Playground Poker Announces Online Power Weekend

Playground Poker has been closed since 11:59pm on March 13. The coronavirus pandemic had made its way into Canada, and health and government officials ordered all non-essential businesses to close.

Two and a half months later, there may be light at the end of the tunnel. As Quebec begins its very slow process of reopening, Playground Poker continues to offer cash games and tournaments online. It has been the only potential for revenue during this tough economic time.

Since players cannot wait for the doors to be unlocked, Playground teamed up with PartyPoker once again to offer a tournament series. There will be more than $34K in prize pool guarantees over the course of a five-day weekend.

Familiar Series for Playground Players

Regular players at the Playground poker tables have long been familiar with the Power Weekend. It was a chance to extend a weekend with a variety of live poker tournaments, formats, and buy-ins. It would run from a Thursday through a Monday, giving players many chances to get in on the tournament guarantees.

Since the live events are still not possible at this time, Playground Poker arranged to put it online with PartyPoker. The two entities have been working together well for years but especially since the COVID-19 shutdown. Playground has offered many of its standard cash games and weekly tournament options online specifically for Playground customers.

That led to another idea – to offer the first-ever Playground Online Power Weekend.

It will take place next weekend, from Thursday, May 14 through Monday, May 18. There will be a total of seven tournaments.

Buy-ins will range from $33 to $109, and the guarantees will start at $500 and soar to $15K. Keep in mind, these events will be limited to Playground Poker regulars signed in to a special section of PartyPoker.

Playground Online Power Weekend Schedule

The schedule is listed as follows:

  • Thursday, May 14 at 12noon = Event 1: $55 NLHE Megastack Turbo ($2K GTD)
  • Thursday, May 14 at 7pm = Event 2: $55 Mix-Max ($4K GTD)
  • Thursday, May 14 at 8pm = Event 3: $36+$30 PLO Bounty ($1,800 GTD)
  • Friday, May 15 at 12noon/4pm/7pm = Event 4: $55 Big 50 starting flights 1A/1B/1C ($15K GTD)
  • Saturday, May 16 at 12noon/4pm/7pm = Event 4: $55 Big 50 flights 1D/1E/1F ($15K GTD)
  • Sunday, May 17 at 12noon = Event 4: $55 Big 50 Day 2 ($15K GTD)
  • Sunday, May 17 at 7pm = Event 5: $109 NLHE 6-Max Deepstack ($6,500 GTD)
  • Monday, May 18 at 12pm = Event 6: $33 NLHE Heads-Up (no reentry, $500 GTD)
  • Monday, May 18 at 7pm = Event 7: $46+$20 NLHE Progressive Bounty ($5K GTD)

Each of the listings above allows for a single reentry with the exception of Event 6.

When Might Playground Reopen?

Playground Poker is not saying anything about a potential reopening. This is a wise move, as there is no way to know when it could happen.

Located in Kahnawake, Playground Poker is likely under its direction. And Kahnawake is not ready.

Essential businesses in Kahnawake remain open, but others – like a card room – is not. And its strict precautions to protect its people from COVID-19 remain in place. On Friday, May 8, the Peacekeepers posted a message that said, in part: “Non-locals are not permitted in Kahnawake. Stores are not open to non-locals in Kahnawake.”

The Kahnawake COVID-19 Task Force has been working with the Kahnawake Economic Revitalization Committee to arrange a phased opening, but anything in the foreseeable future will require physical distancing and hand hygiene regimens.

Playground Poker is going to need to convince quite a few officials that it will be able to keep people safe in its establishment. It is unclear if its management has spoken to Kahnawake officials yet.

Quebec is planning some reopenings in the very near future. However, consider Quebec was the hardest-hit province in Canada – while Kahnawake remained free of COVID hospitalizations and deaths – Quebec’s reopening will likely not influence Kahnawake’s decision-making process.

Look for More Online Opportunities

If the first Playground Online Power Weekend is a success, they may offer more online poker tournaments going forward.

PartyPoker is just finishing the Grand Prix Online Canada, a multi-phase tournament with a $55 buy-in and $100K guarantee. And the Power Weekend begins in just a few days.

The more players who participate in the Playground Poker-specific events on PartyPoker, the more likely the partnership will produce more tournament options. Players directly influence what comes next.

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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