Now that the World Series of Poker is well and truly here, those of you that are not going will be really stewing right now; the first bracelet has been awarded and the prop bets stories are coming in thick and fast. We are here to once again remind you that there is plenty of poker to go round for everyone and you could even be clearing up while the sharks are away. This week let's have a look at the live circuit.
A lot of card rooms seem to shut down during the World Series and the chances of finding a festival within driving distance is slim. There are options, however, for the UK players, particularly in June. The Rivercard Club in Stanmore starts a weeklong festival on Sunday which comprises of a mix of £50-200 Hold'em and Omaha events (Including a very exciting looking round of each event on both Sundays) and is a must for all the big bet poker enthusiasts.
Starting on the 15th of June is the return of the Waterford Open in Ireland. A €500 main event and number of side events, this event once again shows Ireland is the home of deep stack poker. 15,000 starting chips and one hour clocks, who needs Vegas with a structure like that? Demand is high for this event and the first prize is likely to be meaty.
The 18th of June sees the return of the Great British Poker Tour, with a £500 main event this time at the Gala Casino in Bristol. This is possibly the best value event on in the UK during the series, because not only is it a generous structure and usually includes money added prizes, most of the circuit pros who frequent these events will be otherwise occupied in the City of Sin, never a better chance to take a shot at a major UK title.
Back to Ireland and the Gold Club Casino in the beautiful Letterkenny hosts another juicy looking event starting from the 3rd of July. A €500 main event which is on at the same time as the WSOP main event, it also has a great looking side event – a €120 scalp tournament, which should look like carnage and probably be a very fast paced affair.
But perhaps the best place to visit during the no-WSOP-blues is Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham. Now that the club has gone seven days a week, it's the best Vegas distraction as well as the best place to get a variety of well organised cash games for all levels. On top of the regular tournaments, this weekend and the weekend of the 5th of July will host the 3-2-1 mini festivals. With a deep stack £300 main event on top of £200 and £100 rebuy events on Sundays, these usually are filled with the best players in the UK, but most of them will be thousands of miles away and nowhere near the £25,000 guaranteed events.
It may feel like it, but poker hasn't stopped for most of you because the World Series is on in Las Vegas. UK poker is still booming and there are plenty of venues to get a game this summer. Next week we'll look at how you can get involved with the WSOP from the comfort of your living room.