Monday May 21, 2012 : TAPIE'S WEMBLEY POKER SPECTACULAR POSTPONED
International Stadium Poker Tour postponed to 2013
Still recovering from its abandonment of the Full Tilt Poker acquisition deal , Groupe Bernard Tapie has announced the postponement of its ambitious International Stadium Poker Tour Wembley project until end May next year.
Originally planned for the new Wembley stadium near London towards the end of this year the ISPT was promoted in a slick video as a massive Euro 600 buy-in live tournament with supporting online satellite infrastructure that would ultimately see 30,000 players congregating at Wembley for the mother of all poker tournaments, played on tablets from the stands.
The plan was to whittle the field down to 10 percent of the entrants, who would then migrate to the playing field itself to compete for a place at the final table, and hopefully the lion's share of the planned Euro 20 million prize pool.
How Tapie and partner Prosper Masquelier intend to execute such a large and complex project without owning a major online poker operation is not yet clear, although InfoPowa readers will recall that Laurent Tapie recently attempted unsuccessfully to poach key Full Tilt Poker employees for a new enterprise that involved creating a proprietary online poker platform and company.