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In Brief: partypoker may host Durrr Challenge, Dwan bluffs and Rio in jeopardy

This week has seen Tom ‘durrr’ Dwan get busy with some big pots and power plays during Triton’s Cash Game.

While this isn’t entirely new, partypoker’s offer to host the Durrr Challenge, allowing it to resume, certainly is. The challenge has been going for around a decade now, with months, or even years passing between sessions being played.

Another big headline this week has been the possible sale and demolition of the Rio Hotel & Casino. The Rio has been home to the WSOP for fourteen years.

One to watch: Neeme runs good and Dwan runs bluff

Two particularly entertaining videos emerged this week, with Andrew Neeme being the beneficiary of a mythically fortunate quads over quads situation in the first of them. John Snyder was on the losing side of the pot, in which he flopped a full house and turned quads only to find he had been drawing dead from the moment the flop hit the felt.

In the second video, which was recorded during Triton’s high stakes cash game, Tom Dwan goes bounty hunting by going after a pot with J6 during a short-deck game.

Durrr Challenge to resume on partypoker?

The long running saga of the Durrr Challenge began as one of the most exciting things to happen in the poker world back in 2009. Tom ‘durrr’ Dwan issued his challenge to the high stakes world that year, but it wasn’t until 2010 that his match against Dan ‘jungleman12’ Cates began. With Dwan taking an early hammering at the hands of his rival, the match was paused in the wake of Black Friday, with Dwan down almost $1 million. Since then, there has been no progress made in the challenge. This week however, in a podcast featuring Daniel Cates, Jeff Gross stated that the poker room he represents – partypoker, would be happy to set up a table to help the players resume their challenge. This puts the ball back in Dwan’s court, with many people feeling that he has been ducking Cates and avoiding chances to conclude the challenge.

Rio future in doubt

The Rio Hotel & Casino gained global recognition as the home of the World Series of Poker, since it began hosting the series in 2005. Many great moments in the WSOP have played out in the halls of the Rio, but that era may now be about to come to an end. It was reported this week by the ‘Las Vegas Locally’ Twitter account that the Rio Hotel & Casino is about to be sold, and subsequently demolished.

The official WSOP Twitter account was quick to confirm that the series will be held at the Rio this year, and the accuracy of demolition rumours is yet to be verified. Players have since been discussing the possible impending change of venue, and for the most part, players do not seem disappointed.

Article by Craig Bradshaw

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