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Back in April of 2009 the International Federation of Poker (IFP) was formed in Lausanne, Switzerland. Its President is Anthony Holden the well known author of the poker world's top selling and best written poker memoir, Big Deal.

Their first offering was the UK Mind Sports Festival, held under the auspices of the UK Mind Sports Federation. Starting on 17th November 2011 with demonstration games in a number of the world’s leading mind sports. They all took place in capsules on the EDF Energy London Eye, complementing the IFP Nations cup of Duplicate Poker. The games played by renowned international class players were Chess, Bridge, Go and Xiangqi (Chinese Chess).

The final event was the IFP's inaugural World Championship which they called 'The Table', an event which took place on the 19th and 20th November 2011 at County Hall, London. This was an invite only tournament for 130 of the world's finest players including poker playing celebrities and it had a first prize of $250,000 out of a total fund of $500,000.

The Table was a deep-stack Texas Hold’em. Although invitation only, subsequent editions of The Table will be open to all-comers with rounds leading up to the final being played by registered players online. Registration will be open to all, providing amateur players of differing levels of experience and ability to compete with the pros for the world title.

Teams for the IFP Nations cup of Duplicate Poker consist of some of the world’s leading players who compete not for money but the Championship Trophy, medals and national pride.

In duplicate poker each table is dealt an identically shuffled pack of cards which means that each player holds the same hand as those in the equivalent seat on other tables. The contest is not simply between players at each table but between those occupying the same number seat on every other table. The winner is determined by players’ performance against their opposite numbers.

2011 Results

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