With all of the marketing and PR shenanigans out of the way it’s time for The International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT) to get down to business as the Day One action starts coming thick and fast.
It’s been another busy weekend for the team at Dusk till Dawn (DTD) with the completion of more Day One’s either played out online on the DTD software, or live in the DTD card room. The net result is a Day Two Wembley field that now consists of 167-players, an average chip stack of 53,384 and a total prize pool of €450,900. Quite a long way to go before Rob Yong can stop sweating, but it’s progress nevertheless.
Barrie Price still holds the chip lead with 183,800 chips – good for 919BB when the action starts – and he has been joined by IveyPoker Pro Toby Lewis (80,448), Christophe Lesage (60,773), Paul Zimbler (58,000), Ben Vinson (52,300), Barbara Martinez (42,617) and Hugo Lemaire (31,578).
Players can still compete in €300 buy-in live Day One’s at DTD on the 25th, 26th and 27th May or alternatively online at DTD on 19th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st. If milling around in a Day One is not big time enough for you then you can just buy-in directly into Day Two for €3,000. Players who have been confirmed as taking that route include the ISPT Ambassadors Sam Trickett, Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi, Patrik Antonius, David Benyamine and Lucy Lieu. They will be joined by the likes of Dave ‘Devilfish’ Ulliot, all four members of The Hendon Mob (Yes, Ram Vaswani is still alive and well), Roberto Romanello, JP Kelly, Victor Ramdin, Johnny Lodden, Ruben Visser, Luke Schwartz and many more.
One man who has just thrown his hat into the ring is Tony G. The PokerNews founder and winner of $5 million in live tournament earnings will be taking a scheduled break from his TonyBet work to participate in the ISPT, and you can buy shares of his action at MyPokerSquad.com.
“I’ll fly to Wembley with the rest of the pros to get the feeling of playing in Wembley Stadium and of course ship the guaranteed €1 million.” Tony G told PokerNews who will be the official live reporting team covering the event when it kicks off in earnest.