International Federation of Poker flops in SportAccord bid
The International Federation of Poker (IFP) global governing body failed to become a member of SportAccord, the umbrella organization for Olympic and non-Olympic governing bodies.
The organization had made an application before the 2017 edition of the SportAccord Convention that will be held from April 2-7 in Aarhus, Denmark.
During the General Assembly at the April event, SportAccord members will vote to decide on entry for other federations into the organization.
The IFP administers sports poker and endorses poker and its Match Poker variation as a skill game and a mind sport.
However, in a statement put out by Insidethegames.com, IFP president Patrick Nally made it clear that SportAccord has not accept the organization’s application at the upcoming convention.
“Naturally it was disappointing to receive such news, both for me and - more importantly - for players and officials representing our 60 National Federations around the world who have collectively worked very hard, over a number of years, in our quest for SportAccord membership,” Nally said.
“We have always believed that acceptance by SportAccord into the global sports family would assist us in promoting match poker, the team-based, non-gambling variant of the world's most popular card game, worldwide.
“It is important to state how grateful IFP is for the support we have received from SportAccord president Patrick Baumann, the SportAccord Membership Commission and the SportAccord Council to date, and for their promise of continued support as we look to enhance our application.
“I look forward to attending the meeting for SportAccord applicants due to be held in Lausanne later this year and to our application being considered by the membership at a future General Assembly.”
The World Armwrestling Federation and Rugby League International Federation are also believed to have had membership applications turned down.
Kai started working in the Gaming Industry in 2001 when he managed a Horse Betting Shop in Germany. With the more and more upcoming needs for Sportbetting Solutions for the German speaking market he moved in 2003 in Malta where he built up TopSportWetten, one of the first Sportbetting operators working from Malta with a Remote Gaming License.
In 2005 he moved to a new venture and joined the newly formed Team of BetUnited, a Company that had the goal to target the German speaking online market with a full portfolio of Betting, Poker, Casino and Games of Skill.
In 2007 he left BetUnited and concentrated on helping new Companies coming to Malta to obtain a remote gaming license and establish operators on the island.
In 2011 he founded Simka Consulting to combine his knowledge in the operational part of the IGaming Business with the Marketing expertise of Simona.
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