Poker players from all over Canada and well into the United States have been planning a trip to Montreal for weeks now in anticipation of the 2013 Playground Poker Spring Classic. The wait is finally over and Day 1a and 1b of the $135+$15 No Limit Hold'em Re-Entry Event #1 at Playground Poker Club have already completed, with Day 1c starting tonight at 7:30PM.
The two-week series will bring along with it massive prize pools, 9 bracelets and 2 championship belts. And in case you're a poker player who's been living in a cave for the past two months, we'll remind you that the series will be capped off with the C$3000 + C$300 WPT Canadian Spring Championship Main Event. Based on the overwhelming success of the WPT Montreal in November of 2012, Playground decided to add a Day 1 to this year's Main Event in anticipation of hitting big numbers, along with a well-balanced schedule of side events.
Notable pros who have confirmed their attendance for the Main Event include WPT Champions and Playground Players Club members Gavin Smith and Phil Laak. Also confirmed is hometown WPT Champion Chanracy Khun who took down the top prize at the WPT Main Event in Barcelona in early April, and the 2012 WPT Montreal Main Event winner Jonathan Roy. "It will be great to have the WPT back at our home club here in Kahnawake again," stated Khun. "It's obvious that the players here in Montreal and in Canada respond well to big events like this and it's even better that Playground recognizes this void for large events in our country" he added.
UFC ring announcer and recent author of a new autobiography Bruce Buffer is making the trip from Vegas to play in the Main, with hopes of a repeat of his success in the WPT Montreal where he cashed for over 17K. Two Montreal hockey icons and good friends, Vincent Damphousse and Guy Carbonneau will also hit the felt, alongside Valerie Ross, Jeff Gross, Trishelle Cannatella, and more.
Not to be outdone by Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak's outrageous off-the-felt antics, it's been rumored that two of Playground's most attractive Players Club Members, Valerie Ross and Trishelle Cannatella, have entered into a prop bet at this year's Spring Classic. It's unknown at this time what the bet will be based on, but one of the lovely ladies will meet her fate in a dunk tank, similar to what happened to Antonio back in March of 2012. "The good thing we have going for us is that it's not minus ten degrees like it was when Antonio got dunked," says Ross. "May can still see the occasional cold snap, but Trishelle and I want to start with this bet and take it to a whole new level" she adds.
Poker players can see a full schedule of events for the 2013 Playground Poker Spring Classic by visiting PlaygroundPoker.ca.
Playground Players Club member Chanracy Khun has defeated a field of 249 players to win the bwin WPT Barcelona and the top prize of €200,000! The event, held from the 5th to the 10th of April at the Casino Barcelona, featured some of Europe and North America’s poker greats including several past WPT champions. Also in the field were fellow Players Club member Benjamin Leblond and Playground regular Terry Flood.
Chanracy made his big move on Day 3, which started with just 42 players out of the overall field of 249. He started the day with 98,500 (33 BB) – below the chip average – but by the end of the day he had chipped up to 838,000 (140 BB), good for the second best stack going into Day 4.
Day 4 started strong for Kuhn and except for a hiccup when he doubled up another player, he kept his foot on the accelerator and ended the day with the chip lead of 2,393,000. The official 6-handed final table proved to be a long day of poker but Chanracy accomplished the rare feat of personally busting each of his 5 opponents on the way to the title.
In addition to the €200,000, Chanracy will come back from Barcelona (after a well-earned vacation and another WPT in Berlin) with his name on the WPT Cup and a stunning mosaic bull trophy. He has also won an entry into the $25,000 WPT World Championship, being held at the Bellagio in May, just a week after the WPT Canadian Spring Championship being held at the Playground Poker Club.
Here's an update about the WPT Canadian Spring Championship satellite program that has been under way since March 1. So far, 66 seats to the WPT event have been awarded via satellites and a raffle that was drawn on March 31. This includes an amazing 43 seats that were awarded in the PartyPoker Mega Overlay, which saw over 900 buy-ins (it was a re-entry tournament with 3 Day 1s).
There are another 15 WPT entries guaranteed in satellites BEFORE the Playground Poker Spring Classic begins, and another 20 entries guaranteed during satellites during the festival.
Don’t miss this fantastic new event at Playground Poker – play your way to a ticket in one of the satellites still to come!
Thursday, April 4, 8pm: $300 + $30 No Limit Hold'em Re-entry—3 seats guaranteed
Sunday, April 7, 8pm: $100 + $10 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy—2 seats guaranteed
Thursday, April 11, 8pm: $300 + $30 No Limit Hold'em Re-entry—3 seats guaranteed
Sunday, April 14, 8pm: $100 + $10 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy—2 seats guaranteed
Thursday, April 18, 8pm: $300 + $30 No Limit Hold'em Re-entry—3 seats guaranteed
Sunday, April 21, 8pm: $100 + $10 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy—2 seats guaranteed
Another entry will be drawn from raffle tickets that have been won by cash game players who have been selected to spin the wheel.
Thursday, April 25, 12pm: $100 + $10 No Limit Hold'em Re-entry—2 seats guaranteed
Saturday, April 27, 7:30pm: $100 + $10 No Limit Hold'em Re-entry—2 seats guaranteed
Sunday, April 28, 8pm: $100 + $10 No Limit Hold'em Rebuy—2 seats guaranteed
Tuesday, April 30, 12pm: $100 + $10 No Limit Hold'em Re-entry—2 seats guaranteed
Thursday, May 2, 1pm: $100 + $10 No Limit Hold'em Re-entry—2 seats guaranteed
Thursday, May 2, 8pm: $330 + $30 No Limit Hold'em Re-entry—10 seats guaranteed
Friday, May 3, 8pm: $330 + $30 No Limit Hold'em Re-entry
Saturday, May 4, 8pm: $330 + $30 No Limit Hold'em Re-entry