INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF POKER (IFP) LAUNCHES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
IFP ‘THE TABLE’ BRINGS THE CREAM OF WORLD POKER TALENT TO LONDON US$500,000 PRIZE FUND WITH US$250,000 TO WINNER
London: 21st September, 2011
The International Federation of Poker (IFP) announces the launch of ‘IFP The Table’, its World Championship of Poker, which will be played at London’s historic County Hall on November 19 and 20, 2011.
Some 130 of the world’s leading players will compete for the World Championship title and a US$250,000 first prize from a total prize fund of US$500,000.
Many of the players will also have participated in the inaugural IFP Duplicate Poker Nations Cup which takes place on November 17 and 18 with the first-phase games played at tables in capsules on the iconic EDF Energy London Eye, with spectacular views over the city.
The Table is a deep-stack Texas Hold’em competition designed to accentuate the skill of the players under intense competitive pressure and media attention.
The inaugural edition of The Table heralds a revolution in poker worldwide. While this year’s competition is by invitation only, subsequent editions will be open to all-comers with rounds leading up to the final being played by registered players who have qualified online.
Registration will be open to all, providing amateur players of differing levels of experience the ability to compete with the pros for the world title.
Unlike established casino-based Poker tournaments, The Table is a free-entry, not a buy-in competition, with players competing for a prize fund provided by the governing body.
The International Federation of Poker’s mission is to establish poker as a pure Mind Sport and an active and positive member of the Olympic community.
IFP President Anthony Holden said:
“The Table is a major breakthrough for poker and poker players worldwide. It allows every poker player the opportunity to be part of a true world championship with no restrictions on entry. It will be a true test of pure poker skill.
“Poker is a mind sport which demands the same qualities of training, skill, stamina, perseverance, dedication and determination as physical sports.
“It also shares the same values of fair-play, friendship, equal opportunity and inclusivity which are the hallmarks of the Olympic Movement.
Patrick Nally, Managing Director of Mind Sports Partners, the IFP’s commercial partner, welcomed The Table.
“We believe it is a great formula which will help Poker earn the recognition it deserves as a sport which will thrive in the digital age.
“Advances in digital technology have liberated mind sports and allow us to create boundless new opportunities for players throughout the world to compete in the full range of mind sports. We will harness the power of technology to the growing global fascination for intellectual sports to organise competitions and create mind sports communities which have significant value to marketers.
“We believe that mind sports represent the most significant opportunity in sports marketing of the 21st century to date.”