EPT Moscow => EPT Kiev

RE: Russia Makes Poker a Crime

by , Jul 24, 2009 | 7:22 pm

As suspected, Russia’s recent decision to make poker a more-criminal offense really put a crimp in the EPT’s upcoming Moscow event. The makeshift solution … head to Ukraine. After all, this ain’t the USSR!

Official word from EPT parent PokerStars:

The PokerStars.com European Poker Tour (EPT) is pleased to announce an
alternate venue for its August event, now scheduled to be held in Kiev, the largest city and capital of Ukraine, at the Kiev Sports Palace, from August 18-23, 2009. The “EPT Kiev Sports Poker Championship” is to be held under the regulation and authority of the Ukrainian Ministry of Youth, Family and Sport, and in partnership with the Ukrainian Poker Federation. This event is expected to be the largest poker tournament ever held in the Ukraine.

The Kiev event replaces the previously-scheduled 2009 Russian Open poker tournament due to be held at the Radisson SAS Slavyanskaya, Moscow from August 18-23, 2009. That event has been cancelled because our ability to run the event was placed in doubt due to the recent closure of all casinos in Russia.

Euro Poker Tour Ltd. sincerely apologises 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.

PokerStars advises its players who qualified online for the Moscow event that their packages (including buy-in and hotel) will be converted to EPT Kiev packages; however they will also be eligible to take a credit for a future event, or receive the cash equivalent value as alternatives.

The buy-in for the “EPT Kiev Sports Poker Championship” Main Event will be 5,000 EUR (4,700 + 300).

Players should note that the Ukraine does not require visas for citizens of the European Union, United States or Canada (among many other countries) when travelling to Ukraine for less than 90 days. Players from other countries should check this webpage (http://www.mfa.gov.ua/uk/en/2322.htm) or with their local embassy for more information.

We appreciate the opportunity to bring the EPT to beautiful and historic Kiev, and look forward to exploring the sights, sounds and flavors of the rich Ukrainian culture.

3 Comments to “EPT Moscow => EPT Kiev ”

  1. Steve

    WPT Slovakia still in Bratislava!!!!!

  2. Bart from Poland

    What I heard was that Casino ban doesn’t hit poker, it’s now officially a sport and under supervision of Russian ministry of sport, so the EPT event can legally by held anywhere in Russia. The casino ban is all about gambling games like roulette and blackjack.

  3. DanM

    Hi Bart from Poland … that’s what we were hearing too, but then Russia’s ministry of sport de-listed poker as a sport … so now poker is like all other gambling there.