PokerStars ANZPT Gold Coast 2010 Won By Nauv KashyapAugust 16, 2010 6:56 am
Nauv Kashyap has just won the Australia New Zealand Poker Tour (ANZPT) Gold Coast, after defeating a field of 287 players to take down the title and the $182,965 first place prize.
The 26-year-old dentist from Brisbane only entered the $2,500 buy-in tournament by chance after having the day off from work. As he explains:
“I only played because it was a public holiday in Brisbane on Wednesday. I was posting on PokerNetwork to see if there were still seats available and when Danny confirmed there was, I decided to play!”
That proved to be a fortunate decision indeed, as he then went on to enjoy the poker journey of a life time, whilst picking up his biggest score to date.
After the field was reduced to just 9 hopefuls, the remaining players took their seats at a tough final table which included Liam O’Rourke, Dominic Coombe, Joel Dodds, Ricky Kroesen, Aaron Benton, Michael Spilkin, Brad Wilson and Le Vuong Van.
Amazingly, two of the favourites were sent to the rail in the very first hand by eventual winner Kashyap holding pocket queens. Dominic Coombe picked up $16,145 for his 9th place finish, while Michael Spilkin picked up $21,525 in 8th.
The early eliminations continued unabaited and not long after Le Vuong Van was unlucky to go out in 7th ($27,265) holding A-9 to his opponent’s A-5, with a 5 hitting on the river.
Brad Wilson was then out in 6th ($34,440) after all the chips went to the centre of the table on a 5c-3s-Jc flop. Wilson was holding pocket 8’s to Aaron Benton’s Ac-9c flush draw, and a club on the river was enough to end Wilson’s tournament hopes.
Aaron Benton then dispatched Joel Dodds in 5th ($41,975), before being eliminated himself in 4th place by Nauv Kashyap for $50,225.
The short-stacked online qualifier Liam O’Rourke looked set to double up after pushing on a 6d-Qh-4h flop holding As-Qd to fellow online qualifer’s Qc-Tc. A T on the turn was enough to spoil his party and so Liam O’Rourke was knocked out in 3rd spot for $64,575.
The heads-up battle between Kroesen and Nauv Kashyap was a gruelling two hour affair, until Kroesen lost most his chips on a mis-timed all in check-raise to Kashyapon on the turn, who held the nut flush.
Ricky Kroesen was out soon after and had to content himself with the $116,235 runner-up prize, while full accolades and the $182,965 top prize went to Nauv Kashyap.