The Match Poker Online™ WORLD CUP is where eligible players, from all levels (not just the very best), get a chance to represent their country and play to see who is the best match poker player in the world!

These are not team trials – rather, we are identifying the leading individual players in the world who will represent their countries.

Eligibility

There are multiple ways to be eligible to compete in the World Cup Playoffs. All are achieved through your efforts in playing the Match Poker Online™ app.

To be eligible, you must have achieved at least ONE of the following, before midnight (23:59:59 GMT) on November 27, 2022.

  • You have achieved an IFMP Rating of 1200 or above; OR
  • You are in the top 15% of the Ivory, Sapphire or Emerald Tiers of IFMP Ratings (i.e. close to 1199, 799, or 399 respectively).
    You can learn about our ranking system here; OR
  • You are among the top 15% of eligible players in any of Premiership Seasons 00 through to 09; OR
  • You have won a Weekly Challenge (up until and including Week 37); OR
  • You have won a Special Event, such as our May Cup or Battle Weekend.

As of Wednesday October 5, there are 385 players who have already achieved eligibility, but you can still qualify, in any of the ways set out above, until November 27.

Note: Management reserves the right to grant wild card entries to the playoffs based on exceptional performance during a season.

How do I know if I’m eligible for the World Cup Playoffs?

You would have received an email and a notification in the app at some point throughout the year if you achieved eligibility by being in the Top 15% in a Premiership Season. Players who became eligible by other means may not have received a notification.

Regardless, all players who are eligible for the World Cup Playoffs will be contacted by email, inviting them to play in the World Cup Playoffs. If you have not given us your email details, please do so in the app by going to Settings (you will then need to scroll to the bottom of settings) and entering it in the field next to ‘Email’. This is so we can notify you. Failure to give us your email will mean you will not be invited to the playoffs.

After you have been notified that you have qualified, you must accept your invitation by registering for the event.

All players who have qualified will be allocated into a competition based on their IFMP Rating

Playoffs will be held for each IFMP Rating Tier, meaning that we will crown an Emerald World Champion (IFMP Rating of 0-399), a Sapphire World Champion (IFMP Rating of 400-799), an Ivory World Champion (IFMP Rating of 800-1199), and a Ruby World Champion (IFMP Rating of 1200+).

The Ruby World Champion will also be crowned the overall World Cup winner!

Each of these competitions will be conducted the same way, with the Playoffs and Finals being exclusive to players from the same Rating Tier.

WORLD CUP COMPETITION FORMAT

In both the Playoffs and the Finals, players will be requested to play 2x TRIPLE BATTLES throughout the weekend.

What’s a TRIPLE BATTLE?

A Triple Battle is simply 3 Battle Royale Matches, held back-to-back. Players must do this twice in the Playoffs. Winners will have to do it twice again in the Finals.

[Don’t know what a Battle Royale is? Read about it by clicking here.]

In a Triple Battle, each Battle Royale starts every hour for three consecutive hours. For example, if the first Battle Royale is held at 1pm, then the second will start at 2pm and the third at 3pm.

Because each Battle Royale lasts for about 45 minutes, we expect a Triple Royale to last for 2 hours and 45 minutes. Please set aside 3 hours – and you will have to play TWO of these over the weekend.

At the end of each Battle Royale, players will receive scores in exactly the same way as during our Premiership Seasons: 5 points for having the highest score in your Match Ladder, 4 points for second-most, all the way to 0 points for coming 6th.

Because a Triple Battle consists of three back-to-back Battle Royale matches, each player will receive a score between 0 and 15 for each Triple Battle.

Because players must play two TRIPLE BATTLES throughout the weekend, by the end of the Playoff weekend, all players will have a score from 0 to 30.

We will show all players’ scores on a ladder.

The top 36 players will then be invited to play in the Finals.

The Finals will be held the following weekend in exactly the same manner as the Playoffs.

After all 36 players have played two Triple Battles, the single player with the highest score will be declared the winner – and the World Match Poker Champion in their Rating Tier.

