The International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) has forged a sponsorship deal with the Amateur Poker Association and Tour (APAT) to promote its goal of holding the world’s largest poker tournament at Wembley Stadium next May.
The partnership covers four live tournament events, the most recent being the European Championship of Amateur Poker that was held in Nottingham this past weekend. In addition to the live tourneys, the agreement also calls for qualifiers for the laptop/live event to be held on APAT’s poker room on the International Poker Network, eGaming Review reported.
“APAT are happy to lend our support to the ISPT,” said Des Duffy, APAT managing director. “We created the UK’s first national poker tour and are excited that our members will have the opportunity to qualify for the UK’s largest ever poker event, online at APAT.com.”
The ISPT is hoping for 30,000 entrants to its inaugural event that will begin online via laptops with all players seated inside Wembley Stadium. When 10% of the field remains, players will log out of their computers and play to the tournament’s conclusion in a live poker format. The brainchild of the father and son tandem of Bernard and Laurent Tapie in collaboration with business partner Prosper Masquelier, the ISPT has been chided by critics as being nearly impossible to pull off. However, Wembley Stadium officials gave the green light to the plan just a few days ago and the tour is gaining momentum with new sponsors, including Michael Mizrachi as official ambassador . A total of 2,700 players have already signed up and nine months remain in which to attain the desired quota.
“All the poker fans are welcome, from amateurs to professionals,” Masquelier said. “Therefore, partnering APAT was completely natural for us.”