After the success of the inaugural season of the national Match Poker league in 2022, the Polish national federation (Związek Pokera Sportowego) decided to create a new position in the structure of the association – Sport Director for the National Team.
This honour was bestowed upon Adam Pawlikiewicz, who has been an active member of the Souther Match Poker Conference.
Adam is an IT and internet marketing specialist with a deep passion for the digital sport of Match Poker and loves to play & compete on a level playing field while putting his skills on display.
The main responsibilities of the Sports Director are primarily organisational management of the Polish national team, ensuring good & regular communication between the squad and the coach, planning activities related to the development of the team such as training & strategy discussions, and taking care of the image of the team.
Adam, thank you for your contribution to the sport and we wish you many successes with the Polish National Match Poker team!
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After topping the standings for most of the World Championships in Macedonia last year, Team Singapore narrowly missed out on their podium finish. Leading by example, Lisa and her team will surely come to Hong Kong with one goal – becoming Champions of Asia!
Name: Lisa Tan Meiling
Profession: Tech Industry
Bio: This captain who loves poker, hearthstone, and problem solving suffers daily anxiety attacks from managing a team of quintessential poker players. She’s also extremely proud of her talented teammates and how far the team has come. Lisa is very much looking forward to competing in the upcoming Asian Championships!
Name: Zefirelli Noordin
Profession: Semi-retired investor
Bio: A semi-retired investor and recreational poker player, Zef supports the Singapore Match Poker team operations and finance.
Name: Phua Tzai Wei
Profession: Self employed
Bio: Big Liverpool and football fan, avid risk taker.
Name: Ng Qingyang
Profession: Poker coach
Bio: Qing Yang (better known as QY) is an Elite Coach at Run It Once. He played 10/20 live for most of his career, and about 5 years ago started coaching on the side. As of today he’s worked with more than 100 students, and his Run It Once videos are among the most well-received on the site.
Name: Wee Yee Joon Darren
Bio: Recreational tournament player, previously played for Singapore in 2021 world finals and helped team qualify to 2022 finals.
Name: Keith Joel Seah Jia Qiang
Bio: Been playing poker for 4 years and enjoyed the previous match poker experience.
Name: Lin Ruizi
Profession: Lawyer – Litigator
Bio: I’m a strategy game nerd – started out with Chess and Magic: The Gathering. Also play Hearthstone, Marvel Snap etc.
Shortly before university, my friends introduced me to poker and I… well I still looked back and played all my usual games. But poker is very interesting too and there are a lot of misconceptions about it when it is a strategy and math game at heart! Was in last year’s Worlds team where we sadly fell short of the podium despite leading all the way – still don’t know what’s going on sometimes when I see the many colour coded charts but I have learned that a big face card with another big face card usually gets you more points in Match Poker especially if they match – unless all the same colours come out. Hoping to learn more from all the tough players out there and willing to play learning fees in home games!
Name: Feng Zhao
Profession: Financial Adviser
Bio: I like travelling and playing poker in different countries.
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Vietnam has seen tremendous growth in the poker industry over the past few years and even more so during the pandemic. This has lead to widespread adoption of the game with many players traveling to this beautiful country to compete in tournaments. A new member to the Match Poker family, the national team will be making its first ever appearance at a global IFMP event at the 2023 Asian Nations Cup in Hong Kong. They are coming with lofty ambitions and a strong team, aiming to go home with the Winners trophy and gold medals!
This is the Vietnamese squad for the Asian Championships:
Name: Jul Tran (Tran Duc Ngoc) – Team Member and Team Coach
Profession: Poker professional
Bio: I knew poker since I was living in France and then I love this mental game, have spent a lot of time researching about this mathematical game. I won many trophies around Asia like WPT, APT, APL and specially focus on high-roller games or other deep-stack games in which I can apply the strength of math. Match Poker is also based on skill and math while reducing many chances of luck, I think I can quickly follow this kind of game.
Name: Terry Nguyen (Nguyen Tien Thanh) – Captain
Bio: I am a teacher (on the financial field) and I love poker since I found out it is a skilled game although there is still luck involved. I have played poker for quite a long time and won many trophies like APT and APL. I got to know about Match Poker recently and really love the rules which can reduce almost all the luck in the game, so I can apply the math, probability factors and mind skills to the games. I hope this game will be popular in Vietnam in the near future, that is also my mission.
Name: Tran Huy Hoang
Bio: Love travelling and poker. I really want to prove this game is a skilled game, I hope I can meet many players from around the world at the 2023 Asian Nations Cup and win the trophy for Vietnam.
Name: Linh Ran (Nguyen Dieu Phuong Linh)
Profession: Real Estate Sales
Bio: I love traveling, movies and poker, first female Vietnamese player to win trophies of WPT (WPT Ladies event 2018, NLH APT 2019). Proud to be representing my nation.
