Tom Dwan makes fun of Jungleman at the Triton Super High Roller Series
The Durrrr challenge controversy is one of poker’s evergreen dramas. This time, it took an unusual turn, now involving playing props at the poker table. And after a long time, Dan Jungleman Cates actually called out Tom Dwan on Twitter after durrrr made fun of him at the Triton Super High Roller Series!
The latest chapter in the Jungleman vs. durrrr saga began when Joe Ingram tweeted out this video.
— Joey Ingram ???? (@Joeingram1) April 27, 2019
It is a compilation of clips from a Triton high stakes cash game stream. In those, you can hear Dwan talk about how he used to distract Dan Jungleman Cates while playing props with him at the poker table.
How does playing props work?
Playing props is when players bet on small, insignificant things at the table, usually on what cards will be dealt on the board. The only rule is that the winner has to “call” the prop bet, meaning they have to remind the other players to pay. Otherwise the bet is void.
So Dwan intentionally distracted Cates at the table in order to prevent him from calling his props, something he seemed to be very proud of when he reminisced about it on the Triton stream.
Dan “Jungleman” Cates is not amused…
Jungleman didn’t take too kindly to Dwan boasting about this, so he responded to Joe Ingram’s original tweet.
Well seeing something about @TomDwan bragging about how he ‘cleverly’ and ‘fairly’ tricked me is a bit annoying considering how he begged me to play props back then and our current misunderstandings involving me being owed over a million dollars.
— Daniel Cates (@junglemandan) April 28, 2019
The latter half of the post is especially interesting – it alludes to the “durrr challenge”, a heads-up challenge between Jungleman and Dwan that Dwan never completed.
The History of the Durrrr Challenge
In January 2009, Dwan sent out an open invitation to anyone in the poker world – except for Phil Galfond – named the Durrr Challenge. The rest could take him on in a 50,000-hand – at least – $200/$400 online heads-up challenge.
The winner, in addition to their net profit, would take home an extra $1.5 million from Dwan. If they were to lose, however, they would only have to pay $500,000.
The first one to accept the challenge was Patrik Antonius. The Finish model turned poker pro ended up buying himself out of the deal, after being down almost $2 million with over 40,000 hands played.
The second person to step up to the plate was Daniel “Jungleman” Cates, in 2010. After only 20,000 hands, Jungleman took a commanding, $1 million lead.
Then, Black Friday happened. In April 2011 the US Department of Justice shut down many major online poker rooms due to illegal fund mismanagements. Full Tilt, the site on which the durrrr challenge was taking place, was one of them.
Durrrr challenge against Jungleman is running since more than 9 years!
Ever since then, durrrr was hardly ever willing to play with Jungleman. And thus, 9 years later, the 50,000 hands still haven’t been played and Tom Dwan already paid more than $700,000 in penalties to Jungleman!
Durrrr has been criticized heavily by many in the online poker community for quitting – most notably, Doug Polk. Dan Jungleman Cates himself was less vocal about the issue.
At times, he said that he’s hoping that the challenge would be completed someday. He also claimed that delay penalties were paid by Dwan and he was happy with those arrangements.
However, his latest tweet – linked above – is one the few proclamations by Dan Jungleman Cates that suggests he has a grudge against durrrr.
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