In a move that garners instant credibility in the eyes of many poker players in the UK and throughout the world, the International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) has named Sam Trickett as an official ambassador.
As the most successful player in UK history with more than $16.4 million won in live tournament action, as well as untold millions in high-stakes cash play, Trickett will undoubtedly attract countless players to Wembley Stadium next May for the ISPT’s inaugural event that is aiming to register 30,000 players. Trickett joins American pro Michael Mizrachi as the first two big-name players to endorse the event and may begin to silence some critics who feel that the enormity of the undertaking has a better chance of failure than succeeding.
“I just want to announce that I will be an @ispt_poker official ambassador,” Trickett informed his fans via Twitter. “Will be one of the biggest tournaments ever held May 31, 2013.”
The ISPT has been picking up momentum as of late, recently receiving the blessing of Wembley Stadium officials to proceed with plans to allow 30,000 players to assemble and play for the €20,000,000 guaranteed prize pool via laptops until 3,000 player remain, at which time the format will transit to a live event. A recent sponsorship agreement with the Amateur Poker Association and Tour (APAT) also has some industry observers believing that the ISPT may prove successful after all.
Trickett is still basking in the glow of a second place finish in the $1 million buy-in Big One For One Drop that filled his pockets with $10 million over the summer in Las Vegas. Lending his name to the ISPT is a major coup for the Tapie group–architects of the tour.
“As a poker player, I have to be associated with such an enormous event,” Trickett said. “Being part of this tournament means being part of the history of poker.”