The International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) has partnered with MyPokerSquad, a staking platform featuring a current roster of more than 120 players that has developed a prominent presence in Belgium and France.
MyPokerSquad has seen steady growth in its three years of existence and is preparing to expand its reach to Germany and the UK by the end of 2012. ISPT sponsored pro David Benyamine commented on the collaboration on the ISPT website: “MyPokerSquad offers new opportunities for pro players, extending its staking system worldwide. This is a new way for all players to take part in ISPT. I am pleased to bring my experience to this project.”
The ISPT continues striving toward making its inaugural tournament a success. Set to begin May 31, 2013, and run through June 6, the goal is to attract 30,000 players to Wembley Stadium to take part in a €600 buy-in Main Event that allows one rebuy and two add-ons. The prize pool is estimated to be in the €20 million range. That figure was initially guaranteed, but is now just a goal. Players will compete online on laptops until the final 10% remain, whereby the action will resume in a live format on the Wembley Stadium field.
The concept was developed by Group Bernard Tapie, whose efforts to purchase Full Tilt Poker fell short, apparently over the length of time in which rest-of-world players were to be reimbursed. Many critics are of the mind that the ISPT initiative will also fall flat. However, the project has been picking up steam of late, signing Sam Trickett, Liz Lieu, Patrik Antonius, and Michael Mizrachi as ambassadors, in addition to Benyamine. Players can gain entry to the Main Event via satellites running online at Poker770.
The partnership with MyPokerSquad will allow players and fans to “stake online a part of the buy-in of €600 for each MyPokersquad player and each ISPT ambassador,” according to the ISPT website.