The Polish Team is Ready for the European Championships

The National Match Poker team of Poland will comprise of the following individuals:

KRYSTYNA JAKUBOWSKA – Born 10/03/1990, works as a corporate junior lawyer. Used to play Texas Hold’em live and online tournaments along with cash games on a regular basis, however for the last 3 years has been focusing on her professional career. A member of the Polish National Poker Team in the European Nations Cup in Cyprus, 2013.

KRYSTYNA JAKUBOWSKA

SEBASTIAN DURAK – Chef in a restaurant and a passionate gourmet by day, competition and rivalry enthusiast by night. E-sports, fantasy football games, party games, poker – you name it, he’s anywhere you can compete with others and take risks. Has been playing for the Polish National Poker Team since 2010, for an impressive period of nine years. Winner of two local large scale Polish tournaments (Championship of Mazowieckie & Łódzkie Voivodeship).

SEBASTIAN DURAK

RADZYM JANKIEWICZ – Born 1989/08/12. Represented Poland in four international matches. Works in a local government in Mogilno. Social activist and book lover.

RADZYM JANKIEWICZ

MICHAŁ PANEK – Captain of the Polish National Poker Team from the very beginning of its existence. A proud co-creator of the team’s success that manifested by winning the vast majority of its international matches. Privately, a happy husband and father.

MICHAŁ PANEK

PIOTR SARNECKI – 31 years old. On a daily basis manages early notification of risk in the supply chain in “risk methods” company. Won a county tournament in Gliwice after qualifying online organized by Full Tilt Poker. After joining the Polish National Poker Team, he has never lost a heads-up game.

PIOTR SARNECKI

JAKUB WIŚNICKI – 33 years old. Happy husband and father, fanatic gamer & passionate poker player. Unstoppable, lucky as hell and hard to beat – deal with it!

JAKUB WIŚNICKI

This Polish team will participate at the European Nations Cup in Match Poker in Kyiv, Ukraine from 24-27 September 2019 and attempt to win the Championship along with their spot in the World Nations Cup Finals being held in Lima, Peru in early December!

The Danish Match Poker Team is Ready for Ukraine!

Introducing the National Match Poker Team of Denmark that will participate in the 2019 European Nations Cup in Kyiv, Ukraine next month:

Name: Malene Frejvald, 39, recreational player

Hometown: Frederiksværk, DK

Profession: Physiotheurapic masseur

Nickname: Frejbassen

Has been playing poker for 15 years. Loves to play QQ and K10 suited. Most of the time she plays in their local club in Frederiksvaerk (John Tøms Poker) – but also play larger tournaments in Denmark – Rozvadov (Czech Republic) and Las Vegas (US).

Malene Frejvald

Name: Lene Olsen, 60, recreational player

Hometown: Havdrup, DK

Profession: Medical secretary

Played poker just over 15 years, plays mostly in Denmark, Rozvadov (Czech Republic) and Las Vegas (US).

Lene Olsen

Name: Jesper Røygaard, 46, recreational player

Hometown: Ringsted

Nickname: Sputnik

Call sign sputnik..

“Sometimes i play tight, Sometimes very loose” – Mostly play in Denmark and a little in Sweden – I have played for 20 years

Love to play JT, and hate to play JJ

Jesper Røygaard

Name: Zoran Sajn, 52, recreational player

Hometown: Frederiksværk, DK

Profession: Translator

Nickname: Bockule

Played poker just over 30 years, plays mostly in Denmark, but has also played a bit in Sweden, Germany and Serbia.

My favorite hand is: 6-3 off.

Name: Kim Olsen, 57, recreational player

Profession: Retired soldier

Hometown: Slagelse, DK

Nickname: DJKIO62

Played poker just over 20 years, plays mostly in Denmark, Rozvadov, Spain, UK and Las Vegas.

Kim Olsen

Name: Knud Adelstorp, 55, recreational player

Profession: CEO

Hometown: Copenhagen, DK

Nickname: LEGO

Played poker for 25 year, played poker in Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republik, Spain, Ireland and UK.

Favorite hand: 96 suited in spade.

