Poker players are a competitive group and the Match Poker Online app is looking to see how some of the game’s best players stack up on the app. The World Cup becomes the company’s first major tournament event and offers some of the game’s best players a chance to win some cash as well.
The World Cup playoffs run Dec. 3-4 with the finals set for Dec. 10-11. For American players, those dates are Dec. 2-3 for the playoffs and Dec. 9-10 for the finals. The event brings some real international competition as players battle for bragging rights. Eligible players of all levels have the chance to represent their country and determine the best Match Poker player in the world.
Match Poker is a bit different than a traditional online poker platform. The game truly gauges where a player stands by having competitors play the same hands across the platform. Players can work on their skills by comparing their own play and decisions to others around the world who have played the exact same hand.
When playing, you’re not just competing against the players at your table, but against players seated at other tables in the same seat you are. All players in that seat are dealt the same two “hole” cards and see the same flop, turn, and river. The game has found a growing and dedicated group of players since launching in February.
“The app is going great,” Match Poker Online head of customer relations Jake Colman tells Cardplayer Lifestyle. “We’re amazed at just how much players are loving the game. We have some players who have played over 800 matches in the eight months since we launched.
“Given that matches can last 45 minutes, this shows an incredibly dedicated community. Many of those have reached the upper echelons of our ranking system – either by being amazing or by improving their skill to that level – and will soon be rewarded with a shot at being world champion!”
How to Qualify & What’s on the Line
Grabbing a spot in the World Cup means a player has put in some real time at the tables. To be eligible, players must have achieved at least one of the following by Nov. 27:
- reached an IFMP (International Federation of Match Poker) Rating of 1,200 or above
- be in the top 15% of the Ivory, Sapphire, or Emerald tiers of IFMP Ratings
- be among the top 15% of eligible players in any Premiership Season
- won a Weekly Challenge
- won a Special Event, such as the May Cup or Weekend Clash
As of early November, there were about 400 eligible players but qualifying is also still underway. The game’s developers have always hoped to move beyond being just a traditional gaming/poker app. The World Cup is the first step in that process.
“From the start, we’ve wanted to be much more than an app, we’ve wanted to be a sport – albeit one that is played via an app,” Colman says. “Being a sport involves holding championship events, world cups, and other big events to determine the best players in the sport of poker. So this is the first time we are offering the pinnacle of our sport.”
Each competition features playoffs and finals for players at various rating tiers using Match Poker Online’s new Triple Battle format. This involves competing in one Battle Royale each hour for three consecutive hours. Matches last about 30-45 minutes and the top 36 players advance in the finals.