Nauv Kashyap wins inaugural WPT New Zealand

While most of the poker world is fixated on Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, the World Poker Tour set up shop on the other side of the world last week for the inaugural WPT New Zealand, part of the WPTDeepStacks tour.

The main event in New Zealand took place at the Skycity Casino in Auckland. The tournament had a buy-in of 2,200 New Zealand dollars, which is about $1,550 US. There were 360 players willing to put up the buy-in, compiling a prize pool of $503,768 US.

When the last card was dealt, the last man standing was Australian native Nauv Kashyap. He cashed 169,200 New Zealand dollars for the win, or $118,385 US. This was his second major win of the year, after previously winning the main event at the 2018 Crown Poker Championship in Melbourne in April. For that victory he cashed $105,336 US.

Kashyap chases five at WPT New Zealand

Kashyap went on a major run at the final table to post the tournament win. Out of the other eight players at the final table, Kashyap eliminated five of them. This included some big river cards when his A-Q topped Q-Q thanks to a rivered ace, and after his A-K topped 4-4 when he hit a king on the river. Luck also found Kashyap when his A-Q suited diamonds became a flush against his opponent’s unsuited A-Q.

When only two players remained, it was Kashyap vs Jack Efaraimo heads-up for the tournament title. Thanks to his numerous knockouts, Kashyap had a massive chip lead when heads-up play began, with 7.9 million in chips to Efaraimo’s 1.1 million.

On the final hand of the tournament, both players were all-in pre-flop. Efaraimo had Ad-8d against Kashyap’s pocket eights. Efaraimo needed an ace or three diamonds to stay alive, but came up short when the board delivered Qc-4c-3d-7h-3c. For the second-place finish he received 108,000 New Zealand dollars, or $75,565 US.

The WPTDeepStacks tour has two more events in June with the WPTDeepStacks Sanremo at Casino San Remo in Italy later this week, and the WPTDeepStacks Tampa at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida starting on June 14.