partypoker LIVE to be Primary Sponsor for Sochi Casino Events
partypoker LIVE announced this week they have signed a four-year deal as the primary partner of Russia’s premier Sochi Casino and Resort, kicking off with the inaugural WSOP Circuit Russia on May 13.
In addition to the $5,000,000 guaranteed WSOP Circuit Russia stop, the partnership deal also includes the Eurasia Poker Tour, the Russian Poker Championships and two partypoker LIVE MILLIONS events.
partypoker LIVE at Sochi Casino 2018/2019
|April 18-23||Sochi Poker Festival Spring||N/A|
|May 13-19||WSOP Circuit Russia||$5,000,000|
|July 2-13||Sochi Poker Festival Summer||N/A|
|August 4-12||MILLIONS Russia||$10,000,000|
|October 19-29||EAPT & Russian Poker Championships||$5,000,000|
|November 21-26||Sochi Poker Festival Autumn||N/A|
|January 2019||Sochi Poker Festival Winter||N/A|
|February 3-13||MILLIONS Snowfest||$5,000,000|
The relationship between partypoker and Sochi Casino goes back to the Russian casino’s roots. After opening in January 2017, Sochi Casino dove into the business of hosting live poker tournaments with partypoker LIVE Sochi in March 2017. The event was considered a great success, drawing at least 1,170 players to the new casino and resort.
In August, the duo built on their early success together, putting on the partypoker MILLIONS Russia which attracted tops pros from around the world and became the biggest poker tournament in Russia’s history. Aleksandr Gofman won the lion’s share of the Main Event prize pool for a payday of $1,000,000.
President of partypoker LIVE John Duthie is proud of what they've accomplished with Sochi Casino and is looking forward to building on it.
“We were not only the first global poker operator to run an event in Sochi," he said, "we also staged the largest poker tournament in Russian history there, so we’re really thrilled at our new partnership with Sochi Casino and are looking forward to a long and dynamic relationship.
“Sochi is such a fantastic resort and offers an amazing experience for players, both on and off the felt. The casino has only been open a relatively short time but has already made its mark on the international live poker circuit, providing a top new destination for players as well as helping to fuel passion for the game across the whole region.”
Sochi Casino and partypoker are looking to further grow that passion and excitement with WSOP Circuit’s debut in Russia May 13-29 featuring $5,000,000 in guarantees. The $1,000 Main Event May 25-29 carries with it a $2,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Though the full schedule has yet to be announced, partypoker confirmed that the events will include at least one high roller, at least one PLO tournament as well as WSOP’s signature Colossus event. And in typical partypoker LIVE style, there will also be plenty of online Day 1s and a host of satellites to fit a wide array of bankrolls.
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