Name: Ha Manh Tuong
Profession: Math Teacher
Bio: I ama math teacher for secondary school, I studied many theories and poker professional and get some achievements. The biggest I won is the Main Event of WPC in 2022 with the biggest prize in Vietnam at that time. Beside that I also like reading books, music and math.
1st Main event WPC 9 – 2022.
2nd Main event VSOP Championship II 11 – 2020.
1st Main event GrandLoyal poker CUP 4 – 2022.
1st Main event VSOP Grinder Series II 12 – 2021.
3rd Main event WPT Warm up Series 4 – 2021.
1st Mistery Bounty VSOP Championship IV 8 – 2022.
3rd Kick off WPC 1 – 2023.
Name: Dang Thanh Luong
Profession: Financial Analyst
Bio: I played poker for the first time about 6 years ago and I see the development of poker industry in Vietnam very fast. After Covid time, the poker industry in Vietnam is developing even faster and my love for the game of poker is still bigger and bigger. I was recently introduced to Match Poker by a friend and I really like the rules of it and want to challenge myself. I am very happy to be selected to represent the Vietnamese National Team to compete in the Asian Nation Cup 2023 in Hong Kong. I will try my best to take the medals and trophy home with my team to Vietnam.
Name: Nguyen Huu Dung
Bio: I enjoy psychological challenges in general and the competitiveness in poker in particular. I like the hard headed mindset that poker puts me in. It is the mindset to always have faith and maintain mental strength in any circumstances.
•1st Championship event – APT Manila Championships 2017
•1st Opening event – APT Manila Championships 2017
•2nd High Roller – Macau Poker Cup 27 2017
•2nd Main event – National Poker Championship II 2017
•3rd Super High Rollers – APT HCM 2018
•3rd High Roller – APL Danang 2019
Name: Nguyen Anh Minh
Profession: Owner of a radio station – Through the Radio The Voice of Vietnam
Bio: I take on Poker as a hobby as early as 2012, starting out playing home games with friends during weekends. From time to time, the interest for the game grew larger and I start taking Poker more seriously. I was very fortunate to have many opportunities to play poker during my time studying and working in the United States from 2008 to 2017. Had my first professional poker tournament in 2016 during the World Series of Poker in Rio Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 2017, I moved back to Vietnam and start participating in many other poker events both locally and internationally such as: WPT; APT; APL; Poker Dream; etc. Poker has definitely evolved into something bigger than just a weekend hobby; it offers me a chance to connect with people and bring something greater for the local community.
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Under the leadership of Stas Tishkevich, the Israeli national team put on an incredible performance in Gevgelija, North Macedonia last May during the Nations Cup Finals. They were the last Asian nation to qualify to this event after finishing 2nd in the final virtual qualifier and sealing their spot to the Championships. They were last placed out of 14 teams after the 1st session of play but that didn’t demoralise them, and they went on to not only qualify to the final 6 but finish runners-up to Champions Germany!
Here is the squad for the Asian Nations Cup:
Name: Stas Tishkevich
Team Israel Coach.
37 years old from Portugal. He is a co-founder of the Israeli Poker Academy, a co-founder of the Poker-Fighter Training App, and the chairman of the Israeli Poker Union.
Stas is a professional poker player since 2012, poker coach, and entrepreneur.
He plays both Cash & MTTs and his best results to date include a 7th place finish at SCOOP Main Event 2013 for 90,877$, and a deep run in the WSOP Main Event 2020 where he finished 20th for 34,116$.
Name: Shimon Yaffe
Team Israel Manager.
54 years old from Tel-Aviv. CEO of the Israeli Poker Union.
Tournament Director of the Israeli Poker Championship company.
Name: Aharon Arbeli
Won his seat at the Israeli National team through 2022 Champion of the Israeli Poker League.
67 years old from Jerusalem. Businessman
Plays Texas Hold’em since 2007, mostly MTTs. A passionate advocate for poker regulation & legalization.
Loves to ride bicycle.
Name: Ayman Jarrar
Won his seat at the Israeli National team through 2022 1st Place Final Table average score of the Israeli Poker League.
59 years old from Haifa. Businessman
Plays Texas Hold’em since 2018, mostly MTTs. Learned the game at the Israeli Poker Academy.
Loves to play Tennis.
Name: Daniel Barak
Won his seat at the Israeli National team through 2022 1st Place Final Table total score of the Israeli Poker League.
52 years old from Kiriyat-Bialik. Driver of a public bus.
Plays Texas Hold’em for 15 years. Believes that Patience is the key for a winning poker strategy.
Loves to read books and watch movies.
