European Nations Cup Analysis

MatchPoker_typo+imagelogo+subline_4cIn Paphos, Cyprus on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April 2013, 14 national teams battled at Match Poker for the inaugural IFP European Nations Cup.

The four 3-hour+ sessions of play contained 51, 65, 71, and 72 hands respectively (259 hands in total).

As in all Match Poker events, the same order of cards was used at all 14 tables, dealt electronically to players’ smartphones and the tables’ community devices. The “seat draw” dictated that teammates played on different tables with one specific player from each team sat in each of the different seat positions, and that all teams were split evenly across the tournament tables. Over the course of a hand, therefore, each team received each set of hole cards in the same positions. A team’s collective skill in playing these hands and consistently outperforming the other teams determined their finishing position. In no way did the quality of the cards a player or team received influence their chance of winning the tournament.

Team chip-scores were compared each hand with a linear 14-1 points structure applied. After 259 hands scored this way, the top 6 teams qualified through to the IFP Nations Cup Finals at the end of November 2013.

The final scoreboard was as follows:

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Additional individual prizes (Player of each Seat) were also awarded. In essence there were 6 mini-contests going on between the sets of 14 players in each seat position (based on total tournament chip-count). And finally, the “Player of the Tournament” award was given to Ireland’s Michael Graydon – the Seat Winner whose total chips minus the average for their seat position was greatest.

Here are the complete individual standings:

Seat 1Seat 2Seat 3
1France
(Hicham Chelot)
Ireland
(Michael Graydon)
United Kingdom
(Barny Boatman)
2SpainSpainDenmark
3UKPolandIreland
4IrelandRussiaRussia
5NetherlandsSerbiaEstonia
6HungaryNetherlandsSpain
7LithuaniaCyprusLithuania
8SerbiaDenmarkBosnia
9CyprusBosniaPoland
10RussiaFranceFrance
11BosniaUKCyprus
12EstoniaEstoniaHungary
13PolandHungarySerbia
14DenmarkLithuaniaNetherlands
Seat 4Seat 5Seat 6
1Netherlands
(Jorryt van Hoof)
United Kingdom
(Barauskaite/Mahrenholz)
Cyprus
(Xaris Zittis)
2RussiaPolandSpain
3HungarySpainLithuania
4FranceIrelandBosnia
5EstoniaNetherlandsPoland
6UKRussiaDenmark
7BosniaHungaryEstonia
8LithuaniaSerbiaFrance
9SerbiaBosniaHungary
10PolandFranceUK
11IrelandDenmarkIreland
12SpainEstoniaSerbia
13CyprusLithuaniaRussia
14DenmarkCyprusNetherlands

 

CYPRUS TO HOST IFP'S EUROPEAN NATIONS CUP 2013

RZ_EU-NationsCup-LogoThe International Federation of Poker (IFP) is set to hold its first event of 2013.

To be hosted in the beautiful surroundings of ‘The Annabelle Hotel’ in Paphos, Cyprus, on 12th-15th April 2013, the European Nations Cup will be the very first 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 smartphones, but also every single action on all 14 tables will be logged and openly available for replay and analysis via the “IFP Player”.

The 14 participating Nations are as follows: Cyprus (host), Bosnia Herzegovina, Denmark, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain and the UK. The top 6 will qualify through to the IFP Nations Cup Final later in the year.Match Poker is the mind sports version of poker promoted by IFP. By borrowing the basic concepts of Duplicate Bridge, it offers a way of organising individual and team poker tournaments completely free from the “luck of the draw”. Match Poker tournaments are unique in allowing a fair assessment of the skill of the players without any influence of the random deal of cards.

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QUALIFICATION FOR ENC 2013 TO BEGIN

Events NationscupQualification for the European Nations Cup 2013 will begin in Austria next month, ahead of the finals which will take place in London in the spring of 2013.

The qualifying event, which will be staged in Montesino, Vienna from 7 to 9 December, will feature 18 national teams in a Match Poker format, with the top nations will progress to ENC 2013. So far 12 teams from National Federations have enlisted, leaving six spots open in the run up to next month.

That means there is still time for IFP member federations to book their place for what is expected to be a grueling few days of Match poker, a variant first used at the Nations Cup in London last year, which will be used throughout the contest.

Match Poker (formerly duplicate poker) was pioneered by IFP and provides the truest test of poker as a Mind Sport.

In Match Poker the same order of cards is used at all tables. Every player in a given seat position receives exactly the same cards as his fellow competitors in that seat position on other tables, meaning their skill in playing these hands determines their finishing position. It’s an innovative way of reducing random chance, where the quality of the cards a player receives does not influence their chance to win the tournament.

Last year it made for a thrilling spectacle, as the Nations Cup played out in the pods of the EDF Energy London Eye and in London’s County Hall, a tournament that was eventually won by Team Germany.

The road to the next finals is now about to begin. Check back on the IFP website for more details of the event in the coming weeks.