IFP: Team Germany crowned inaugural Nations Cup champions

Team Germany, skippered by Stephan Kalhammer, has been crowned the first International Federation of Poker (IFP) Nations Cup champions after a dramatic two days of action in London.

After day one had been completed, the IFP announced that no teams would be eliminated after technical issues gave rise to uncertainty over scoring during the first stage in which games were played in capsules on the EDF Energy London Eye.

IFP President Anthony Holden said: “Our sole concern is to ensure fairness for all of the players and because of that this was not a difficult decision.”

Having originally qualified for the second stage of play, Team Australia was KOed in the re-formatted first round. Group A – Germany (27 points), Team Zynga (25), Spain (24), Ireland (17), Denmark (17), United States (16). Group B – France (30), Holland (23), Brazil (22), Australia (21), United Kingdom (17), Japan (13).

Germany was carried to their win by the likes of Sebastian Ruthenberg, Moritz Kranich and Tobias Reinkemeier, ably supported by teammates Sandra Naujoks, Konstantin Buecherl, Hans Martin Vogl and Tim Reese.

In second place was Team Brazil but by the narrowest of margins, scoring 22 points, the same as Team France. But crucially, when chip counts were factored in, Brazil’s 6350 chips topped the 4620 of France. Team Zynga finished fourth while here was another tie for fifth place, with chip counts leaving Holland in fifth and Spain in sixth.

Focus now turns to The Table, an invitation-only freeroll with $500,000 up for grabs to the 130 top professionals and celebrities invited to play. A prize of $250,000 will be awarded to the competition’s first ever champion.

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