If Tom Dwan is not the best cash game player, I don’t know who is. For several years, thanks to his aggressive playing style, Dwan has dominated cash games, earning millions in the process.


Background information

Tom Dwan was born in 1986 in Edison, New Jersey. He attended Edison High School and was often involved in extracurricular activities.

Dwan was exposed to poker at a young age, as he would often play cards against his friends and parents.

His entry into the poker world started on his 18 birthday, courtesy of a $50 dollar gift from the grandfather. Since his bankroll was very small, he started playing sit and go’s but later transitioned to cash games.

After only 4 months, Dwan had already amassed over $15,000. He continued to build his bankroll and was able to make enough to pay for his college education. He attended Boston University, albeit for one year. During his time in college, he continued to hone his skills before dropping out to pursue poker full-time.

A few years later, Tom Dwan was able to play his way to $500/$1000 from low-stakes tables.


Tom Dwan WSOP career

Even though he is not a big tournament player, he has held his own when it comes to WSOP. However, he is yet to get a bracelet but came close in 2010 when he finished second in Event #11: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em for $381k.

In addition, he busted 5th in 2011 42nd Annual World Series of Poker for $134k. Dwan currently has over $750k WSOP earnings.


$1 million challenge

When Tilt Poker ruled the world, Tom Dwan was the King. To showcase his heads-up prowess, he floated a unique heads-up challenge and the stakes have never been higher. He offered to play $200/$400 against any player, wagering $1.5 million against $0.5 million.

Two players, Patrick Antonious and Daniel Cates took up the offer. However, unfortunately, none of the challenges reached the 50,000 hands mark.


Biggest pot won/lost

Being a prolific cash game grinder, Tom Dwan is used to winning big and well, losing big. However, he will leave to remember some of the pots won or lost in his stellar poker career.

So, how does losing a $2.5m pot feel?

Even though most of us will never experience the close but no cigar moment, Dwan once lost a $2.5 million pot at Triton Super High Roller Series $1 million buy-in cash game.

Dwan may have lost the $2.5 million pot, but he has won more big pots in his career. His 2010 $1 million win over Phil Ivey ranks among the biggest pots in the history of poker cash games.




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