Match Poker has officially launched its online app, offering poker players around the world the opportunity to compare their own skills against others.
Aiming to ‘transform poker into a sporting competition’, the firm is optimizing information and presents players with the data to allow for comparisons with friends.
Using its array of statistics, Match Poker has developed a system that allows for a fantasy sports-style competition between groups of players, giving objective rankings without the need for ‘conjecture and insufficient data’.
Leading the app’s launch is the Battle Royale feature, in which players win chips at their normal poker table, but their real opponents are the players in the same seat at other tables and are ranked based on who scored the better.
“It’s not poker as you’ve ever played it before – it’s a Battle Royale where you compete against opponents playing the same hand as you to survive elimination,” commented Match Poker Online Head of Customer Relations Jake Colman.
“This makes it a pure test of skill – a sport – an official mind sport. And, for the first time in the history of poker, you can obtain an official world ranking. No other poker experience gives you this.”
Expanding the app’s function in the upcoming months, Match Poker intends to split the year up into “Seasons” with players battling to move through the rankings toward a place on their country’s national team.
Other notable developments include holding national events for a wide spectrum of skill levels and rankings, allowing players to leverage the database for ‘thousands of results for every hand played’ and unveiling more features and game types.
“Match Poker shows you how better players played exactly the same cards, offering a unique learning experience,” Colman added.
“Plus, the app collects stats on your play and uses them to tell you if you are playing too aggressively, too passively, too loose, or too tight.”