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The first leg of the new and exciting partypoker LIVE tour sees us head to Sochi, Russia in March for a $1 million guaranteed event that is sure to capture the imagination of the poker-playing public.

partypoker LIVE Sochi, held at the glamorous Sochi Casino and Resort, will be the biggest live poker tournament in Russian history with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool with $200,000 locked away for the eventual champion.

Satellites for partypoker LIVE Sochi are in full swing online at partypoker, so if you’re currently playing in them, or thinking of trying to qualify for the spectacular event, here is everything you need to know about partypoker LIVE Sochi.

partypoker LIVE Sochi: How to Qualify


Satellites to partypoker LIVE Sochi can be found in the partypoker tournament lobby and they feed into $109 buy-in satellites that run four times per day, guaranteeing a combined six $1,100 seats.


Time (ET) Time (GMT) Name Seat GTD
10:00am 3:00pm pp Million Sochi Satellite: 1 x $1,100 seat Gtd 1
12:00pm 5:00pm pp Million Sochi Satellite: 2 x $1,100 seats Gtd 2
2:00pm 7:00pm pp Million Sochi Satellite: 2 x $1,100 seats Gtd 2
4:00pm 9:00pm pp Million Sochi Satellite: 1 x $1,100 seat Gtd 1

Feeder tournaments starting as low as $0.01 are available throughout the day meaning you could be heading to Sochi to play for a first place prize guaranteed to be $200,000 for only one cent, how amazing would that be?

For more details about how to qualify for partypoker LIVE Sochi, head to this partypoker blog article.

partypoker LIVE Sochi: Russia’s newest casino complex

The Sochi Casino and resort is the first casino in Russia’s newest dedicated gambling zone. Located in the Gorky Gorod mountain resort, the five-star complex only opened to the public on January 5, 2017 and features 70 gaming tables, 569 slot machines and a bustling poker room.

Away from the gambling facilities, Sochi Casino features two excellent restaurants guaranteed to tickle your taste buds, a bar, VIP rooms, a concert hall and theatre, plus it is part of the 428-room Sochi Marriott Krasnaya Polyana Hotel which itself has a brace of restaurants and bars, a spa, nightclub and fitness facilities.

If the partypoker LIVE Sochi tournament doesn’t go to plan, you’re bound to find something to keep you entertained.

Check out this video for a guided tour, in Russian, of the brand new Sochi Casino.

partypoker LIVE Sochi: The Summer Capital of Russia

Sochi Beach

Sochi beach at night: Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Sochi is Russia’s biggest and busiest summer sea resorts, attracting more than four million visitors each year thanks to its vibrant nightlife, warm sunny days, picturesque mountainous coastline and endless shingle beaches.

The city shot to worldwide fame in 2007 when it launched a successful bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. It marked the first Games held in Russia since the breaking up of the U.S.S.R. and came as a surprise because Sochi is regarded as a summer destination.

Like the rest of Russia, the currency in Sochi is the Russian rouble (RUB). ATMs are plentiful especially in Central Sochi and Adler, while Visa and MasterCards are widely accepted. Using American Express, however, can often prove problematic.

Some of the smaller shops, restaurant and hotels only accept cash transactions so it pays to carry some roubles with you. Approximate current exchange rates on Feb. 22 are:

  • £1 for 72 roubles
  • US$1 for 57 roubles
  • CA$1 for 44 roubles
  • €1 for 60 roubles

partypoker LIVE Sochi: Getting There

Flying into Sochi

Siberia Airlines: Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

As Sochi is part of Russia, visitors to Sochi require a visa which permits them to enter the country. Tourist visas can be valid up to 30-days and must be obtained before you attempt to enter Russia.

More than 30 countries do not require a visa, they can be found here, while some non-UK visa applicants are required to submit additional documents such as bank statements during the application process.

You can find more information about the Russia visa process and how to obtain yours, here.

Sochi has an international airport (AER) located in the Adler district; the airports at Krasnodar and Gelendzhik can also be used. Most flights There are regular connections with Vienna, Istanbul and Tel-Aviv with several daily flights connecting via Moscow.

partypoker LIVE Sochi: Where to Stay

Sochi Adventure park hotel in Sochi during the Olympic Winter Games

Sochi Adventure park hotel: Image courtesy of Atos

Sochi has in excess of 200 hotels and hostels so finding one to suit your budget should be an easy task. Some hostels start as little as 500 roubles per night with the more luxurious hotels setting you back upwards of 14,000 roubles per night for a double room.

Partypoker LIVE Sochi: Where to eat

Amazing Italian food in Sochi

Italian food: Image courtesy of MaxPixel

The casino aside, there are hundreds of restaurants to feast at during your stay in Sochi. According to Trip Advisor, three of the best-rated eateries are Trattoria Fettuccine, Khmeli & Suneli and Olivye.

partypoker LIVE Sochi: Things to Do

Intense skiing action in Sochi

Intense skiing action in Sochi. Image courtesy of Atos via Flickr

Obviously, you’ll be hoping to spend your time in Sochi playing your way towards the $200,000 first place prize, but if those plans go awry, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you entertained.

For those of you who like to be at one with nature, there are 33 waterfalls, the Vorontsovka Caves, Mount Akhun and the 30-million-year-old Yew & Boxtree Wood.

If aquarium and zoos are your thing, you’ll find half a dozen of those, several national parks, many museums and monuments from the Soviet-era, or perhaps a trip to the mountains could be in order where you’ll find some of the best ski resorts in the world.

Ready to join the party?

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