11.30AM: WELCOME BACK TO WHAT IS A REVISED FORMAT FOR THE SECOND DAY OF THE IFP NATIONS CUP.
“Our sole concern is to ensure fairness for all of the players and because of that this was not a difficult decision,” said IFP President Anthony Holden. “Yesterday’s play clearly demonstrated the tremendous appetite players have for team duplicate poker and the chance to represent their countries.
That said it leaves plenty of poker to be played in a revised format, not to mention a thrilling finale later tonight. Here’s how the new schedule looks.
At 12 noon the six Group A teams (Spain, Germany, USA, Ireland, Denmark and Zynga) will play a shortened session of 36 hands. At 1.30pm the Group B teams (Japan, France, Australia, Holland, UK and Brazil) will do the same, with the results of both groups announced at around 3pm.
At 4pm the top three teams from each group will advance into the final session; 72 hands (shown on a one-hour delayed live stream) will determine the winning team, which will be presented with the Nations Cup trophy at around 7pm this evening.
It’s different, but the spirit of the tournament remains. Play begins at noon.