Duplicate Poker Nations Cup Begins This Week

Duplicate Poker Nations Cup Begins This WeekThe inaugural Duplicate Poker Nations Cup is scheduled to get underway tomorrow in London.
The International Poker Federation (IPF) organised event will see the best pros in the world from 12 countries competing for international bragging rights over their national rivals. As IPF President Anthony Holden explains:
“The Nations Cup will be a genuine celebration of all that is best in intellectual sports. Some of the world’s best players playing for pride and the honour of representing their countries in an intense competition with the added spice of international rivalry.”
However, giving the event a truly authentic place in poker historyis the fact that the element of luck will be kept to a minimum. This will be achieved by organising it so that players are dealt the exact same cards in the same positions on neighbouring tables, ensuring that the eventual outcome is dependent on the skill of each player. 
Elaborating further on the original concept, Anthony Holden said:
“Poker is played by millions around the world and Duplicate Poker is the game in its purest form. Players compete against each other based on skill, without any fluctuation in chance. I believe that it’s the best way to highlight poker as a game of strategic skill and as a Mind Sport. The Nations Cup will be a genuine celebration of all that is best in intellectual sports with the added spice of international rivalry.”
The two day Nations’ Cup event will include teams from countries such as US, UK, Germany, Japan, Australia, Ireland, Spain, Holland and Denmark.
Participating in the event will be such top pros as Barry Greenstein, Antonio Esfandiari, Vanessa Selbst Sam Trickett, Liv Boeree, Sam Holden, Andy Black, Padraig Parkinson, Eoghan O’Dea, Marcel Luske, David Benyamine, Fabrice Soullier, Tony G, Gus Hansen and Sebastian Ruthenberg.
Following the conclusion of the competition, the IFP World Championship will then ensue at London’s County Hall starting the 19th November. The $500,000 invitational freeroll will see 130 of the world’s top tournament pros vying for a chance to claim the $250,000 first place prize.

Poker News
Matt Waxman Claims 2018 WPT Tournament of Champions Title
28 May 2018
The WPT Tournament of Champions (TOC) is an invitational only tournament consisting of past WPT champions, who can enter the competition for $15k if they wish, or this season’s winners, who automatically receive a free seat, airfare and hotel accommodations through to the end of season finale. The World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions subsequently
MSPT Hosts Largest Poker Tournament in Michigan History
26 May 2018
Mark Brazis has won the biggest poker tournament in Michigan state history after besting a field of 1,287 runners over four days at the $1,100 MSPT Battle Creek for $221,323. The Indiana resident had just $31,264 in winnings from three cashes going into the MSPT Main Event, and after claiming his famous victory, the 36-year-old
Valentin Vornicu Wins Record 12th WSOP Circuit Title
16 May 2018
Valentin Vornicu, has extended his lead over Maurice Hawkins as the World Series of Poker Circuit’s top title holder after winning a 12th ring at the WSOPC Harrah’s New Orleans $365 No Limit Hold’em event. Furthermore, Vornicu’s latest victory worth $24,084 comes just one day after he won a record 11th ring at the $365
Phil Ivey Takes Down Short Deck Event in Montenegro for $605k
14 May 2018
Phil Ivey may not be a regular on the tournament scene anymore, preferring instead to devote his time to playing high stakes cash games in Asia, but when the former world number one does get round to entering a live tourney he continues to represent a huge threat in the eyes of his opponents. Of