Basharat Mahmood Excels in the DTD200 8-Max

Basharat "Bash" Mahmood
  • The seven of spades on the turn locked up the last hand for Basharat Mahmood.

Dusk Till Dawn’s latest £100,000 guaranteed DTD200 tournament took place over the weekend and saw 506 players buy in for £220, creating a £101,200 prize pool. Of that impressive sum, £20,550 is now in the hands of Basharat “Bash” Mahmood thanks to him being the last man standing, a victory that takes Mahmood’s live tournament winnings past the $325,000 barrier.

Official final table results

1Baharat Mahmood£20,550
2Asif Raja£12,000
3Craig Heaton£8,000
4Trevor Lawson£6,200
5Tommy Bingham£5,000
6Jacob Harris£4,100
7Nicholas Timson£3,400
8Vahid Amirazhiri£2,900

One hundred and forty-three players made it through to the final day’s play but only 55 of those returnees received prize money for the substantial efforts in the tournaments. Players Anthony Kennedy, “The Flying Dutchman” Marcel Luske, Jamie Clossick, Eleanor Gudger, Adam Bone, Waheed “Wadey” Ashraf and Mel Lofthouse all bust before the bubble burst, The unfortunate bubble boy was Simon Edwards, the 56th place finisher.

Finishing in the money were such luminaries as Paul Jackson, Maria Demetriou, Tom High, Dean Clay, Fred Wise and Colin McTaggart.

All eyes were on Vahid Amirzhiri once the final table was reached because the man known as “Ronaldo” won last week’s DTD200 event. There would not be a repeat performance, however, as Amirazhiri’s aces were cracked by the queens of Mahmood courtesy of the queen of hearts on the turn. That hand left the reigning champion running on fumes and he bust a few hands later when he lost a coin flip with pocket sevens against ace-jack.

Seventh place went to Nicholas Timson when his pocket nines lost to the ace-king of Asif Raja before the black nines of Trevor Lawson did what Timson’s could not and stayed the best hand in an all-in confrontation. Lawson’s hand held against Jacob Harris’ eights to resign Harris to a sixth-place finish.

The players at the final table gained some more elbow room with the elimination of the dangerous Tommy Bingham. After losing several all-in bets, Bingham pushed all in with ace-nine and couldn’t improve to beat the dominating ace-jack of Lawson, leaving four players in the hunt for the £20,550 first-place prize.

Lawson couldn’t put Bingham’s chips to good use because he fell in fourth place. Lawson committed his stack with pocket queens and looked in great shape to double through Raja who held ace-jack. That was until Raja flopped trip jacks before making quad jacks on the river. Game over for Lawson.

Heads up was set shortly after Lawson’s demise when the red tens of Mahmood prevailed against the ace-eight of Craig Heaton. Heaton’s chips in his stack meant Mahmood held approximately 6.5 million of the 15 million chips in play, with Raja holding the other 8.5 million.

Mahmood, a regular at Dusk Till Dawn and one known for his crazy style of play, clawed his way back into contention and then got his nose in front. The final hand of the event saw Mahmood limp with {Q-Spades}{7-Clubs} and then call when Raja raised to 600,000 with {A-Clubs}{q-Hearts}. A flop reading {2-Clubs}{7-Hearts}{10-Hearts} saw Mahmood lead for 1 million then quickly call when Raja moved all in. The {7-Spades} on the turn locked up the hand for Mahmood who was swamped by his friends from the rail.

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