Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi has been named as the official ambassador of the ambitious International Stadiums Poker Tour. The American pro promises that the tour's first event will be "one of the biggest ever."
Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi has been named as the official ambassador for the International Stadiums Poker Tour, the star announced himself via his Twitter account this week.
Mizrachi will be the first big name to endorse the ambitious project, having won more than $14 million in his career as a pro.
His latest big win came just a few weeks ago, when he took home the $50,000 Players Championship title at the 2012 WSOP for a $1.45 million first prize.
The International Stadiums Poker Tour aims to gather up to 30,000 players for an inaugural live mega event, set to take place at Wembley Stadium in London next summer.
The tour is the brainchild of Laurent Tapie and the Groupe Bernard Tapie investor group, and promises a €20 million guaranteed prize pool for the London event - one of the biggest ever for a live poker tournament.
"I just want to announce that I will be the @ispt_poker official ambassador," Mizrachi tweeted.
"Will be one of the biggest tournament ever held May 31, 2013!" he added.
With Mizrachi's endorsement of the tournament, the ISPT is looking to add a touch of seriousness to the project, which has been criticized by many for being unrealistic in terms of logistics and popularity.
Many have doubted whether it is at all feasible to gather so many players in a live setting, especially as the London opening event is set to collide with the 2013 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.
Still the tour claims to be advancing according to plan, and that a total of 2,542 players have already signed up for the London tournament via the ISPT website.