Despite losing in his bid to purchase Full Tilt Poker to the monolithic PokerStars, Laurent Tapie has scheduled a poker tournament to be held in May of 2013 at London’s Wembley Stadium as part of the International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT), a tournament series of huge proportions that is the brainchild of the father and son Tapie duo and Prosper Masquelier.
The tourney is set to feature 30,000 players playing live at Wembley via tablet computers until the top 3,000 remain, at which point the players will abandon their mobile devices and shift to a live game format. Critics have blasted the idea as being difficult to accomplish and not entirely feasible. The first ISPT event will run from May 31st until June 6th, 2013.
The ISPT website dubs the event as the “biggest tournament ever” with registration opening soon. The prizepool is expected to be 20,000,000€ with a buy-in of 600€, and the tournament will be televised in more than 28 countries.
Insiders believe that the purchase of Full Tilt was planned to be used in tandem with the ISPT through online qualifiers by Group Bernard Tapie. The failed acquisition of Full Tilt delayed the tour’s launch, but did not cause its demise. The demise may be caused by several other factors, including the logistics of 30,000 players gathered together in a stadium playing on a format “midway between live and online,” as the ISPT website promotes the tournament.