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Someone finally did it. This week, the International Federation of Poker published the first-ever attempt to definitely define the rules of poker to provide both a way to learn the game’s ins and outs and provide resolution to disputes at the table. The $20 book is, of course, simply entitled The Rules of Poker and has been published by Limehouse books in the UK.
In a statement, Anthony Holden, president of the IFP, said, “One of the key roles of any sports governing body is to establish clear and consistent rules throughout the world. It would clearly be absurd if the rules of football or tennis differed from country to country and poker is no different.”
The International Poker Federation is a non-profit organization that was established in April 2009 to “serve as the global governing body for poker.” The IFP membership features National Poker Associations and Federations from around the world. Originally established by seven member nations from Europe and South America, the IFP currently has 41 national Member Federations participating.
The IFP’s new book features rules for tournaments, cash games, match play, various poker variants and even a test section to help players test their knowledge.
“It is a sign of the growing maturity and popularity of poker that we have taken this step. But this book is designed to cover far more than merely tournament poker. It is a perfect volume to keep on hand in poker clubs and kitchen table home games the world over,” Holden added.
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