Knud Adelstorp

Name: Henrik Olsen, 55, recreational player

Profession: Personal helper

Hometown: Slagelse, DK

Nickname: Dotplaza/Potplaza

I first started playing poker during the “poker boom” in 2005 where I managed to come in 3rd at 888 majors two weeks in a row for about £5,000 both times. Otherwise in terms of placement, it is my 17th place at the Danish National Championship the following year.

Henrik Olsen

Name: John Petersen

Profession: Retired teacher

Hometown: Frederiksværk, DK

Nickname: sakulenil/Vegas Star/John Toems

Played poker in 15 years, mostly tournaments. I have played/won poker tournaments in Denmark,  Riga, Latvia, San Giljan, Malta, Rozvadov, Dublin, Ireland, Las Vegas, and Malaga and made FT on a Poker cruise DK/Norway.

“Owner” of a legal pokerclub in Frederiksværk (John Tøms Poker)

John Petersen

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 https://getmein.events/events/bim-poker/

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 [email protected] or directly through their social media platforms.”

Their social media information is as follows: 

Website – https://www.barbadosfederationofpoker.com

Facebook – Barbados Federation of Poker Inc. 

Instagram – @Bimpoker 

Twitter- @Bfpoker1

Contact Number: 1(246) 841-6342

Team Estonia’s National Match Poker Team announced for the European Championships in Ukraine

Estonian National Match Poker Team

The Estonian national team that will participate in the Match Poker European Nations Cup, to be held in Ukraine, will consist of the same individuals who competed in this sporting format also in 2012-2013. Back then, they won the preliminary round of the European Nations Cup and achieved fifth place at the European Championships in Cyprus. Despite their great tournament experience, all members of the Estonian teams are still amateur players!

Henri Käsper is one of Estonia’s best known poker players whose earnings from live tournaments exceed half a million dollars and who can boast with four individual Estonian champion titles. As a successful public relations manager, he has taken poker into the media, shaped its reputation, and engaged thousands of new players. At the table, Henri’s main virtues are his vast experience and the ability to read his opponents. 

Laur Sibold is a wonderful player, characterised by his good sense of humour as well as bold actions even in the most difficult situations. Although Laur is mainly known as a showman and event organiser, he has also become Estonian poker champion and won tens of thousands of Euros at live tournaments. We could also let you in on the secret that he is quite the expert in heads-up and the short-handed game. Mostly, he joins the table to enjoy good vibes and nice company. 

Herli Olop is one of this decade’s most valued poker persons in Estonia, active in both the OlyBet poker room and the games portal Jokker.ee. This means that he knows poker through and through as a player (he is also a two times poker champion of Estonia) and as an organiser. In poker, Herli values both good company and interesting game situations. At the table, he does not ask for too much attention but could always make it quite far!

Marko Kolk is a mathematician who has stood out not only in poker, but also in other thinking games. For several years, nothing could be heard of this colourful old-timer… Until in 2016, he won two tournaments in one night at the Estonian championships of online poker and, naturally, also won the Player of the Year title at the championships. Marko is sneaky and a bit unusual, he is not easy to read. 

Kelly Limonova is an entrepreneur, living in Spain, who became one of Estonia’s brightest poker stars at the beginning of this decade. Her success and the title of the female player of the year 2011 was achieved thanks to her “unwomanly” – aggressive, fierce and daring – playing style which made Kelly an uncomfortable opponent to all of her competitors. Kelly actively plays poker also today and her tirelessness, patriotism and sociability make this woman one of the pillars of the Estonian national team.

Katti Järvsoo is a tough athlete who enjoys competing and participates in tournaments with great passion and enthusiasm. It is her great will to win that has allowed her to become a strong poker player and no matter how difficult the situation is, she will not give up! Katti has been successful on several different tournaments, she has also become the Estonian champion and won the title of the Estonian Female Player of the Year.

Since 2010, Marek Reinaas has been the president of the Estonian Tournament Poker Federation. He is a successful businessman who is known in Estonia also as a columnist, presenter, and politician. As Marek is amazing at communication and has a good intellectual sense of humour, whatever he says or writes always gets lots of attention. Tournament poker is one of Marek’s many hobbies and presumably he is strongest as a team player. 

