News: 19-year-old wins WPT Russia

The first World Poker Tour event on European soil since the pandemic began has just concluded in Sochi.

Maksim Sekretarev
Maksim Sekretarev

While the bricks and mortar game has been running in some form for a while Stateside, European live poker has mostly been a victim of the global lockdowns. 

One exception has been Sochi, which has hosted several tournaments recently including the first World Poker Tour in Europe in over a year (after hosting their first American event in January). 

WPT Russia had a ₽245,000 (~$3,300) Main Event which attracted 162 entries and 89 re-entries. 

It also boasted one of the youngest winners ever to lift a WPT title, as 19-year-old Maksim Sekretarev took it down for ₽11,996,601 ($161,982).

Sochi will continue to be one of the only major live poker destinations in Europe for a while yet. Later on this month it will play host to EPT Sochi, which gets underway on March 19. Although PokerStars tend to bring lots of online qualifiers, for the most part these events will only really attract Russian nationals. 

When will the rest of Europe start seeing regular live tournament action? It looks like we are a way off yet, no other operators look willing to commit to an event yet and last week Unibet announced they would not host any Unibet Open events this year. 

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