Arnoma Hotel, Bangkok
April 17-19, 2018
Welcome from IFMP President, Patrick Nally
“A warm welcome to our players, officials and other members of the worldwide Match Poker community to Bangkok for the Asian Nations Pairs Challenge being hosted at the Arnoma Hotel on the 17 and 18 of April 2018. Our Nations Pairs Challenge is part of the Thai Sport Festival, being staged in Bangkok to celebrate the hosting of the annual SportAccord convention.
SportAccord is focused on driving positive change and is dedicated to engaging and connecting; rights holders, organising committees, cities, press and media, businesses involved in the development of sport. It is a great opportunity for IFMP to launch the sport of Match Poker into the International sports world. SportAccord and the Thai Sports Festival receives the full support of the International Olympic Committee.
Our athletes will participate as official attendees of the Festival, and will participate in both the opening ceremony and the awards ceremony. The Asian Nations Pairs will comprise a strict rotation of individual heads-up freeze-out tournaments against DeepStack. By utilising breakthrough Artificial Intelligence techniques, poker skill will be identified and analysed like never before. The Nation with the greatest overall combined performance against DeepStack will be crowned Champions and be awarded the first medals for poker, in an internationally sanctioned sports event.
We welcome member federations from Japan, India, Singapore as well as China, and its good to see new Asian member nations participating including Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. As part of our Nations Cup qualification we will host a full Asian Nations Cup in Bangkok later this year.
International pairs from Thailand, China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Israel, Singapore & Philippines
Heads-up No-limit Texas Hold’em freeze-out tournaments
1 Opponent: DeepStack – The world’s greatest poker Artificial Intelligence
2 days of gruelling competition putting each nation’s Match Poker skills to the toughest test
The international pair with the greatest combined performance against DeepStack, measured by the most advanced variance-reduction tools on the planet, will win the IFMP Asian Nations Pairs Challenge 2018 and earn their nation automatic qualification into the next IFMP Nations Cup Final. Additionally the top 5 individual performers will each win a coveted DeepStack Diamond.