The Lithuanian National Match Poker League continued its exhilarating journey on Saturday, 27th April, with the highly anticipated second match day taking place in Alytus. Eight teams from different cities came together to compete in an intense battle of wits and strategy. The event showcased the talents of both seasoned players and promising newcomers, making for a captivating day of Match Poker action.

The first match day had set the stage for an exciting competition, with Team Po Kerais from Vilnius emerging as the victors. Now, as the second match day unfolded, the stakes were higher and the anticipation palpable.

With another 300 hands of Match Poker to be played, the league welcomed a group of new players ready to make their mark. Arūnas Mankevičius, Lukas Gordejevas, Dominykas Chrypa, Kristijomas Radvila, Emilis Marcinkevičius, and Edgaras Grazevičius joined the league, adding fresh energy and talent to the mix.

The day kicked off with Session 1, and it was Poker Garden from Kaunas who took an early lead with an impressive 544.6 points. The competition was fierce, and every decision carried weight as the players vied for dominance.

In Session 2, the battle for the top spot intensified as Po Kerais and Du Karaliai, both Vilnius-based teams, fought for supremacy. Ultimately, it was Po Kerais who finished on top with 565.1 points, showcasing their consistent performance.

The excitement continued to build in Session 3 as the two Vilnius-based teams faced off once again. This time, Du Karaliai took the lead with 495.6 points, demonstrating their resilience and determination.

However, it was not just the individual session results that determined the overall winner. Du Karaliai’s exceptional performance throughout all three sessions, particularly in accumulating chips, propelled them to a final score of 1499.4 points, securing them the victory for the second match day. SPRO from Alytus claimed the second position with 1492.7 points, while Po Kerais from Vilnius finished third with 1482.2 points.

A special recognition was awarded to Arūnas Mankevičius, a debutant for Du Karaliai, who was hailed as the Best Player of the day. His outstanding performance contributed significantly to his team’s success and showcased his skill and strategic prowess.

The Lithuanian National Match Poker League is shaping up to be an enthralling competition, highlighting the passion and talent within the country’s growing Match Poker community. As the league progresses, fans eagerly anticipate more thrilling match days and unforgettable moments of strategic brilliance.

The next match day promises to bring more intense showdowns and exciting battles as the teams continue their quest for victory in this rapidly growing sport.

List of participants:

PO KERAIS (VILNIUS) – Elvinas Vitkevičius ©, Karolis Šlekaitis, Gabrielė Šalčiūtė, Mykolas Pratusevičius, Rapolas Bielskis, Dominykas Matijošaitis

DU KARALIAI (VILNIUS) – Skirmantas Tomkevičius ©, Andrius Pelenokas, Marius Balachovičius, Saulius Podvaiskas, Geraldas Pukelis, Diana Dvelienė, Mindaugas Dvelys, Mantas Urbonas, Arūnas Mankevičius

KOZIRIAI (KAUNAS) – Eglė Geniene ©, Giedrius Genys, Viktorija Grigaitė, Šarūnas Jurelė, Darius Misevicius, Karolina Miseviciene, Marius Vaičiulis, Deimantas Urnikas

POKER GARDEN (KAUNAS) – Lukas Kviecinskas ©, Viktorija Ignatavičienė, Rimantas Ignatavičius, Martynas Gasparaitis, Laurynas Visockis, Erikas Žukas, Jonas Krivickas, Liudvika Sejonaitė, Ignas Akelis, Lukas Gordejevas

VILNIUS JACK HIGH (VILNIUS) – Tadas Šerepėka ©, Žydrūnas Eisinas, Marius Girnis, Tomas Puodžiukaitis, Maksim Jakšanov, Evelina Matelytė, Ervinas Nemero, Dominykas Chrypa, Kristijomas Radvila

SPRO (ALYTUS) – Mantas Remeika ©, Andrius Kiauličius, Povilas Maziukas, Viktorija Balynaitė, Marius Zalieckas, Rimantas Kuzulis, Karolis Plauskas, Vaidas Valiūnas

