One of online poker’s most-watched players has lost his sponsorship with Full Tilt Poker. Tom “durrrr” Dwan’s contract was not renewed by FTP and it is unclear if the split was mutual or essentially the decision of the company. The story was first dug into by 2+2 when it was noticed that Dwan was no longer on “The Professionals” page and confirmed by FTP representatives to Pokerlistings.com.
The split shouldn’t come as much of a surprise from FTP’s perspective as Dwan hasn’t played much lately and his much-maligned challenge with Daniel “Jungleman12” Cates has yet to resume despite an agreed upon contract. Some posters in the 2+2 thread have alluded to the fact that they think this might be another tactic to try to avoid the challenge itself and that might explain why FTP no longer saw value in having Dwan on its pro roster. Dwan may no longer be revered in the poker community like he was before Black Friday and has essentially wasted the goodwill that he gained by being open and forthright about Full Tilt and the repayment process.
Dwan was initially signed as a Team Full Tilt Pro before FTP shut down due to Black Friday. Upon its relaunch, the Rational Group decided to sign Dwan, Viktor Blom and Gus Hansen in an attempt to repair the image of the brand. While Blom and Hansen have been active both online and live, Dwan was noticeably less available and less present than his fellow “Professionals.”
It is still unknown if FTP is going to look to replace Dwan on the team, but Doug “WCGRider” Polk made his desire to be considered in the 2+2 thread, though other posters seemed less than keen on having Polk become a Full Tilt pro.