Pennsylvania poker action is heating up this spring. The Keystone State sets the bar high in the northeast with major live poker series and growing Bad Beat Jackpots monthly at the state’s casinos.

We cover the hottest poker tournaments in the state every month, catering to players of all levels, from seasoned pros to casual enthusiasts. Take a peek at what the top PA casinos have to offer in big tournament fun this May.

Rivers Philadelphia Ultra Rush $200,000 is back

Mark your calendars for the Ultra Rush series at Rivers Philadelphia from May 18-21, featuring a whopping $200,000 in guaranteed prize pools. Join the multi-day event with a $1,100 buy-in and choose from three starting flights. Survivors from day one will compete for the money on the final day, May 21.

Throughout May, there will be daily poker tournaments held at Rivers almost each day:

  • Mondays: $130 NLH Double Green Chip Bounty – 7:15 p.m. – $4,000 guarantee 
  • Tuesdays: $70 NLH – 6:15 p.m. – beginners tournament
  • Wednesdays: $130 NLH – 6:15 p.m. – $5,000 guarantee 
  • Sundays: $160 NLH – 1:15 p.m. – $5,000 guarantee 

After narrowing down from 643 players to the final table in April, a three-way even chop happened and players each took home $25,000 in winnings.

Live! Casino Philadelphia guarantees $200,000 in May

Get ready for non-stop poker action this May as the Live! Casino Philadelphia Poker Room presents daily live tournaments, including its main series with a massive $200,000 guaranteed prize pool. The $360 multi-day flight event from May 25-28 is offering five flights and a potentially huge player turnout. The tournament concludes on May 28 when all fields combine.

Every day, the poker room will hold a tournament, and among the weekly events are:

  • Mondays: $120 NLH Bounty Fat Stacks 11:15 a.m. – $4,000 guaranteed
  • Tuesdays: $120 NLH Fat Stacks – 6:15 p.m. – $4,000 guaranteed 
  • Wednesdays: $140 NLH Quadstacks – 11:15 a.m. – $3,000 guaranteed 
  • Thursdays: $140 NLH Quadstacks 11:15 a.m. – $3,000 guaranteed 
  • Fridays: $300 NLH Bounty – 11:15 a.m. – $10,000 guaranteed 
  • Saturdays: varying tournaments each week
  • Sundays: $130 NLH Triple Stacks Turbo – 6:15 p.m.

Daily tournaments may vary with upcoming special events. Check with the poker room before entering.

Ryan Depaulo had a remarkable performance at Live! 500 Megastacks in April, outlasting the entire field to claim the top spot and a $40,000 prize. Congrats to John M. for his impressive second place finish, earning $29,000. Ryan Depaulo, who has a popular YouTube channel, has lifetime live tournament winnings of over $430,000.

Rivers Pittsburgh features one of the largest Bad Beat Jackpots in the US

Multiple tournaments will be held this month at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh. Here is a glance at some upcoming events in May:

  • $160 NLH Tournament – 12 p.m. – every Friday in May
  • $500 NLH Deepstack Tournament – 11 a.m. – May 13
  • $340 NLH Deepstack Tournament – 11 a.m. – May 27

The poker room has one of the largest Bad Beat Jackpots in the country. It also offers other promotions, as well:

  • Rolling Royal Jackpots
  • Bad Beat Jackpots ($528,692 as of May 2)
  • High Hands ($200 every 30 minutes, Thursdays – 11 a.m. – 4 a.m.)

Memorial Day poker action at Live! Casino Pittsburgh

Summer kicks off with exciting poker action at Live! Casino Pittsburgh this Memorial Day weekend. With a variety of tournaments and promotions scheduled throughout the weekend, players can expect non-stop poker action. From a $400 Black Chip Bounty to a $80 Bankroll Builder and multiple Hot Seat promotions, the poker room has it all. 

Friday, May 26

  • 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.: $100 Hot Seat promotion
  • 6:15 p.m.: $130 TripleStacks Turbo

Saturday, May 27

  • 11:15 a.m.: $400 Black Chip Bounty
  • 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: $150 Hot Seat promotion
  • 7:15 p.m.: $100 NLH

Sunday, May 28

  • 2:15 p.m.: $80 Bankroll Builder

Monday, May 29

  • 12:15 p.m.: $100 Memorial Day Green Chip Bounty
  • 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: $150 Hot Seat promotion

The Bad Beat Jackpots in the Keystone State keep growing. Check out the latest bad beat updates as of May 2 at all live poker rooms across the Commonwealth:

  • Parx Casino – $378,485
  • Mohegan Pennsylvania – $208,811
  • Mount Airy Casino Resort $21,493
  • Rivers Casino Philadelphia$50,000 set bad beat
  • Rivers Casino Pittsburgh – $528,692
  • Hollywood Meadows Racetrack and Casino – $95,484
  • Wind Creek Bethlehem$219,096

Atlantic City Almighty stack hits this May

Players in New Jersey are gearing up for a highly anticipated event happening at the Borgata in May. After being on hiatus due to the pandemic, the renowned live tournament “The Almighty” will be returning to Atlantic City from May 7-13. The casino will partner with BetMGM Poker for the series. 

“BetMGM is excited to continue to partner with Borgata Poker to give players another chance to play at the East Coast’s premier poker destination,” said Luke Staudenmaier, director of poker at BetMGM. 

The tournament boasts a payout guarantee of $1 million, requiring an $800 buy-in and starting stack of 100,000 chips, which is one of the largest available in any live Hold’em tournament across the nation. Day one flights will be held from May 7-10, with day two commencing on May 11 at 11 a.m.

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