Events NationscupIt will be one of the most eagerly anticipated events of next year but in effect, the 2013 European Nations Cup (ENC) begins today, in Vienna, where the 16 team qualifying event gets underway to determine the ten national sides that will advance to the finals in London next March.

Attended by IFP President Anthony Holden, the 2013 ENC qualifiers start in Vienna today, with three days of Match Play poker played at Montesino, between competing national federations.

Match Poker (formerly duplicate poker) is pioneered by IFP and provides the truest test of poker as a Mind Sport. In it the same order of cards is used at all tables. Every player in a given seat position is dealt the same cards as his fellow competitors in that seat position on other tables, meaning their skill in playing these hands determines their finishing position. It’s an innovative way of reducing random chance, where the quality of the cards a player receives does not influence their ability to win the tournament.

In the previous Nations Cup in 2011, games were played in the pods of the iconic London Eye as well as in London’s County Hall, an event won in spectacular style by Team Germany.

Today the road to the next Nations Cup begins. Check back on the IFP website next week for all the results.