The sport of Match Poker, developed and promoted by the International Federation of Poker (IFP), is often showcased via live team play where teammates are split onto different tables, in different seat positions, with all tables being dealt exactly the same hands. The “random draw” of regular Texas Hold’em has been removed as the contest determines which team can play the same cards the most skilfully.

Season One of the Match Indian Poker League (MIPL) will be conducted in this fashion and all MIPL members have the chance to be drafted into one of the teams.

Team selection

In order to be eligible for team selection you must be an official member of IFP via the Match Poker App, play as many rated hands of Match Poker as possible via the IFP Match Poker App, and play them well – earning a place among the top elite players on the MIPL leaderboard. Improve your game, and analyse and replay hands, as you rise through the ranks and hone your skills.

The IFP Match Poker App incorporates world-class Artificial Intelligence to provide all members with round the clock access to gameplay. You can play as many hands as you like, whenever you like, for practice, or to gain/improve your official national ranking.

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.

Example

   

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.

The rating formula

Bronze

Until you have played 100 rated hands you remain in the Bronze ranking category with a fixed rating of 1000.

Silver

After your 100th rated hand you progress into the Silver ranking category.

Gold

After your 1000th rated hand you progress into the Gold ranking category and your ranking becomes officially sanctioned.

The formula for calculating your skill poker rating = [the accumulated total baseline-adjusted +/- chips from all of your rated hands against Albi, divided by the no. of rated hands played] + 1000 (rounded to the nearest positive integer).

If you are in the Silver ranking category you gain a “provisional national ranking” which is a projection of how your current skill rating ranks against all officially ranked players in the Gold category.