The national team’s support person is Tanel Reisi, board member of the ETPF, who has been one of the main leaders of Estonian poker in the recent years. Tanel will not be playing at the Match Poker European Nations Cup but he shall be observing everything from behind the scenes, helping our players as he can, and also shaking hands with the other competitors, as a sign of good will. 

Pluribus by Stephan Kalhamer

Pluribus!

The Latin translation corresponds to “with several” I would say. Addressed here specifically is the poker game against several opponents probably. A regular poker set up: No Limit Texas Holdem at a table of six. A fortress of human decision-making power now attacked by the algorithm “pluribus”. And as we learned – since July 11th, 2019 – “it” was victorious.

After Chess and Go, we are now inferior in the perhaps most complex classic mental exercise of artificial intelligence as “genius human”.

What a insult.

What a development!

How can this be classified or understood in a nutshell?

After the great victory of Deep Blue over Garry Kasparov in 1996, the immense ambition to create better chess machines than world chess champions gave way to the vision of making computers successful on the free market. Chess is caught on his board. There are limits of all kinds. The field. The figures. The moves. All truth, every information, is open in itself. It’s “only” a question, who can see how comprehensively, judge and decide accordingly?

It’s completely different in poker. Poker is much more human than chess. “Doing the wrong thing, but at the right moment” turns a good one into an excellent poker player.

How should a machine even understand the meaning of this deep quote from the movie “Cincinnati Kid”? With pitfalls like these developers were challenged worldwide – and now it is solved.

It took place step by step.

In the spring of 2011, my colleague Stefan Rapp and I competed against the “Fat Tony” program, led by Prof. Dr. Fürnkranz at the University of Darmstadt. The software was coded for “Limit Poker 1vs1”. The match was set up by mirrored cards, meaning that team computer was faced with the same decisions as the human team.

Stefan and I won back then. Although Fat Tony had a much, much easier setup than pluribus today.

Tony never had to decide how high – but only if it bets. This is a huge difference. Because zero or one is the core of computers, but to make an offer creatively, that’s something human! On top of that Tony had the advantage of a duel one-on-one, with no heated, irrational interaction between different opponents at the same time. “Man on man” is way easier to categorize than a wild marketplace, where offers sometimes simply are made due to a personal reaction from a third party.

Human poker players beat a whopping 15 years after Deep Blue its poker playing colleagues in their home game by human judgment. I was pretty sure that it would remain that way for a long time. Just eight years later, however, I am disproved. Pluribus has taken all hurdles. How was that possible?

By Darwinism.

Pluribus – in contrast to its even very considerable predecessors – did not learn from humans playing poker.

The “newborn little Pluribus” was just presented the complete set of rules including the aim of the game. From there on, the program was on its own. Pluribus played and played against versions of himself. In a few days it had billions of hands of experience. Being a massive looser against virtually every amateur player during his first billions of gambling decisions, it now beats everything and everyone by virtue of his constant learning process.

It should give us some encouragement.: Getting up again and again as an improved version of himself – this pays off apparently.

Of course, it is also frightening: Where is all this leading to, if machines even play poker better than we do?

Mathematic as the language of logic is – as so often – the winner.

We should realize that, accept that and start building up reasonably for the future on this basis.

Most important is your own attitude to consciousness and consequence.

Let us be aware of what mathematics can do and, consequently, let’s be curious about it.

If it were still valid today to say that mathematicians are sitting only in their own ivory towers anyway, then it would also be correct to say: The world simply is an ivory tower.


About the author: Stephan Kalhamer

Stephan Kalhamer is a mathematician and successful poker coach. In 2011 he led the German team to the title of world champion and in 2013 to the EM title of amateur. In addition, since 2009 he is honorary president of the German Poker Federation and author of several books on the subject of “poker”. He acts as a speaker and advises companies.

The original article was written in German by Stephan and published here – http://summa.stiftungrechnen.de/pluribus/