Barbados Becomes IFP’s First Caribbean Member Nation

The Barbados Federation of Poker Inc. has become IFP’s latest member and our first national federation from the Caribbean!

This national federation was formally established in July 2015 and is a registered not for profit organisation.

This organisation shall promote and develop the mind sport of poker in Barbados.

It will serve as the governing body of poker clubs and associations whether existing or in future and will encourage the development of poker as a sport based on strategic skill at a national level through the hosting of tournaments and other similar activities.

President – Damien Haynes

Vice President – Tamara Humphrey

Treasurer – Nicholas Roach

We would like to officially welcome the Barbados Federation of Poker to the IFP Family and are excited to grow this great mind sport in Barbados!

Austrian Poker Sport Association Invitational 2015

The Austrian Poker Sport Association held its inaugural invitational meeting and tournament last month.

More than 30 representatives of Austrian poker clubs and media attended.

President Martin Sturc commenced with a presentation of the upcoming projects of the Association which include a campaign to shift the public’s perception of poker more towards mind games.

He also introduced the new national team coaches, two of Austria’s most successful online players.

President Sturc emphasized that the Austrian Poker Sport Association and the Poker Clubs have to continue working together in order to create a positive future for the mind sport of Poker in Austria.

In the following discussion the representatives had a chance to ask questions and give feedback on the current situation and offer their wishes for the future.

Following a lunch all attending had a chance to prove their poker skills to the new national team coaches in a double shoot-out tournament which was won by Andreas Schwaiger, a former winner of the Austrian Poker Masters.

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These are not wrinkles, it is a sixpack from thinking!

 

Poland vs Lithuania – Round Two

On 11th April 2015 the Polish sports poker team (Tabu sponsored Poland Team) was defeated 122-98 in the second leg of a friendly match by the national poker team of Lithuania.

The event took place in the Hit Kasino at Krucza Street in Warsaw, Poland.

The Polish team consisted of 12 players and the Lithuanian team of 6 players.

The first six Polish players (beginners) – supported by captain Michal Panek – was defeated by the Lithuanians 24 to 86.

The second six Polish players defeated their Lithuanian opponents  74 to 36.

In the opinion of the training staff of the Polish National Federation, final result of 122 to 98 for Lithuania is quite positive in preparation for the World Championship later this year.

Lithuania was captained by their National Federation president Skirmantas Tomkevicius.

Previously on 21st  March 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania – the Polish team defeated the Lithuanians 163-125.

The Poker Sports Association is the only legal representative of the sports poker in Poland.

Its purpose is to promote the idea of competition and to create the best team for all kind of poker matches.

Lietuvos Sportinio Pokerio Federacija is the only governing body for the sport of poker in Lithuania.

The Lithuanian team is created by selecting the best (according to national LSPF rankings) players from the year 2014.

IFP would like to congratulate the Lithuanians on their victory and encourage all our members to organise and play amongst themselves!

Germany Continues to Impress

The German national federation (Deutscher Poker Sportbund) was in London at the APAT World Championship of Amateur Poker (WCOAP) where four DPSB members took part in the Team Event.

Thomas Doering and Jeurgen Bachmann from SV Burgweinting, Matthias Liese and Philip Henze from Poker Piranhas tus Berne. All four of them are players in the DPSB HeadsUp League.

The team event was part of a ten day festival featuring 20 bracelet events for amateur poker players. There were ten teams competing for two days. After a horrible day 1 they managed to fight back and win the bronze medal for third place overall.

In addition Philip Henze made also the Final Table (6th) in the Pot-Limit Omaha 8 – Side Event as did Juergen Bachmann in the H.O.R.S.E – Side Event (also 6th). And last but not least Philip won the last event #20 and can call himself now APAT WCOAP Heads Up Champion 2015.

Congratulations to the German National Federation and its participating players on their superb individual and team performances!

Austrian Poker Sport Association partners with Winamax!

IFP is extremely proud of our Austrian member nation, the Austrian Poker Sport Association, and would like to congratulate them on their new partnership with Winamax.fr!

An official release from the Austrian Federation:

The Austrian Poker Sport Association is proud to announce Winamax.fr as our new online gaming partner for all future training and ranking tournaments.

Two poker institutions joining forces – the APSA has, since its inception 2006, promoted poker as a mind game and organized national championships, maintained the Austrian poker ranking, dispatched the Austrian national poker team as well as taught poker courses to beginners and advanced players.

Winamax.fr is the premier French poker site and belongs to the largest and most popular sites worldwide. In 2013 it was awarded the title of ‘World´s Best Online Operator of the Year’.

Over two million satisfied customers enjoy the premier software, great tournaments and award-winning customer service.

Through a series of online freeroll torunements the APSA and Winamax.fr will determine this year’s most valuable player who will be awarded a ticket the the Winamax Poker Open.

“The collaboration with Winamax.fr allows us to further improve our extensive poker package and provide our players with great freeroll tournaments. We are very much looking forward to this collaboration and are sure that a bright future awaits the APSA with Winamax at its side.” says Martin Sturc, President of the APSA.