durrrr Challenge Resumes After a New Agreement Is Reached

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Interest in challenge matches is once again in a waxing phase now that the durrrr Challenge between Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Daniel “Jungleman” Cates has been rekindled, with the combatants having supposedly agreed to a new deal that will hopefully lead to the long-awaited conclusion of the match that began back in August of 2010.

The running tally

Cates has held a commanding lead throughout the durrrr Challenge, and after a couple of small wins by Dwan recently, Cates once again put the hammer down this past week, winning nearly $200k over the course of their most recent session – a 1,500 hand match at the $200/$400 NLHE tables on Full Tilt Poker.

With just over 20,000 of the agreed upon 50,000 hands played Cates holds a $1.5 million lead over Dwan, who will need to erase that entire deficit and finish ahead of Cates to avoid paying “Jungleman” a further $1.5 million per the original terms of the durrrr Challenge.

The New Deal

Daniel Cates recently informed the poker community that he and Tom Dwan had finally reached an agreement that would put the durrrr Challenge at the top of both players’ priorities list, and punish a player that shirks the challenge.

As Cates told pokerlistings.com, “With the deal we have now, I’ll make money either way.”

While Cates wouldn’t go into specifics as to what obligations and penalties the new deal would impose on the duo should they skip sessions, he did hint that it had something to do with volume, telling pokerlistings.com that Dwan now had “incentive” to play sessions of the durrrr Challenge, which would mean skipping his regular games in Macau.

Remarked Cates, “I think there’s a pretty good chance we play 4,000 hands this month.”

Cates also told Poker Listings that he would disclose the details of the new agreement between the two high-stakes poker pros only if Dwan failed to meet the play requirements imposed for September.

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