PokerStars is coming to Russia again this fall, this time with a planned EPT Open series – it’s like the European Poker Tour, only lower buy-ins.
What to expect from the EPT Open in Sochi
EPT Open is a more democratic version of its “big brother”. In 2021, the series will be held from October 2 to 11, and by analogy with the last stage of 2019, a lot of interesting things can be expected on it:
- About 20 tournaments with buy-ins ranging from ₽15K to ₽257K (full schedule unknown at time of publication)
- Opportunity to travel to Sochi for free and take part in Maine
- Events for the guests of the series. Last year there was a karaoke party, “School of Poker” with Dmitry Guberniev, Meet & Greet with Chris Moneymaker and a concert by singer Linda
- There are many newcomers. For example, last year 20% of the participants in the Main Event were not from the Russian Federation.
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At the moment we know information about only two tournaments of the upcoming series:
- Main event with a buy-in of ₽133K from October 7 to 11 (~ $ 1900 at the rate of the casino)
- High Roller Tournament with buy-in ₽257.6K from October 10 to 11 (~ $ 3700 at the casino rate)
IMPORTANT! Recently, it is not possible to pay for EPT buy-in from a PokerStars account. Also, you cannot receive winnings on it.
IMPORTANT!  Russians pay 13% tax on winnings within the walls of Casino Sochi. The difference between the purchased / cashed chips at the checkout is calculated and tax is paid from it.
Daily Satellites to EPT Open Sochi Main Event 2021
Never been to Sochi and want to take part in the EPT Open? Then the daily satellites at PokerStars are just for you. And getting a free package of EPT Open Sochi participant is not a “million chance”, but a very real opportunity.
On Sundays, the $ 215 EPT Open Sochi Qualifier final satellite is played for the Main Event package that includes buy-in, travel and six nights at a Marriott hotel. The closest final will take place on June 6 at 20:05 Moscow time.
You can get into the tournament:
- Direct satellite for $ 11 (three daily)
- Direct satellite for $ 22 (three daily). You can qualify for it through the freeroll satellites, as well as at $ 1.10 / $ 2.20.
- Direct satellite for $ 16.50 (two daily). You can get into it through [Splash] sub-satellite for $ 0.27.
PS There is another “workaround” for getting an EPT member package – the promotional $ 5.50 Spin & Go.
How can I get to the EPT Open for free?
Participate in daily freerolls EPT Open Sochi Daily Freeroll at 20:15 UTC. The top 50 of this tournament goes to the final satellite of the EPT Open Sochi Weekly Final, where the full package of participants for the EPT Open Sochi is also raffled off.
The closest final will take place on June 7 at 20:15 Moscow time.
Last year, thanks to similar freeroll satellites in the Main Event, she played Svetlana Sokolova… She finished 24th and earned ₽542K.
Another free way to participate in satellites is to receive a special ticket to the daily EPT Open Stars Rewards Freeroll in your Stars Rewards chests, which offers satellite tickets from $ 2.20 to $ 215.