Tom Dwan’s Interview at 2019 Triton Poker in Jeju, South Korea
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.”
Watch the full interview here: