Founded in April 2009 in Lausanne, Switzerland, home of the Olympic movement and most other sports federations, IFMP champions poker as “a mind-sport of strategic skill”, alongside chess, bridge, draughts and Go.
As it campaigns to clean up poker’s image, and lobbies legislators to separate poker from gambling, IFMP’s member nations now number more than 60 worldwide from five continents. IFMP events do not involve buy-ins or gambling. IFMP is an observer member of GAISF, the general assembly of international sports federations, and a signatory to the WADA code since 2017 with Match Poker athletes undergoing anti-doping tests just like in any other sport. IFMP is working closely with Harvard and the recently established Mindsport Research Network at the Berkman Center, Harvard.