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EPT Moscow forced to move to Kiev

28/7/2009
Following the Russian government’s decision to abruptly close all of its casinos, the European Poker Tour has been forced into an adjustment in its schedules.

The Russian leg of the EPT has now been moved to Kiev in the Ukraine and will be held from August 17-23.

Poker has been excluded from the All-Russian register of kinds of sport, which means it is now classified as gambling – and so following the July ruling regarding the prohibiting of the gambling business in Russia, it has created a problem for poker players.

Some top pros like Tony ‘G’ Guoga will also be affected. Guoga is renowned for his love of playing poker in Russian casinos as he is fluent in Russian.

Players holding a voucher for the EPT, which was to have taken place in Moscow, will still be eligible to play in Kiev.

The organizers of the European Poker Tour expressed their regret that Moscow will not be able to receive the stage of the most prestigious European series of poker tournaments.
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