Name: Daniel Glick
Won his seat at the Israeli National team through 2021 1st Place Final Table total score of the Israeli Poker League.
33 years old from Tel-Aviv. Construction contractor in abseiling.
Plays Texas Hold’em for 15 years, mostly with friends.
After the military service he lived for several years in the USA, and played poker as his main income.
His moto for winning poker strategy is focus, mental work, and decision making.
Loves to play soccer, going to the beach and traveling in the world.
Name: Carmi Klein
Won her seat at the Israeli National team through 2022 1st Place of the Israeli Woman Online Poker Championship.
32 years old from Ramat-Gan. Product manager.
Plays Texas Hold’em for 3 years, studied the game at the “Ladies” and at the Israeli Poker Academy.
Her moto for winning poker strategy is preparing to lose in order to know how to win.
Loves traveling, reading books, going to stand-up comedy, extreme sports, meditation, pilates and art.
Name: Ran Harari
Won his seat at the Israeli National team through 2021 1st Place of the Israeli Online Poker Championship.
39 years old from Kiriyat-Mozkin. Doctorante in the university
Plays Texas Hold’em for 17 years, studied the game at the “Ladies” and at the Israeli Poker Academy.
His moto for winning poker strategy is mixing up the game and staying unpredictable.
Loves soccer and Maccabi Haifa.
Name: Shlomi Maimoni
Won his seat at the Israeli National team through 2021 Champion of the Israeli Poker League.
42 years old from Rishon-Letzion. Truck driver and crane operator.
Plays Texas Hold’em for 23 years, studied the game from playing and at the Israeli Poker Academy.
His motto for winning poker strategy is patience and exploiting opponents’ mistakes.
Loves snooker and fishing.
Name: Shlomi Swissa
Won his seat at the Israeli National team through 2022 1st Place of the Israeli Online Poker Championship.
48 years old from Kfar-Saba. Works in the Ministry of Defence.
Plays Texas Hold’em for 18 years, studied the game mostly from playing.
His motto for winning poker strategy is knowing when to get-in in order to come out victorious.
Loves badminton, snooker and basketball.
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After a recent change in the national federation structure in South Korea, the team has also been revamped with a strong mix of individuals being selected to give the Koreans the best chance of success. National team coach James Kim is looking forward to his team’s performance in Hong Kong and seeing the Match Poker format played at the highest level.
Here is the squad for the 2023 Asian Nations Cup:
Name: Kevin Choe
Bio: 2 years and 5 months of poker experience as a recreational player, spends majority of his spare time playing no-limit Hold’em as a hobby, seeking a long career in the poker industry, participated in Match Poker 3 times so far.
Name: Dahye Kim
Bio: 2 yrs experience playing poker, YouTuber who changed her profession to poker YouTuber,down to earth and dead serious about pursuing poker as a career.
Name: Yoo Ra Yeong
Profession: Self employed
Bio: She is following a professionalpath towards being a winning poker player, she loves playing Hold’em, can’t live without Hold’em!
Name: Kim Hak Do
Profession: Comedian, entertainer and singer
Bio: He has been a poker enthusiast for over10 years now, with his own personal YouTube channel.
Name: Lee SeokJun
Name: Kim Ho Seong
Profession: Director of the Ace Poker League
Bio: He has spent over 15 years in the poker industry, working on both online and offline events. National team coach.
Bio: He originally only knew stud poker, but then came across Texas Hold’em when he took a part-time job as a dealer. This was about 3 years ago, after which he started working as a full time dealer and fell in love with the game.
Name: Jiseung Hong
Profession: APL, J88, WFP floor & dealer
Bio: After enlisting in the military, he got interested in poker while looking for a hobby. He watched videos and read books to improve his knowledge and learn detailed information about this mental game. After being discharged from the military, he thought it matched his inner aptitude and after consulting with his family he started to work on poker to improve his skills. He is constantly looking to challenge himself and get better everyday.
Name: Giju Hwang
Profession: J88, WCOP, KSOP, JOPT floor and dealer
Name: Hyeunmo Gu
Profession: APL, J88, WFP, KSOP floor and dealer
Bio: After starting as a bartender, my boss recommended I try dealing blackjack which eventually lead me to becoming a Texas Hold’em dealer. I was a dealer for about 2 and a half years and was famous for ‘one handed dealing’ in the Korean Hold’em world. My interest in managing the floor grew and I naturally studied it while performing my duties as a dealer.
Name: Won Guy Kang
Profession: Poker player
Bio: Korean Team Pro member
Name: Kim Kyounghoi
Profession: CFO at the Texas Holden Association of Korea (THAK)
Bio: He has been involved in the poker industry for over 10 years and is excited to represent his nation.
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