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About FIDPA

FIDPA:

  • is an international governing body for the game of poker growth and one of the recognized leaders in promoting and developing.
  • is an independent organization providing fairness support consistencee and information for the global safety @ the poker industry and its players.
  • educates, elevates, and connects the poker world on a global level.
  • is focused by establishing an international standard and so increasing participation in the game.
  • provides most enjoyable environments for players to learn play master and experience the game.
  • is developing and endorsing the world’s finest card rooms, sanctioning world class competitions.
  • is the official resource for tournament players and organizers.
  • wrote, maintains, promotes and implements “The International Poker Rules” for use in card rooms and tournaments worldwide with the cooperation from leading industry professionals and players.

 

 “The I P Rules” created for the benefit of the new, novice and professional players and the industry. 

FIDPA's Vision

FIDPA:

  1. takes an active role to ensure the integrity, fairness and a level of standards for the industry and the players.
  2. serves as a resource for card room operators, tournament organizers and players safety through awareness, communication and education.
  3. provides knowledge and support so the industry will provide the most professional, player-friendly service to players.
  4. provides knowledge and support so the industry provides the most professional player-friendly environment for players to play in.

FIDPA strives to achieve its vision by:

  • maintaining, promoting and implementing “The International Poker Rules.”
  • encouraging card rooms and tournament organizers to operate at the highest & safest possible level of standards.
  • educating players to ensure knowledge and fairness of the game, at every level.
  • providing support, knowledge and communication to the poker industry, federations and players, around the world.

FIDPA's Mission

FIDPA is one of the recognized leaders in promoting and developing the game of Poker.

FIDPA's mission is:

  • To promote the game of poker worldwide
  • To ensure fairness of the game on every level
  • To elevate the standards throughout the poker industry
  • To globally connect the poker world consistent and fair.
  • To establish poker for the enjoyment of everyone & safeguard the locations
  • To provide international support as a lateral liaison throughout the poker community.
  • To elevate the standards on a global level for recreational and professional players in tournaments, in card rooms and online.
  • To represent, preserve and increase the level of fairness and integrity of the game.but most of all its safety!
  • To write, interpret and maintain “The International Poker Rules” along with leading authorities from around the world.
  • To promote and implement Int. Rules in tournaments worldwide, as a way to protect the mutual interest & safety of the game and its' players worldwide.

 

FIDPA never dictates, but advises and supports on request.

 

History of FIDPA

FIDPA was established in 2007, by professional poker players, Marcel Luske, Founder and President and Michelle Lau, Co-Founder.

In 2002,"as the founding father of the International Poker Federation" (IPF), Luske successfully created a governing body for Europe.

Luske started raising standards and bringing awareness to help support and increase the international growth of the game of poker.

He restructured this European organization to expand his vision worldwide, and the former IPF re-emerged as FIDPA.

Luske and Lau began FIDPA’s mission with the creation of “The International Poker Rules” (I P Rules).

They cooperated with Bob Ciaffone, the Tournament Directors Association (TDA), the Bellagio and many global authorities, and resources.

In 2008, FIDPA officially introduced the "I P Rules" @ the Bellagio to provide uniformity and guiding principle for poker tournaments worldwide. 

Today, FIDPA continues to maintain, promote and implement the "I P Rules" by working with many leading casinos and poker organizers. 

With permission from the TDA, the "I P Rules" incorporates and references the latest version of the TDA Rules.(as these are Tournament Director rules at first)

The Int.Poker Rules are written towards the players safety at first at all times, "as without the players there is no industry!"

Lately organizers now do have the option to use the n-CID players-card safety tag, ask the management! http://www.fortified-id.com/

Marcel Luske:

Players interests always first, FIDPA supports Poker Events with www.fidpatravel.com globally & with International Rules fair and transparent for all.

Bharat Agarwalla:

The India Poker Series supports FIDPA because it's the complete and only set of International Poker Rules globally.

Kenny Hallaert:

We love to play with the International Poker Rules from FIDPA, they include all Tournament Directors Association (TDA) Rules.

Juha Helppi:

Same rules for everybody everywhere would be ideal in poker. We need to work together to accomplish that!

Jens Knossalla:

Wieso macht jeder seine eigenen Regeln, dass verwirrt und macht es unnötig kompliziert.spiel doch mit faire und einheitliche Int. Regeln weltweit.

Thor Hansen:

One set of International Poker Rules for all international poker events globally, I support that, period.

Oanh Bui:

Don't make a complicated game more complicated for all participants. Play with one set of International Poker Rules only.

Jake Cody:

Consistency is the key. With international rules in place and less discrepancies, there's more time for playing poker.

Rob Yong:

I firmly believe that a worldwide uniform set of international rules for poker designed, reviewed and improved by a group of experienced players, is the way forward. As a venue owner myself, I embrace this concept.

Michelle Lau:

The International Poker Rules were created to unite the poker world by providing fairness and consistency, and can be easily modified by any card room or Tournament Director to comply with local laws and regulations.

Jack McClelland:

We have a large number of international poker players in our Bellagio events on a regular basis. We make sure they are comfortable with the International Rules and maintain consistency in rulings worldwide. We continue to enjoy a successful partnership with FIDPA.

Chris Moneymaker:

I like to compete and be the best. With International Poker Rules it's a fair playground for all.

Liz Lieu:

Of course we need international rules if we play international events all across the globe for millions of dollars a day.

Michael Mizrachi :

Educating dealers at the Academy about poker etiquette and professionalism is easy with International Poker Rules, creating knowledge and skill and so we support this young industry.

Robert Mizrachi:

To learn, play, or deal International Poker Events these days needs one set of fair and consistent International Poker Rules. No more, no less.

