Akshay Nasa’s good run ended at the 2018 Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) National Event with 1st runner-up title at the National Event. Racing through a field of 829 competitors, Nasa made through into the final day. After two hours of heads-up battle, it was a close miss against Marc Richelieu Rivera who lifted the winner’s trophy, an INR58.78 lakh paycheck along with the coveted Platinum Pass. Finishing runner-up, Nasa collected INR36.38 lakh.
Akshay Nasa- So Far, So Good
The journey, so far, has been a commendable one for Akshay Nasa. This Indian young gun has been delivering impressive scores across several Asian tournaments since the past couple of years. Last year, at the Deltin Poker Tournament 75,000 High Roller, he claimed the runner-up title. This year, too, Nasa ran deep in the Asia Poker league (APL) Vietnam.
Nasa’s victory at the APPT is not only his career-best score but India’s second-best score in the APPT Manila Series till date. It was Uday Bansal in 2017 who had won the 55,000 Main Event for INR60.42 lakh in the PokerStars Manila Festival. The festival had replaced the APPT Manila series for that year.
Nasa made his entry into the APPT National through the second starting flight. Advancing from Day 2 to the finale with highest chip count, he played aggressively to chip up his stack. Finally, in the heads-up round, after several bouts of lead, Nasa lost his shot at the title to the 44-year old Filipino.
This event was Philippine poker maestro Rivera’s biggest career-score totaling his live tournament earnings to $252,000. Sharing his excitement, Rivera said, “I’m feeling very happy because I have with me my two friends, Mike Takayama and Lester Edoc, who have both won a Platinum Pass to the Bahamas. I’ve been wanting to go with them, although I did not have a Platinum Pass.”
The entourage of 18 Indian players appearing at the felts to an extent succeeded in making their presence felt. Though not many survived to run deep in the Main Event. PokerBaazi Pro Jasven Saigal finished 22nd for 1.67 Lakh.