The PokerStars.com European Poker Tour has announced that the August, 2009 EPT Russian Open, scheduled to be held in Moscow, has been moved to Kiev, Ukraine and retitled as the EPT Kiev Sports Poker Championship. The move was necessitated by a recent change in poker law adversely affecting poker’s status in that country, and making it impossible for a tournament to be held in Moscow.
The new EPT Kiev stop, scheduled for the same dates, August 18-23, 2009, is held in conjunction with the Ukrainian Poker Federation and authorized by that country’s Ministry of Youth, Family and Sport. The event will have a buy-in of €5,000 (€4,700+300).
Online qualifiers at PokerStars who already won seats to the Moscow stop will have their trips rescheduled to Kiev for the new EPT event; however, Stars has announced that instead of accepting the EPT Kiev package, players may also use their seat at a future EPT event or receive the cash equivalent.
The new EPT Kiev stop also kicks off the EPT’s sixth season, with the first half of that schedule already released. More information on the European Poker Tour’s new Kiev stop is available at www.europeanpokertour.com.