Posts Tagged ‘International Stadiums Poker Tour’

ISPT Wembley Poker Tournament is a Huge Disappointment

Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Last year, International Stadiums Poker Tour made huge waves by announcing that they wanted to hold the biggest tourney ever at Wembley Stadium. Many players scoffed when ISPT claimed that they would offer a €20 million prize pool, with first place collecting €10 million of this amount. What seemed even more unrealistic was how ISPT predicted their tournament would attract 30,000 grinders, making it the largest poker event ever.

In the end, these predictions fell far short of reality. ISPT Wembley attracted 761 players and offered a €2,643,985 prize pool. Sure this is very good for a normal tournament, but it was expected to be a tourney of historic proportions.

One of the biggest debacles arising from ISPT Wembley was the original €6,000 buy-in. For a tournament that was supposed to attract 30,000 runners, this amount was far too high. And it was only until later that organizers realized this and scrambled to change the buy-in to €3,000. But even cutting the entry fee in half wasn’t enough to attract a sizable number of players.

It’s also worth mentioning that ISPT Wembley guaranteed €1 million to the winner – an amount which consumed nearly 40% of the total prize pool. By the time the six-player final table was formed, those involved merely decided to divvy the money up and leave an extra €200,000 for the winner. This champion turned out to be Poland’s Jakub Michalak, who earned €436,000 thanks to the extra €200k winner’s payout.

From a sheer numbers vs. expectations perspective, ISPT Wembley has to be considered one of the more disappointing poker tournaments in history. However, those who participated did say that Wembley Stadium offered a tournament atmosphere unlike anything they’d ever seen. Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi even dubbed it the most “‘beautiful tournament in the world.”

But atmosphere aside, ISPT suffered a major financial hit with this event. And it’s questionable as to whether they’ll stage another tournament, or simply fade away like the disgraced Epic Poker League.

ISPT Wembley Final Table Results
1) Jakub Michalak, €436,000
2) Xavier El Fassy, €204,000
3) Nick Hicks, €254,000
4) Pete Linton, €375,000
5) Alban Juen, €290,000
6) Gwendoline Janot, €243,000

Sam Trickett signs with International Stadiums Poker Tour

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) has been given the green light to run it’s much-discussed event at Wembley Stadium in London. The poker tournament will be held from May 31st to June 6th, 2013, the prize pool could reach an impressive €20 million, and 30,000 players are expected.

As for the latter, Sam Trickett will be doing his best to help reach this 30k figure since he’s signed on with ISPT. He’ll join Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi as an official ambassador for this organization. The Brit spoke about his signing by saying, “As a poker player, I have to be associated with such an enormous event. Being part of this tournament means being part of the history of poker.”

At only 26 years old, Sam Trickett is already one of the world’s most successful grinders, having earned the 2011 British Poker Award for UK’s Best Cash Player. Trickett is also a prolific tournament player who is ranked fourth all-tine in live winnings with $16,471,099. A large chunk of this amount recently came in the WSOP $1 million Big One for One Drop, where he collected $10,112,001 after finishing runner-up.

Trickett is now preparing to promote and play in the €600 buy-in ISPT Wembley Stadium online qualifiers; these satellites include a single rebuy and double add-on. It’s also worth mentioning that 1,000 players will be allowed to skip the initial online days and go straight to Day 3 (live) for €6,000.

ISPT Wembley is the brainchild of Groupe Bernard Tapie, and this event looks to destroy Europe’s old attendance record for a poker tournament (1,765). Even if just a fraction of the 30,000 players show up, the tourney should easily beat the record.

Wembley Stadium Poker Tournament will offer $30 Million

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Groupe Bernard Tapie is at it again, and this time they’re in the process of staging a $30 million guaranteed poker tournament at London’s Wembley Stadium. The tournament will come at the peak of the proposed International Stadiums Poker Tour, which will see one mega poker event held in a different stadium each year.

French billionaire Bernard Tapie’s son, Laurent, talked about the project by saying, “The ISPT is the largest poker event of all times and in the future will be held annually. The tournament series will always be held in famous stadiums in various countries.”

The French company appears to very serious about the ISPT since they’ve already signed a contract with Wembley Stadium for a date some time next year in May. As of now, Bernard Tapie is expecting 20,000-30,000 players to fill up the tournament field, and the top prize would be worth $10 million. Assuming this plan comes to fruition, it would be the largest poker tournament ever in terms of entrants.

Of course, this is a pretty ambitious plan, and we’ll have to wait to see if it comes to life. Looking at the amount of expected entrants, and the guaranteed prize pool of $30 million, it’s likely that Groupe Bernard Tapie could charge a relatively low buy-in – like say $1,000 or $1,500 – which would attract a lot of players.

This potential project definitely shows that Groupe Bernard Tapie is very serious about getting involved in the poker world. The company has made some waves lately with their proposed acquisition of Full Tilt Poker, which is based on various conditions. The most notable thing that has to happen is FTP settling their dilemma with the US government. Assuming this happens, Groupe Bernard Tapie could become the new owners of Full Tilt Poker.