The Nations Cup Final, organized by the International Federation of Match Poker (IFMP), will be hosted virtually on May 30 to 31. The event, originally set to take place in Peru, will now run through a digital host platform, as countries continue to be placed on lockdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
14 Nations To Participate Virtually
The competition will be participated in by 14 nations, through IFMP’s match poker technology which integrates the use of smartphones during game play. Players will be competing from the comfort of their own homes, and team members will still be able to interact with each other and communicate with their respective analysts, captains and managers during breaks.
The innovative software will still allow players to communicate with their table competitors while the session is on, though it’s understood some are set to experience early morning play, while others will participate during night time because of time zone differences.
The ongoing health crisis has heavily impacted major live events all over the world, as governments continue to enforce strict quarantine and social distancing measures to curb the virus.
International sports federations in particular are among the most affected, but IFMP President Patrick Nally said they’re fortunate enough to have developed an innovative gameplay software that will allow them to proceed with holding the Nations Cup, with players able to compete from their individual home locations in a virtual environment.
The 2020 Nations Cup will see reigning world champions Ukraine, European champions Spain, as well as Asian champions India. They will be joined by teams from Poland, Ireland, Germany, Lithuania, Belarus, Australia, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore. A President’s pick and a digital nation will also join in on the action.
Promoting Poker As A Game Of Skill
The IFMP devised Match Poker to organize a team-based mind sport, promoting poker as a game of skill, and removing the elements of chance (random draw of cards) inherent in the game. With the competition revolving around a team-based format, what will make players win is the right combination of skill and team work.
IMFP has more than 60 member federations around the globe, and currently holds Observer Status in the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF). By eliminating the element of luck, Match Poker conforms to the global federation’s skill-based and not luck-based definition of a sport.
While the IFMP will continue to support its international competitions virtually for the time being, the organization also expressed its eagerness to return to the live setting as soon as practical, saying the social connections and relationships built through Match Poker events are of utmost importance to them.
The IFMP said the health and well-being of players and workers remains their top priority.
This season of the Nations Cup series started last year with the European Nations Cup which took place in Kyiv, Ukraine. Spain bested 6 other countries to bring home the champions’ trophy. The Asian Nations Cup was then held in Taoyuan City, Taiwan which saw India emerging as champions, defeating four other nations. The Nations Cup finale on May 30-31 will determine the World Match Poker Champion for 2020.
The Nations Cup Finals was originally scheduled for December 2019 in Peru, but political and civil issues in the country forced the postponement of the event to the last week of February. During that time, COVID-19 was beginning to spread on a global scale, leading to travel restrictions and business closures worldwide.
This year will be a special one for Match Poker as the IFMP is planning to launch University and City Leagues in multiple countries across different regions. This is part of an ongoing effort to attract more participants into IFMP events, and to promote team-based poker in as many territories as possible.
The IFMP has thanked participating nations for their constant support and understanding. For more details, do check out the IFMP website.

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