PokerStars Moves EPT Moscow Event to Ukraine

PokerStars was gearing up to go to Moscow, Russia to begin the sixth season of the European Poker Tour but the Russian government decided to close many of their casinos especially those close to the capital. EPT organizers had to scramble and figure out what to do with so many people ready to travel and many prize packages given out, they had to do something. So the EPT event has now moved from Moscow to Kiev, Ukraine which is not too far from the original destination.

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The Moscow event is now going to be called the EPT Kiev Sports Poker Championship and will take place at the Kiev Sports Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. This event is being held in partnership with the Ukrainian Poker Federation as well as under the regulation and authority of the Ukrainian Poker Federation. The event is still scheduled for August 18th through the 23rd and the event will have a 5,000 EUR buy-in.

Every player who qualified for the Moscow event can now come to the Ukraine to compete in the tournament. But if a player does not want to come to the Ukraine and they already have a prize package, PokerStars has given them the option to come to another EPT event instead or exchange their entry for cash.

PokerStars sent out a press release to explain the change.  An excerpt read:  “Euro Poker Tour Ltd. sincerely apologizes to all players who were intending to attend the Moscow event, but unfortunately these circumstances were beyond our control. Players are encouraged to consider attending the Ukrainian event instead, and to participate in the opening of the EPT’s sixth season.”

In my opinion PokerStars and the EPT organizers really did a great job with the sudden occurrence of the Russian Government to closing the casinos. They were given tough circumstances and rose to the challenge to give the players of PokerStars and those who were going to attend the event a chance to compete.

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