A look back at the Asian Nations Cup

One week on from China’s historic win at the very first IFP Asian Nations Cup, here are a few overall stats from the tournament.

Overall scoreboard

Team Chips Points
China 188725 1152.5
CPG 51496 1114
Singapore 87365 1111.5
Australia 49530 1104.5
Israel 5242 1079
India -25013 1045.5
Japan 9132 1026
Mongolia -366482 1002.5

China consistently scored highly throughout each of the 8 sessions to finish almost 40 points clear of the runners-up.  Show team CPG made a late charge to pinch the silver medal position from Singapore, with Australia and Israel picking up the final two qualification spots at the IFP Nations Cup Finals.

The individual player awards were given to the players who gained the most chips in a session/overall, relative to the average of all other players playing the same cards.

Individual standings

Session Player (Nation)
Session 1 Bold Uundai (Mongolia)
Session 2 Wu Sai (CPG)
Session 3 Sangeeth Mohan (India)
Session 4 Queenie Kwan Yee Yim (Australia)
Session 5 Mudit Agarwal (India)
Session 6 Kinichi Nakata (Japan)
Session 7 Temuulen Dashbat (Mongolia) – Player of the Tournament
Session 8 Garth Kay (Australia)

Of note also is that Zang Shu Nu of China won the most chips overall (55750).

After each session teams were handed Stats Sheets from the play of each set of 30 hands.  Here are some final numbers from all 240 hands combined:

Best Strike Rate China 4.80 points per hand
Worst Strike Rate Mongolia 4.18 points per hand
Most Hands Won Mongolia 58
Most Hands Lost Mongolia 70
Most Pots Won Mongolia 405
Least Pots Won China 175
Largest Average Win China 3760 chips
Smallest Average Win Singapore 2352 chips
Smallest Average Loss Singapore -252 chips
Largest Average Loss Mongolia -1370 chips


China wins the Asian Nations Cup

The world’s first Asian poker team champion

anc-day2-4800It is official – the host nation outperformed the competitors and got to keep the trophy on Chinese soil. While Team China’s closest competitor throughout the first six sessions Australia experienced a disappointing Sunday session, the Chinese squad maintained their cool and with a very steady performance they kept adding distance to the trailing teams and went into the last session with a healthy lead. Congratulations to China on this their first historic victory in an official IFP Championship event.

The exhibition team and local Hainan province hosts from China Poker Games delivered a very strong performance and managed to squeeze into second place – a clean sweep for the host nation left the local crowd and their supporters very excited about IFP, Match Poker and the prospects of future events in this part of the World.

Team Singapore took the bronze medals, while Israel and Australia managed to hang on to the coveted 4th and 5th place releasing tickets to the Nation Cup Final and a seeded entry into the battle for the World Championship.

We will publish further analysis and statistics shortly.

2013 Asian Nations Cup: Day 2, Session 4

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Who will be Asia’s team poker champion?

anc-day1-134Play is coming to an end, in just a few hands’ time the winning team will be determined. Who will be taking Asian Nations Cup’s the trophy home? Who will be crowned as the tournament’s best individual player? Who are the best players of each eight sessions?

We will keep the suspense until the gala dinner and the award ceremony where trophies and medals will be awarded to the best players and teams. Not until then will it be revealed which teams have qualified for the Nations Cup Final – and the grand moment awaits when we will celebrate the Asian Nations Cup Champions!

Stay tuned for a final wrap up later tonight. A couple of highlight videos and interviews will be shortly available as well as IFP’s re-players and an ind-depth Match Poker analysis of the Asian Nations Cup.

Final stretch

anc-day2-042630Hand 211, table 7

Last session has started. Results will not be posted until after the last hand has been played out, but we will keep an eye on some of the key players and tables. Mongolia bounced off the last place ranking with an impressive surge and high scores from Temuulen Dashbat sitting at Table 7:

Australia’s Garth kay raises UTG to 175, CPG’s Mo Wei Liang and Temuulen both call as does Sangeeth Mohan in the SB. The flop is 7c 2c 7h. Check-check followed by a bet of 600 from Mo, Garth is the only one to call. The turn is Jc, both players check. The river brings 2h, and the players check it down. Garth is playing the two pairs on the board with an ace kicker but Mo wins with a better two pair holding pocket fives.

Hand 212, table 7

Mo folds UTG, Temuulen calls in 2nd position. Israel’s Hadas Wilf raises to 150 but Sangeeth on the button re-raises to 575 followed by folds around to Temuulen who calls as does Hadas. The flop is Ad 3c 4s and it is checked around to Sangeeth who takes down the pot with a bet of 1,550.

Charging batteries for the final session

Teams are getting together for the last stretch.

2013 Asian Nations Cup: Day 2, Session 3

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Last hand of session 7

anc-day2-5334Hand 210, Table 2

Fu Jun folds UTG, Singapore’s Daniel Chua raises from 2nd position to 175. Three folds around to Kinichi Nakata in the BB who makes the call. The flop comes out 4h Kc Ad. Kinichi leads out with a bet of 325, call from Daniel. The turn is 3c. Kinichi check-raises to 2,600 after a bet of 1,025 from Daniel – Daniel calls. The Ace of spades shows up on the river – Kinichi fires out 3,000, Daniel moves all-in and Kinichi folds. Daniel shows AQo for trip aces.

