Barbados Independence Championships

On November 29th 2020, the Barbados Federation of Poker launched their poker season under the West Indies Poker Championship (WIPC) banner. Action started off with their exclusive invitational tournament which consisted of the best performers from previously held events. 

‘Emerging to the top was Dwayne Nurse, who is no stranger to the winner’s circle. In fact, prior to going into this event we were able to catch up with him in an informal interview. With a high level of confidence and a sense of conviction, Dwayne gave us an early prediction that this tournament was going to be won by him and him alone. 

After navigating through a tough field of competitors over ten hours of play, it appeared as though with his chip lead, it would be an easy road to victory. In order to do so however, he would still need to get through the skilful play of Michael and Ronald; two seasoned players in the circuit. Following some gutsy moves, Dwayne was able to come out on top with a 1st place finish, followed by Michael Atkins for 2nd and Ronald Greene for 3rd. 

Champion – Dwayne Nurse

Main Event Championship

On the following day we celebrated Independence with our Main Event Championship, which attracted a diverse group of players, all from different backgrounds coming to battle it out on the felt. With a larger group of unknowns in the foray this meant players looking to repeat their success would need to cautiously assess opponents with the idea of potentially exploiting any weaknesses that they discovered. 

Main Event Champion – Michele Cornacchia

All attempts to do this however were futile, as we saw the emergence of two new faces to the list of champions after approximately twelve hours of play. These were Michele Cornacchia from Italy who captured 1st place and Barron Helgoe from the US who captured 2nd place. Coming in strong for 3rd and 4th place respectively were Barbados’s own Kyle Albert and Gabriel Taylor who put on a good fight all the way to the end. 

(left to right Klye albert, Barron Helgoe, Michele Cornaccia, Gabriel Taylor)

IFMP Presidential Update re Peru Nations Cup

IFMP have unfortunately recently received the letter shown below, from our Peruvian Federation which confirms that Lima, Peru will not be able to host our Nations Cup as originally planned and agreed.

The country is still having political problems and that until a new National Sports Authority has been formalised they cannot proceed with the hosting of the event as foreseen. They have agreed to fund compensation to those nations that incurred costs in preparation for the event and have agreed to work with us for a future event when matters have been regularised.

In the meantime we have started negotiations with a number of potential venues for the current Nations Cup and do anticipate announcing a replacement with dates in the very near future. It is our intent to have this event hosted prior to mid May as we are also keen to get on with the schedule of events for this year and are currently seeking confirmation for hosts for our European, Asian and American events.

We are extremely sorry about Peru, a matter that was entirely out of our control, but now being the officially recognised sport that we are, we need to move forward in a positive vein and secure new hosts for our upcoming calendar of events.

IFMP is aware of the growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus and has noted the change of location for the upcoming SportAccord conference. IFMP will monitor developments closely, and may consider to delay even later the Peru replacement event so as not to exacerbate any coronavirus concerns.

I will be back to you again shortly with an update accordingly.

Kind regards

Patrick Nally

Malta and Switzerland become IFMP Members!

February 4th 2020 saw the IFMP Board unanimously vote in favour of membership applications received from Malta and Switzerland to become the latest additions to the Match Poker family.



Malta Sport For All – MSFA is a multi sport federation divided in different divisions. Each division is technically independent and coordinates the different sports assigned to them. Each single division is recognised by the respective International Federation and develop the sport with the help of all the MSFA members. Match Poker division aims to achieve recognition in Malta and the status of sport in their country.

Anita Pariani, President

Marco Tomasini, General Secretary

Jean Claude Dimech, Vice President

Tonio Grech, Treasurer



FederSwiss Sport for All – FederSwiss was born in 2016 and it is a multi sport federation based in Gorno, Switzerland. The vision of FederSwiss is that all the athletes in Switzerland need to have the opportunity to achieve excellence in sport and high-level competition, to have the possibility to play integrated sports and to have promotional level sports to improve their capabilities. FederSwiss aims to develop amateur and promotional sports for all the athletes. FederSwiss is also an elite level federation for different sports like Pole and Aerial Sports, E-Sports, O-Sports, Majorette Sports and Aesthetic group gymnastics. The division of Match Poker Federation will be the new and most important division for the future of FederSwiss.

