Poker Accepted as a Mind Sport, Schwartz Flying High in Monte Carlo High Rollers + more

Anthony Holden

Poker Recognised as a Mind Sport
The International Federation of Poker are celebrating today after poker has been officially accepted as a ‘mind sport’ alongside games like chess and bridge. Popular UK poker author Anthony Holden, who is President of the IPF, called it a ‘major milestone in our campaign to have poker accepted throughout the world as a game of strategic skill’. Poker will now take place at the IMSA World Mind Sport Games, which will run alongside the 2012 Olympics in London.

Poker icon Doyle Brunson commented “The IFP deserves our thanks and congratulations. I believe that history will show this was a key moment for poker. All over the world the game has been faced with governmental controls and other obstacles. Yet it is obvious it calls for qualities and skills that go far beyond a capacity just to take a chance.”

IMSA President Jose Damiani said: “I am delighted to welcome the International Federation of Poker into membership of IMSA. Poker’s participation alongside bridge, chess and other mind sports in the annual IMSA events will demonstrate to the world that poker is indeed a mind-sport of strategic skill.”

Next year IFP will be launching poker’s first annual world championships, both team and individual, as well as participation in regular IMSA events.

EPT Monte Carlo Update
Alas, Matt Perrins and Craig McCorkill were very unlucky to narrowly miss out on the EPT Monte Carlo Final Table, finishing 10th and 9th respectively and both pocketing an impressive €100,000 each. You can catch the final table via our live updates later on today:

Seat 1: Herve Costa, 1,590,000
Seat 2: Roger Hairabedian, 1,130,000
Seat 3: Aleh Plauski, 1,695,000
Seat 4: Dominykas Karmazinas, 2,285,000
Seat 5: Josef Klinger, 1,170,000
Seat 6: Mesbah Guerfi, 3,670,000
Seat 7: Nicolas Chouity, 10,280,000
Seat 8: Andrew Chen, 3,670,000

Over in the €25,000 High Rollers event, 41 remain from 113 and the original UK bad boy Luke Schwartz is flying high in 2nd place. There is a €1 million prize for the winner in this one and we caught up with the fast talking UK star earlier today:

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