IFP’s new ‘Match Poker’ technology allowed for the first time ever to collect data from four 3-hour+ sessions of play containing 51, 65, 71, and 72 hands respectively (259 hands in total).
Here are some interesting and amazing findings we’d like to share.
Go the UK
The UK’s most common points score was a maximum 14 (achieved 25 times). They were the only team to perform above average in all 4 sessions and the only team to win two ‘Player of the Seat’ Awards (Seat 3 – Barny Boatman, Seat 5 – shared by Daiva Barauskaite and Karl Mahrenholz).
The charge of the Russians
The Russian team admitted that they hadn’t done their homework and arrived with no clue as to how the scoring was being calculated. After session one, however, the penny dropped, and this proved to be their only below-average session. They subsequently went from last place and over 90 points behind the leaders, to 2nd overall and just 13.5 points from being crowned the first ever European Champions.
The last 10 hands
Denmark made a valiant last stand scoring a whopping 110 points in the last ten hands alone (9 of those a 10+ score). On the flipside, France who had enjoyed the lead for most of the weekend, and who were still 4th going into the last ten hands, suffered their worst spell at the worst possible time – netting just 43 points from the last 10 hands (a 23-point swing and 31-point swing against the eventual 5th and 6th placed finishers Estonia and Cyprus, respectively).
Mixed results for the maniacs
Denmark and Spain were the only teams to win over 300 pots from just 259 hands (329 and 324 respectively). Bosnia managed only 169.
How’s the cricket in Holland?
Champions Ireland earned 0.63 points per hand more than last place Netherlands (an average strike rate of 7.79 vs 7.13)
Win big, lose big
Lithuania achieved the largest average pot won (1984 chips), the lowest being Serbia (1304 chips), but also featured highly in the average pot lost category too (-398 chips), the best being Bosnia (-190 chips) and worst being Denmark (-535 chips).
Name and shame
The best and worst performing teams per session were as follows: