Tournament debutants Ukraine made an instant impact on the fast-growing sport of Match Poker when they lifted the coveted International Federations of Match Poker (IFMP) Nations Cup in Boyne Hill House, Meath, near Dublin last weekend.
The Eastern Europeans beat off the challenge of holders and hosts Ireland by a score-line of 1,837 to 1,784 points following a total of 500 hands had been played across eight sessions over a course of two days.
IFMP President Patrick Nally was clearly delighted with the success of the Nations Cup and enthused: “It was a thrilling tournament played in the best possible spirit and a great way to showcase the skill of our players and the sheer diversity of the sport of match poker.
“The teams featured men and women who are able to compete as absolute equals.”
“And we proved that age is no barrier as one team featured an 82-year-old player who was able to give as good as he got in every contest,” he explained.Norwegian Invasion
The annual Norwegian Poker Championships take place over nine days starting next Friday, April 5.