After the massive Wembley stadium poker tour nearly three months ago, the International Stadiums Poker Tour have had to foot the bill for around €600,000. Not bad seeing as this was one of their first major attempts to break into the live poker scene.
The success of the tour has meant unprecedented publicity both positive and negative. The negative side was that the actual rules and structure of the tournament were quite confusing and probably put quite a few pros off competing. The positive side was that despite the negative publicity, it certainly brought around a lot of attention meaning their name is out there and just needs some positive tweaking.
As for their next tour stop they have not done themselves too much justice. Instead of a stadium tour, the company are going for a casino tour instead. The stadium idea is now on the back burner for a while, or maybe for good while whilst the ISPT see if they can conjure up some interest via the traditional tournament in a casino method.
For stop two, the ISPT have announced that the Casino de Tanger in Morocco will host their next event. With that of course the original number of players that was projected at 30,000 as well as the ostentatious guaranteed prize pool that created the front end of the original marketing for the event are both to be scaled back.
Now some would argue that this is not exactly a sign of progress, but actually the ISPT have jumped through hoops and are bound to get here and they are here. That’s all that matters and their defence is all they are doing is scaling back on ambitious plans, and let’s face it they would not be the first, and they are certainly not the last business to be guilty of such plans. One thing for sure is that fresh meat, in a very competitive market can only serve to make the live poker scene more competitive.
As for the new tournament, there is €90,000 guaranteed to first place and the buy-in will be an affordable €900 into the ISPT Silver tournament with one entry available. The tournament starts on 30 October and plans to have the final day on 3 November.
There will be 3 Day 1s over the course of the first three days. Players can re-enter after elimination, all the way up until the final day one or re-qualify into Day 1 via a satellite. Anyone winning any of the day 1s will come back for Day 2 running over the weekend.