Can Alibaba punt on Match Poker pay off in China?

Match Poker is hoping to make major progress in the key Chinese market through a new strategic partnership between Oceans Sports & Entertainment, its marketing agency in the region, and Ali Sports, a subsidiary of online retail giant Alibaba Group.

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Oceans’ Shoto Zhu

The promotion of Match Poker, a non-gambling, mobile-based version of the game which is currently conducting a funding round as it seeks global expansion, has been announced as a priority project for the partnership between two of China’s biggest and most influential sports sector organisations.

Under the agreement, Oceans will manage the on-ground event logistics and traditional marketing of Match Poker and the other sporting events in its portfolio, while Ali Sports “will introduce a comprehensive new digital ecosystem to improve the experience and value for the projects’ participants, audience, sponsors and business partners”.

Oceans chief executive Shoto Zhu told TotallyGaming.com that the partnership with the media, marketing, data and financial services powerhouse will play a significant role in driving growth of the mind sport…

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Austrian Poker Sport Association Invitational 2015

The Austrian Poker Sport Association held its inaugural invitational meeting and tournament last month.

More than 30 representatives of Austrian poker clubs and media attended.

President Martin Sturc commenced with a presentation of the upcoming projects of the Association which include a campaign to shift the public’s perception of poker more towards mind games.

He also introduced the new national team coaches, two of Austria’s most successful online players.

President Sturc emphasized that the Austrian Poker Sport Association and the Poker Clubs have to continue working together in order to create a positive future for the mind sport of Poker in Austria.

In the following discussion the representatives had a chance to ask questions and give feedback on the current situation and offer their wishes for the future.

Following a lunch all attending had a chance to prove their poker skills to the new national team coaches in a double shoot-out tournament which was won by Andreas Schwaiger, a former winner of the Austrian Poker Masters.

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These are not wrinkles, it is a sixpack from thinking!

 

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).

Lithuania vs Armenia

The Lithuanian national team faced the Armenian national team in two day clash in Lithuania to see who would win at Match Poker.

The Armenian team comprised of: Hakob Vardanyan (president), Sargis Antonyan, Armen Petrosyan, Suren Hunanyan, Manana Melkonyan. The Lithuanian team comprised of: Vytautas Milbutas (captain), Andrius Bielskis, Paulius Venčkauskas, Rasa Šalčiuvienė, Vaidas Bielskis, Andrej Afonin. The Lithuanian team was created from national federation’s best players (Vaidas Bielskis, Rasa Šalčiuvienė, Andrej Afonin) and well known professionals such as Vytautas Milbutas, Andrius Bielskis and Paulius Venčkauskas.

Match poker was played by both for 50 hands after the completed SNG tournaments. The organizers did not have access of IFP’s bespoke Match Poker technology and had to physically deal and replicate all the 50 hands randomly, using 50 card decks for those 50 deals. Teams we seated in the following order: table 1 – three Armenians and two Lithuanians, table 2 – vice versa. Blinds were 50-100, and every player could use 100 BB for each hand. After the first session (e.g. 25 deals) Lithuanians were leading by 40BB (4000 in chips). However, after the break the Armenian team began to use very aggressive team tactics, which were very successful at SNG tournament – team format was not so favorable for this and at the end, after the calculation of the results, it became clear, that Lithuania won by 400 BB, most of which was added by Andrius Bielskis, the winner of 7th Sunday Million at Poker Stars. He increased its original chip stack by 280 BB.

After the events ended, teams agreed that such an event is very useful for the players and for the popularity and development of poker itself.

Estonian Tournament Poker Federation’s Annual Award Ceremony

The Estonian Tournament Poker Federation (ETPF) hosted their annual award ceremony on 24th January 2015 honouring the best Estonian poker players of 2014.

Awards were given out in 7 categories:

The man of the evening was Madis Müür, whose best achievement last year was fourth place in PokerStars Caribbean Aadventure main event in Bahamas, which rocketed him to the top grossing Estonian live poker player of all time.

Madis won awards in the following categories – Best Live-Player, the Poker Persona of the Year, People’s Choice and the Poker Event of the Year.

Best female was Mirjam Jalak, who got second place in Marrakesh Poker Open deep-stack tournament in Morocco.

Best online player was Rudi Reinkort, who among other achievents got second place in PokerStars Sunday Million tournament.

Best new player was Ranno Sootla.

 

Photos of the event are available at:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eesti-Turniiripokkeri-F%C3%B6deratsioon/238649189558532?sk=photos_stream