2/1/10 – If they've forgotten about the long-running Dwan 50 000 hand poker challenge, readers could be forgiven, as the action started again this week after a break of over a month…and almost a year since the first clash between Patrik Antonius and Tom Dwan took place.
 
Still barely past the halfway point, the Challenge trundled on Thursday with Antonius and Dwan playing another 1 256 hands over just more than four hours on four tables of $200/$400 pot-limit Omaha.
 
It ended with Dwan up another $58 781, which brings his overall lead in the Challenge to $878 490. Antonius, who has had a bad run on the Full Tilt nosebleed tables recently, looked as if he had broken his losing streak early in the clash with Dwan, at one stage being up $200 000, but it was not sustained, and Dwan fought his way back into contention.
 
A total of 31 020 hands have now been played of the 50 000 planned in the contest, with Dwan taking the last few clashes. Biggest pot in the latest confrontation was a $118 000 taken down by Dwan.