Oxford – 6th December 2017

Ireland won the International Federation of Match Poker Nations Cup after seeing off the challenge of second placed Italy and third placed Spain in the final which capped three days of intensive high-level play Eynsham Hall, Oxfordshire.

The tournament brought together some of the world’s leading match poker players representing eight nations along with a ‘Digital Nation’ invitational team.

Aside from the top three, The UK, India and Digital Nation qualified for the final session with Germany, Austria and Mexico failing to make the cut.

The Nations Cup is the leading international tournament organised by the International Federation of Match Poker (IFMP) which was granted Observer Status of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) earlier this year.

Match Poker was devised and developed by IFMP as a team-based mind sport where the element of chance inherent in the “random draw of cards” has been removed. There is no gambling in Match Poker and the sport is available to players of all ages and genders worldwide.

IFMP has successfully developed the Match Poker technology including innovative use of smartphones in game-play and administration, making Match Poker a true 21st century mind sport.

Patrick Nally, President of IFMP, said the Nations Cup tournament was a significant milestone in the development of the sport.

“The tournament reflected how far we have come in every respect,” he said.

“The atmosphere created by the camaraderie among players from all over the world who were happy to compete for the honour of representing the countries was simply outstanding. Together with the levels of skills and commitment of the players this made for an event which celebrated all that is best in sport.”

The Nations Cup trophy was presented to Ireland captain Andy Black – also the tournament’s top player- at a dinner at Balliol College, Oxford.

“My thanks go to all the players and everybody involved in making this a milestone event,” said Patrick Nally.

IFMP plans to make the Nations Cup an annual event contested by the winners of regional contests in Asia, The Americas and Europe.

Piranhas Bulldozers tus Berne e.V. become the new German Champions

At the final stage of the HeadsUp Live Liga of the Deutscher Poker Sportbund (DPSB) in Moenchengladbach, the Piranhas Bulldozers tus Berne e.V. took the championship title. After their success in 2011, the Poker Piranhas are the first two-time title-holder in the competition.

The team from Hamburg had to survive a total of six matches before they held the Cup in the final with their victory over AllIn Poker Hannover II. In the HeadsUp Live Liga, two teams each consisting of four players compete in one-on-one duels against each other and use a scoring system to determine the winning team. A game consists of 12 individual duels.

Of the total of 72 HeadsUps on the way to the title 44 could be won, with the victory in both the semi-finals and in the final game was already established. The title win is more than earned and with “Piranhas Bulldozers tus Berne e.V.” one of the absolute favourites could prevail.

The championship was well received by all participating teams and a big thank you to the Landespokerverband NRW e.V. for the outstanding organization and execution of the title-winners.

In the HeadsUp Live League of the Deutscher Poker Sportbund is played entirely without monetary value. It is more about the athletic challenge and the competition man against man.

We thank all players and teams for an exciting weekend and look forward to the start of the season on February 01st, 2018. Interested teams are very welcome!

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Champions team:
Matthias Liese (captain), Philip Henze, Adrian Brown, Christian Wiemker, Bastian Kruemmel, Maximilian Woerns, Michael Schick & Kenneth VU Nguyen.