10th Annual Grand Poker Series Set for May 30-July 3


Every summer Sin City serves as the poker world’s brightest stage, and while the World Series of Poker (WSOP) is always a big draw, Las Vegas is home to several smaller tournament series over that span.

Perhaps the most prominent alternative is the Grand Poker Series, which returns to the Golden Nugget in the Downtown district for its 10th annual edition on May 30.

Timed to coincide perfectly with the WSOP festivities, the Grand Poker Series runs through July 3 and features 57 events on the schedule. Those events largely range from $150 through $570 in terms of buy-in, making the Grand Poker Series a prime destination for poker fans who aren’t bankrolled for the mostly four-figure and up WSOP schedule.

Predictably, most tournaments feature the ubiquitous No Limit Texas Hold’em (NLHE) format, but mixed-game enthusiasts will be glad to note several variants on the schedule – including Omaha Hi-Lo Eight or Better, Triple Stud, Mixed Triple Draw Lowball Limit, and even an Eight-Game Mix.

Nearly all of the NLHE events feature guaranteed prize pools, running from $10,000 at the smaller stakes to $500,000 for the series’ $570 buy-in de facto Main Event. That high-profile tournament – which kicks off on June 29 with the first of three starting flights – is expected to poach a handful of value-hunting professionals from their regular routine at the Rio.

Recreational players can join the action on the cheap, with a $150 buy-in Mega Satellite on June 28 awarding at least 25 seats to the $500,000 guaranteed event.

Speaking of “recs,” the North American Amateur Poker Championship on June 7 costs only $150 and offers a $20,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Another highlight for Grand Poker Series attendees – those who have their AARP cards anyway – boasts the biggest buy-in on the schedule: the $1,000 Seniors Super High Roller on June 17.

Players aged 50 and up can compete in this special high-stakes event, which is one of five Seniors-only tournaments at the Grand Poker Series. Even better, the Seniors Super High Roller is scheduled perfectly to allow players time for a quick bracelet chase, as the WSOP’s two Seniors events take place on June 16 and 18.

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