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Federation Internationale de Poker Association Launches Website and Announces International Poker Rules

Marcel Luske and Michelle Lau are the Founding Members of FIDPA


Marcel Luske at BellagioThe Federation Internationale de Poker Association launched a new website recently and the site features the International Poker Rules, which have been endorsed by Bellagio since 2009. Marcel Luske and Michelle Lau are the founders of FIDPA. Players and fans can visit the site at, where they can view and print the International Poker Rules.

“The new FIDPA website and The IP Rules will ultimately have a worldwide impact on the poker world. Poker has become an international sport and it’s time that the industry comes together to operate like it. It is ridiculous that all around the world, we play poker by an unwritten set of rules, not knowing what to expect. Our goal from the beginning was not to dictate how a Tournament Director or card room operates, but rather create a set of player friendly rules and to point out those in the industry that are willing to run fair and friendly poker. As poker players, we need to ask the industry to disclose what those rules are and we need to have a base set of rules so we can easily take notice of their changes. We believe the new site provides the best way for players learn the rules and to help the game of poker to continue to grow," said Luske.

The rules are a standardized set of technical rules, policies, and procedures for tournament play. The rules incorporate and reference the latest version of the Poker Tournament Director’s Association rules. There are 81 technical rules, policies and procedures included in the IP rule set. The ultimate goal for the set of rules is to provide the poker industry with a base set of rules. The rules will be available in a number of languages, including English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish, and more.

Lau stated that the creation of the website was moved forward by the evens of Black Friday, “In wake of the recent Black Friday developments in the United States, concerning the ban of online poker, we felt that it was critical to launch the FIDPA website at this time. We believe that poker players and the industry will be well served by a standardized set of written rules. The IP rules will help bridge the gap, as players make the transition from online to live tournaments, here in the US and when traveling around the world.”