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.


Match Poker World Champions, Team Ukraine, are Ready to Prove Themselves in Kyiv

National team of Ukraine participating in the European Nations Cup 2019:

Team roster

Olga Iermolcheva

Professional poker player, PokerMatch ambassador, foreign literature teacher, traveler, blogger. MVP of the Nations Cup 2019 in Dublin.

Mykhailo Kedrovskyi (captain)

48 years. Professional poker player. Poker champion of Ukraine 2013, winner of the Nations Cup 2019. Hobbies include travel, chess, cinema.

Mykhailo Gutyi

29 years. Professional poker player. WSOP Europe champions bracelet holder (Rozvadov 2018). 25th place in the list of most successful Ukrainian players by Hendon mob. Hobbies include football, cinema, cybersport.

Artem Kobylynskyi

28 years. Professional poker player. SCOOP 2017 winner, runner-up of the Main Event of the EPT Prague 2018. 14th place in the list of most successful Ukrainian players by Hendonmob. Hobbies include Evolutio and football.

Volodymyr Drokin

30 years. Professional poker player. Poker champion of Ukraine 2018. 55th place in the Main Event of WSOP 2018. Winner of the Nations Cup 2019. His main hobby is football.

Andrii Momot

31 years. Former professional poker player. Poker champion of Ukraine 2017. Winner of the Nations Cup 2019. IT specialist. Loves his family, poker and basketball.

Mykhailo Kobylinskyi

29 years. Recreational poker player. Winner of several big poker tournaments in Ukrainian series. Works in IT. His main hobby is intellectual games.

Roman Golovko

41 years. Recreational poker player, businessman. Winner of several big poker tournaments in Ukrainian series. Winner of the Nations Cup 2019. Hobbies include poker, sports, nature travel.

Team’s coach: Dmytro Karpiuk

President of the Ukrainian Sport Poker Federation: Sergii Iefimenko

Team Spain is Coming to Ukraine!

The Spanish national Match Poker team that will participate in the European Nations Cup is as follows:

Cesar Garrido – 41 years old. Involved in many different areas regarding poker. He has worked as a tournament director, written poker articles, occasional TV commentator and along with captain Yossi Obadia, have developed both, a method to play the final eight in a poker tournament in a best-of-3 heads up knockout stages, and also a heads Up tournament with best-of-x format, combining Swiss system and knockout stages, in order to reduce luck and favour skills. Loves mathematics, statistics and fast mental calculus.

Laura Gallardo Ribot – Born in Barcelona on August 12, 1987. Chess player until age 23, when she changed the board and the pieces for the mat and poker chips. This resulted in winning the Ladies Event of the EPT in 2014, a FT in the 2015 Spanish Poker Championship in Barcelona and in the WSOP of Marrakech. She loves to travel, play sports and live life to its fullest.

David Lebron – Born on 01/12/78. Professional beach volleyball player, who changed the sand for business and poker. He likes to play both cash and live tournaments.

Yossi Obadia – Captain of the Spanish team. Financial advisor/gemologist and pilot. At the moment mostly involved in real estate business. He was, together with Juan Manuel Pastor, a Spanish TV commentator for EPT and WSOP tournaments for several years. He also wrote many poker articles and a book on poker from a very personal perspective and lifelong poker career.

Jose Luis Puente (Amavis) – 38 years old, lawyer, politician and a very passionate poker player. He likes to play both cash and tournaments and has been playing frequently for the last 10 years.

Nabil Abdien Cardoso – 28 years old, loves to travel and try out local foods wherever he goes. Loves to combine his passion for poker with travelling as much as he can.

Juan Manuel Pastor – 51 years old, President of the Spanish national federation. He has been involved in the poker industry for the last 20 years in many different areas: consultant, entrepreneur, professional poker player, etc.

Inaugural Tournament by the Barbados Federation of Poker

On August 24th 2019, the Barbados Federation of Poker Inc. will be launching an inaugural tournament in their beautiful home country. Having overcome a few minor setbacks, the team is now better positioned to host a competitive and fun-filled event aimed at providing an exceptional experience for all registered participants. 

The event which is scheduled to take place at Skymall Conference Centre St. Michael, has been supported by the country’s National Sports Council, the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and the IFMP. Registration is open to both locals and international players who can sign up by visiting

Through these events, the Federation’s management team will continue to push poker as a sport, and will further set their sights on selecting a National team, who will be eager and ready to compete against the best of the best at IFMP’s America’s Nations Cup event, set to take place in Lima, Peru later this year. The President of BFP, Damien Haynes, encourages all members of the poker community to follow their social media pages in order to keep current with all relevant updates. Should persons be interested in further information you can feel free to contact the team at or directly through their social media platforms.”

Their social media information is as follows: 

Website –

Facebook – Barbados Federation of Poker Inc. 

Instagram – @Bimpoker 

Twitter- @Bfpoker1

Contact Number: 1(246) 841-6342