Marco Tomasini, President

Linda Casalini, Vice President

Piero Acquaro, Vice President

Thomas Babler, Treasurer

Vincenzo Preziuso, Director Gerenal

Andrea Pantano, General Secretary


Both the organisations for Malta and Switzerland are ‘official’ sports groups established in each country, to help promote new sports not currently part of the Olympic or local Sports Ministries activities. In both cases these bodies are recognised in their individual nations and can help us present and develop the sport of Match Poker actively in each market. This therefore means that we are formally granting recognition to each body to be the National Match Poker Federation in the two countries.

Team Israel has Peru on their minds as they gear up for Taiwan!

Team Israel, represented by the Israeli Poker Union, is as follows:

Stas Tishkevich – 33 years old lives in Hod Hasharon. Team Coach/player. He Is the chairman of the Israeli Poker Union and founder of the Israeli poker academy.

Cfir Ariel – 43 years old lives in Rosh Ha’ain. Discovered Texas holdem in 1999 and plays mostly tournaments. Dreams on representing Israel in the Asian match poker championship and to help making poker legal in Israel.

Nira Nachum – 55 years old lives in Shoahm. She has a tax consulting and accounting office and she is also a publisher of a local magazine. She discovered holdem few years ago in a cruise and since than she plays and also learned in the Israeli poker academy. Her moto in life is: ‘As long as you live, live happily. Don’t be afraid to deal with each problem step by step.’

Oded Gilad – 40 years old lives in Binyamina. Self employed educator. Plays Holdem for 14 years.

Rami Koren – 55 years old lives in Holon. Plays Holdem for 10 years. Studied at the Israeli poker academy. Was part from the Israeli team in bowling and is very happy to represent the Israeli team in Match poker.

Jacob Sharon – 37 years old lives in Kiryat Ata. The love for holdem started slowly and accelerated and now the game is a part of his life. He will be happy to be a part of the Israeli team and to help make the game legal in Israel.

Shlomi Cohen – 42 years old lives in Ramat Gan. Shlomi is participating in major tournaments around the world including WSOP which he cashed this year in 3 tournament out of 5 and won a satellite to the main event. In his professional life Shlomi is an entrepreneur, having lived and worked in Canada, the US and Israel, and is the Founder and CTO of Call-Tech Communications, Israel.

Meir Avigal – 48 years old lives in Yakir. CEO in a project management company. Plays poker for 3.5 years. Last June he reached 2 final tables in Vegas.

GAISF, IOC and WADA updates from IFMP’s visit to Lausanne

IFMP President Patrick Nally and Chief Communication Officer Varun Goenka just concluded a very positive visit to the Olympic capital, Lausanne. It kicked off with the 3rd edition of the International Forum for Sports Integrity (IFSI) which took place at the very new and impressive Olympic House, hosted by the IOC and addressed a common goal to protect competitions from manipulation and from related corruption. At the Forum, a new publication, “IOC-UNODC Reporting Mechanisms in Sport: A Practical Guide for Development and Implementation”, was launched. The guide provides information on good practice for sports organisations with regard to receiving and handling reports of wrongdoing, including competition manipulation, harassment, doping and corruption.

Next was the IF Forum at the Royal Savoy Hotel, who’s theme was the very relevant ‘Athlete Centred Sport’. IFMP was made an Observer of GAISF when this program launched two years ago. We are delighted to announce that GAISF have decided to renew our Observer Status for another 2 years after evaluating our renewal application file and supporting documents which evidenced the progress made over the past couple of years. IFMP will continue to work tirelessly towards strengthening its overall application for full membership, with the support of its member federations and athletes worldwide.

IFMP also met with an official from WADA as we are dedicated to fighting doping in sport and have been testing our athletes at our major events from the Nations Cup in Dublin. The meeting involved discussions around enhancing IFMP’s anti-doping program and involving our national federations to push the need for clean sport within their territories. We will also be working towards athlete education and providing as much relevant information as possible to ensure Match Poker stays free of doping.