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ISPT Partners with Lock Poker, Changes Satellite Structure

The International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT), created by Laurent Tapie and Prosper Masquelier, has announced Lock Poker as its exclusive online satellite partner for U.S. players.

Lock, which created the Revolution Gaming Network after the acquisition of Cake Poker in May 2012, is the ISPT’s fifth satellite partner. Partouche and MyPok will serve French qualifiers, while NetBet will cater to the Italian market, and Poker770 to players in Spain and the rest of the European Union.

In an effort to attract more entrants, the satellite and buy-in structure has been altered. Now the €3,000 mega tournament will offer €300 online qualifiers over six Day 1s, where players can enter as many times as they like and, critically, from their own homes.

Day 1s will take place between February and May (see the full schedule below), with 10% of players progressing to the live tournament. It’s a welcome shift for the previous plan of €600 buy-ins on day 1R/1A played on electronic terminals inside Wembley Stadium.

Commenting on the changes, ISPT spokesperson Laurent Tapie said: “We listened to their constructive comments and advice to come up with a convenient yet innovative format. Having the possibility to play the main event from home, at an affordable buy-in was the choice of reason.”

Tapie anticipates that the prize pool could reach as much as €10 million, though is making no promises. “The Main Event prize pool is not guaranteed; on the other hand, this new tournament format and the innovative structure of the payout will be a success for the players,” he said.

According to information provided by ISPT officials, it is estimated that 70% of the 3,000 players that make it to London’s iconic Wembley Stadium will earn a payout.

The ISPT, which will be the first online and live tournament in poker history, is scheduled for late May 2013. In the past twelve months, players such as Michael Mizrachi, Liz lieu, David Benyamine, Patrik Antonius, and Sam Trickett have been named as “ISPT Ambassadors” to promote the event.

The satellite schedule is as follows:

France

Italy

Spain

Europe

USA

Partouche

NetBet

Poker770.es

Poker770

Lock Poker

Day 1A

Feb 3rd

Feb 17th

Feb 17th

Feb 17th

Feb 10th

Day 1B

March 3rd

March 17th

March 17th

March 17th

March 10th

Day 1C

April 17th

April 21st

April 21st

April 21st

April 14th

Day 1D

May 5th

May 5th

May 5th

May 5th

May 5th

Day 1E

May 12th

May 12th

May 12th

May 12th

May 12th

Day 1F

May 19th

May 19th

May 19th

May 19th

May 19th

 

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