IFMP’s Ukrainian member federation, the Ukrainian Sport Poker Federation, has successfully managed to have Match Poker officially recognised as a sport by the Ukrainian Ministry of Youth and Sports.
Match Poker has been recognised as a sport globally by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) when IFMP was granted Observer Status in November 2017.
On 16th August 2018, Minister І. О. Zhdanov of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine released the following order:
According to Article 39 of the Law of Ukraine “On Physical Culture and Sports”, clause 31 of the Regulation on the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 220 dated July 2, 2014 (as amended), Order of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine No. 149 “On Approval of the Procedure for Recognising Sports, Including them into the Registry of Recognised Sports in Ukraine” as of January 27, 2014 registered at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine on February 28, 2014 under No. 281/25058 (as amended), the decision of the Commission on recognition of sports in Ukraine dated 03.08.2018 (record No. 1)
1. “Sports poker” to be recognised as sports in Ukraine.
2. Section ІІ. of the Registry of the recognised sports in Ukraine approved by order of the Ministry of Youth and Sports No. 639 “On Approval of the Registry of the recognised sports in Ukraine” dated March 11, 2015 to be supplemented by such item:
“II. 119. Sports poker”
Sports poker here refers to Match Poker, a sport governed by the International Federation of Match Poker, to which the Ukrainian Sport Poker Federation is its official representative national federation in Ukraine.
At the final stage of the HeadsUp Live Liga of the Deutscher Poker Sportbund (DPSB) in Moenchengladbach, the Piranhas Bulldozers tus Berne e.V. took the championship title. After their success in 2011, the Poker Piranhas are the first two-time title-holder in the competition.
The team from Hamburg had to survive a total of six matches before they held the Cup in the final with their victory over AllIn Poker Hannover II. In the HeadsUp Live Liga, two teams each consisting of four players compete in one-on-one duels against each other and use a scoring system to determine the winning team. A game consists of 12 individual duels.
Of the total of 72 HeadsUps on the way to the title 44 could be won, with the victory in both the semi-finals and in the final game was already established. The title win is more than earned and with “Piranhas Bulldozers tus Berne e.V.” one of the absolute favourites could prevail.
The championship was well received by all participating teams and a big thank you to the Landespokerverband NRW e.V. for the outstanding organization and execution of the title-winners.
In the HeadsUp Live League of the Deutscher Poker Sportbund is played entirely without monetary value. It is more about the athletic challenge and the competition man against man.
We thank all players and teams for an exciting weekend and look forward to the start of the season on February 01st, 2018. Interested teams are very welcome!
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Matthias Liese (captain), Philip Henze, Adrian Brown, Christian Wiemker, Bastian Kruemmel, Maximilian Woerns, Michael Schick & Kenneth VU Nguyen.
LONDON AND MUMBAI: 1st June, 2017
The International Federation of Poker has signed a ground-breaking agreement with top Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty Kundra and her entrepreneur husband Raj Kundra’s Viaan Industries Ltd to launch the Match Indian Poker League (Match IPL) which will see city-based teams compete in the world’s first professional match poker league.
The agreement is a significant breakthrough for the sport, which has been developed by the International Federation of Poker, under its president Patrick Nally, and has grown significantly worldwide since its launch in 2009. The IFP now has 60 member Federations worldwide and a long list of applicant nations.
The Match Indian Poker League, featuring teams owned by leading figures in Indian business and entertainment, will launch in September. Players will be selected for the teams based on their skill based ranking, where their performances have been assessed while playing against one of the world’s most advanced Poker ‘Bots using the Match Poker app which launches in August.
The first eight teams will represent the cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Goa, Kolkatta and Mumbai and the Match IPL will be played over a weekend to determine the most skillful Match Poker team along with the six players that will represent the Indian National team on a global stage.
Match Poker is the skill-based variant of the world’s most popular card game in which players compete for points (and not for stakes) in a team format. It combines the skills of an ultra-mind sport with current digital technology. Cards are dealt digitally and the game is played on smartphones and tablets, thereby eliminating the randomness of the cards and amplifying the skill.
The technology facilitates every element of the sport from game-play to administration of competitions and record keeping. Players win points for their team depending on the number of chips they win as they compete against opponents at their table and against their opposite numbers on other teams who have been dealt identical cards.
The International Federation of Poker (IFP) is the international governing body for the sport and was declared WADA compliant earlier this year. It is an observer member of the International Mind Sports Association and an applicant for membership of the Global Association of International Sports Federations.
“We are delighted to be working with Viaan Industries and with Shilpa and Raj who have had the vision to recognise the potential of Match Poker and the business instincts to create an exciting and entertaining, sporting framework which will attract massive interest among players, sponsors and commercial backers in one of the world’s fastest growing markets,” he said.
“The IFP has worked tirelessly for many years to develop the sport and the technology to support it and make it fit for purpose as a truly 21st century mind sport. It is a mind sport in an e-sport wrapper. Match Poker is inclusive and can be played by anybody with access to a smartphone and an Internet connection, anywhere and at any time.”
“We will be working closely with Viaan Industries to support the success of the Match Indian Poker League and are confident that it will create a model for the roll-out of other pro leagues elsewhere in the world.”
“The interest in India has been simply phenomenal and we can’t wait for the launch of the app and the build-up to the Match Indian Poker league later this year.”
Raj Kundra said:
“Viaan Industries Ltd is all about creating innovative technology and licensing deals and I am delighted to work with the International Federation of Poker on this tremendously exciting project.
Together we are going to create India’s only internationally recognized sports Match Poker league, which will create new opportunities to play, and unprecedented levels of excitement and engagement. Significantly the Match IPL will also be the platform for identifying and selecting the six players who will represent Team India at the IFP Nations Cup later this year.”