WSOP and WPT Schedule Series at Playground Poker

The Playground Poker Club and casino has become the center of the poker world for Canadian players in and around Montreal. It has also provided a welcome stop for some of the biggest poker tours in the world, namely the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour.

First opened in 2010 and expanded in 2012, Playground is located in the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake and near to downtown Montreal. Yet another expansion in 2018 made way for an establishment that currently offers more than 70 poker tables.

Cash games run around the clock for NLHE and PLO players, and a regular schedule offers more than 20 tournaments per week.

When the WSOP Circuit or the WPT arrive, the action increases exponentially.

And those events will be headed to Playground Poker Club in the weeks and months to come.

WSOP Circuit Beginning August 18

The WSOP International Circuit just kicked off its 2019/2020 season this month, just days after the end of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. The new schedule took the crew to Sochi, Russia for the kickoff, but the second stop will be at Playground.

Action will begin on August 18 and run through September 2. Across the seven Circuit events that will award WSOP-C rings, there will subsequently be $4 million in total prize pool guarantees, with half of that in the Main Event alone.

The full schedule is not posted on the WSOP website, but Playground Poker listed everything.

– Online Poker Action

Play will start online with these tournaments:

Sunday, August 18: Event 2 = $1K Main Event online Day 1 & 2, single reentry per flight ($2M GTD)
Sunday, August 18: Event 1 = $300 NLHE Colossus Online Day 1A, unlimited reentry ($1M GTD)
Monday, August 19: Event 1 = $300 Colossus Online Day 1B
Tuesday, August 20: Event 1 = $300 Colossus Online Day 1C
Wednesday, August 21: Event 1 = $300 Colossus Online Day 1D

– Live Poker Action

And then the action goes live at the casino:

Thursday, August 22 through Sunday, August 25: Event 1 = $300 NLHE Colossus Day 1 flights
Monday, August 26: Event 3 = $600 NLHE Monster Stack Day 1, no reentries ($150K GTD)
Tuesday, August 27 – Thursday, August 29: Event 2 = $1K Main Event Day 1 flights
Tuesday, August 27: Event 4 = $5K NLHE Super High Roller, unlimited reentry ($250K GTD)
Friday, August 30 – Sunday, September 1: Event 5 = $300 NLHE Closer Day 1 flights, unlimited reentry ($300K GTD)
Saturday, August 31: Event 6 = $2K NLHE High Roller, unlimited reentry ($250K GTD)
Monday, September 2: Event 7 = $500 PLO, unlimited reentry ($50K GTD)

All of the WSOP Circuit action will wrap up by the end of the night on September 2.

WPT Montreal Beginning October 5

The World Poker Tour will be headed to Playground Poker for several events, including ones on the main tour, WPT500 series, and WPTDeepStacks tour. The events will overlap in late October and run into November. But it’s not as confusing as it sounds.

Everything will be a part of the WPT Montreal Festival, run in conjunction with PartyPoker LIVE. That means there will be online qualifiers leading up to the series. These are the tournament highlights as listed on the WPT website:

Saturday, October 5: WPT Ladies Event $200 buy-in with $15K GTD
Friday, 25-29: WPT500 Montreal $500 buy-in with $1M GTD (Online Day 1 flights available October 20-22)
Tuesday, October 29 – November 3: WPT Montreal Main Event $3K buy-in with $3M GTD (Online Day 1 flights available October 20 & 27)
Thursday, October 31 – November 3: WPTDeepStacks Montreal $1,500 buy-in with $1M GTD
Friday, November 1-3: WPT High Roller $10K buy-in with $1M GTD

These events are coordinated between the World Poker Tour and PartyPoker. Consequently, there will be online promotions, the above-mentioned online starting days for some of the tournaments, as well as other information available closer to the series date.

The action will wrap up by the end of the night on November 3.

Benefits of Playing at Playground Poker Club

One thing that is clear from the schedules is that Playground Poker likes to offer prize pool guarantees to its players. There are guarantees on all of the major events scheduled in the coming months, but there are also guarantees on the regular daily and weekly events at the card room.

The series listed above both offer a wide variety of buy-ins for players, as well as satellite opportunities.

The Playground offers other casino-style games in the club, such as slot machines. However, the venue’s main focus is poker. This means that poker players are a priority, even more so during large tours.

Cash games of all buy-ins and poker variations provide other options for players. That’s in addition to daily low buy-in tournaments and the larger events associated with the WSOP Circuit and WPT.

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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