PokerStars is involved in many quality live tours around the world. The European Poker Tour continues to break new ground, while the LAPT and APPT have both established themselves nicely in recent years. This year the ANZPT tour kicked off, and in January the first ever PokerStars-sponsored Russian Poker Tour event was held in St Petersburg.
The RPT was an instant success, and it looks like the second and final event of the first season, in the capital Moscow with a $7,000 buy-in, will be even better. Some 206 players sat down for Day 1 yesterday, enough for the organisers to tag an extra day on to the event to ensure a steady and fair structure. PokerStars qualifiers were joined by a formidable selection of Team PokerStars Pro, include local favourites Alex Kravchenko and Ivan Demidov, and Katja Thater and Chad Brown.
Only Vanessa Rousso, still on a high from winning the EPT Monte Carlo €25K High Roller event, failed to make it through to today’s Day 2. The two Russians (Demidov is big in chips), Brown and Thater fared better and will be back at the felt today. Overnight chip leader was Sergey “gipsy” Rybachenko, who managed to turn his 15,000 starting stack into a healthy 76,000. Of the 206 starters, 122 made it through the day.
How’s your Russian? If it’s better than ours – and that wouldn’t be difficult – then you can catch up on the latest news from our colleague Pavel Sychev over on the Russian PokerStars Blog. If you can’t read Russian, you can still take a look and marvel at the weird letters – and enjoy the pictures, of course.