TILT FOREVER (VILNIUS) – Evaldas Saulis, Artūras Žilanus, Valdas Ulkė, Simas Balėnas, Mantas Marozas, Dainius Ulkė ©, Edita Ulkienė, Šarūnas Stirbis

PPL (ALYTUS) – Linas Jautakis, Raimondas Gurskas, Edvinas Lynge, Deividas Mencevicius, Mindaugas Kazlauskas, Rytis Zilinskas, Tomas Ivanauskas, Algirdas Navickas, Jaunius Mockevicius, Emilis Marcinkevičius, Edgaras Grazevičius

On Sunday, March 17th, the Lithuanian National Match Poker League commenced its highly anticipated second season. The league, featuring nine talented teams from across the country, showcased the skill and strategy of Lithuania’s finest poker players. After three intense sessions comprising a total of 300 hands, Team Po Kerais from Vilnius emerged as the triumphant champions. Let’s delve into the exciting details of this thrilling Match Poker competition.



The Teams and Players:
The second season of the Lithuanian National Match Poker League brought together nine competitive teams, each consisting of skilled players ready to showcase their poker prowess. Here is a glimpse of the teams and their players who battled it out for the coveted title:

– Arnoldas Kolesnikovas
– Nerijus Palubinskas
– Gintaras Janušauskas
– Eugenijus Liesis
– Mindaugas Pakalniškis
– Kevinas Adžgauskas
– Giedrius Šulskis
– Sigitas Vaikšnys (Captain)

– Elvinas Vitkevičius (Captain)
– Karolis Šlekaitis
– Gabrielė Šalčiūtė
– Mykolas Pratusevičius
– Rapolas Bielskis
– Dominykas Matijošaitis

– Skirmantas Tomkevičius (Captain)
– Andrius Pelenokas
– Marius Balachovičius
– Saulius Podvaiskas
– Geraldas Pukelis
– Diana Dvelienė
– Mindaugas Dvelys
– Mantas Urbonas

– Eglė Geniene (Captain)
– Giedrius Genys
– Viktorija Grigaitė
– Šarūnas Jurelė
– Darius Misevicius
– Karolina Miseviciene
– Marius Vaičiulis
– Deimantas Urnikas

– Lukas Kviecinskas (Captain)
– Viktorija Ignatavičienė
– Rimantas Ignatavičius
– Martynas Gasparaitis
– Laurynas Visockis
– Erikas Žukas
– Jonas Krivickas
– Liudvika Sejonaitė
– Ignas Akelis

– Tadas Šerepėka (Captain)
– Žydrūnas Eisinas
– Marius Girnis
– Tomas Puodžiukaitis
– Maksim Jakšanov
– Evelina Matelytė
– Ervinas Nemero

– Mantas Remeika (Captain)
– Andrius Kiauličius
– Povilas Maziukas
– Viktorija Balynaitė
– Marius Zalieckas
– Rimantas Kuzulis
– Karolis Plauskas
– Vaidas Valiūnas

– Evaldas Saulis
– Artūras Žilanus
– Valdas Ulkė
– Simas Balėnas
– Mantas Marozas
– Dainius Ulkė (Captain)
– Edita Ulkienė
– Šarūnas Stirbis

– Linas Jautakis
– Raimondas Gurskas
– Edvinas Lynge
– Deividas Mencevicius
– Mindaugas Kazlauskas
– Rytis Zilinskas
– Tomas Ivanauskas
– Algirdas Navickas
– Jaunius Mockevicius

Mindaugas Pakalniškis with his trophy for Best Individual Player

The Competition:
The second season of the Lithuanian National Match Poker League featured three gripping sessions, each comprising 100 hands. The teams battled fiercely, employing their strategic skills, analyzing opponents, and making calculated decisionsto gain an advantage in each hand. As the hands progressed, the tension and excitement grew among the players and spectators alike.

After 300 intense hands of Match Poker, Team Po Kerais from Vilnius emerged as the deserving champions. Led by their captain, Elvinas Vitkevičius, the team displayed exceptional teamwork, strategic acumen, and a keen understanding of the game. Their collective efforts and skillful play propelled them to victory, securing the prestigious title for their team and city.

