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PokerStars Championship to return to Sochi in 2018

20 October 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Russia's luxury holiday resort, Sochi, will once again play host to the PokerStars Championship as the 10-day poker spectacular returns from 20-29 March 2018.

PokerStars Championship Sochi, sponsored by PokerStars, the flagship brand of The Stars Group Inc., will be one of the largest international poker events in Russian history. It follows on from PokerStars Festival Sochi in October and the inaugural PokerStars Championship event in Sochi, held in May 2017. The exciting stop will bring a number of must-play tournaments, including the RUB 66,000 buy-in (approximately US$1,142) PokerStars National Championship and the RUB 192,000 buy-in (approximately US$3,322) PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event, which will carry a RUB 150,000,000 (approximately US$2,500,000) guarantee.

"It's great to see PokerStars return to Sochi for a third time. It shows that there's a real appetite from players for a world-class event in the area," said Team PokerStars Pro Igor Kurganov. "The venue is beautiful, and there's plenty to do away from the felt. I can't wait to ski early in the day and play poker as apr├Ęs-ski. It will be an incredible stop!"

Key schedule highlights
PokerStars Championship Sochi will feature the following events:
  • PokerStars National Championship: 20-23 March, RUB 66,000 (approximately US$1,142).
  • PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event: 23-29 March, RUB 192,000 (approximately US$3,322) Guarantee RUB 150,000,000 (approximately US$2,500,000).
  • High Roller: 27-29 March, RUB 617,000 (approximately $10,674).
  • Sochi Cup: 27-29 March, RUB 19,000 (approximately US$329).
Away from the tables, players will have the chance to meet Team PokerStars Pros, enjoy the variety of tourist activities Sochi has to offer, attend the Player Party and take home free PokerStars merchandise.

Qualify online for live poker
Players can start qualifying online now for as little as $1 and take a shot at playing in the RUB 150,000,000 guaranteed PokerStars Championship Sochi Main Event through a wide range of satellites already underway online at

To find out more about PokerStars Championship Sochi, visit the website.

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