Standings after 210 hands:

Position Nation 7th Session Points Change
1st China 1003.5 =
2nd Singapore 973.5
3rd Australia 959
4th CPG 953 =
5th Israel 942.5 =
6th India 917.5 =
7th Mongolia 893.5
8th Japan 881.5

Teams reviewing IFP’s re-player

The power of IFP’s re-player can hardly be overestimated – during the lunch break all players enjoyed this amazing tool in team sessions where they were able to go through each and every hand they wanted to see all the action both in a log and in an animated version. As play is getting closer to the finish every decision becomes more crucial to team standings and every little piece of information on opponents’ play can prove vital.

IFP’s re-player will be available online on pokerfed.org after the event.





Standings after 200 hands:

Position Nation 7th Session Points Change
1st China 957.5 =
2nd Australia 926
3rd Singapore 922.5
4th CPG 909 =
5th Israel 903.5 =
6th India 869.5 =
7th Japan 858.5 =
8th Mongolia 853.5 =

Two more sessions to go

player-25During a break I talked to Stas Tishkevich, the president of The Israeli Poker Union:

What were your expectations going into this event?

Our expectations were first of all qualifying for the finals in Brazil, anything less than 4th place would be a failure. We are aiming for 1st place, as the Israeli team is combined of very good poker players and most of them play poker for a living.

How did you pick your national team and how did you prepare?

I’ve picked the team according to live tournaments winnings given by HendonMob, online poker winnings given by OPR, and volume in MTTs. Israel is a small country, and the poker community knows each other, so it was easy to choose the players, whom I personally know.

As for preparations we talked strategy in our 8 hour stop in Amsterdam, on the way to China.

After day 1 you are at 543 points (540 average) and just above the qualifying threshold. Are you happy with your performance? Will your team be analyzing Day 1 play and make adjustments?

After day 1 we made not so impressive results. After sitting all night and analysing the hand log given to us by IFP, we realised 2 things – the main thing was that we were over-thinking regarding the tournament structure instead of just playing poker.

2nd thing was realising that the tournament results are greatly affected by teams playing against the Mongolian team. Our team ran poorly against them in All-Ins pre-flop, unstacking with our TT losing to K3o etc. We believe that if IFP checks results without team Mongolia we will be in the top 2 at least.

Tell me a little about your national federation. How many members do you have and what kind of activities are you organizing? What are the plans and ambitions for the future of your NF?

Our national federation is very young – just 2 months old and we have yet to start recruiting members. The Asian Nations Cup is the first official competition of the Israeli team, and it is actually the first official activity of the union. We are planning to make Match Poker competitions in Israel, we will try to bring an official WPT event into Israel and have many more activities on the go. You will definitely be hearing about us in 2014, we hope to make IFP proud!

Standings after 190 hands:

Position Nation 7th Session Points Change
1st China 905.5 =
2nd Singapore 879.5
3rd Australia 876
4th CPG 870 =
5th Israel 853.5 =
6th India 840 =
7th Japan 816 =
8th Mongolia 799.5 =

2013 Asian Nations Cup: Day 2, Session 2

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Home field advantage

The field of teams and players have now played 75% of the hands and are off to a lunch break. They will now get a chance to go through the re-player when they come back and adjust play if they believe it necessary. Australia has had quite a negative outcome of the most recent session and China has brought themselves in a very favourable position for the Championship. In the middle of the pack a fierce fight is about to unfold to secure a spot in the Nations Cup Final.

Standings after 180 hands:

Position Nation 6th Session Points Change
1st China 850.5 =
2nd Australia 825.5 =
3rd Singapore 821 =
4th CPG 820.5 =
5th Israel 809.5
6th India 799
7th Japan 773 =
8th Mongolia 740.5 =

Action from table 5

anc-day2-2Let’s take a look at table 5, hand #158

Zang Shu Nu folds UTG, Izzy Kranz raises to 150 followed by folds around to CPG’s Fu Jun in the BB who finds the calling chips. The flop opens with 5h Js Ac followed by check-check. The turn is 4s, Fu Jun checks again, Izzy bets 350. After a minute’s pause Fu Jun min-raises to 700, Izzy folds.

Same table, hand #162

Hadas Wilf folds UTG as does Fu Jun, China’s Zang Shu Nu raises to 150. Izzy on the button folds. Singapore’s Lin Min Soon pauses in the SB, finds a re-raise to 500, Zang calls. The flops comes out 10s 6d 10c. Lin continues with a bet of 600, Zang calls. The turn brings the Js, check-check. The river is the Jd. Lin bets 750, Zang calls. Lin tables pocket aces, “nice hand” says Zang and flashes the Ac.

Standings after 170 hands:

Position Nation 6th Session Points Change
1st China 800.5 =
2nd Australia 774 =
3rd Singapore 774 =
4th CPG 760.5
5th India 757
6th Israel 756.5
7th Japan 739 =
8th Mongolia 686.5 =

Back to play

anc-day2-0609After a short break teams are back to session 6 of ANC’s final day.

There are three more sessions to play today before IFP officially announces the winner of its first Asian Nations Cup. Four teams in total will qualify for the world’s Finals. Team CPG won’t be able to progress.

Standings after 160 hands:

Position Nation 6th Session Points Change
1st China 749.5
2nd Australia 746
3rd Singapore 730.5
4th Israel 717.5
5th CPG 712.5 =
6th India 703.5 =
7th Japan 695 =
8th Mongolia 669.5 =