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Interview with Israel Poker Academy Co-Founder Stas Tishkevich

After Israelis notched a slew of impressive performances at the 2018 WSOP Europe, the eyes of the poker world turned to the Holy Land, wondering what the secret is behind the success of Israeli poker players.

A major component in the overall skill increase in Israeli poker players can be attributed to the existence of the Israel Poker Academy (IPA). In this interview, we speak with the institution’s co-founder Stas Tishkevich. Stas fills us in on the details of his own poker career, how the IPA was founded, and how it has developed into a one-of-a-kind poker school over the last five years.

Thou Shalt Bring Poker to the Land of Zion

For the first time ever, there’s a grassroots push to officially lobby Israel’s government to legalize poker. With the game enjoying record levels of popularity countrywide, Israel Poker Academy co-founder Stas Tishkevich is leading the charge to advocate for poker’s legalization in Israel.

Enjoying support from poker luminaries like Eli Elezra, funds are currently being raised via the I LOVE POKER – ISRAEL campaign that will be used towards lobbying the Knesset and Israeli government officials to legally allow Israelis to play poker without having to fly abroad.