The Danish Match Poker Team is Ready for Ukraine!

Introducing the National Match Poker Team of Denmark that will participate in the 2019 European Nations Cup in Kyiv, Ukraine next month:

Name: Malene Frejvald, 39, recreational player

Hometown: Frederiksværk, DK

Profession: Physiotheurapic masseur

Nickname: Frejbassen

Has been playing poker for 15 years. Loves to play QQ and K10 suited. Most of the time she plays in their local club in Frederiksvaerk (John Tøms Poker) – but also play larger tournaments in Denmark – Rozvadov (Czech Republic) and Las Vegas (US).

Malene Frejvald

Name: Lene Olsen, 60, recreational player

Hometown: Havdrup, DK

Profession: Medical secretary

Played poker just over 15 years, plays mostly in Denmark, Rozvadov (Czech Republic) and Las Vegas (US).

Lene Olsen

Name: Jesper Røygaard, 46, recreational player

Hometown: Ringsted

Nickname: Sputnik

Call sign sputnik..

“Sometimes i play tight, Sometimes very loose” – Mostly play in Denmark and a little in Sweden – I have played for 20 years

Love to play JT, and hate to play JJ

Jesper Røygaard

Name: Zoran Sajn, 52, recreational player

Hometown: Frederiksværk, DK

Profession: Translator

Nickname: Bockule

Played poker just over 30 years, plays mostly in Denmark, but has also played a bit in Sweden, Germany and Serbia.

My favorite hand is: 6-3 off.

Name: Kim Olsen, 57, recreational player

Profession: Retired soldier

Hometown: Slagelse, DK

Nickname: DJKIO62

Played poker just over 20 years, plays mostly in Denmark, Rozvadov, Spain, UK and Las Vegas.

Kim Olsen

Name: Knud Adelstorp, 55, recreational player

Profession: CEO

Hometown: Copenhagen, DK

Nickname: LEGO

Played poker for 25 year, played poker in Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republik, Spain, Ireland and UK.

Favorite hand: 96 suited in spade.

Knud Adelstorp

Name: Henrik Olsen, 55, recreational player

Profession: Personal helper

Hometown: Slagelse, DK

Nickname: Dotplaza/Potplaza

I first started playing poker during the “poker boom” in 2005 where I managed to come in 3rd at 888 majors two weeks in a row for about £5,000 both times. Otherwise in terms of placement, it is my 17th place at the Danish National Championship the following year.

Henrik Olsen

Name: John Petersen

Profession: Retired teacher

Hometown: Frederiksværk, DK

Nickname: sakulenil/Vegas Star/John Toems

Played poker in 15 years, mostly tournaments. I have played/won poker tournaments in Denmark,  Riga, Latvia, San Giljan, Malta, Rozvadov, Dublin, Ireland, Las Vegas, and Malaga and made FT on a Poker cruise DK/Norway.

“Owner” of a legal pokerclub in Frederiksværk (John Tøms Poker)

John Petersen

Team Estonia’s National Match Poker Team announced for the European Championships in Ukraine

Estonian National Match Poker Team

The Estonian national team that will participate in the Match Poker European Nations Cup, to be held in Ukraine, will consist of the same individuals who competed in this sporting format also in 2012-2013. Back then, they won the preliminary round of the European Nations Cup and achieved fifth place at the European Championships in Cyprus. Despite their great tournament experience, all members of the Estonian teams are still amateur players!

Henri Käsper is one of Estonia’s best known poker players whose earnings from live tournaments exceed half a million dollars and who can boast with four individual Estonian champion titles. As a successful public relations manager, he has taken poker into the media, shaped its reputation, and engaged thousands of new players. At the table, Henri’s main virtues are his vast experience and the ability to read his opponents. 

Laur Sibold is a wonderful player, characterised by his good sense of humour as well as bold actions even in the most difficult situations. Although Laur is mainly known as a showman and event organiser, he has also become Estonian poker champion and won tens of thousands of Euros at live tournaments. We could also let you in on the secret that he is quite the expert in heads-up and the short-handed game. Mostly, he joins the table to enjoy good vibes and nice company. 

