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RUB 60,000,000 Main Event guarantee plus five PSPC Platinum Passes totalling $150,000 to be awarded in Russia

ONCHAN, Isle of Man – June 18, 2018 – Sochi, Russia will be the penultimate destination on the European Poker Tour (EPT) circuit as the new EPT Open Sochi tournament, with a lower Main Event buy-in of RUB 132,000, comes to Casino Sochi between September 21-29.

Players can now gun for Main Event packages worth $3,100, including expenses and accommodation, via a variety of satellites that start at just $22.

EPT Open Sochi, sponsored by PokerStars, will feature lower buy-in tournaments and run for a shorter period compared to standard EPT events. The tournament schedule will include the RUB 132,000 (approx. $2,125) Main Event with a RUB 60,000,000 (approx. $1 million) guarantee as well as the RUB 258,000 (approx.$4,150) High Roller. At least one of the five Platinum Passes to the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) on offer throughout the Open will be awarded to the Main Event winner. The coveted Platinum Passes, worth $30,000 each, include the $25,000 PSPC buy-in, accommodation at the Atlantis Resort, and $2,000 towards food and travel costs.

As well as excitement at the tables, players will have the chance to meet PokerStars Ambassadors, get free merchandise, and shift gears to enjoy all that the luxury holiday resort has to offer. There’s also the chance to combine two adrenaline-packed pastimes into one adventure. EPT Open Sochi will take place just before one of the world’s most popular forms of motor racing which starts on September 28 – 30 at Sochi Autodrom, giving poker fans even more action and reason for an extended stay on the pearl of the Black Sea.

“It’s great to see the EPT returning to Sochi but with a slight twist as the EPT Open Sochi,” said PokerStars Ambassador Mikhail Shalamov. “The smaller Main Event buy-in this time around will make it a brilliant opportunity for players of all bankrolls to play on home soil and give Russian players the opportunity to take to the felt against some of the best players from around the world. At the EPT event earlier this year there were more than 1,300 players from 61 different countries!”

EPT Open Sochi will be the fourth PokerStars-sponsored event to take place on the Black Sea coast since 2017, following on from EPT Sochi in March which brought in a total prize pool of more than $5 million, almost double its original $2.6 million guarantee.

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About Casino Sochi

Casino Sochi is the first world-class entertainment venue at the territory of the year-round Gorky Gorod mountain resort. Casino Sochi is one of a kind project that embodies the unique concept for Russia inspired by the best casinos of Las Vegas.

The facilities of Casino Sochi include 475 state-of-the-art slot terminals, 70 gaming tables for Black Jack, Russian Poker, Casino Texas Hold’em, Baccarat and a separate Poker Room. The Casino also features 7 individually designed VIP Halls, as well as Onyx and Dragon halls. Casino Sochi stands out not only as an elite gaming and entertainment project, but as a big venue that can conveniently accommodate up to 2,000 people at a time.

Casino Sochi features two restaurants – Brunello fine dining restaurant and Buffet casual restaurant, offering European, Russian and Asian cuisine, both run by the famous brand chef Ilya Zakharov, as well as the Royal Bar, the ballroom, the Velvet cabaret theatre, and the conference hall. Casino Sochi is connected to the Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana Hotel through a passage where boutiques of famous luxury brands are located and this passage serves the second entrance to the Casino. Casino Sochi offers large-scale international poker and backgammon tournaments, stunning entertainment programs, performances by Russian and international stars, theme parties and much more.

Following the world’s best practices in gaming industry Casino Sochi has developed its Regal Rewards loyalty program. Loyal customers can get lots of benefits, bonuses and gifts.

The main mission of Casino Sochi is upscale customer service. We value every guest and the wishes of our guests are our highest priority, we are ready to address every request related to entertainment within our venue.