Entain Further Cools on Russia with Partypoker Sochi Client Closure Entain Further Cools on Russia with Partypoker Sochi Client Closure

Entain, formerly GVC, parent company of partypoker, has taken another step back from the Russian online poker market, closing its dedicated Partypoker Sochi online poker client.

The online poker site continues to operate in Russia, PRO understands. However, its client specifically designed for the market—which only launched six months ago—has been shuttered.

The news was first reported on Russian online poker news sites. PRO can confirm that its primary website for distributing the client, Partypoker-Sochi.com, is offline for “maintenance.”

“Due to increasing regulatory restrictions in Russia, we have decided to close our Sochi poker product,” a partypoker spokesperson told PRO. “We will continue offering other poker services in Russia while we explore additional commercial and regulated opportunities within the market, as part of our strategy to only operate in licenced territories by the end of 2023.”