Live Poker in March: The Best Low Buy-In Events in Europe
With Georgia's first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit event, a World Poker Tour (WPT) event taking place in Vienna, the Eureka Poker Tour in Rozvadov, and the World Championship of Amateur Poker hitting London, March is going to be a busy month for those who like to play live poker in Europe.
Whether you want to spend a weekend in sunny Malta, enjoy a pint or two in Dublin, or you are looking for an immersive poker experience in the Czech Republic, our selection of the best low buy-in live poker tournaments has got you covered.
Check out the events in the list, choose the ones that best fit you and your bankroll, and get ready to book your next poker trip.
Eureka Poker Tour: March 2-8, Rozvadov
The new season of the Eureka Poker Tour by PokerStars kicks off in March at King's Casino, Europe's largest poker room. The widely appreciated casino on the border of the Czech Republic and Germany will be the stage of a great seven days of poker, with the room's great cash games running side-by-side with the 22 events included on the schedule.
The series' Main Event, a €1,100 buy-in tournament taking place from March 4-8 featuring a huge €500,000 guaranteed prize pool, is definitely not the only top event in the schedule. Players at King's get the opportunity to also join great events such as the €330 Rozvadov Cup with a €100,000 guarantee (March 2-5), the €70 King's Local Championship with a €15,000 guarantee (March 5), and the €60 Eureka Locals NL Hold'em Deepstack EPT Edition with a €7,000 guarantee on March 8.
For more information about the Eureka Poker Tour in Rozvadov to check the series’ full schedule, have a look at this page. Also, if you are in Rozvadov, this article gives you a full overview of all the satellite tournament in the schedule.
888Local: March 3-5, London
This month, the low buy-in live tournament series sponsored by 888poker will host their first event at Aspers Casino in London. While these events are usually considered to be a great opportunity for recreational players to play poker, have fun, and get a lot of bang for their bucks, the first 888Local event of the season is set to become a very special tournament, and we highly recommend you to include in your list.
Not only does the £220 Main Event carry a £50,000 guaranteed prize pool, but — spoiler alert — those at the event will have the unique opportunity to spend their time with 888poker ambassador Kara Scott, 888poker pros Sofia Lovgren and Dominik Nitsche, and former Manchester United star Andy Cole.
For more details about the first 888Local event of the year, check out this article.
World Series of Poker Circuit: March 3-9, Tbilisi
Georgia's first-ever World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) event is possibly the most anticipated tournament taking place in March. During the past months, the WSOP Circuit team and local partner Adjarabet have worked very hard to make this event possible, and now it's time to discover if Georgia has the player base a country needs to become a new hotspot for the game.
The WSOP Circuit festival is held at the Tbilisi Sports Palace, the country's largest indoor sports arena, and includes a total of 19 tournaments with a combined guaranteed prize pools of $700,000, the biggest ever offered in the region.
While all the eyes are on the $1,100 Main Event with a $300,000 guarantee running from March 6-9, we advise you to keep on your radar other interesting tournaments like the $330 Adjarabet Championship (March 4-6) featuring a $100,000 guarantee and the one-day WSOP Warm-Up opening event that guarantees a $30,000 prize pool for a buy-in of just $110.
Some of top names that have already confirmed their presence in the field are Daniel "Jungleman" Cates, Marcin Wydrowski, Mateusz Dziewoński, Piotr Franczak, Dominik Panka, Steve O'Dwyer, and Dzmitry Urbanovich.
Unibet Open: March 3-6, London
The first week of March will see also the Unibet Open head back to the Victoria Casino in London for an event that many expect to be one of the best ones this month.
The top tournament part of this four-day live poker action include an £825 Main Event with two opening flights, a £1,650 High Roller, and a special Unibet Open Deepstack event with a £330 buy-in.
Mateusz Moolhuizen will be in London to fight to become the first player to ever win three Unibet Open main events and PokerNews will be at the Vic to provide you with live updates from the tournament floor.
Click here for more information on Unibet Open London.
Partypoker World Poker Tour: March 9-20, Vienna
Not only March is a great time to spend time in Vienna, one of Europe's most charming and culturally-rich cities, but this month is also your chance to join a massive 12 days of live poker at the Montesino Pokertainment Center.
The schedule of the WPT Vienna includes nine events (and a lot of qualifiers), with the highlight being the €3,200 Main Event running from March 15-20. There is also a €340 Warm Up event running from March 10-14 with a €200,000 guarantee.
Those who play at partypoker can try to qualify online to one of the events on the schedule by joining one of the many online satellites currently running on the platform.
Click here for more information about the WPT Vienna.
The Grand Live: March 11-15, Malta
The Portomaso Casino in St. Julians, Malta, is again home to The Grand Live Poker Tour, an event that traditionally brings a healthy field of players to the island.
The penultimate leg of Season 6 heads back to Malta after a two-year hiatus with a €1,100 Main Event and a number of side events that include also a €60 Team Event running on March 13. Despite the lower buy-ins, the events of The Grand Live in Malta have always awarded premium prizes. Back in 2010, Hungary's Janos Katzenberger outlasted the competition and took home the €72,550 first prize on tap.
In 2012, Nikos Grammis outlasted 337 entrants to win €69,085, while in 2013 it was Denmark’s Jimmy Rasmussen to leave the poker room last, with the €52,500 top cash prize in his pockets.
Click here for more information on The Grand Live Malta
World Championship of Amateur Poker: March 19-28, London
If you have the opportunity to play poker in the United Kingdom this month, make sure you don't miss the 2016 World Championship of Amateur Poker (WCOAP), a massive event organized by the Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) and Coral Poker.
To be held at Aspers Casino, the 2016 edition of the APAT is set to be the largest one ever held, with 22 gold bracelet events with buy-ins ranging between £55 and £220. Those who have eyes on the 2016 WSOP will definitely have to consider playing in the £110 Main Event running from March 26-28, since the winner will leave the poker room with a first prize of £8,500 and a trip to the WSOP.
Overall, the 2016 WCOAP features a great calendar with a lot more than just Texas hold’em tournaments, as the official schedule of the series includes stud, Omaha, open-face Chinese, and mixed-game events.
The Irish Open: March 21-28, Dublin
Europe's oldest poker festival will close out the month of March.
If you are ready to play some good live poker and socialize with some if the most entertaining players you will ever find at your table, get ready, because the Irish Open €1,150 Main Event, running from March 24-28 with a €500,000 guarantee, is one you don’t want to miss.
Overall, the schedule of the 2016 Irish Poker Open includes 32 events. Our favorite ones are the €2,000 High Roller on March 23, the €350 Liam Flood Memorial on March 26, and the €250 Mini Irish Open running from March 27-28.
The calendar also includes a €150 Open-Face Chinese Poker event on March 26 and an €250 Irish Open Seniors tournament on March 28. While we can't predict much about the play, knowing some of the players that are planning to attend the Seniors event we advise you to stay as close to the tables as you can, as that's where you will get to hear some of the best stories about poker in Europe from some true legends of the game.
Click here for more information on the 2016 Irish Open.