$10k Heads-Up Championship - Mahmood FTW!
If you're going to suck out, you may as well suck out for your first WSOP bracelet and more than $600k.
Ayaz Mahmood is your 2010 WSOP Heads Up Champion after sweeping the best of three match in just over 11 hours. Tonight's match "only" lasted five and a half hours compared to last night's six hours worth of play.
The final hand was not at all what you'd expect from this match given how conservative both players had played up until that point. Ernst Schmejkal opened the ill-fated hand with a raise to 250k, which Mahmood called. The flop came A♥ 10♦ 9♣.
Schmejkal checked and laid the trap almost too perfectly. Mahmood bet 250k, Schmejkal reraised to 600k and the way things had played out all evening it seemed almost certain Schmejkal had the ace. Mahmood was willing to gamble, reraising all in and drawing a snap call from Schmejkal.
Mahmood showed Q♥ 10♥ while Schmejkal flipped over top pair A♥ 6♠. He couldn't fade all the outs, however, as the turn brought a J♦ and the river brought a K♠ and made the winning straight for Mahmood.
Upon seeing the winning card, the player born in Bangladesh leapt from his seat and nearly toppled into the media bleachers after stumbling on the final table stage.
Reflecting on the Win
Mahmood told PokerListings after the match that he did not put his opponent on the ace and thought Schmejkal held king-ten or something similar. "He had been laying hands down to big raises; I thought he would fold, but even if he didn't I still had one more match to go," said Mahmood.
So, what is Mahmood's next goal? First, win the main event. Then, "In three or four years I want to have more bracelets than Phil Hellmuth," Mahmood said jokingly.
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