EPT: Goodbye Moscow, hello Kiev

Alexander Kravchenko
Do svidaniya Moscow!

EPT Moscow has been cancelled, but PokerStars is replacing the event with a new stop in Kiev, Ukraine.

The Moscow leg of the European Poker Tour, scheduled to kick the tour's sixth season off in August, was put in jeopardy when the Russian Ministry of Youth, Sport and Tourism passed an order July 20 removing poker's status as a sport, effectively banishing the game to the country's four newly designated gambling zones, all outside the Russian capital.

A release from PokerStars Friday now claims the event has been cancelled because the EPT's ability to run the event was placed in doubt.

In its place, the EPT will open season six in Kiev, Ukraine August 18-23 with the "EPT Kiev Sports Poker Championship" featuring a €5,000 Main Event.

The Kiev Sports Palace will play host to the event in the heart of the Ukrainian capital.

PokerStars players who have already qualified for the Moscow event can have their packages converted to EPT Kiev, take a credit for a future event, or receive the cash equivalent.

The Ukraine does not require visas for citizens of the European Union, United States or Canada when travelling for less than 90 days.

"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," the release states.

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