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Luske Announces the Federation Internationale de Poker Association (FIDPA)

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After much time and effort in the process, the Federation Internationale de Poker Association (FIDPA) has been officially introduced by Marcel Luske and Michelle Lau. Along with the formal announcement of the organization, the idea of International Poker Rules (IP Rules) have also been discussed, the actual wording of which will be introduced to the public at a later date.

The purpose of FIDPA is to incorporate the IP Rules for tournament poker in an effort to promote the game as a sport and unite the poker industry worldwide. Luske and Lau have collaborated with several organizations and individuals in the world of poker – Tournament Directors Association (TDA), Bob Ciaffone’s Robert’s Rules of Poker, and Jack McClelland and Doug Dalton of Bellagio – to develop the comprehensive set of 80 rules, policies, and procedures that should govern tournament poker on a global level.

The IP Rules “provide a standardized set of tournament rules that are fully modifiable by a tournament director, tournament organizer or card room management.” This stipulation allows the rules to be made compliant with any casino rules or regional gaming laws. The purpose of having an international set of rules and regulations is to serve as an official resource for the poker industry as a whole, including players and tournament staff, so that they are easily understandable and relatively consistent everywhere in the world.

Marcel Luske said, “As poker has exploded, the beauty of having one set of rules that everyone can learn and follow is such a big step for the game and as a sport. New players and professional players finally have a resource from which to learn and play. Poker is a game that requires skill and knowledge and should be played with fairness and integrity.”

Michelle Lau added, “With the support of Doug Dalton and Jack McClelland at Bellagio, one of the world’s finest card rooms, FIDPA and the IP Rules are off to a great start. We still have a lot of ground to cover but the fact of the matter is that there really is no reason why a card room or tournament should not use the IP Rules as a base. A standardized set of rules are desperately needed, as a professional poker player traveling around the world to play in tournaments, there is absolutely no way to know the different rules in every country or even from venue to venue.”

FIDPA, which was founded in 2002 by Luske, will be promoting the IP Rules throughout the world. The first endorsement of the rules has already come from Bellagio, who adopted the rules for the recently concluded World Poker Stop of the Bellagio Cup IV, as well as the preliminary Bellagio Cup events.

Bellagio Poker Tournament Director Jack McClelland noted, “We have a large number of international poker players who compete in our tournaments on a regular basis. We want to make sure they are comfortable with the rules and hope to maintain consistency in rulings worldwide. Bellagio is happy to support both domestic and international tournament efforts which in turn will strengthen our position as the leader in the industry. We look forward to a successful partnership with FIDPA.”

The FIDPA website will be launched and a complete listing of the IP Rules will be released in the coming months of 2008.

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