Spring in Sochi PokerStars tries again
In March 2018, the PokerStars Championship will return to Sochi, Russia. It will be the third visit after the festival this October and the rather failed championship this May.
The festival in October had a rather clear buy-in, attracting 699 players to the main event. On the Black Sea, the only location in Russia where poker allowed an old acquaintance made headlines Vladimir Troyanovskiy finished second in the tournament. Once again, there is a full championship event and PokerStars again guarantees a million dollar prize. This time it is 150 million rubles (or 2.2 million euros), which are at least played in the main event.
PokerStars has not yet released all the details of the PSC event, but a few dates are already known. The event will held from the 20th to 29 March and the main event will run from the 23rd to 29 March. The main event this time will cost 2,830 euros with the 777-fold amount of prize money guaranteed. Cheaper was never a main event of the PokerStars Champion series. In fact, EPT tournaments have never been so cheap since the first season (around 15 years ago). For the first time in Sochi, the Freeze Out limit. So far, all PokerStars main events have been pure FreezeOut tournaments. In Sochi that will change now. PokerStars has quoted the clause “1 re-entry per start day” and we interpret this as meaning that players who left on day 1A can re-shop on day 1B.
In addition, there will be a High roller tournament. This costs 9,000 euros (or 617,000 rubles) and allows a one-time re-entry. As usual at the PokerStars events, there is also a National Championship event in Sochi for $ 975 and a Sochi Cup for a clear $ 280. The event will held at the Sochi Casino Resort in Estosadok Village – Russia’s most popular day trip destination. As early as May of this year, PokerStars was active in Russia. At that time, the provider guaranteed 150,000,000 rubles in the main event, but experienced a formidable belly landing. Only 387 players came to the tournament and converted PokerStars had to pay almost half a million euros.
There were a few reasons why the tournament did not work in Russia in May. The tournament advertised late, it put into the late days in May and many players were already on their way to Las Vegas for the WSOP. In addition, PokerStars offered at that time only very few satellites for the main event in the online client. After Panama and Macao, Sochi was the third destination on the PokerStars calendar that hit in a short space of time and was a bit off the beaten track.
It was probably just too much for the players and poker professionals in the end. In 2018, the event in Sochi should become more accessible. In late March, he will take over the role of PokerStars spring tournaments, which this year still, had Panama and Macao. From the 6th to the 14th of January the PCA will take place in the Bahamas and in May big matches will take place in Monte Carlo. Further dates will announce soon.