Wembley Stadium Hosting Sport Of A Different Kind With Poker Event
Poker has hit the big time. No longer are the largest tournaments in the world played in a smokey room. Now, the most prestigious casinos around the globe host poker events that sometimes play out over a couple of months, as is the case with the World Series of Poker. The WSOP is held at the Rio in Las Vegas, and it attracts all of the top names in the game.
The Bernard Tapie Group is attempting to upstage even the WSOP with their latest venture. Wembley Stadium has been the host to some of the biggest sporting events in history, and now the stadium is being tapped to host what could end up as the most lucrative poker tournament ever.
The International Stadiums Poker Tour is the project from the Tapie Group. The idea is to have some of the largest stadiums in the world host the biggest poker tournaments. The group is hoping that players will come from all corners of the Earth to participate in events that could pay millions of dollars.
Last month, Tapie formulated an agreement between themselves and Wembley Stadium to rent the stadium for an event. As currently constructed, the event will allow up to 30,000 players to enter the tournament. The first round of the tournament will be held on electronic terminals, with the second round seeing the players move on to real table play.
The final table prize pool will be $17 million, and the winner will be guaranteed a $10 million prize. Although the concept is grand in scale, there has been no set date for the tournament, leading many players to wonder whether the plan is a hoax to bring attention to the Tapie Group.
The group has been in the news over the past couple of weeks because of their pending acquisition of one of the biggest online poker sites in the world, Full Tilt Poker. Tapie is known for taking company's that are in financial distress, and turning them into successful business ventures.
The Full Tilt purchase may become a little hit or miss over the next couple of months. While Tapie agreed to buy the ailing company, Full Tilt must still clean up some legal troubles resulting from Black Friday in the US. The Tapie Group has already released a statement asserting that they will be taking over Full Tilt and paying customers their outstanding balances once the takeover is complete.
October 7, 2011
Posted By Tom Jones
Staff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.com
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