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Major Live UK & Ireland Poker Tournaments During May 2018

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The 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) kicks off in Las Vegas on May 29 and the eyes of the world will be upon it once the first cards are in the air at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

If you cannot wait until the 2018 WSOP gets under-way, there is plenty of live poker action a little closer to home with dozens of events and festivals taking place in the United Kingdom and Ireland during the month of May.

Fans of the Grosvenor 25/25 Series will be delighted to learn there are seven stops scheduled in May. Each Grosvenor 25/25 Series tournament commands a £225 buy-in and features a £25,000 guaranteed prize pool. The tour heads to London twice, Bournemouth, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham and Portsmouth.

Three major players in the online poker world have live events to get involved in during the fifth month of the year. The Hippodrome hosts the latest edition of the PokerStars Live London Series from May 11-13 where a £275 buy-in Main Event with a £40,000 guarantee catches the eye. Satellites for this event are available online at PokerStars.

888poker are also getting in on the live poker tournament action with a £50,000 guaranteed tournament known simply as The One. This £1,000 buy-in event takes place at Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford in London on May 19.

partypoker is the other online giant to head into a bricks and mortar venue during May. Both of the partypoker events take place in Ireland, with the €50,000 guaranteed Fitzwilliam Poker Masters at the Fitzwilliam Card Club (€375 buy-in) and the Grand Prix Mini Dublin at the Green Isle Hotel both taking place in Dublin. The Grand Prix Mini guarantees €100,000 despite only commanding a €120 buy-in.

Major Live UK & Ireland Poker Tournaments During May 2018

DateEvent / FestivalVenueNotes
May 3-6Grosvenor 25/25 SeriesThe Poker Room formerly The Vic, London£225 buy-in, £25K Gtd
May 4-7The Fitzwilliam Poker MastersFitzwilliam Card Club, Dublin€375 buy-in, €50K Gtd
May 4-7Rainbow Super CupRainbow Casino, Bristol£110 buy-in, £15K Gtd
May 51 Day 1K Heavyweight PKO SpecialDusk Till Dawn, Nottingham£1,100 buy-in, £50K Gtd
May 6DTD100 8-Max 1 Day EventDusk Till Dawn, Nottingham£110 buy-in, £20K Gtd
May 7Bank Holiday MondayThe Empire Casino, London£108 buy-in
May 8-132018 Genting Poker Series Leg 8Genting Resorts World, Birmingham£440 buy-in, £100K Gtd
May 10-13Grosvenor 25/25 SeriesGrosvenor Casino, Bournemouth£225 buy-in, £25K Gtd
May 10-13Grosvenor 25/25 SeriesGrosvenor Casino Westgate, Leeds£225 buy-in, £25K Gtd
May 11-13PokerStars Live London SeriesHippodrome Casino, London£275 buy-in, £40K Gtd
May 12The Harley 200 8-MaxDusk Till Dawn, Nottingham£220 buy-in, £30K Gtd
May 13The Harley 100 1 Day EventDusk Till Dawn, Nottingham£110 buy-in, £20K Gtd
May 14Monthly 1K SpecialPoker Room formerly The Vic, London£1,100 buy-in
May 17-20Grosvenor 25/25 SeriesGrosvenor Casino, Liverpool£225 buy-in, £25K Gtd
May 17-20The London DeepstackPoker Room formerly The Vic, London£170 buy-in
May 17-202018 Genting Poker Series Mini Leg 9Genting Club Reading, Reading£220 buy-in, £35K Gtd
May 17-20Grosvenor 25/25 SeriesGrosvenor Casino Birmingham Hill Street£225 buy-in, £25K Gtd
May 19888 The OneAspers Casino Westfield Stratford, London£1,000 buy-in, £50K Gtd
May 24-27Grosvenor 25/25 SeriesPoker Room formerly The Vic, London£225 buy-in, £25K Gtd
May 24-27partypoker Grand Prix Mini DublinGreen Isle Hotel, Dublin€120 buy-in, €100K Gtd
May 27-Jun 2Yorkshire VGC Poker Championships 2018Victoria Gate Casino, Leeds£220 buy-in, £50K Gtd
May 28Monthly 8-MaxPoker Room formerly The Vic, London£550 buy-in
May 28Bank Holiday MondayThe Empire Casino, London£108 buy-in
May 31Monthly SpecialPoker Room formerly The Vic, London£330 buy-in
May 31-Jun 32018 Genting Poker Series Mini Leg 10Genting Casino Glasgow, Glasgow£220 buy-in, £35K Gtd
May 31-Jun 3Grosvenor 25/25 SeriesGrosvenor Portsmouth Gunwharf, Portsmouth£225 buy-in, £25K Gtd

Elsewhere, the Poker Room formerly The Vic is busy in May with half-a-dozen tournaments taking place throughout the month. Then there’s the inaugural Yorkshire VGC Poker Championships at the Victoria Gate Casino in Leeds where a cool £50,000 is guaranteed to be won for a £220 investment.

Those of you who like to ply your trade at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham have some exciting tournaments in the first half of the month. These include a £1,100 buy-in £50,000 guaranteed Progressive Knockout tournament and a £35,000 guaranteed £220 buy-in tournament, plus there’s the chance to win a custom Harley Davidson motorcycle, more on that later.

Fans of the Genting Poker Series can compete in two Minis and Main Event during May. The Minis takes place in Reading and Glasgow and see a £35,000 guaranteed prize pool for a £220 buy-in, while the Main runs in the Genting Resorts World in Birmingham. Here, £100,000 is guaranteed for a £440 buy-in.

All these events are perfect for building a last-chance bankroll for the 2018 World Series of Poker. Remember you can try and win your way into most of the major tournaments via online satellites. Check our list of available poker rooms and deals to see if satellites are running to the live tournament that takes your fancy.

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