After signing nearly enough big-name poker ambassadors to seat a six-man table, the marketing boss for the International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) revealed some doubts about the ambitious goal of 30,000 players being reached and said that the event will be cancelled if 15,000 players fail to sign on.
“At least 15,000 players must come, otherwise the tournament won’t take place,” Georges Djen told pokerstrategy.com. “But we could guarantee that this will the hugest tournament in the world in terms of the participants. A maximum of 30,000 players could play.”
Djen would be well-advised to be careful in using the word “guarantee,” as the ISPT has already reneged on the prize pool tallying a guaranteed €20 million. There is no longer a guaranteed prize pool, despite previous promotions saying as much. The marketing honcho went on to explain that roughly 30 side events are scheduled for the entire week of poker action that will draw many players to Wembley Stadium. Event organisers are aware that some players may be reluctant to participate due to the unpredictable weather in London and have planned for such unpleasantness by confiding that “there are many rooms and VIP boxes inside the stadium” to be used in case the weather conditions turn inclement.
The ISPT has been in the making for two years and the recent signings of David Benyamine, Patrik Antonius, Liz Lieu, Sam Trickett and Michael Mizrachi as ambassadors have at least given the event some credibility. However, its not a good sign when the marketing man in charge gives an indication that the event may not even take place. For the record, 3,338 players have registered as of this writing.