The league showcased the depth of talent in Lithuanian poker, with each team demonstrating their dedication, knowledge, and passion for the game. The players exhibited a remarkable level of skill, making calculated moves, and adapting to the ever-changing dynamics of the competition.

A total of 6 match days will be held at different locations across the country, culminating in the creation of a new Lithuanian National Team! The next match is on the 27th of April in Alytus.


The Impact:
The Lithuanian National Match Poker League serves as a platform to foster the growth and development of Match Poker within the country. By organizing such leagues, the Lithuanian National Federation aims to promote the sport, provide opportunities for players to showcase their abilities, and create a sense of camaraderie among the poker community.

Furthermore, the league serves as an inspiration for aspiring poker players, offering them a glimpse into the competitive world of professional poker and motivating them to hone their skills and strive for excellence.


Top 6 performers

The kick-off of the second season of the Lithuanian National Match Poker League marked a significant milestone in the country’s poker scene. With nine teams competing fiercely, the competition showcased the talent and determination of Lithuania’s finest poker players.

Congratulations to Team Po Kerais from Vilnius for their impressive victory and commendable performance throughout the league. As the Lithuanian National Federation continues to organize such events, it is evident that poker in Lithuania is thriving, and the future holds great promise for the growth of the sport.

The success of the league not only celebrates the triumph of individual teams but also highlights the collective passion and enthusiasm for Match Poker within Lithuania. It reinforces the belief that poker is more than just a card game—it is a strategic sport that demands skill, resilience, and a love for the game.

As the Lithuanian National Match Poker League looks forward to future seasons, the anticipation and excitement among players and fans will undoubtedly continue to grow, further elevating the status of poker in the country.

From September 14th to September 17th, 2023, the Herzdamen Festival took place at the Grand Casino Aš in the Czech Republic and 4 members of the German national Match Poker team were there to put their skills to the test. The guaranteed prize pool for the event was €70,000, but it was significantly exceeded, reaching nearly €108,000.

The German National Match Poker players were highly successful over the course of the series, proving their exceptional individual skills once again.


Julie Schumacher (co-organizer of the Herzdamen Festival)

  • Royal Class (€250 Buy-In): 5th place for €1,883
  • Queens Cup (€150 Buy-in): 8th place for €1,211


Kai Rieche (key national team player and a regular at the Grand Casino Aš)

  • Queens Turbo (€50 Buy-In): 1st place for €1,107
  • Dealer’s Choice NLH/PLO (€60 Buy-In): 1st place for €1,491


Daniel Eylenfeldt (Team Captain)

  • Royal Class (€250 Buy-In): 1st place for €6,727
  • Queens Cup (€150 Buy-In): 14th place for €615


Rene Schlemon (new addition to the national team)

  • Queens PKO (€90 Buy-In): 6th place for €840 including bounties.


In summary, that’s 3 tournament victories, 6 final tables, and a total prize money of nearly €14,000 for the 4 players. A fantastic result from the World Champions!


“A Chip and a Chair”

During the Royal Class tournament, with blinds at 8k/16k, Daniel Eylenfeldt went all-in preflop with KJs vs. AQo for about 20 big blinds and was left with only 7k chips afterward. However, with less than half a big blind, he started his comeback and managed to secure the tournament victory after around 13 hours of play, at 7 o’clock in the morning! eylenfeldt-siegt/

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.

Adam Pawlikiewicz

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!

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

Age: 34

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

Age: 36

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

Age: 28

Profession: Self employed

Bio: Big Liverpool and football fan, avid risk taker.


Name: Ng Qingyang

Age: 33

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

Age: 31

Profession: Self-employed

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

Age: 32

Profession: Self-Employed

Bio: Been playing poker for 4 years and enjoyed the previous match poker experience.


Name: Lin Ruizi

Age: 32

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

Age: 34

Profession: Financial Adviser

Bio: I like travelling and playing poker in different countries.