The International Federation of Poker (IFP) has announced details of Duplicate Poker, the Mind Sport variation of the game.

Borrowing concepts from Duplicate Bridge, the poker equivalent creates the intriguing prospect of staging tournaments, played either by teams or individuals, in an environment free from the “luck of the draw” – the perfect way for poker players to highlight individual skill rather than good fortune.

Details of Duplicate Poker have now been made available, published in the IFP website Librarypage, detailing not only how the game is played, but also how the deck is prepared for each hand and how the unique structure has been devised. In addition, the strict security procedure is also examined in depth.

The creation of duplicate poker marks the next step forward in poker’s long journey towards recognition as a ‘skill game’ in the eyes of the world. It also highlights the continued work of the IFP, bringing further credibility to the game in a political climate which, in some countries, makes playing the game harder, and in some cases illegal.

While that battle rages, poker can, for the first time, be played in an environment free from the whims of luck, thwarting those who consider the game to be nothing more than gambling. No running good, no running bad; it’s now all about playing good or playing bad.

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