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Mohammed Istakhar Sadiq Wins the Star Studded DTD 6-Max

Mohammed Istakhar Sadiq at the 2012 World Series of Poker

This weekend saw the Dusk Till Dawn (DTD) casino play host to its £50,000 guaranteed Six Max tournament, an event that was enjoyed by each and every one of the 192 entrants who competed. It was especially enjoyed by Mohammed Istakhar Sadiq who walked away with £11,300 and the title of champion after emerging victorious from a ridiculously tough final table.

The 192 entrants exchanged £250+£25 for 20,000 tournament chips and the chance to win a rare tournament, rare because venues up and down the country are reluctant to spread six-handed poker tournaments due to them taking up more space and the increased number of staff required to keep things running. However, the DTD is not like any other venue in the UK and is always willing to go the extra mile to satisfy the needs of its customers.

Among those 192 players – which left Rob Yong and Co. nursing a £2,000 overlay – were some of the country’s top poker talent. Players such as David Nicholson, Leo McClean, Jeraint Hazan, Senh Man Ung, Matt Perrins, Paul Jackson, Basharat “Bash” Mahmood, Stuart Fox, Ben Vinson and Jamie O’Connor descended on Nottingham over the weekend, but fell short of the money places.

Dan Morgan was the first player to bust with prize money to show for his efforts. Morgan crashed out in 24th place, a finish good for a £550 return. Other notable cashes included Paul Newey (16th for £750), the legendary Mickey Wernick (10th for £1,050), Waheed “Wadey” Ashraf (9th for £1,350) and Willie Tann (7th for £1,350) – the latter of bursting the final table bubble.

Mike Cummins was the first casualty of Sunday's final table and he was followed to the lovely people at the DTD cashier desk by Martyn Frey. Over the past few year, Frey has had some remarkable results including wins in the DTD Incredible Hundred, a win in the £300 New Year Deepstack and a victory in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Coventry Main Event. This Six Max final table appearance is yet another impressive result for the man from Peterborough.

Frey was followed out of the tournament area by the reigning European Poker Tour Barcelona champion Tom Middleton, whose exit sparked talk of a potential deal among the final three players. Former professional BMX racer Liam Batey fancied his chances of riding out of town victorious and turned down the ICM-based deal, only to bust in third place.

Batey wrote on Facebook: “Turned down a deal for £7000 3 handed. Obviously ended up 3rd for £4,250 plus a £550 deepstack seat lol.”

Batey’s demise left Gary Strang and Mohammed Istakhar Sadiq to lock horns heads up for the title. It was a battle that Sadiq went on to win, busting Strang in second place to collect the £11,300 first place prize and leaving Strang to be awarded the £7,000 runner-up prize.

Sadiq has tasted success on numerous occasions at DTD, with his largest score weighing in at £14,000, which was his prize for winning a £300 Deepstack in 2010. Although this latest victory netted Sadiq less money, I am sure that he will have enjoyed it more due to the stellar field he had to navigate his way through.

DTD £50,000 Guaranteed Six Max Final Table Results

1Mohammed Istakhar Sadiq£11,300
2Gary Strang£7,000
3Liam Batey£4,250
4Tom Middleton£2,950
5Martyn Frey£2,250
6Mike Cummings£1,750

Next up for the DTD is its eagerly anticipated 8-Max that also carries a £50,000 guarantee and features a £250+£25 buy-in. More news on that exciting tournament later in the week.

Lead image courtesy of the partypoker blog.

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