News And Updates

For several years now, Thursday and Sunday evenings have been set aside for satellite tournaments that give players the opportunity to play their way into major events for a relatively small buy-in amount. These satellites have been a huge success, and hundreds of seats to major events such as the WPT® Montreal have been awarded via satellite tournaments.

Recently, however, some have pointed out that satellites do not start at their advertised time, as many players opt to wait until the end of the late registration period to jump in. Few players buy-in early, but are then forced to wait for 30, 60, or even 90 minutes before the tournament can start. This is due to the fact that we would delay the tourney by up to 2 x 15 minute periods if we did not have the minimum amount of runners present at the scheduled start time (# of seats guaranteed, plus 1).

Since player happiness is our number one concern, today we are announcing a new policy for satellites to help ensure they start on time. Starting on October 1st, the clock in Satellite tournaments will begin as soon as the scheduled time arrives, and cards will begin to be dealt as soon as there are as many players as the posted guarantee, plus one.

For example, for a WPT® Montreal satellite on a Thursday night at 8:00pm, with 2 seats guaranteed, cards will be dealt as soon as 3 players have taken their seats, and the clock will have started promptly at 8:00pm. If play continues 3-way and one player is eliminated, then play will be suspended but the clock will continue. Play will resume as soon as another player joins the satellite.

In the past year, something new has been taking the tournament world by storm - the Button Ante. Playground Poker Club is no exception - we used this format in a few major tournaments during the 2017 World Cup of Cards, and the response from customers was overwhelmingly positive.

The concept is simple: instead of asking every player at a tournament table to contribute an ante each hand, the player on the button pays a larger ante once per table orbit. To keep it simple, the amount of the Button Ante is the equivalent of the big blind - as the big blind grows, so does the Button Ante amount. This Button Ante is pulled into the pot before the deal, and the small and big blinds are added as usual by the two players to the left of the button.

There are several benefits to the Button Ante format, but by far the most important is that it speeds up the game. The Button Ante allows players see more hands per hour in the tournament. One of the most time consuming things, on a hand-by-hand basis, is collecting the ante from each player - the Button Ante removes that problem entirely.

Considering the success of the Button Ante during the World Cup of Cards and in other poker rooms around the world, Playground Poker Club is going to move all daily tournaments to this new format beginning on October 1st.

FAQ

Q: I heard that sometimes the ante amount is the small blind, not the big blind. Is that true?
A: Yes, but very rarely. When the entire tournament is short-handed and there are 3 players fewer than there should be per table, the Tournament Director will temporarily make the Button Ante be the amount of the small blind.

Q: What about early in a tournament before everyone has arrived? Aren’t tables sometimes short-handed then as well?
A: Tables may be temporarily short-handed in that situation, but the smaller button ante possibility doesn’t take effect before registration closes.

Q: What happens when the player who would be the next ante is eliminated?
A: In the case of a "dead button", there will be no ante for that one hand.

Q: What about a 6-Max tournament, is there any change?
A: Yes, in a 6-Max tournament the Button Ante is always the amount of the small blind.

(Re-) Introducing the Button Ante

After more than 4 weeks of tournaments and 75 unique "scoring events" in the 2017 World Cup of Cards, we have our top 10 in the Leaderboard Challenge!

The top prize this year was impressive - a $10,000 Caribbean Poker Party package. In addition to this, and the weekly PowerFest prizes, the next 9 players on the Leaderboard Challenge final standings page will receive prizes as outlined below.

Without any further delay - the results:

1st place: William Blais - 1,472.60 points - $10,000 Caribbean Poker Party package
2nd place: Jonathan Patrick Marrie - 1,350.36 points - $1,050 Caribbean Poker Party Final seat
3rd place: Paul Scott - 1,085.08 points - $1,050 Caribbean Poker Party Final seats
4th place: Shawn Daigle - 1,042.24 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat
5th place: Matthew Wilkins - 989.94 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat
6th place: Andrew Watt - 932.72 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat
7th place: Dustin Melanson - 882.18 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat
8th place: Rong Xu - 848.02 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat
9th place: Jason Conforti - 821.96 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat
10th place: Arthur W - 809.72 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat

William Blais took a lead early in the WCC and didn't seem to let up all event, playing in a ton of events and performing very well overall! In second place was Jonathan Marrie. Jonathan was 200 points behind first place yesterday and made up half of the distance in a single day with his terrific result in the Canadian Poker Championships. In the end, though, William kept his lead and took down the amazing first prize.

In almost all cases we know the winners' partypoker ID and will award the prizes asap. If there are any questions or you don't see your prize in your account, please write us at info@playgroundpoker.ca.

Congratulations!