The party in Paphos
It was party time in Paphos as Match Poker continued to blaze a trail and Ireland won the first European Nations Cup of Match Poker.
Fourteen teams from across the continent pitched their best Match Poker players into action over three days at the Annabelle Hotel where the IFP made its own piece of history.
The tournament was the IFP’s first staged without physical playing cards. Instead the hands were dealt to every player using specially provided smart phones.
Ireland, captained by Padraig Parkinson, took the trophy ahead of Russia and Spain, with the UK, Estonia and Cyprus also qualifying for the Grand Final.
UK star Daiva Barauskaite loved Paphos and the competition and said so on her Hendon Mob blog:
“Massive congratulations to the Irish team, who ended up winning European Nations Cup 2013 & picking up a gorgeous trophy, and my sincere consolations to the Lithuanian team who didn’t make it.
Well done to the International Federation of Poker and Cyprus for putting on such a great & very successful event & I look forward to seeing you all in the finals next (time).”
Team Spain – Enrique Gonzalez Guijarro, Adrian Mateos, Ana Marquez, Cesar Garcia, Juan Maceiras Lapido, and Juan Manuel Pastor
Team UK – Daiva Barauskaite, Karl Mahrenholz, Ben Roberts, John Eames, Neil Channing, Ross Boatman, and Barny Boatman
Team Ireland – Cat Taylor, Dara O’Kearney, Dermot Blain, Eoghan O’Dea, Rob Taylor, Mick Graydon, and Padraig Parkinson
Team France – Antoine Dorin, Edwige Papillon, Frederic Gilnicki, Hicham Chelot, Julien Bruneau de la Salle, Nicolas Brochu, Sebastien Dubois
Team Russia – Sergey Rybachenko (Gipsy), Ivan Demidov, Konstantin Puchkov, Lika Gerasimova, Andrey Pateychuk, Alexey Popov, and Alexander Lakhov
Team Cyprus – Antonis Theophanides, Constantinos Katodrytis (Captain), Demetris Triantafyllou, Konstantinos Miaris, Melios Price, Natalie Demirdjian, and Xaris Zittis
Team Denmark – Preben Rasmussen, Jesper Hougaard, Simon Ravnsbaek, Jes Bondo, Sidsel Boesen, Frederik Brink Jensen, and Lars Bonding
Team Netherlands – Joris Ruys, Jorryt van Hoof, Wendy Van Veenendaal, Rolf Slotboom, Rob Hollink, Raymond Wynia, and Koen de Bakker
Team Bosnia – Alija Šabanović (Team Captain), Adnan Subašić Kepac, Danijel Kucurski, Igor Topić, Stojan Prodanović, Nela Rudović, and Đorđe Lovrić (APIBIH President)
Team Poland – Pawel Abramczuk, Sebastian Durak, Piotr Sarnecki, Sylwester Smialek, Krysia Jakubowska, Jakub Wisnicki, and Michal Panek
Team Serbia – Vladimir Božinović, Miloš Nedeljković, Miloš Milanović, Milan Milosavljević, Milan Milosavljević, Marko Đaković, Danka Stokanić, and Nikola Peric
Team Lithuania – Vytautas Milbutas (Captain), Vytautas Lekeckas, Justas Zdanevičius, Giedrius Sabonis, Inga Marcinkevičiūtė, Rasa Šalčiuvienė, and Skirmantas Tomkevicius
Team Estonia – Marek Reinaas, President of Estonian Tournament Poker Federation and Team Captain, Kelly Limonova, Laur Sibold, Marko Kolk, Henri Käsper, Herli Olop, and Katti Järvsoo
Team Hungary – Gergely Tatar, Andras Suto, David Harkaly, Judit Zsoldos, Laszlo Imre Breda, Peter Gal, Tibor Csongor
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