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IPPA Launches Tour for Best All-Around Players

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With such successful poker tours happening around the globe, such as the World Series of Poker, World Poker Tour, and PokerStars.com European Poker Tour, it seems a big task to compete or form a tour that would garner the same respect, attendance, or prize pools. But the newly-formed International Poker Players Association (IPPA) is up for the task and is prepared to launch its first tour stop in Cyprus on September 12.

The IPPA was founded by long-time poker pro Yosh Nakano in the hopes of promoting mixed game poker tournaments “to support and broaden the base of top level mixed game players.” The plan, according the company’s website, is to launch a series of qualifier tournaments that will lead up to one single buy-in championship event to consist of a full ring game, short-handed game, and heads-up match, all of which will be filmed for a national U.S. television production. Its purpose is to find the “complete player who will be an unquestioned champion of the game.”

Details of the grand plan are sketchy at this point, as the only location and event scheduled thus far is in Cyprus from September 12 through 16 at the Merit-Cyprus Hotel & Casino. Players can enter the tournament for $1,800, and as they advance through the first round of play, they can then win seats into the $12,500 round, or players can buy directly into Round 2 for $12,500. The person who wins the eight-player third round will advance to the championship, which has yet to be announced as well, which will be comprised of 48 players who win their seats or buy-in for $250,000. That championship will feature a HORSE tournament and two NLHE rounds, as well as a $5 million first place and $2.5 million second place prize.

The Cyprus event will garner the attention of some recognizable pros, as they are already there for the World Poker Tour Cyprus tournament that is currently wrapping its first event there. Whether or not future events will be located at or near other major tour stops remains to be seen.

The IPPA held a launch party in Los Angeles in mid-August, where the IPPA sponsored a charity bowling event, live auction, and raffle to benefit the One Step Closer Foundation for people suffering from cerebral palsy. The star-studded event attracted Hollywood celebrities like Jerry Buss, Jessica Wen, Jen Curci, and Michelle Ngo, as well as poker players like Scotty Nguyen, Tom Schneider, Chad Brown, Layne Flack, Jeff Madsen, Marsha Waggoner, Hasan Habib, Tiffany Michelle, and Maria Ho. The event raised $6,415 for the charity.

The success of such a venture will rely much on the organization and press for the events, as well as attendance of well-known poker pros, structure of the tournaments, and an eventual television broadcast deal. But in a struggling global economy that has seen the attendance in major tournaments throughout the world decrease over the past year, it will be a challenge to overcome the hurdles faced by other more established tours as well as establish itself as a new brand that is worth the attention.

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