Confirmed: EPT to return to Sochi in March 2020

October 22, 2019inPoker

EPT Sochi

The European Poker Tour (EPT) will visit Sochi once again next year as PokerStars confirmed the dates for the fourth trip to Russia of Europe’s leading poker tour.

EPT Sochi 2020 will take place from March 20-29, 2020, at the opulent Casino Sochi, in the mountain ski resort of Krasnaya Polyana. As ever, the centrepiece will be a Main Event from March 24-29, with a buy-in of RUB 175,000 ($2,725 approx.) and a guaranteed prize pool of RUB 150 million ($2.35 million approx.) alongside a host of other side events.

Satellite tournaments to the Main Event are running now on PokerStars, with packages valued at RUB 285,000 ($4,460 approx.) That includes seven nights’ accommodation as well as travel expenses, in addition to the Main Event buy-in. (Seat only qualifiers are also running.)

PokerStars’ flagship live tour first visited Russia in 2017 when Sochi appeared on the tournament calendar under the PokerStars Championship branding. What started as a 387-entry event swelled to 867 one year later for what was the first official European Poker Tour (EPT) Main Event in the country.


Sochi hosted another EPT Main Event in March 2019, won by Israel’s Uri Gilboa, and the same venue has twice also hosted EPT Open events. Most recently, China’s Yi Ye won the EPT Open Main Event, while Vadim Gayduk won a Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) in the “Moneymaker’s Road to PSPC” tournament.


March 24-29 EPT Main Event
Buy-in: RUB 175,000 ($2,725 approx.)
Single re-entry per starting flight
RUB 150 million guaranteed ($2.35 million approx)

Previous EPT/PokerStars Championship visits to Sochi:

Year Date Buy-in (RUB) Entries Prize-pool Winner Country Prize
2019 29-Mar 192,000 758 ₽145.5m Uri Gilboa Israel ₽27.475m RESULTS
2018 29-Mar 192,000 861 ₽150m Arseniy Karmatskiy Russia ₽27.3m RESULTS
2017 31-May 318,000 387 ₽150m Pavel Shirshikov Russia ₽29.1m RESULTS

Reigning EPT Sochi champion Uri Gilboa


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