Playground Poker Preps 9th Anniversary Tournaments

When Playground Poker Club opened in 2010, it built on the poker boom and the continuing growth of poker. Nine years later, the poker club is still going strong. And there are poker events on tap to celebrate with the players who’ve enabled that growth.

Tradition dictates that a ninth anniversary gift should be pottery, willow, or leather. But poker players care little for those things; they want money and prestigious tournament titles.

Playground Poker has it all and more as it celebrates nine years of poker in Montreal.

Special Edition Grand Prix

Each year, Playground hosts the Grand Prix Canada series to close out the year. This one will also be a celebration of the ninth anniversary of the establishment, so it will play out over nine days.

The tournaments begin December 8 and run through December 16, complete with $550K in prize pool guarantees. And as a part of Playground Poker’s longstanding relationship with PartyPoker, the Grand Prix will also be presented by PartyPoker LIVE.

This means that tournaments will offer starting flights online and at the card room, both with reentries and culminating in a massive Main Event with a $500K guarantee.

Grand Prix Schedule

The exact tournament schedule, complete with reentry information, is published on the Playground Poker website, but here is a rundown of the events.

  • Event 1 on Dec. 8: $200 buy-in NLHE Main Event with unlimited reentries ($500K GTD)
  • Event 2 on Dec. 9: $100 NLHE 6-Max with unlimited reentries ($5K GTD)
  • Event 3 on Dec. 10: $100 NLHE Megastack Turbo with unlimited reentries ($5K GTD)
  • Event 4 on Dec. 10: $200 PLO with unlimited reentries ($7K GTD)
  • Event 5 on Dec. 15: $200 NLHE Bounty with unlimited reentries ($15K GTD)
  • Event 6 on Dec. 16: $100 NLHE 6-Max with unlimited reentries ($5K GTD)
  • Event 7 on Dec. 16: $200 NLHE 6-Max Bounty with unlimited reentries ($20K GTD)

As for that Main Event, there will be numerous starting flights, some with regular structures and others with turbo structures.

  • December 8: Day 1A (12pm), Day 1B turbo (7pm), Day 1A online (7pm)
  • December 9: Day 1C turbo (7pm), Day 1B online (7pm)
  • December 10: Day 1D turbo (7pm), Day 1C online (7pm)
  • December 11: Day 1E (12pm), Day 1F turbo (7pm), Day 1D online (7pm)
  • December 12: Day 1G (12pm), Day 1H turbo (7pm), Day 1E online (7pm)
  • December 13: Day 1I (11am), Day 1J (4pm), Day 1K turbo (7:30pm)
  • December 14: Day 1L (11am), Day 1M (4pm), Day 1N turbo (7:30pm)

Can Players Reenter?

Every player who still has chips when the reentry madness ends can return to the casino for Day 2, which begins at 1pm on Sunday, December 15. And the survivors of that day will return at 6pm on December 16 to play for the win.

There are also qualifiers for starting days through Day 1E of that Main Event. Each of the satellites guarantees at least 10 seats worth $200 each and offers unlimited rebuys. Each day from December 8-12, there will be a $20 buy-in satellites at 5pm in the card room and a $40 buy-in at 6pm.

Calling All Poker Women

Playground Poker has been working with the Women’s Poker Association (WPA) to offer the Playground Women’s Series. It began in October with one tournament per month.

The four events (all $150 buy-in no-limit hold’em with a single reentry allowed) take place on Saturdays and guarantee $5K in the prize pool. And it will all lead up to a final freeroll for qualifiers, the prize pool of which is comprised of $10 withheld from each buy-in from every preliminary tournament.

Winners of the preliminary tournaments earn a seat into the Finals on Sunday, January 19, and also, the top 10 points earners on the series leaderboard.

The first of the tournaments took place on October 19 and attracted 68 individual players. Combined with 12 reentries, the total entries sat at 80 and nearly doubled the prize pool. In the end, Crystal Abouhanna won the event and $2,265.

Next was Event 2 on November 16, which resulted in 81 total entries and another sizeable prize pool. IN the end, Denise Lepine won it for $2,015. (The amount was lower due to a six-way deal reached at the final table.)

The next event in this series is on Saturday, December 7, with a fourth on tap for January 18, 2020. Tournaments start at noon.

The series finale will then play out on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

Busy Days at Playground

Just a few weeks ago, the World Poker Tour completed its festival of tournaments that included a WPT Main Event. That tournament drew 1,109 entries and also, a prize pool that exceeded $3.3 million. Geoffrey Hum won a cool C$500K for the win.

As December keeps staff members busy, they are also gearing up for the World Cup of Cards. The series is set for January 19 to February 5, complete with 22 tournaments and more than $1.2 million in guarantees.


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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