12/6/09 – Online poker pro Tom Dwan will be hoping that his change of fortune for the better hangs around after coming through the losing doldrums and making almost $980 000 Friday. Pokerstars
 
Recent weeks have seen this multi-million dollar pro become – in monetary terms – one of the biggest losers in online poker, but the tenacious Dwan appeared to come largely right on the Full Tilt high stakes tables this time. And to celebrate, he even managed to complete another chunk of his long-running 50 000 hand Challenge with Patrik Antonius.
 
Dwan started the night with successful $200/$400 Pot-Limit Omaha hits on Ilari Sahamies and Cole South, taking Ilari and Cole respectively for $144 000 and $304 000.
 
Switching to $300/$600 NLHE against the apparently and surprisingly still solvent Isildur1, Dwan continued his winning roll over 250 hands, taking the mystery Swede for another $340 000. The two then went at it for another 70 hands of $500/$1 000 that saw Dwan go down almost $100 000, but he had the good sense to call it quits at that point, moving over to take on Sahamies in a short $500/$1 000 PLO heads up that cost him $27 000.
 
Apparently determined to profit, Dwan challenged Sahamies to another 50 hands down at the $300/$600 level on PLO, a move that paid off handsomely when he won $228 000 from the Finnish pro.
 
Patrik Antonius and Dwan then sat down to another 2 hour round of action in the long-running million dollar, 50 000 hand Dwan Challenge. This lasted for 588 hands, bringing the players up to 27 773 hands played or 56 percent of the 50 000 hands required to complete the Challenge, according to MarketPulse.
 
Dwan lost just under $68 000 in the session, eroding his lead in the challenge to $711 556, but was still not done for the night, going on to play the 7-Game tables, where he won another $150 000 for an overall profit on the night of almost $980 000. The books now show that Dwan is down around the $4.7 million mark over the year to date.
 
MarketPulse statistics on the Dwan Challenge show:
 
* Total amount wagered so far: $223 611 528
* Amount Dwan is ahead: $711 556
* Biggest pot of the current session: $155 200
* Hands played overall so far: 27 773
* Percentage of challenge completed so far: 56 percent
* Hours played in the challenge to date: 88 hours