The 2017 World Series of Poker is only weeks away and poker players from around the world are grinding hard in an attempt to build their Las Vegas bankrolls and sharpen their skills.
Poker players from the United Kingdom and Ireland have plenty of opportunities to buy into live events around their countries throughout the month of May, as you can see from the bustling schedule of live poker tournament schedule below.
Major live poker tournaments in the UK & Ireland during May
|May 1-7||2017 Genting Poker Series Mini||Genting Casino Blackpool|
|May 4-7||Grosvenor 25/25 Series||Grosvenor Casino Portsmouth|
|May 5||£10,000 Gtd||Victoria Gate Casino, Leeds|
|May 5-7||£100,000 Gtd DTD200||Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham|
|May 5-7||Bristol Rainbow Poker Masters Series||Rainbow Casino, Bristol|
|May 5-7||150 Monkeys||Green Isle Hotel, Dublin|
|May 5-7||PokerStars Megastack London||Hippodrome Casino, London|
|May 11-14||Grosvenor 25/25 Series||Grosvenor Casino Bradford|
|May 11-14||Super Stack Scotland||Alea Casino, Glasgow|
|May 12-14||PokerStars Megastack Leinster||Regency Airport Hotel, Dublin|
|May 14||Mini Monthly Special||Grosvenor G Casino Reading|
|May 14-16||£100,000 Gtd DTD200||Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham|
|May 15-21||2017 Genting Poker Series Leg 8||Genting Club Westcliff, Westcliff-On-Sea|
|May 18-21||Grosvenor 25/25 Series||Grosvenor G Casino Dundee|
|May 19-21||Ulster Poker Festival||Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan|
|May 19-21||The Big One in Cavan||Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan|
|May 21-23||£100,000 Gtd DTD200||Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham|
|May 21-28||2017 Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Leg 5||Grosvenor G Casino, Reading|
|May 21-28||Yorkshire VGCPoker Championships||Victoria Gate Casino, Leeds|
|May 24-29||The Fitzwilliam Poker Masters||Fitzwilliam Card Club, Dublin|
|May 25-28||888Live London Local||Aspers Casino Stratford, London|
|May 25-28||PokerStars Live London Series||Hippodrome Casino, London|
|May 28-30||£100,000 Gtd DTD200||Dusk Till Dawn, Nottingham|
There are three of the popular Grosvenor 25/25 Series events taking place in May 2017. These run in Bradford, Dundee and Portsmouth and each carries a £25,000 guarantee for the £220 buy-in.
Also run by Grosvenor Casinos is the Reading leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour. The Reading leg has a large £100,000 guaranteed prize pool for a £550 buy-in, plus a whole host of satellites and side events taking place between May 21-28.
Another tournament that boasts of a £100,000 guaranteed prize pool is the DTD200 at Dusk Till Dawn. There are four such events scheduled during May, each taking place from Friday through Sunday each week. Online Day 1s and satellites take place at partypoker with Day 1c onwards taking place at the excellent Dusk Till Dawn poker club in Nottingham.
You can also play an online leg and qualify for the new Yorkshire VGCPoker Championship at partypoker. This new event is a £110 buy-in ($140 if you play online) tournament, running May 21-28, with a £30,000 guarantee and is the largest tournament the brand new casino has run since opening its poker room at the Victoria Gate Casino in the heart of Leeds. Earlier in May, there is an £85 buy-in event with a £10,000 guarantee. When it ran in April, 206 players bought in and created a £15,450 prize pool.
PokerStars is running three major tournaments during the fifth month of the year. The first is the PokerStars Megastack costing £170 to enter (there is also a £330 High Roller) before the second Megastack heads to the Regency Airport Hotel in Ireland. Completing the trio of PokerStars events in May is the PokerStars Live London Series on May 25-28. If you don’t have the £275 buy-in to hand, head online to PokerStars and see if you can win yourself a seat to this superb tournament.
Finally, if you find yourself with a couple of days to spend in London from May 25, you may want to head to the vast Aspers Casino Stratford because the 888Live London Local festival is taking place. The full schedule isn’t yet available, but as soon as it becomes public knowledge, you’ll be able to read about it here at PokerNews.