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Russian Poker Tour Begins Thursday

The $7,000 Buy-in Main Event Will Be Televised in Russia

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The second stop of the PokerStars Russian Poker Tour will take place in Moscow at the Hotel Renaissance through May 16. The $7,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event begins on Thursday, May 14 at 3 p.m. local time. This event is a sport poker series cup of Russia event, and it will take place over three days. The final table will crown a champion on Saturday, May 16. This event was originally scheduled to take place from Feb. 22-28, but the schedule was adjusted to have this event take place before the World Series of Poker in May.

The first RPT stop took place in St. Petersburg at the end of January 2009. The $5,000 main event attracted 201 players, who created a prize pool worth $1,005,000. Oleg Sountsov from St. Petersburg took home the title and gold medal for the win. Runner-up Vadim Markoushevskij was awarded the silver medal, and third-place finisher Alex Pantiukhin took home the bronze medal. These final-tablists will join Team PokerStars pros Alexander Kravchenko and Ivan Demidov from Russia, and Vanessa Rousso and Chad Brown from the U.S. in the tournament field in Moscow.

Here is a look at the schedule for the event:

NOTE: All tournament days begin at 3 p.m. local time. Players will begin with 15,000 in chips and blinds begin at 25-50. Levels will be 60 minutes long for the first eight levels. After that levels will increase to 75 minutes in length. Length of tournament days is decided by the tournament director.

Thursday, May 14: Day 1

Friday, May 15: Day 2

Saturday, May 16: Final day

Check back on CardPlayer.com at the conclusion of the tournament for a recap of the final table.