175 Platinum Passes awarded

175 Platinum Passes awarded

Dinesh Alt

Switzerland

Mega Path

With more than $600,000 in live tournament earnings, and a fearsome reputation behind his “Nastyminder” alias online, Dinesh Alt, is one of the more experienced players to win a Platinum Pass to the 2020 PSPC. Alt qualified through the Mega Path satellite route on PokerStars, but certainly put the hours in.

“After 137 $2 Mega Path SNG Tournaments, 12 $50 Mega Path Tournaments and three $1k final tournaments, the grind did pay of earlier than expected,” Alt said. “I am extremely happy to play one of the biggest tournaments in Europe for such a small expense. And of course it is a great motivation for a successful new year.”

Alt, who is 28, has been a professional player since 2013, when he won the ANZPT Sydney Main Event having qualified for peanuts online. He has since won the Eureka Hamburg main event in the live arena, as well as the TCOOP Main Event on PokerStars. He has chopped the Sunday Million and finished third in the 2019 SCOOP Main Event, which earned him more than $600K, his biggest career score. It also allowed him to splash out.

“I treated myself to a Tesla Model X Performance, which I want to use for many road trips to live events in Europe in the future,” Alt said, adding that the SCOOP result helped him crack the $1 million mark in online earnings. “This was my biggest expense so far – I try to invest my poker winnings in long-term investments to live from the passive income.”

Alt is originally from Switzerland but now lives in Bregenz, Austria, which allows him to return home frequently. He took up poker at high school, by which point he was already experimenting with various entrepreneurial pursuits. He opened a repair shop for motorcycles and mopeds, then got involved importing cars from the US, all while still a teenager. His quick success at poker allowed him the financial freedom to continue investing — as well as travelling to play.

READ A FULL INTERVIEW WITH DINESH “NASTYMINDER” ALT