Alt-WSOP: Golden Nugget Releases Summer Grand Poker Series Schedule

The Golden Nugget’s annual Grand Poker Series will take place May 26-July 6 downtown and feature 105 total events, kicking off simultaneously with the World Series of Poker.

Golden Nugget, home of the Grand Poker Series

The Golden Nugget will host its annual Grand Poker Series from May 26-July 6 this summer. (Image: Vegas Experience)

The schedule, released by the casino via Twitter on Wednesday, will feature mostly $120 to $200 buy-in events, including a (nearly) nightly $120 No-Limit Hold’em tournament that has become a standard feature of this Fremont Street festival.

Series Includes Big Buy-ins for Mixed Game Players

The entire series, located in the casino’s The Grand ballroom, features more than $3 million in guarantees, although the guarantees for most individual events are small. The biggest exceptions are $200 NLHE tournaments taking place May 28-31, June 4-7, June 11-14 and July 2-5 with as many as nine starting flights and each with a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Other highlights of the Grand Poker Series schedule include:

  • $1,100 Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Championship on June 15-16
  • $1,100 Seniors High Roller NLHE June 20-21
  • $1,100 HORSE Championship on June 22-23
  • $600 NLHE Championship on June 25-28 with a $500,000 guarantee
  • $1,100 Big O Championship on June 30-July 1

The Seniors High Roller will take place during what Golden Nugget dubs its “seniors week,” which features five seniors events over the seven-day span, including a $570 Super Seniors (for ages 60 and up) with a $100,000 guarantee on June 24.

An Alternative to the WSOP

All but 10 of the festival’s events are one-day affairs, making them convenient for players looking to slot quick tournaments into their schedules between World Series of Poker events.

The 2019 series attracted 1,313 entries to its $600 NLHE championship tournament, creating a prize pool of $677,508 and awarding $90,630 to winner Michael Policastro.

Grand Poker Series players can get a discounted room rate of $29 on weekdays and $59 on weekends with the promo code POKER20. The catch is those rates don’t include those pesky resort fees of $36 per night, which more than double the cost of the weekday rooms.

Binion’s, the only other casino with a poker room on Fremont Street and the birthplace of the WSOP, is expected to host its annual summer festival but hasn’t released a schedule yet.

Johnny Kampis
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Johnny Kampis
Johnny Kampis -- the author of "The Essential Guide to Vegas during the World Series of Poker" and "Vegas or Bust: A Family Man Takes on the Poker Pros" -- has been making the summer trek to Las Vegas from Alabama since 2004. When not playing poker, he's a professional journalist who's written for American Spectator, Fox News, HuffPost, Watchdog.org, and many others. He currently writes for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and serves on the FCC's media advisory panel.

Comments

makisaa wrote...

Interesting events, because they are copmetitive with the WSOP. They are not a main event yet, because they are adapted to WSOP shcedule. It would be exciting to see this event stunding near WSOP equally, but then I think they would change the dates!

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