December 20, 2017 The Big Playground Story of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s fun to look back at the year that was and remember all of the great moments since last January, from Ema Zajmovic’s victory in the WPT Playground all the way through to the 7 Year Anniversary Series. To help us determine the year’s biggest moment, we turned to you. Poker players are full of opinions, and the Story of the Year was no exception. We narrowed it down to 7 choices and let you guys tell us which was the biggest!

The results are now in, and the Record-Setting Bad Beat Jackpot was the story of the year! Of the 536 valid responses, this choice received a whopping 35% of the votes. In second place: Ema Zajmovic wins the WPT Playground with 26%.

  1. The record-setting $1,210,989 Bad Beat Jackpot (190 votes)
  2. Ema Zajmovic wins the WPT Playground, becoming the first woman to win an Open WPT Championship (137 votes)
  3. Local Players Dominate 2017 Main Events - Maxime Heroux (WPT Montreal), Kevin Rivest (Canadian Poker Championships), Charles La Boissonnière (Playground 1000), Luc Bellerive (Card Player Poker Tour), Jean-Pascal Savard (MILLION North America), Ema Zajmovic (WPT Playground) (82 votes)
  4. Announcement of the $10,000,000 Guaranteed 2018 MILLIONS North America (78 votes)
  5. Wicked Weekdays - $32,000 per week in High Hand Cash Giveaways (22 votes)
  6. Jean-Pascal Savard wins the MILLION North America (20 votes)
  7. Playground Poker staff joins the team at the Caribbean Poker Party (7 votes)

Everyone who submitted a vote was eligible to win one of 5 Semi Final Satellite tickets for the MILLIONS North America. Here are the winners:

1. Eric W Davis - Player’s Card #34863
2. Daniel Lavoie - Player’s Card #54684
3. Richard Shaver - Player’s Card #61454
4. Daniel Comeau - Player’s Card #65281
5. Alexandre Lajoie - Player’s Card #9035

We will contact each winner by email to make arrangements to credit your partypoker accounts with your prize. If you do not receive this email, please contact


The Big Playground Story of 2017