PokerStars Announces Schedule for Largest Poker Tournament in Russia

PokerStars Championship Sochi will commence May 20 at the Sochi Casino & Resort, and according to PokerStars, it’s the largest poker event Russia has ever seen.

From May 20 to May 31, PokerStars will bring must-play events to Sochi, including a guaranteed PokerStars Championship Main Event worth RUB$150 million ($2.6 million). This prize pool is the largest featured in a Russian poker tournament, PokerStars stated in a release.

“I’m excited to see PokerStars first ever sponsored live event in Russia and will be competing in the events, of course,” said Team PokerStars Pro Igor Kurganov. “I am interested to see the area after the massive investments it has received for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Sochi itself is a summer/ beach destination but I hope to make it out to the gorgeous and very close mountain region of Krasnaya Polyana, too!”

Team PokerStars Pros Liv Boeree, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Chris Moneymaker are also expected to attend.

Here’s the schedule:

Date Name Buy-in (approximate)
May 20-22 No Limit Hold’em RUB$618,000 ($10,860)
May 20-25 PokerStars National Championship RUB$66,000 ($1,160)
May 20-25 PokerStars Cup RUB$19,800 ($350)
May 23-25 PokerStars Championship Super High Roller RUB$3,000,000 ($52,700)
May 24-25 PokerStars National High Roller RUB$132,000 ($2,320)
May 25-31 PokerStars Championship Main Event RUB$318,000 ($5,590)
May 26 No Limit Hold’em Single Day RUB$1,530,000 ($26,880)
May 27-28 PokerStars Championship PLO High Roller RUB$618,000 ($10,860)
May 29-31 PokerStars Championship High Roller RUB$618,000 ($10,860)
May 29-31 PokerStars Open RUB$13,200 ($230)

*All buy-ins are subject to change due to fluctuations in the currency exchange

Main Event packages are already running in $8 buy in Spin & Go tournaments on PokerStars. Players can also qualify for the Main Event and National Championship through PokerStars’ special satellites.

The event promises full TV and webcast coverage and boasts over 70 tables of cash games running 24/7. The hotel is also featuring a 50 percent off discount standard accommodations at the Marriott Hotel during the Main Event for tournament goers.

“Sochi is a premier location for hosting world class events and we are looking forward to bringing PokerStars Championship Sochi to this exciting location,” said PokerStars Director of Live Events Edgar Stuchly. “With its vast array of five-star hotels, outdoor activities and 300 sunny days a year, alongside a brand new casino, Sochi is fast becoming a prime vacation spot and gaming destination, all in one.”

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