Playground Poker Kicks Off Two Series and Power Weekend

As the Canadian poker hub of Playground Poker prepares to celebrate ten years in business, the poker club is lining up more events than ever.

Located in Kahnawake, Quebec, Playground is giving players even more of a reason than usual to head to the club in 2020. Having just wrapped up the World Cup of Cards earlier in February, poker club organizers have plenty more lined up.

The first-ever Seniors’ Series got underway last weekend and will offer events through December. And for those looking for a jam-packed weekend of poker to celebrate Leap Year, the club is preparing to kick off its Power Weekend. The mini series will offer more than $140K in guarantees on its tournaments.

Playground Power Weekend Details

The series was a hit at a previous time, so Playground Poker Club is bringing it back. The relatively quick series begins on Thursday, February 27 and runs through Monday, March 2. It will definitely make the most of what is normally considered a weekend.

The Power Weekend offers a variety of tournaments, formats, and buy-ins. It is listed as follows:

  • Event 1 (Feb. 27): $110 NLHE (unlimited reentries, $5K GTD)
  • Event 2 (Feb. 27-29): $220 Playground 200 NLHE (5 starting flights, unlimited reentries, $100K GTD)
  • Event 3 (Feb. 27): $220 PLO Bounty ($50 bounties, unlimited reentries, $6K GTD)
  • Event 4 (Mar. 1): $110 NLHE (1 rebuy, $5K GTD)
  • Event 5 (Mar. 2): $110 NLHE 6-Max (unlimited reentries, $5K GTD)
  • Event 6 (Mar. 2): $220 NLHE 6-Max 50/50 Bounty ($100 bounties, no reentries, $20K GTD)

Event 2 is the only one that is scheduled to run multiple days. All starting flight survivors will return to play a second day on March 1 and then the final day on March 2.

First-Ever Seniors’ Series

In January, Playground wrapped up its Women’s Series. There were four tournaments – one each in October, November, December, and January – that led up to a finale on January 19.

The new Seniors’ Series is patterned similarly but with more events, more prize pool guarantees, and potentially larger player fields. The series will be open to all players 50 years of age and older.

The first five events will bring players to the tables for $10K guaranteed tournaments, culminating in a championship event on December 6. The top 30 players on the series leaderboard will receive free entries for that finale, and this will include the winners of the preliminary events.

Ultimately, the number of entries in the first five events will determine the finale’s prize pool. A total of $20 from each player entry along the way will go toward that championship prize pool.

The series is scheduled as follows, every one scheduled on a Sunday to begin at noon:

  • Event 1 (February 23): $220 NLHE ($10K GTD)
  • Event 2 (April 5): $220 NLHE ($10K GTD)
  • Event 3 (June 7): $220 NLHE ($10K GTD)
  • Event 4 (August 9): $220 NLHE ($10K GTD)
  • Event 5 (October 4): $220 NLHE ($10K GTD)
  • Event 6 (December 6): Invitational Championship Event

The first event played out last weekend. It boasted of 213 entries and a $37,062 prize pool, far exceeding the guarantee. The leaderboard displays the top 40% of the players from that tournament, but John Hosegrove won the event for the most points and $6,062 in prize money.

Women’s Series 2020

Speaking of the 2019 Women’s Series, it was popular enough to bring it back, this time with a similar schedule to the Seniors’ Series. The difference, though, is that the guarantees for each of the five preliminary tournaments are only $5K each, but the buy-in is also lower.

The championship finale will operate in the same way, with $20 from each entry along the way going to make up the finale’s prize pool. And in this series, the top 30 players on the leaderboard will win entries into that season-ending series.

The schedule is as follows, with every event set on a Saturday:

  • Event 1 (February 22): $175 NLHE ($15K GTD)
  • Event 2 (April 4): $175 NLHE ($5K GTD)
  • Event 3 (June 6): $175 NLHE ($5K GTD)
  • Event 4 (August 8): $175 NLHE ($5K GTD)
  • Event 5 (October 3): $175 NLHE ($5K GTD)
  • Event 6 (December 5): Invitational Championship Event

When the first event played out last weekend, there were 44 players to create a prize pool of $6,160, surpassing the guarantee. And in the end, Christine Park won the title.

If Park’s name sounds familiar, it is because she was the winner of the inaugural season’s championship event.

WPTDeepStacks Set for April

If these poker tournament series aren’t enough to keep players busy, there is another very large series on the calendar. The WPTDeepStacks Montreal series will arrive at Playground on April 12 and play through April 27.

The official partner for the festival will be PartyPoker LIVE,  and it will feature the WPTDS Montreal Main Event from April 22-26. That tournament will offer starting days online and live, all for a buy-in of $1,650 and with a total prize pool guarantee of $1 million.


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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