Stacy Matuson:

Poker once known as a man's world with its many sets of rules, now has more class with one set of International Poker Rules showing fairness and equality.

Eli Elezra:

Poker has become international, and international events should be played with international rules to ensure consistency and fairness for all.

Erich Kollmann:

Poker event organizers invite international players from various countries. They should play by International Poker Rules, fair and consistent.

JJ Lui:

I support the International Poker Rules, because I believe it is very important to play by them in any international event.              

Noah Boeken:

It's simple. Play international poker events with international poker dealers and International Poker Rules! 

Simon Trumper:

IP Rules have been created after discussion and feedback from players at all levels, and finally challenging situations can be addressed.

Hamy Wahjudi:

While traveling a lot, Poker is my second home, and with International Poker Rules "the world is my castle".

Sham Patel:

Playing poker with International Rules ensures a fair experience providing me with confidence to play in a safe poker environment.

Michal Wisniewski:

Dzięki regulaminowi FIDPA zostały raz na zawsze rozwiane wątpliwości co do sportowego charakteru pokerowych rozgrywek. Polski Związek Pokera korzysta wyłącznie z International Rules Of Poker.

Antonio Esfandiari :

No magic or discrepancies, so play with the International Poker Rules, period.

Govert Metaal :

Of course playing poker on an international level needs to be guided and played with International Rules.

David Ulliott:

I have witnessed so many bad decisions over the years, and then Management apologizes after. At least with one set of International Rules it’s consistent for all.

Nicky Roeg:

No Raise? Why do I have to show first? To avoid these questions we need International Rules. I support FIDPA!

Tony Hachem:

It is important for the players to have one global set of International Poker Rules regulated and supported by the poker industry as a whole. 

Ruben Visser:

Finally a standardized set of International Rules for all tournaments I compete in!

Maryann Morrison:

Women should all support FiDPA. We have long advocated equal treatment in poker.

Myra Marento:

Can't forget the WSOP 2009, with so many dealers and rules from everywhere...nice experience, but really frustrating. I hope it's better now.

Danijela Matusinskij:

To have fair and consistent decisions globally based on International Rules will gain credibility with governments, leading to better acceptance of the game.

Pantea Persepolis:

Product quality is a must for any business to be successful, so we at Pokerlicious support International Poker Rules.

Patty Tolk:

Starting to play international poker events has shown me the importance of the International Poker Rules as a basic guideline.

Steve Wong:

Playing with international poker rules globally is a must to safeguard the future of poker for players and operators.

Johnny de Mol:

Any international event should be guided with International Rules, especially today, as we have become global competitors.

Natalie Hof:

International Poker Rules eliminates the emotional tension or stress, and brings in a transparent standard of fair play for the global poker industry.

Valerie Ross:

Playing with International Poker Rules will ensure fairness and fun, period!

Marco Traniello:

Poker rules must be basically the same all around the world, with respect to the local gaming laws as well.

Vanessa Selbst:

I've learned to play by the rules, and playing by International Poker Rules will be the most consistent and fairest way for all to compete.

Phil Ivey:

It's Poker I play globally, so one set of International Poker Rules is the most consistent and fairest way for everyone.

Jan Heitmann:

International Poker Rules?  Of course! No matter if you are Italian, Russian, German, from China or elsewhere, it's the fairest thing to do.

Paul Dransfield:

In every game or sport, it is vital you know the rules. Those that do will without doubt have an edge over the ones that don't. To have one global set of recognized poker rules will make this great game even bigger and more fun to play.

Jim Webster:

A level playing field for everyone, with fairness for all no matter what country you happen to be playing in.

Dennis Waterman:

It would be wonderful playing under one set of rules, no matter where you go.

Alex Japy:

Managing events of high quality, I love to work with IP Rules of course. They're simple, fair and transparent.

Patrik Antonius:

Add credibility and fairness to the game of poker globally, and play by International Poker Rules.

Sam Trickett:

Poker rules should be international, consistent, and fair for all players, and available in writing before an event starts - just like FIDPA requires.

Kristy Gazes:

Rules by the players, for the players, FIDPA is the answer.

Freddy Deeb:

It's always better to know the Rules are International, and so fair for all.

TJ Cloutier:

Poker rules should always be international, especially in international events.  
 

Joe Beevers:

One set of International Poker Rules would make it so much easier globally for the players and everyone that is working in the poker industry.

Mel Judah:

The International Poker Rules is what we need globally in any Casino that runs a poker tournament, whether they have first time, relatively inexperienced, or seasoned dealers handling the cards.

Johnny Chan:

Playing with International Poker Rules is fair and consistent, and the best protection for players, amateurs and pros alike!

Layne Flack:

Is that a real question? Of course we need one set of international rules to play by, and FIDPA offers them for free!

Danny Ryan:

I strongly support FIDPA and the standardization of Internnational Poker Rules across borders and cultures.

Phil Hellmuth:

Poker: a great international game that should be played the fairest way possible at all times, with International Rules!

John Duthie:

To ensure that a universal set of transparent, international poker rules are adopted by all live venues for tournament poker, all credible casinos or card rooms should be using the IP Rules,

and players should check that these rules are in place before playing at any venue.

Paul Jackson:

Bluffing is not my strongest part so i like the protection of playing by the International Poker rules from FIDPA.

Rob Hollink:

Poker will be at its most consistent and fairest for all when International Poker Rules are used, of course!

Thommy Lam:

Well thought out and clear poker regulations. It should be the standard everywhere, and FIDPA is a huge plus for the game.

Chris Moorman:

 

It is dumb that there is not one set of International rules for poker currently. This needs to be fixed ASAP for the sake of the game so we can make sure that poker continues to grow throughout the world.

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