Full Tilt Poker Investors to Run ISPT EventsThursday, October 6th, 2011 by Ryan
While the online poker world has their attention stuck on the potential purchase of Full Tilt Poker by the Groupe Bernard Tapie; it seems that the Groupe Bernard Tapie has their mind on quite a few things involving poker in general. The group was said to have signed on for a potential purchase of the online poker site, barring a few select things happening with the site in the near future. According to recent reports, it seems that the group is also behind the International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT). The first stop for the ISPT will be in London, England at Wembley Stadium, and there have been some incredible stories coming out about this tour. The first of which is the fact that it is said to be offering an incredible $30 million guaranteed prize pool, as well as an incredible $10 million going to the winner of this opening event.
There was no final day set for this event to kick off, but it has been said that it could be around September of 2012. It seems that this is more of the Groupe Bernard Tapie attempting to build their brand all around, rather than trying to just choose one or the other. This time frame would leave plenty of time for the group to get everything situation with Full Tilt Poker, and also play a huge role in getting everything underway with this new International Stadiums Poker Tour as well.
This new tournament series is going to combine both live and online poker play, and will work quite a bit differently than a standard poker series. The events are expected to be so huge in order to meet the $30 million goal, that they are expecting attendance to reach between 20,000 and 30,000 players total. How the events are going to work, is that the 20,000 to 30,000 players are going to compete online at the same time, on software with electronic pads from stadium seats. After this, they expect to narrow the field down to around 3k players who are left remaining, and those players will then switch to a live tournament at real tables on the ground of the stadium. At this point, play will run until there are only ten players remaining, and those ten will split a $17.5 million grand prize, with $10 million going to the first place winner of the entire event.
It seems that with the Groupe Bernard Tapie involved in both the ISPT and Full Tilt Poker, that this could mean a possible scenario where Full Tilt Poker’s software is used in the events in some fashion; and could possibly even mean that players could play in satellites on Full Tilt in order to qualify for the ISPT Main Events. Of course this could potentially work incredibly well if the two are able to mesh in some way to draw the attention of both live poker players and online poker players; leaving the Groupe Bernard Tapie in an excellent position in the end.
All of the information about the ISPT is listed on their website, and will give you a more in-depth look at the events themselves, as well as how they will work.