Want to play poker in Canada? We have the only comprehensive list of major Canadian poker tournaments each month, and the May edition is available for you here. With our help, you'll know where the action is from coast to coast. Don't a miss a single Canadian major by checking in each month for our calendar of events.
As the highlight of the global poker season — the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas — sneaks up on us, local organizers cut back on major tournament offerings as they understand that many of Canada's serious poker players will be in Nevada battling for a WSOP bracelet in one of the 65 events this year. So, there are just a few noteworthy tournaments early in the month in Canada, and one major one from PokerStars set to run just before the WSOP kicks off later in May.
Maritime Poker Championship
Location: Casino New Brunswick – Moncton, New Brunswick
Date: April 26th to May 4th
Touting the claim of “Atlantic Canada’s biggest poker series,” the Maritime Poker Championship is not overstating their prominence on the annual poker calendar for maritimers. This is the premier event of the year for players in the eastern-most part of the country. The seven-event series spans two weekends and has buy-ins between $115 and $1,100, and got started late in April but runs into early May.
|Event 1||April 26th||$1,100||No-limit Hold’em Deep Stack|
|Event 2||April 27th||$120||Super Satellite|
|Event 3||April 28th||$115||No-limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo|
|Event 4||April 29th||$220||No-limit Hold’em|
|Event 5||April 30th||$440||No-limit Hold’em Bounty|
|Event 6||May 1st||$330||No-limit Hold’em|
|Event 7||May 2nd||$550||No-limit Hold’em|
Casino New Brunswick estimates $230,000 in prize pools across the nine days of tournaments. The $550 Main Event has three starting flights (Friday evening and two on Saturday) so there is the capability to take on a large field. If you’re near the Atlantic coast, don’t miss this one.
Western Canadian Poker Classic
Location: Casino Yellowhead — Edmonton, Alberta
Date: April 28th to May 4th
This five-event series from Pure Canadian Gaming offers Albertan players tournaments with buy-ins from $260 to $1,110, all with 30-minute levels. The Main Event will have two starting days and will play down to a winner on Day 2, May 4th. This is another series that got started at the end of last month and continues into the first week of May.
|Event 1||April 28th||$340||No-limit Hold'em Freezeout|
|Event 2||April 29th||$560||No-limit Hold'em Bounty|
|Event 3||April 30th||$260||Mixed No-limit Hold'em and Pot-limit Omaha|
|Event 4||May 1st||$560||No-limit Hold'em Six-Max|
|Event 5||May 2nd||$1,110||Deep Stack Main Event|
These low- to mid-buy-in events should offer some good value as they will attract plenty of casual players and there are no conflicting events for players from this part of the country. There are no guarantees in place, but Edmonton generally produces a strong turnout, so get your name in at registration for this good series.
Location: River Rock Casino Resort — Richmond, BC
Date: May 8th to 11th
River Rock is offering a small two-event series at the beginning of May with small enough buy-ins that anyone interested in poker in Vancouver should head down and have a shot.
|Event 1||May 8th||$330||No-limit Hold'em Turbo|
|Event 2||May 9th||$550||No-limit Hold'em|
Just watch out for those blinds; Event 1 has speedy 15-minute levels. Event 2 starts out with 30-minute levels but incrementally climbs up to 60 minutes for later stages of the tournament. River Rock is the home of the popular BC Poker Championships and is a premier casino just minutes from the airport.
La Série Royale de Poker
Location: Casino de Montréal – Montreal, Quebec
Date: May 10th
Casino de Montréal is once again offering a one-day tournament with a $1,100 buy-in. The last one was this past March and there are others scheduled throughout the year, some with higher buy-ins. The blinds will increase at 30-minute intervals for this event.
|May 10th||$1,100||No-limit Hold'em|
You can also play their satellites to get in on the action a little cheaper. There will be opportunities on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday at 1 p.m. the week before the tournament.
PokerStars Canada Cup
Location: Playground Poker Club — Kahnawake, Quebec
Date: May 16th to 28th
Canada Cup has been an annual festival by PokerStars specifically for their Canadian players for a few years now, but this is the first time it takes the form of a two-week series in a live venue. Playground Poker Club has been chosen as the location, and the combination of the leading online poker room and the world-renowned live poker room guarantees a fantastic event.
A huge range of tournaments and buy-ins will ensure there is something for every player. You can buy-in for as little as $150 or as much as $10,400 across the 12 events. For a full event listing, visit the PokerStars information page.
Plenty of recognizable faces and names will be in attendance as this marquee event is highlighted on every serious poker player's calendar. You can also satellite into some of the higher-priced events at Playground or online on PokerStars. Don't miss this one!
Spring Ultra Stack Series
Location: Edgewater Casino — Vancouver, BC
Date: May 22nd to June 1st
The Spring Ultra Stack brings deep poker tournaments with affordable buy-ins to Vancouver players. The six-event series offers tournaments from $340 to $1,000, and throws in an always-popular Pot-limit Omaha event into the mix. The stacks are big, the blinds are long, and the collective prize pool will reach over $750,000 if the tournaments sell out. It's the perfect warm up for the World Series of Poker starting just as this event wraps up.
|Event 1||May 22nd||$500||No-limit Hold'em|
|Event 2||May 25th||$500||Pot-limit Omaha|
|Event 3||May 26th||$340||No-limit Hold'em Turbo|
|Event 4||May 27th||$500||No-limit Hold'em Bounty|
|Event 5||May 28th||$110||Main Event Satellite|
|Event 6||May 29th||$1,000||Main Event|
Event 1 will have two starting days before the survivors meet up for Day 2. The Main Event also has two Day 1s, as well as a Day 2 and Day 3 before the winner is found. The poker room at Edgewater has plenty of satellites running in the lead up to the event. Jump in one to grab a Spring Ultra Stack seat.
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