Skill rating calculation

How does the IFP Match Poker App calculate my skill poker rating and official national ranking?

Unlike live Match Poker tournaments, where your results are compared against other live players who have played exactly the same cards at other tables, in the IFP Match Poker App your results are compared against a computer-generated baseline. IFP’s resident computer, Albi, is not only available for you to play against day or night, but he also plays each and every hand against himself 100 times in the background! This way, each of your hands can be rated against the baseline expectation Albi generates for each set of hole cards.

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Community Cards

     

Unlike live Match Poker tournaments, where your results are compared against other live players who have played exactly the same cards at other tables, in the IFP Match Poker App your results are compared against a computer-generated baseline. IFP’s resident computer, Albi, is not only available for you to play against day or night, but he also plays each and every hand against himself 100 times in the background! This way, each of your hands can be rated against the baseline expectation Albi generates for each set of hole cards.

There were 8 occasions where the [Kh Kc] won the pot. The [Ad Td] won the pot on all of the other 92 occasions, with the hand only reaching showdown once (the [Kh Kc] obviously losing a full stack of 20000 chips in this case).

The mean average result for the [Kh Kc] hand, therefore (the “baseline expectation”) is a loss of 5337 chips (marked in red).

If you had been dealt this hand and lost fewer than 5337 chips you would have recorded a positive score, whereas if you had lost a greater amount than 5337 chips you would have recorded a negative score.

Match Poker’s baseline-adjusted scoring is a statistically proven variance reduction methodology that helps to identify true poker skill more efficiently than simply using raw chip results.