Poker Nations Cup

The Poker Nations Cup is an international poker tournament, televised on Channel 4 from March 2006 onwards.

The series is commentated by Jesse May and Barny Boatman. Padraig Parkinson covered for Boatman in preliminary match 2.

The series was filmed in Cardiff, Wales. Thomas Kremser was the tournament director, and the dealers were Marina Kremser and Stevie Pollak.

The event in 2006 was sponsored by In 2007 has been replaced by Partypoker as main sponsors. The event will also be televised on Channel 4.


Six nations compete in the series, with six members to each team. Each team has a captain and an internet qualifier.

The captain chooses one player from the six available to compete in each of the six preliminary tournaments (each player on the team plays once, and once only.)

Points are awarded for the finishing position of each player in each preliminary event. These points are totalled and used to calculate chips in the Grand Final. Points are awarded as follows:

  • 1st: 10 points
  • 2nd: 7 points
  • 3rd: 5 points
  • 4th: 3 points
  • 5th: 2 points
  • 6th: 1 point

Team captains can choose to substitute team members during the Grand Final, where the winning team receives $100,000.

(NB: As members of a nation's team never face other members of the same team, there is no possibility of collusion, as is possible in other team-format poker tournaments.)


NB: The flags within this article show the country the player is representing. e.g.: below Scott Gray is identified with the Irish flag as that is the country he is representing, despite Gray being born in Canada.

  Great Britain   Denmark   Germany
Dave Ulliott 1 Martin Wendt 1 Michael Keiner 1
Joe Beevers Christian Grundtvig Christoph Haller
Tony Bloom Theo Jørgensen Andreas Krause
Julian Gardner Rehne Pedersen Roland Specht
Ram Vaswani Jan Vang Sørensen Katja Thater
Scott Griffiths 2 Anders Jensen 2 Sebastian Zentgraf 2
  Ireland   Sweden   USA
Noel Furlong 1 Ken Lennaárd 1 Robert Williamson III 1
Don Fagan Ayhan Alsancak Andy Bloch
Scott Gray Fuat Can Clonie Gowen
Rory Liffey Erik Sagström Thomas Keller
Padraig Parkinson Bengt Sonnert Kathy Liebert
Mahala Maria Roche 2 Jens Lekström 2 Gregory Jennison 2

1: denotes Team Captain
2: denotes online qualifier


Preliminary RoundsEdit

Event Winner Runner-up Remainder finishing order
Preliminary match 1   Theo Jørgensen   Padraig Parkinson
  •   Andy Bloch
  •   Scott Griffiths
  •   Erik Sagström
  •   Christoph Haller
Preliminary match 2   Jens Lekström   Gregory Jennison
  •   Scott Gray
  •   Anders Jensen
  •   Sebastian Zentgraf
  •   Dave Ulliott
Preliminary match 3   Mahala Maria Roche   Katja Thater
  •   Christian Grundtvig
  •   Thomas Keller
  •   Tony Bloom
  •   Fuat Can
Preliminary match 4   Roland Specht   Rehne Pedersen
  •   Robert Williamson III
  •   Ken Lennaárd
  •   Julian Gardner
  •   Rory Liffey
Preliminary match 5   Joe Beevers   Don Fagan
  •   Clonie Gowen
  •   Andreas Krause
  •   Bengt Sonnert
  •   Martin Wendt
Preliminary match 6   Ram Vaswani   Kathy Liebert
  •   Jan Vang Sørensen
  •   Ayhan Alsancak
  •   Noel Furlong
  •   Michael Keiner

Grand FinalEdit

Team captains chose three players to compete in the Grand Final. Only one player started, who then had to be substituted by the end of the third level. The second player had to be substituted for the third player at the end of the sixth level. Blind levels ran twice as long as in the preliminary heats.

Team captains were also entitled to call a 60-second time-out with any player in their team once per game.

The Grand Final's television broadcast spanned over two episodes.

Starting Lineup First Players after 1st substitutions Players after 2nd substitutions
  Rehne Pedersen (3rd sub)   Christian Grundtvig (took time-out), (7th sub)   Theo Jørgensen (2nd elimination, by Liebert)
  Joe Beevers (1st sub)   Ram Vaswani (took time-out), (11th sub)   Dave Ulliott (winner)
  Katja Thater (2nd sub)   Roland Specht (took time-out), (10th sub)   Michael Keiner (5th elimination, by Ulliott)
  Scott Gray (4th sub)   Padraig Parkinson (took time-out), (8th sub)   Don Fagan (4th elimination, by Ulliott)
  Ken Lennaárd (6th sub)   Bengt Sonnert (1st elimination, by Liebert) N/A
  Andy Bloch (5th sub)   Kathy Liebert (9th sub)   Robert Williamson III (3rd elimination, by Fagan)

2007 EventEdit

The 2007 event aired in March 2007 featuring teams representing Great Britain, USA, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands with the winning team receiving $100,000 prize money.

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