Herli Olop is one of this decade’s most valued poker persons in Estonia, active in both the OlyBet poker room and the games portal Jokker.ee. This means that he knows poker through and through as a player (he is also a two times poker champion of Estonia) and as an organiser. In poker, Herli values both good company and interesting game situations. At the table, he does not ask for too much attention but could always make it quite far!

Marko Kolk is a mathematician who has stood out not only in poker, but also in other thinking games. For several years, nothing could be heard of this colourful old-timer… Until in 2016, he won two tournaments in one night at the Estonian championships of online poker and, naturally, also won the Player of the Year title at the championships. Marko is sneaky and a bit unusual, he is not easy to read. 

Kelly Limonova is an entrepreneur, living in Spain, who became one of Estonia’s brightest poker stars at the beginning of this decade. Her success and the title of the female player of the year 2011 was achieved thanks to her “unwomanly” – aggressive, fierce and daring – playing style which made Kelly an uncomfortable opponent to all of her competitors. Kelly actively plays poker also today and her tirelessness, patriotism and sociability make this woman one of the pillars of the Estonian national team.

Katti Järvsoo is a tough athlete who enjoys competing and participates in tournaments with great passion and enthusiasm. It is her great will to win that has allowed her to become a strong poker player and no matter how difficult the situation is, she will not give up! Katti has been successful on several different tournaments, she has also become the Estonian champion and won the title of the Estonian Female Player of the Year.

Since 2010, Marek Reinaas has been the president of the Estonian Tournament Poker Federation. He is a successful businessman who is known in Estonia also as a columnist, presenter, and politician. As Marek is amazing at communication and has a good intellectual sense of humour, whatever he says or writes always gets lots of attention. Tournament poker is one of Marek’s many hobbies and presumably he is strongest as a team player. 

The national team’s support person is Tanel Reisi, board member of the ETPF, who has been one of the main leaders of Estonian poker in the recent years. Tanel will not be playing at the Match Poker European Nations Cup but he shall be observing everything from behind the scenes, helping our players as he can, and also shaking hands with the other competitors, as a sign of good will. 

Poland vs Lithuania – Round Two

On 11th April 2015 the Polish sports poker team (Tabu sponsored Poland Team) was defeated 122-98 in the second leg of a friendly match by the national poker team of Lithuania.

The event took place in the Hit Kasino at Krucza Street in Warsaw, Poland.

The Polish team consisted of 12 players and the Lithuanian team of 6 players.

The first six Polish players (beginners) – supported by captain Michal Panek – was defeated by the Lithuanians 24 to 86.

The second six Polish players defeated their Lithuanian opponents  74 to 36.

In the opinion of the training staff of the Polish National Federation, final result of 122 to 98 for Lithuania is quite positive in preparation for the World Championship later this year.

Lithuania was captained by their National Federation president Skirmantas Tomkevicius.

Previously on 21st  March 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania – the Polish team defeated the Lithuanians 163-125.

The Poker Sports Association is the only legal representative of the sports poker in Poland.

Its purpose is to promote the idea of competition and to create the best team for all kind of poker matches.

Lietuvos Sportinio Pokerio Federacija is the only governing body for the sport of poker in Lithuania.

The Lithuanian team is created by selecting the best (according to national LSPF rankings) players from the year 2014.

IFP would like to congratulate the Lithuanians on their victory and encourage all our members to organise and play amongst themselves!

Macedonian Poker Federation Update

The Macedonian Poker Federation has started their own tournament competition 3 times a week at their online poker room just for registered members (Macedonian Citizens over 18 years old). 10 days ago a new set of Macedonian ranking tournaments for all registered members began and will be conducted 3 times a week – every Sunday, Monday and Thursday! Start with 2000 chips 15/30 blinds increasing every 10 minutes. This competition will end on 19 march following a short break for the New Year from 29th December to 11th January. The winner of the competition will take his/her place in the Macedonian national team for the IFP World Cup in Berlin next year.

At the moment only 3 places have been confirmed in the Macedonian national team.

1.Aleksandar Trajkovski (captain of the team)

2. Ljupcho Manevski (Macedonian player of 2013)

3. Suzana Al Salkini (best female player for 2013).

Did you know…?

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:

Best Worst
Q1 France Russia
Q2 Bosnia Netherlands
Q3 Russia Hungary
Q4 Cyprus Bosnia