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The first ever Russian Poker Tour tournament took place in January in St. Petersburg. The tour continues this May 11-17, 2009 when action moves to the Russia's capital of Moscow. The first ever Poker Stars Russian Poker Tour event in St. Petersburg attracted a total of 201 players, who each put up the $5,000 entry fee, and featured poker professionals and Team PokerStars Pros Alex Kravchenko, Vanessa Rousso, and 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Ivan Demidov. A local, Oleg Suntsov, who began the final table as the short stack, took down that tournament and $300,000 in first-place prize.

Now is your chance to be a part of the next Russian Poker Tour on Satellites for the RPT-Moscow are running now, with Cash and FPP qualifiers starting at $2.22 or 111 FPP credits. The packages, worth $9,800, include the tournament buy-in, hotel accommodation and money to cover expenses. All you have to do is register for an RPT satellite by opening the PokerStars lobby, clicking 'Events' and 'Special'. This is your chance to be part of poker history because as puts it:

"St. Petersburg and Moscow are two of the world's most historic and imposing cities, and now you have the chance to combine a visit with playing in a brand new poker series, the Russian Poker Tour. The RPT will bring elite poker tournaments to the country's most prestigious venues, and you can be there courtesy of PokerStars.

The Russian poker scene has exploded in recent years, with millions of people playing both live and online at PokerStars. Russian poker is a hot property has also produced some of the best players on the scene right now - including Team PokerStars Pro player Alex Kravchenko and WSOP* Main Event runner-up Ivan Demidov, currently the top two highest earning Russian players of all time."

For full details on the Russian Poker Tour, including reports and results from the tournaments, visit the PokerStars Blog. Also, if you find yourself with any questions about the Russian Poker Tour, contact

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