According to Tom Dwan’s Twitter account, he has finally pulled himself away from the nosebleed cash tables in Macau to join the tournament action at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas. Dwan tweeted today, “Back in vegas! Been 6 months, sick life”.
His ‘sick life’ reference may be alluding to the high-stakes rush he has been enjoying on the Chinese gaming island recently. Back in May, we reported on Dwan winning an astronomical USD $3.8 million in just one hand of poker in Macau. Then, on Monday, Dwan tweeted about another Macau hand when he tangled with a “businessman friend” in a HKD $2000/$5000 (USD $250/$640) game. This time around it was worth considerably less – about HKD $1.25 million (USD $161,000) – and Dwan came out on the wrong side of it.
He describes how he called a HKD $15,000 (USD $1,950) raise preflop on the button with K♠ 9♠. The flop came down K-8-4 rainbow and both players checked. The turn is a jack, which brings out two diamonds and his opponent bets HKD $30,000 (USD $3,900). Dwan calls and another king arrives on the river to give Dwan trips. His opponent bets HKD $65,000 (USD $8,050) and Dwan goes for “goofy value”, making it HKD $165,000 (USD $21,250), before he’s reraised HKD $400,000 (USD $51,550) more on top. “I manage to talk myself into calling and he has K-J,” said Dwan. Oops.
It’ll be interesting to see how Dwan goes at this year’s WSOP and with flipping the internal switch from cash to tournament poker. In 2010, he came close to winning his first gold bracelet in the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event, finishing second to Simon Watt for USD $381,885. Last year, he also entered a large number of events with his best finish being a 5th place in the USD $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship for USD $134,480.
While a WSOP bracelet may still elude the 25-year-old pro, it seems it hasn’t been his priority this year going by his extended stay in Macau. Perhaps a more relaxed approach to winning one will bear golden fruit for Dwan this time. Either way, we look forward to seeing him on the tables at the Rio.
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