As Russia continues its violent attack on Ukraine, the European Poker Tour (EPT) Sochi has been now been cancelled after it was postponed to October due to the ongoing war. This is not the only event to be canceled as a popular poker forum user mentioned that all poker events in Russia should be banned.
The tournament poster proposed that operators cancel all the events in Russia and ban all the citizens of Russia who have been competing in live events across the globe. These suggestions also call for online poker sites to end operations in Russia and end the contracts of the Russian players they are sponsoring. EPT was called off when PokerStars announced the cancellation via a press release. As per the report, “PokerStars can confirm that EPT Sochi has been cancelled. An event will not be held in Sochi until such time that it is safe for staff and players, and appropriate to do so. Qualifiers can contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries.”
The series was scheduled to run between 18th- 27th March at the Sochi Casino & Resort. After the invasion into Ukraine, PokerStars immediately decided to move the series to a later date. Upon further review, the company has decided to call off the event entirely for the safety of players and staff.
One of the pro players from the Ukraine poker industry is Eugene Katchalov who fled the country and is currently in Hungary. Earlier this week, the player spoke about his wild journey in the PokerNews podcast. With the war situation getting intense day by day and the condition in Ukraine worsening every day, poker players want the community to stand in solidarity and ban the game in Russia.
Manthra Koliyer is a writer at Gutshot Magazine. She has an affinity for seeing the world through people’s eyes. With a bubbly fun personality, you can always catch her chatting with anyone she comes across. Holding an English Literature degree from Wilson College, Mumbai, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Asian College of Journalism, this pop culture fanatic is ready to take on the world with a pen, paper, and microphone. She also actively works on her personal blog called namasteyconvict.blogspot.com, where for a moment she lets you into her drama-filled world.
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