Despite the distraction of the ongoing World Series of Poker, Patrik Antonius and Tom ‘durrr' Dwan managed to get it together for a significant session of over 4 500 hands this week, with some massive pots changing hands.
In 15 hours of non-stop multi-table online action the two went at it, with 13 pots over $200 000 and the biggest of the session, which went to Antonius, of almost $478 000.
Antonius's win notwithstanding, it was Dwan who came out the winner this time, leaving the virtual tables with a profit $764 000. Hey! World's largest poker site giving away $50 free. Visit Pokerstars to claim.
The epic exchange brought the duo within striking distance of the halfway mark in the long-running, fifty thousand hand Challenge at 20 647 hands – around 41 percent according to statistics site MarketPulse.
It represented a stunning reversal of fortunes, as Dwan had been down over $640 000 at one point and is now well in the lead.
Other benchmarks reached in the session included:
* The largest stack on a single table (Dwan): $928 451.
* Largest amount wagered in a single session: more than $5 million.
* Longest session to date: over 15 hours.
* Highest number of hands in a session: 4 523.
The two players have now shoved $158 095 312 in wagers across the table in the Challenge thus far. The average pot size in the session was way up on the averages to date at $5 513.
In calling it a night, Dwan hinted that he was up for more Challenge action this week, telling Antonius that he would be available save for his participation in the World Series of Poker $10 000 buy-in PLO championship in which he will be playing.