ISPT Launch Festival In Wake Of Bad News
Even though the chief sponsor, Tapie, is in the papers for all the wrong reasons, the ISPT was in full party mode in the Mayfair Hotel’s Crystal Rooms in London.
Finally, it seems things are settling down with the confirmed partnership of the DTD and ISPT going forward and officially launching their new found relationship to conquer the poker world. There is no doubt that the poker community is also in full support as the event saw poker pros including Sam Trickett, Toby Lewis, Matt Perrins and more players from the European and UK poker scenes coming along for the festivities.
The date has been set for the International Stadiums Poker Tour to take over the floors of Wembley Stadium’s Conference Centre and kick off the poker action. The long awaited date is now confirmed as the 31st of May and the event is going to run from start to finish over the period of 6 days with the ISPT closing the doors on the 5th of June in the hope that this event is the start of more big things to come from the DTD and ISPT team up.
At the end of the main event the winner will be walking away from the ISPT with €1 million and will be scribbled in the record books as the first player to win an ISPT event. If the organisation rises to levels of the WPT, EPT and the WSOP, the victor may be remembered just as much as names such as Johnny Moss, who won the first ever WSOP World Championship main event in 1971.
Day 1 of the ISPT main event is a mix and match of online and live play with players able to buy-in for bargain €300. Those who want to bypass Day 1 and get into Day 2 can pay €3000. This is one of the most imaginative ways a pro tournament has been played out and something that has never been done before. Most of the pros are expected to walk through the doors on Day 2 with their big buy-in capabilities, but in the end it will be interesting to see what the final table is made of.
With such an affordable Day 1 buy-in for a stab at the €1 million first prize, Day 1 is probably going to be packed with what is certainly going to be a real mix and match of poker talents and then Day 2 will be putting Day 1’s survivors together with what is expected to be a flurry of Day 2 pros, giving us one of the most diversely mixed poker tournaments the poker community has ever encountered in terms of talent.
What’s more is that if the winner or at least the final table is made up of at least a few Day 1 entrants we will be in for one hell of a final day! The event is definitely a major talking point and it sure to be as exciting as the promoters have made it out to be.