The confusion and/or lack of interest surrounding the International Stadiums Poker Tour forced Day 1A at Lock Poker to be postponed when only two players registered to play yesterday.
At a buy-in of $400 + $20, Lock’s first of six Day 1 qualifying events was rescheduled to next weekend. Lock Poker was hosting a $100,000 guaranteed event at the same time that saw more than 1,000 players enter.
Things were not looking much better at Poker770, where two satellite tournaments were cancelled yesterday that were feeders to the ISPT Day 1A scheduled for next Sunday. A €2.20 rebuy satellite event that needed 30 players to register in order for cards to be in the air failed to reach the minimum and was cancelled. An €11.00 freezeout due to kickoff an hour later also was scratched when no players bought in.
A total of 130 players entered Day 1A at MyPok.fr last week. Thus far, 13 players have a guaranteed seat at Wembley Stadium in June for “the biggest poker event ever organized, mixing online and live gaming.” Although there is still plenty of time to draw more interest, early indications are that this event may be a colossal flop.
The brainchild of Group Bernard Tapie, the ISPT originally posted a €20 million guarantee that was rescinded. The event was also initially planned to draw 30,000 players to compete via laptops while seated at Wembley and play until the remaining 3,000 transitioned to live play on the Wembley Field. That idea was also scrapped in favor of allowing players to play Day 1’s online. And despite signing big-name pro ambassadors such as Sam Trickett, Patrik Antonius and Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, the first annual ISPT is not gaining much respect from many players. To top things off, Mizrachi tweeted the wrong date of Day 1A at Lock Poker to his followers last week.
The constant changes and the ensuing confusion surrounding the event have failed to instill confidence in players that the ISPT’s goals will actually be realized.