huck Seed, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow and Eli Elezra were amongst the high rollers sweating Dwan's eventual second-place finish Sunday.

Elezra's battles with Dwan on High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark are well documented, and Elezra is continues to gamble with Dwan for huge stakes at the 2010 WSOP.

Eli was on his way to meet up with Gus Hansen for some Chinese Poker as both Full Tilt pros went to dinner break at the $10k Seven-Card Stud Hi-Lo Championship.

Before heading out Elezra gave PL.com the scoop on his two bets against durrrr for this year's WSOP.

Eli Elezra
Eli gets $600k if Dwan doesn't win a bracelet but pays $1.8 million if Dwan does.

"Every tournament we're entering it's $250k if someone wins, any tournament," Elezra said.

"The second one is I'm laying him 3-to-1 on every (WSOP) tournament, including Europe. That's also for $600k."

Elezra continued to push the action even after Dwan made the Event 8 final nine.

"Then I bought Huck Seed's bet for $100k against him for 3.25-to-1, and I did it when there was nine people left at the final table, so I really took a chance," Elezra said.

"But he sold it to me for like $80k. Huck sold it to me, he's paying me to take over the bet because he wanted out of it. So I decided I'm going to gamble all the way with him."

Dwan is well-known in poker circles as a man who's not afraid to put himself in challenging situations.

"He's an action guy," Elezra said. "That's what I love about him on High Stakes Poker and the Poker After Dark cash game."

"I like a guy that gives me action and I give him action back. He's not a guy that'll sit down and wait for aces. So we know he's a gambler."

When New Zealand's Simon Watt finally busted Dwan to take the Event 8 bracelet, Matusow was on hand, and perhaps "The Mouth" summed it up best.

"They're going to put you on the wall at Binion's," Matusow said. "'Here's Simon - he stopped every High Stakes gambler from going broke.'"

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