International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) Adds Two More Big Named ProsWednesday, September 12th, 2012 by Ryan
The International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) is rapidly picking up steam and seems to be getting larger and larger as the days roll on. After making some big time additions to their team including Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Sam Trickett, and Liz Lieu, they’ve two additional big time moves as well. Their announcement on Tuesday featured news that the tour has added David Benyamine as an ambassador for the event, and also that they have brought the incredibly well-known Patrik Antonius on board as well. All in all, the ISPT’s poker cast is quickly becoming one of the best teams in all of poker it seems.
Originally, the ISPT was created by two businessmen that you probably know well by now in Bernard and Laurent Tapie, as well as Prosper Masquelier. The name Tapie probably sounds the most familiar as they were the group (Groupe Bernard Tapie) that nearly completed a purchase of Full Tilt Poker a few months back. The potential purchase came to a halt though as they had issues with the US Department of Justice though. As far as Masquelier goes, he was a large part of Partouche Interactive, and was actually the president, before he left that job in order to join up with the Tapie’s to become a co-founder for the International Stadiums Poker Tour.
While the name of the massive tournament has “tour” attached to it, it’s basically more as a massive poker tournament to this point, but the plans are for it to continue to grow from here. As of now, there is a scheduled event for May of 2013, and the tournament is going to be held at Wembley Stadium in London. The tournament is anticipated to start with an amazing 30,000 players, and is going to feature a €6,000 buy-in. When the event begins, all players will be in seats throughout the stadium while playing on their laptops. The tournament runs over a week’s span, and at the end of the third day the 3,000 remaining players are going to get into a live tournament from there with poker tables on the actual grass. Players can also rebuy for this tournament one time and also pay for an add-on during the tournament also. In total, the prize pool is going to end up being €20,000,000.
If you saw the Partouche Poker Tour’s Main Event last week, you may have noticed Antonius. His role as an ambassador at the ISPT began with him wearing their gear at this event, and it was a big thing to see him wearing it as he is one of the most well-respected poker players in the game. He has taken home almost $2 million just this year on the live tournament circuit, which featured him pulling in some big time final tables in events.
Benyamine on the other hand is a high stakes poker player, and plays a ton of cash games. He’s also brought in some good results in poker tournaments as well. He won a World Series of Poker bracelet back in 2008 taking down the $10,000 Omaha Hi/Low Split Championship. That year he also made two additional final tables and bubbled another one.