The International Federation of Match Poker (IFMP) is the governing body of sports poker, promoting poker and its Match Poker™ variation as a skill game and a mind sport. Having evolved from its original seven member nations to more than 60 federations, IFMP is now the hub for a thriving world poker community.
Founded in April 2009 in Lausanne, Switzerland, home of the Olympic movement and most other sports federations, IFMP champions poker as “a mind-sport of strategic skill”, alongside chess, bridge, draughts and Go.
As it campaigns to clean up poker’s image, and lobbies legislators to separate poker from gambling, IFMP’s member nations now number more than 60 worldwide from five continents. IFMP events do not involve buy-ins or gambling. IFMP has observer member status of the International Mind Sports Association (IMSA) and SportAccord, the general assembly of international sports federations. IFMP is working closely with Harvard and the recently established Mindsport Research Network at the Berkman Center, Harvard.
The IFMP presents the rules to match poker, the variant of the game most dependent on skill which eliminates luck by dealing the same hand to players positioned in the same seat across multiple tables. In this guide the intricacies of the game are laid out, from the preparation of decks and the structure of the game to working examples of match poker in action.