“What am I supposed to do?”
That’s what Full Tilt Poker Professional Tom “durrrr” Dwan said when he finally turned up for Day 1c of the Full Tilt Poker Montreal Main Event. Dwan explained to media row that he dropped his phone in water on Saturday night, and didn’t know the buy-in or where he could grab a Full Tilt patch.
A representative of the company eventually found the New Jersey native, bringing along a bowl of uncooked rice to try and salvage the aforementioned drowned phone, and Dwan found his seat in Sunday’s massive, 610-player field.
Dwan’s presence didn’t go unnoticed. He was immediately asked to take several photographs, which he happily did, and one player at his table, Peter Johnson, greeted him like an old friend.
“I’ve already got my money’s worth,” another player said at an adjacent table, eyeing the high-stakes superstar.
Dwan took a break during play to film a few things at the feature table, then returned to his seat where his good friend Johnson excitedly told him about a straight flush he made while Dwan was gone. He could only smile.
Hopefully Dwan had dinner plans set in Montreal, because he was eliminated before the remaining players were dismissed for a 45-minute recess at the end of Level 8. Dwan got all of his chips in the middle on an flop with a pair and a jack-high flush draw. His opponent, Henri Balcazar, flopped the wheel, and held as the turn and river both bricked out.
Don’t worry though, Dwan’s mobile is once again operational:
Pair + flushdraw no good vs flopped straight. But my phone does work now. #runninggoodsomewhereFollow @TomDwan
While Dwan’s visit to the Playground Poker Club was quick, 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event champ and Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker is trying to stick around a bit longer. Moneymaker shot up the charts prior to the first break and was one of the first player to cross six figures.
During the first level, according to the Full Tilt Poker blog, Moneymaker opened for a small raise and for players called. The dealer fanned , the action checked to a player named Bao Nguyen who fired out 1,500, and only Moneymaker called. The turn was the , Moneymaker checked again, and Nguyen bet 2,500. Moneymaker check-raised to 6,500, Nguyen called, and the completed the board. Moneymaker led out for 13,500, Nguyen quickly called, and the 2013 Main Event champ tabled for the stone nuts.
“I've got a good table,” Moneymaker told PokerNews during a break. “I’m happy with everything, I just have to keep focus. It’s been a pretty talkative table and a pretty active table. There’s a lot of chips flying – some 30, 40, and 50,000-chip pots already.”
Regardless of his result in Montreal, Moneymaker plans to head to London for the next stop on the European Poker Tour, but he will be skipping the World Series of Poker Europe.
“I’ve been in Panama, now I’m here, and then I’ll be in London,” he said. “That’s enough for this trip. It will wear me out. I’ve got a pretty full schedule for the rest of the year so I want to get home for a couple of weeks.”
This past summer, the WSOP unveiled a bust of Moneymaker to commemorate his game-changing win a decade ago. In 2013, Moneymaker has won a side event at the Season 9 EPT Grand Final, and in 2011 he finished runner-up in the NBC National Heads-Up Championship and 11th in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.
Lead photo courtesy of the Full Tilt Poker blog