Dwan Has First Cash in 3 Years, Cate Thumps Dentale
Meanwhile, the epic grudge match between Cate Hall and Mike Dentale went down this past weekend and Hall came out the decisive winner.
Dwan Scores First Tournament Cash in Three Years
Tom Dwan did something on Sunday he hasn't done since February 2014 - cash in a poker tournament.
Dwan finished runner-up in the HK$500,000 Super High Roller of the 2017 Macau Billionaire Poker Spring Challenge for USD $250,000 and his first live cash since the 2014 Aussie Millions.
The event had 12 total entries with Dwan as the featured player in the field. He ultimately made it to heads up against Mikita "fish2013" Badziakouski but couldn't quite bring it home.
Dwan has been largely incognito for the last couple of years with wild rumors circulating regarding his whereabouts. Most reports had him grinding away in cash games in Macau, which is somewhat supported by his appearance in this event.
Dwan has been visible in the poker scene in the last few months and this deep run may be an indication of a regular return to tournament play. His latest score moves him over $2.9 million in live tournament earnings.
Dwan's previous score came at the 2014 Aussie Millions $250k Challenge. He finished 6th for $447k, the largest cash of his tournament career.
Hall Sweeps Dentale in #MikeAndCatePlusHate Grudge Match
If you've followied "Poker Twitter" the last few months you know all about the beef between Mike Dentale and Cate Hall.
Dentale called Hall's poker ability into question late last year. The spat exploded and Matt Glantz saw an opportunity to create a made-for-TV grudge match.
The pair apparently genuinely hate each other and agreed to play heads-up to settle their beef. Poker Night in America jumped on board and the pair finally met at the SugarHouse Casino in Philadelphia on Sunday for the matchup.
The two played a best-of-three series of sit and gos with a $30,000 buy-in each with the proceeds going to charity. Hall played for the Committee to Protect Journalism while Dentale played for Community Volunteers in Medicine.
The buildup for the event was epic with various poker media groups building up the event, but in the end, it was disappointing.
Dentale was card dead for the entirety of the match and was not playing his best poker. As a result, Hall wound up easily winning 2-0. To put a final point on it, in the final hand Hall flopped a set of kings and rivered quads to take the match.
While the poker was uninspiring, the banter between the two players and the commentary team managed to salvage the event. Doug Polk and Sean Deeb were on commentary and used a mixture of poker prowess and humor to keep fans entertained.
Dentale regularly jabbed at Hall and even questioned whether she was really a high-paid lawyer prior to coming poker, asking for her tax returns ala opponents of Donald Trump.
Overall, the poker community seemed to enjoy the event and are looking forward to the next potential grudge match.
Dan Bilzerian is the preferred target. He recently made comments claiming that women as a whole cannot play poker and said he would bet against Hall sight unseen. It's unknown whether Bilzerian would agree to such a contest, but fans will certainly tune in if it happens.