Any ties will be broken by counting the net chips won/lost by each player.

The Ruby World Champion will also be crowned the overall World Cup winner!

The Playoffs – DECEMBER 3-4

In each of the four IFMP Rating Tiers, we will hold Playoffs to narrow down the field of players before the FINALS.

All eligible players will be required to play 2x TRIPLE BATTLES during the first weekend in December.

Players will have four time slots where they must play these matches:

Time

Slot

Sydney Hong Kong Mumbai London (UTC) New York Los Angeles Your Time*
1 Saturday
1pm
Saturday 10am Saturday
7:30am
Saturday
2am
Friday
9pm
Friday
6pm
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2 Sunday
12am
Saturday
9pm
Saturday
6:30pm
Saturday
1pm
Saturday
8am
Saturday
5am
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3 Sunday
1pm
Sunday
10am
Sunday
7:30am
Sunday
2am
Saturday
9pm
Saturday
6pm
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4 Monday
12am
Sunday
9pm
Sunday
6:30pm
Sunday
1pm
Sunday
8am
Sunday
5am
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*If your city is not on the same time zone as one of the listed cities, then please go to the links on the right. This will allow you to add your own city to see what the time is where you live.

Each row is one Triple Battle. You must play in two of these. Please choose two that suit you.

Multiple Eligibility!

If you are eligible for multiple different reasons – perhaps you won a weekly challenge AND placed in the top 15% in a Premiership Season – then you will be allowed to play in THREE Triple Battles in the Playoffs, instead of two. We will then take the results of your best two Triple Battles.

The Finals – December 10-11

Just like the Playoffs, a Final will be conducted in each Rating Tier.

The finals will be held the weekend after the Playoffs.

ALL finalists will be required to play two TRIPLE BATTLES, and must play these at BOTH of the following times:

Time
Slot
Sydney Hong Kong Mumbai London (UTC) New York Los Angeles YOUR TIME ZONE*
1 Saturday
1pm
Saturday
10am
Saturday
7:30am
Saturday
2am
Friday
9pm
Friday
6pm
CLICK HERE
2 Sunday
1pm
Sunday
10am
Sunday
7:30am
Sunday
2am
Saturday
9pm
Saturday
6pm
CLICK HERE

The winner of each tier will be crowned World Champion of that Rating Tier, with the winner of Ruby Tier being crowned the Match Poker Online WORLD CHAMPION for 2022.

All of these players will display their country flag on their player icon, and so will be competing for the glory of their nation!

PRIZES!

The prizes below are in USD, for the winners of the Finals in each category:

Ranking Tier

1st Place Prize

2nd Place Prize

3rd Place Prize

Ruby

$625

$250

$125

Ivory

$450

$175

$75

Sapphire

$200

$100

$50

Emerald

$100

$50

$25


Yes, the winners will win ACTUAL MONEY, without it costing them anything to qualify!

World Cup

FAQs

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No. Nothing at all.

The Match Poker Online app is also free to download and play, so at no point do players need to pay money or even give us any of their credit cards or financial details.

That’s ok, just email us at contact@matchpoker.com and tell us what to change your country to (one change per player).

[Our app determines your country from your IP address when you register – so for players living abroad or in small countries it can sometimes get it wrong]

All players must have a registered account in the app to be eligible. They cannot be playing on Guest Mode. However, if you achieved one of the above eligibility checks while playing on Guest Mode, you will still be allowed to compete as long as you register an account on the same device before November 27th.

We’re very sorry. We’ve tried to pick times that suit as many players as possible. We know these times aren’t convenient for everyone. Fortunately, for the Playoffs at least, you only have to play in two of the four available times, so can choose the most convenient.

You can still gain entry to the World Cup Playoffs by being in the top 15% of eligible players in Premiership Season 09.

In order for this to work, Premiership Season 09 will finish a day earlier than normal – on the eligibility cut-off date of November 27tat 23:59:59 GMT.