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Get Ready for PokerStars European Poker Tour Sochi This March

The PokerStars European Poker Tour will return to Casino Sochi in Russia later this month from March 20-29th

For the third year in a row, the PokerStars European Poker Tour returns to Casino Sochi for a week of tournaments at the popular Krasnaya Polyana resort just outside Sochi.

What started with both PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival visits back in 2017 has now transformed into a regular on the EPT circuit, with the venue hosting both EPT and EPT Open events each year.

Previous PokerStars Events at Casino Sochi

YearEventFieldPrizepool (RUB)Prizepool (USD)WinnerPayout (RUB)Payout (USD)
2017PokerStars Championship387₽150,000,000$2,658,630Pavel Shirshikov₽29,100,000$515,774
2017PokerStars Festival699₽40,681,800$708,831Aleksandr Merzhvinskiy₽7,700,000$134,163
2018EPT861₽150,000,000$2,561,754Arsenii Karmatckii₽27,300,000$478,451
2018EPT Open649₽75,543,600$1,152,201Vyachesav Bondartsev₽12,063,300$183,991
2019EPT653₽145,500,000$2,250,667Uri Gilboa₽27,475,00$412,125
2019EPT Open879₽103,370,400$1,610,87Yi Ye₽19,306,000$300,856

Last time out, it was Uri Gilboa who not only became the first Israeli but the oldest player ever to claim an EPT title, at the age of 61. Gilboa defeated fellow Israeli Zakhar Babaev heads-up to score over $400,000.

"I'm glad that I'm the first Israeli winner," Gilboa told PokerStars' Joe Stapleton shortly after his victory. "You have to know that the standard of Israeli poker is becoming tremendous. We've had a lot of achievements at the WSOP and at other European tournaments. I know I'm the first, but for sure I'm not the last."

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Uri Gilboa Wins EPT Sochi Main Event
Uri Gilboa Wins EPT Sochi Main Event

2019 EPT Sochi Main Event Official Results

PlacePlayerCountryPayout (RUB)Payout (USD)
1Uri GilboaIsrael27,475,000 ₽$412,125
2Zakhar BabaevIsrael16,737,000 ₽$251,055
3Maksim PisarenkoRussia11,865,000 ₽$177,975
4Ivan RubanRussia8,953,000 ₽$134,295
5Vyacheslav MizunRussia7,091,000 ₽$106,365
6Serafim KovalevskyRussia5,390,000 ₽$80,850
7Francisco BenitezUruguay3,850,000 ₽$57,750
8Dmitry YurasovRussia2,625,000 ₽$39,375

What to expect from EPT Sochi 2020!

According to the official EPT Sochi 2020 website, anyone heading to Russia later this month can expect an exciting festival full of fun and poker tournament to suit every player! The EPT Sochi Main Event begins on March 24-29th, with a ₽175,000 (~$2,500) buy-in. The tournament also comes with a ₽122,300,000 guarantee.

Online qualifiers to the EPT Sochi Main Event are also in with a chance of getting their hands on a Platinum Pass to the PSPC 2020 worth €26,000+ (approximately $30,000).

Away from the tables, there are also a number of off-the-felt activities including Bowling (26th March) where players will battle it out to win the Sochi Bowling Cup 2020, and Karaoke (27th March) with the return of the EPT Sochi Karaoke Battle 2020!

PokerNews will be live reporting from the Main Event, as well as the ₽77,000 EPT National (March 20-23) and the ₽371,000 EPT High Roller (March 27-29) so be sure to head to our Live Reporting page to keep on top of all the action!

EPT Sochi 2020 Full Schedule

21st March12pmEPT National Day 1a₽77,000
 2pmPot Limit Omaha₽18,200
 7:20pmEPT National Day 1b₽77,000
22nd March12pmEPT National Day 1c₽77,000
 6pmNo Limit Hold'em Bounty₽18,200
23rd March12pmEPT National Day 2-
 4pmNo Limit Hold'em Deep Stack₽18,200
24th March12pmEPT National Final Day-
 12pmEPT Sochi Main Event Day 1a₽191,800
 12pmPot Limit Omaha₽32,200
 12:30 PMNo Limit Hold'em Deep Stack Day 2-
25th March12pmEPT Sochi Main Event Day 1b₽191,800
 7:30pmEPT Sochi Main Event Day 1c₽191,800
26th March12pmEPT Sochi Main Event Day 2-
 4pmNo Limit Hold'em Day 1₽70,000
27th March12pmEPT Sochi Main Event Day 3-
 12:30pmNo Limit Hold'em Day 2-
 2pmPot Limit Omaha₽32,200
 4pmEPT High Roller Day 1₽371,000
 6pmEPT Cup Day 1a₽18,200
28th March12pmEPT Sochi Main Event Day 4-
 12pmEPT Cup Day 1b₽18,200
 2pmEPT High Roller Day 2-
 4pmNo Limit Hold'em Deep Stack Day 1₽70,000
 8pmEPT Cup Day 1c₽18,200
29th March12pmEPT Sochi Main Event Final Day-
 12:30pmEPT High Roller Final Day-
 12pmEPT Cup Day 2-
 12pmNo Limit Hold'em Deep Stack Day 2-
 2pmNo Limit Hold’em₽12,600
 4pmNo Limit Hold’em₽32,200
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