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Team Singapore Triumphed The IFMP; Team India Secured 6th Position

235   //    24 Apr 2018, 14:23 IST

Team Singapore emerged victorious

International Federation of Match Poker`s (IFMP) Asian Pairs Challenge found its winner in team Singapore. The Event was underway at Bangkok.

Going by the press release shared by IFMP, two-member teams from Israel, Japan, Singapore, India, China, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines, participated in the event. Each individual had to face Deepstack for the individual freeze out tournaments. For those who don't know about Deepstack, it is the world’s most advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) Poker System developed by the University of Alberta.

Last year, Deepstack had defeated 11 top poker pros of the poker world including Phil Laak. Each of them had played 4000 hands against this AI gift over a period of 4 weeks.

India was represented by Jagdeep Singh and Pratibha Arya at this competitive virtual event and the Indian team finished at the 6th place.

The top three places in the Individual standings were taken by:

  • Singapore’s Lau Heng Seng
  • Singapore's Daniel Chau
  • Chinese Taipei's Philip King-Chung Wang

It is the first time that IFMP organised such a tournament in Asia, paving a way for the Asian Nations Cup to be held in Bangkok, later this year.

Sixteen teams are likely to participate, among which the top performing teams will qualify for the Match Poker World Cup. The MIPL Season 2 winners, Haryana Hawks, whose title sponsor was India's most trusted online poker website,, will represent India at the Asian Nations Cup.

The Asian Pairs Challenge was a key event at the Thai Sports Festival held in central Bangkok as part of Sportaccord, the annual gathering of the world sports community.


Remarks from The President

“Many congratulations to Singapore whose pair were worthy winners after two fascinating days,” said IFMP President Patrick Nally. “As part of the Thai Sports Festival, the players and the competition got a fantastic response from local people and attracted significant interest. Match poker is already well-established in India, where there is a successful pro league and we aim to build on the traction we have achieved to build our presence throughout Asia.”

IFMP is an observer member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognised Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), the IOC recognised body that operates Sportaccord. The sport observes Olympic principles and is signed up to the WADA (World Anti-Doping) Code.

The IFMP has member Federations in 67 countries and the current World and European Champions are Ireland who took the title in the UK in December 2017.

IFMP Asian Pairs Challenge – Final Results

Singapore tops the table!

Top 5 Players at IFMP Asian Pairs Challenge (each won a coveted DeepStack diamond):

Hats off to Lau Heng Seng for leading Singapore to victory!

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