2013 Asian Nations Cup: Day 1, Session 1

How do you score?

anc-day1-4979You will notice that we display two scores, one for overall chip gain or loss and one for the team points won. The latter is the one which is determining the eventual ranking, but the chip count can come into play as a tie breaker.

For every hand played, a team will have played all 6 positions and will compare their net chip gain or loss as a team against the other teams. The winner of the hand will be awarded 8 points, 2nd place 7 points and so forth. The team with the worst performance in the hand will be awarded 1 point. If two or more teams get the same chip result they will share the points in play, i.e. if three teams share 2nd place they will share 6+5+4 points, giving them each 5 points.

Standings after 30 hands:

Position Nation Chips 1st Session Points Change
1st Mongolia +26132 149
2nd Australia +318 147.5
3rd China -8854 139
4th India -8703 138 =
5th Singapore -3043 132
6th Israel -4846 129.5
7th CPG -839 125
8th Japan -164 120 =

It is For Real Now!

anc-day1-021913As the scores have started to count and the tally has started to run on the monitors displayed throughout the playing area, the participants have started out quite concentrated. The scope of this grand championship is making an impact on most. One exception seems to be at Table 6 where Singapore’s Jacky Wang and India’s Sangeeth Mohan are chatting it up and spreading laughter around the felt. At table 3 Australia’s Queenie Kwan Yee Kim called a river bluff by Japan’s Tsuneaki Takeda and has likely added to a positive score for the Aussies.

Here are the current standings after 20 hands:

Position Nation Chips 1st Session Points Change
1st Australia +8243 103.5 =
2nd Mongolia +50232 102 =
3rd Israel -2621 95
4th India -5928 94
5th China -13379 86.5
6th CPG -9439 82
7th Singapore -18568 82
8th Japan -8539 75

Asian Nations Cup started

Players have had a healthy practice session, and the competition is now underway, 6-handed on 8 tables. Play has been swift and smooth and Robert Huxley is optimistic about getting through all 120 hands without delay. We will be updating you throughout the session with updates every 10 hands.

Here are the current standings after the first 10 hands:

Position Nation Chips 1st Session Points Change
1st Australia +19675 58 =
2nd Mongolia +21868 49 =
3rd CPG +3736 46 =
4th Israel -12332 44 =
5th Japan +4950 42 =
6th India -7778 42 =
7th China -10750 41 =
8th Singapore -19368 38 =

2013 Asian Nations Cup: Day 1 underway

Check back to this page throughout the day for regular updates, the latest of which will appear at the top of the page.

In the Lion’s Den

It is unthinkable to begin play without first being sent off with a blessing from the host  – much to many players’ big surprise a loud “gong” sent two Chinese lions onto the floor in a wild dance for luck and good fortune, just as Tournament Director Robert Huxley started briefing the team captains on general rules and conditions of play.

anc-day1-152For each session players will be competing over 30 hands followed by a break and another session of 30 hands. During the breaks teams will get a chance to discuss and strategize making the competition a real team effort.

Day 1 consists of 4 sessions, two before lunch and two after lunch. Seating is changed between morning and afternoon sessions, so we will see four different seating configurations over these two days of play.

So, the question everybody as asking is which teams are likely to come out on top? One thing which is likely to happen is that our prediction will be wrong! Some teams are featuring very experienced and successful individuals while others are virtually blank sheets when it comes to international poker competitions and results.  However, if cashes in major poker tournaments are any indicator of success – or at least experience – Australia come out on top with live cashes of more than $1.5 million. Spearheaded by Julius Colman who jumped onto the world stage in 2007 with a deep finish in the Aussie Millions, the Aussies have brought in a very experienced team and they will have to accept the burden of being the favorites to take home the trophy.

Other teams are very keen on proving this prediction wrong. Israel, India as well as the hosts from China all have collective live cashes of more than $300,000, but also Singapore and Japan can display noteworthy results from mostly Asian poker tournaments. The only squad without a public track record is the team from Mongolia, and we are very excited to see if they can surprise and challenge the pre-game favorites.

Feel free to click through the gallery for a presentation of the teams participating.

2013 Asian Nations Cup: Welcome

At the end of the sky and the ocean

The host city for the Asia Nations Cup is Sanya, a place with plenty of history and tradition. Relatively remote from the centers of administration in China it was sometimes referred to as Tianya Hiajiao or “the end of the sky and the ocean”, a small tropical paradise now grown into a very popular vacation spot for Chinese and foreign tourists alike.

anc-day1-hotelPlayers are still arriving to Sanya, but some have been here for days already – the organisers from China Poker Games and IFP have been setting up shop and preparing for this historic event to take place, making sure glitches are taken care of to secure a smooth start to today’s playing sessions.

The format and the points system will be like it was in Paphos, Cyprus for the European Nations Cup. Play will be 6-handed with everyone beginning each hand with an equal amount of chips. IFP’s Match Poker technology is in play utilising smartphones to deliver the hands and the computer software to track the entire hand history.

anc-day1-4858The Grand Fortune Bay Hotel is the proud sponsor and spectacular venue for this historic event. An impressive resort offering everything you could wish for in this beautiful tropical paradise in southern China. The hotel is sitting on the beach front alongside dozens of other mega resorts and luxury hotels stretching all the way to the main city Sanya on the southern end of the island.

The official reception has just taken place, presented by the always lovely Felicia Fields. The managing director of the Hainan Provincial Bureau of Culture and Sport, Mr. Liu Ping Jiu, gave everyone a warm welcome, followed up by marketing director David Sun of the Grand Fortune Bay Hotel while the opening event was rounded off by a presentation of the competing teams and a speech by IFP President Patrick Nally. The latter thanked all the sponsors of this historic event, adding an exciting piece of news – that IFP is now embracing more than 60 nations around the globe in its pursuit of a world-wide recognition of poker as a mind sport.

Here is the seat draw for the first session:


CPG is a team from China Poker Games competing for the Championship but not eligible to qualify.

Four national poker teams will qualify for the IFP Nations Cup Final. Plenty of fierce action and tight competition is expected to unfold over the weekend and we will do our utmost to keep you all in the loop with news, interviews, scoring updates and photos – welcome to IFP Asia Nations Cup in China!

Please stay tuned for updates on www.pokerfed.org.

IFP officially announces the IFP Asian Nations Cup 2013

RZ_Asian-NationsCup-LogoIFP is proud to officially announce the first ever IFP Asian Nations Cup. The event will be held in the picturesque city of Sanya, China from 18-20 October 2013. 12 Asian nations will compete for 4 qualification spots to the IFP Nations Cup Final. The 12 participating nations are China, Australia, India, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines and Singapore.

To be hosted in the beautiful surroundings of ‘The Grand Fortune Bay Hotel’ in Sanya, the Asian Nations Cup will be the second official IFP tournament to be conducted without physical playing cards and dealers. The event will showcase a whole host of brand new IFP Match Poker technology. Not only will players receive their hole cards on individual smartphone devices, but every single action on all 12 tables will be logged and openly available for replay and analysis via the “IFP Player”.

Stay tuned on www.pokerfed.org for updates and live coverage.