New LogoThe International Federation of Poker staged its fourth annual congress in Lviv, Ukraine this week. Of the outcomes from that meeting perhaps most significant from a playing perspective was the new date for the European Nations Cup, which will be staged in London in March 2013.

As in its 2011 incarnation, the Nations Cup will be played by teams representing IFP member Federations, from across Europe. It will also use Match Poker, a variation of duplicate poker, which has been pioneered by IFP. The tournament plays out on multiple tables with players in each seat receiving identical cards to those in the same seat on other tables. Rather than each player competing against those at their table, players take on those in the same seat at other tables across the tournament floor.

Ten teams will complete and, as detailed by the IFP earlier this month, a qualification stage will take place in December to determine which ten teams advance to the London finals, making next month an important time on the IFP calendar.

The event, which runs from 7 to 9 December, is hosted by the Austrian Poker Sport Federation (APSA), and will be played at the prestigious Montessino in Vienna. It’s already set to provide a thrilling demonstration of this most skilful variation of the game.

“Everything is in place to make this an incredible start to the 2013 European Nations Cup – the teams, the players, and an excellent venue,” said Djordje Lovric, President of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Poker Association (APIBIH), part of the organizers behind the event.

“In Match Poker, the IFP has developed an intriguing format with which to play, removing elements of chance and replacing them with pure skill. It means only the best teams will succeed in Vienna and go on to the finals in London.

“The events organisation is thanks to the hard work of APSA President Martin Sturc and also Nikola Peric of the Serbian Poker Federation (SBF). Their hard work will ensure a great tournament next month.”

More details of the event will be on the IFP website in the coming weeks.