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And now we wait
Yesterday IFP President Anthony Holden opened the 2013 European Nations Cup with the words “At last it happens”. After months of planning, two days of play and 287 hands, it finally comes to a close. This year’s ENC is now in the books. All that’s left is to announce its winner, a detail that will have to wait just a little longer, and the official awards ceremony later this evening.
There were no scores shown in the last session, ensuring a degree of tension in the closing stages. When we last saw numbers it was at the end of the third session. Back then the battle for the lead had been fraught, a close run thing between France and Ireland. France then edged it at the close, one and a half points ahead of Ireland and also Russia, who tired them tied for second. Estonia was just a point and a half behind them in fourth place.
Between Spain in fifth and Bosnia in ninth were fewer than 30 points in what was arguably the most significant section of the scoreboard with only six teams qualifying. But with so much that can go right, and wrong, it was impossible to rule out any team, even down to the Dutch in 14th place. Anything is possible. At least until it’s confirmed by the technical people ready to collate and confirm the details as I write.
For now we can only suggest you prepare to click refresh a few times while the players descend on the neighbouring bar for drinks, food and the presentations. As well as an overall winning team, which will receive a fine trophy, there will be silver and bronze medals for the teams in second and third place, as well as the award for Most Valuable Player, calculated by individual points won.
Needless to say once these results are announced to the players they will be published here on the Pokerfed.org website. What’s more you’ll be able to use the hand re-player to analyse any of the nearly 300 hands logged this weekend. For more details check back on the Pokerfed.org website.
It should be a thrilling way to end a great weekend of poker. Stay tuned.
No celebrating yet
The first tables finishing in the main tournament ballroom, which are in effect at least 90 minutes head of the world you may be watching on the live stream. Within a couple of hours all hands will be over, the smartphones will be switched off and the teams left to an agonizing wait for the scores.
They will be revealed at an award ceremony to take place later this evening when all the scores have been recorded, checked, double checked, agreed on and made ready for the master of ceremonies to address the crowd. Those same results will appear here when they’re ready to be made public, with the six teams advancing to the grand final likely to be celebrating most.
Darkness descends over the feature table
Analyzing the scores from the earlier session
With the scores close, and no updates scores available in the final session (the tension will be left until the awards ceremony later tonight), it’s a long wait until we will have definitive results. But you can at least see how the teams performed in the first session of the day in the colour-coded image below.
Last minutes tactics
7.10pm: The lobby of the Annabelle Hotel boasts a magnificent vista, the Mediterranean on full sparkling glory across the horizon. Few teams were paying it any attention at the break and were instead discussing tactics. Captains and players took time away from that to talk to Felicia Field, detailing their intentions going into the final session.
And we’re off
7pm: Live streaming is underway for the final session of the 2013 European Nations Cup. Click the links below to follow the action, with commentary by Jesse May.
The pressure begins to show (from the earlier session)
How the scoring works
6.25pm: The final session is now underway, although the live stream will not show it for a little longer yet, leaving us with a little more build up.
As a reminder all the action can be watched on our live stream, which you can find by clicking here (or on the logo below).
With so much at stake on each point it’s worth going through the scoring thing once more, or at least cut and paste it from the Pokerfed.org website.
“On each hand, a player will have a net change of chips – negative if they commit chips to the pot and do not win, zero if they fold without committing chips, and positive if they win the pot. This is an individual player’s “chip-score” for that hand. A team’s chip-score is simply the aggregate of all of its member’s individual chip-scores for that hand. Team chip-scores are compared and points are awarded according to the table below.
“Where two or more teams have equal chip-scores, the associated points are shared between them.
“This point structure is applied after each and every hand, and the team with the greatest number of points at the end of the tournament wins, with overall team chip-scores used only to settle ties.”
One final note is that nobody, not we or the players will be privy to the results in order to maintain the suspense through to the final results declaration tonight.
Changes at the top, and bottom
6pm: We talked earlier about the green shoots of recovery for the Dutch team. The team, led by Rolf Slotboom, scored the most points in the first 20 hands of the day, and did the same in the next 20 hands. Then, well, the wheels fell off. In the final 50 hands of the session the Netherlands scored the lowest points tally of any team (293.5 points to Russia’s 396), sending them back into 14th place.
Russia on the other hand enjoyed an eight place boost, moving from 11th to joint second place, putting them a session away from a place in the grand final after what seemed like difficult times struggling at the wrong end of the points table. Maybe having some of the highest earning professional players in the game on your team does help.
Elsewhere the United Kingdom restored some order back into their campaign, up three places to seventh, while at the top Ireland restored themselves to first position ahead of permanent rivals France, who had led since the start of play today. But there’s only a point and a half between them, along with Russia. A further point and a half separates them from fourth placed Estonia.
Team conferences in full swing
5pm: Players are on a break at the midway stage of the final day. It means the live stream will be on air again a little later this afternoon.
In the meantime you can read all about the first session of the day by clicking here, including the rise, and subsequent fall of the Netherlands. A reminder of the points tally at the end of the previous session is below.
The standings going into the final session
Live updates from the 2013 European Nations Cup, written by Stephen Bartley.