While televised poker has always illustrated just how fickle the game can be, it turns out that online poker games aren’t much different.
Everyone loves to play the role of “Monday Morning Quarterback” regardless of the sport or game. It’s not so much an act of maliciousness as it is of arrogance, which means it goes well with sports and games.
We are all prone to praise composed bluffing skills and question impulsive decision making,which is made all the more entertaining when accompanied by disastrous results. It’s an admittedly easy seat to occupy - a seat typically located in front of our computers. For some, however, that same seat representsan altogether different sentiment. It’s where millions of dollars can be won and lost on a yearly basis.
It’s easy to put together a list of Tom Dwan highlights where he bluffs the table into submission (below is where you will find the video in question). It’s hard not to like Dwan, as thousands of zealous poker fans already do, but that doesn’t make him invincible. Dwan actually built up his reputation online as a teen and worked his way up from there. Guess what? He’s not invincible in online poker games either.
In 2012, Dwan, playing under the much-feared moniker of “Durrrr”, ended the year with losses totaling $987,189. There was little cause for concern, however, as in February of this year Dwan went on a tear, winning more than $2 million in a 7-day period. But wait a second, the next month he lost over $900,000 in one day. You can see where this is going.
In the grand scheme of things, many of us are still novices to the game of poker. You know you’re a novice if thefirsttime you heard of Viktor Blom was his failed bluff attempt where he went all-in with $231,000.That hand took placeagainst Ian Munns at the 2009 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe Main Event.
Blomis mentioned here for three reasons: 1)he is the owner of the now legendary “Isildur1”online moniker 2) he has made a living off beating Durrrr in online heads-up poker games 3) he has also experienced periods of online volatility.
Last year Isildur1 lost $2,673,899 playing online, which represented the third biggest loss total of 2012. Things have been somewhat different in 2013 for the Swede, as by early August he was in the black by over $3 million. Below is a short interview with the man who conquered Mount Durrrr.
Durrrrand Isildur1 serve to highlight the volatility of online poker games and prove that you need to be willing to admit Dwan’s occasional shortcomings (just don’t make it a regular occurrence). It would have beenjust as easy tohave gone with other big names such as Phil “Polarizing” Ivey or Gus Hansen.
The truth is that regardless of what names you choose amongst high-caliber players,you will notice an ebb and flow in their respective performances. Some may be more volatile than others but the truth of the matter remains: whether online or offline, poker is a game of strategy, scholarship and streaks.