At the 2019 Triton Poker Super High Roller Series, Tom "Durrrr" Dwan sat down with Pete Latham to have a chat about fame, life, and his experience playing short deck.
Peter Latham is an original and creative TV producer and comedy writer, known for his work on KidPoker, a 2015 TV documentary featuring Daniel Negreanu.
Latham asked the high-stakes poker legend about what he thinks on the game's evolution over the past decade and how he has changed throughout the years.
Asia, Montenegro and London are some of the various places he frequently visits and mostly enjoys playing at mainly because his preferred game type, short deck, was available. Now becoming more popular, short deck poker is something Dwan believes he was ahead of the pack and thinks he has a bright future, "I was learning short deck like three years before everyone else, so I had that one handled for a while. No, my problem is other people are starting to learn it now. Actually a lot of the people are getting quite good. I think it's more action. I think it's more fun overall and it's a less predatory environment."
Latham asked, "If you could go back in time and give your younger self some advice, what would you say?" Tom replied, "Yeah, I would say, learn Chinese. Do it while you're young because no matter how hard I try I'm just not good at language. I wish I knew more of it."
Dwan said he wouldn't characterize himself as ever ‘being in love with the game', but there's no sign that the 32-year-old would be retiring from playing any time soon. He said, "Someday I'd like to have poker not be my main focus, but I think I'll still be playing some of the time, at least for the foreseeable future. But yeah, pulling a bunch of 30-hour sessions in a row... Yeah I'd like to have that be a much less common thing at some point in the future... Working on it."
Interesting to read from tom dwan, i think he say true words when say about future and want to play nit so many 30 hiurs session. This is hard work, i only play for 5 maybe 6 hours sometimes and it is hard to me to play good and not make mistake in end
Well nose who is Tom Dwan since I'm not very familiar as many players unless they are well known or interested me to follow him or know about his career in poker ... but good that more can say just walked around gossiping a bit here hahahaha
Would be interesting to know what the hell he is doing in Montenegro, but I can make an educated guess about how he probably is owing money to somebody living there... Fairly sure there is a reason why he is only playing in Asia nowadays.
probably he have good benefits for playing at this kind of locations and maybe he dont pay tax on this winnings in this countries!in montenegro is big casino on saint stefan,even james bond movie filmed there and its big resort!who know whats happening there!
It's always nice to get an insight into a poker players' mind and these interviews are always very informative. Tom Dwan has been one of the biggest names in poker for a while now and i cannot see that changing for many years to come
Even if you're a big player you do not have to attend only famous locations. Montenegro or another place which is less famous can be visited by any professional player for many reasons, not just to earn money. Sometimes people get bored of the locations they visited and try something new.
a professional poker player, especially Tom, can afford to go anywhere in the world where there are some interesting events in the gaming industry ..... so he just appeared in Montenegro is not surprising ... ...... he just playing there
what it is to have money to go to events in different parts of the world and one here to see how to go on vacation because the money does not reach hahahaha but good one day I will be famous or at least have something more money to go to some cute event
I must be ignorant and so on (yeah I know myself), but if I want to have a good time on the Balkans then Montenegro might not make the top ten list of places I would visit, let alone the top5. Tommy Boy obviously know something I don't...
I really do not know where I would like to go but where would it be good while it is in Europe or some of those countries so beautiful and that are far from mine and good nose maybe someday you can hahaha