News And Updates
Thousands of poker players are preparing to descend on Playground Poker Club from April 21st to May 2nd. The reason is simple: the MILLIONS North America and a chance at winning a share of the $15,000,000 in Guaranteed Prize Pools; including the MILLIONS Main Event with $10,000,000 Guaranteed.
Now, we realize many of you will be visiting our city, our province and even our country for the very first time. So with that in mind, we will be, for the next 10 weeks counting down to the MILLIONS North America, share with you a Top 10 of must-see attractions and must-do activities in and around one of the oldest and most unique cities in North America; Montreal.
By the time we reach number 1 on our list, you’ll probably want to move here... or at the very least come back for the World Cup of Cards later this year.
#10 - The Shopping Experience.
First of all let’s address the elephant in the room. You could shop anywhere, so what makes shopping in and around Montreal unique? For starters, players coming from south of the border or across the pond will benefit from a very favorable exchange rate that will give you more bang for your buck. This obviously applies to all your tournament buy-ins as well.
Second, whether you prefer European charm or North American convenience your shopping needs will be met in spades!
And last but not least; Montreal IS Canada’s fashion centre. Period.
So take a stroll down Ste-Catherine Street, with access to over 1,200 retailers. Feeling funky and looking for something more unique? Then take a stroll down Mont-Royal Avenue, Saint-Laurent Boulevard (we call it The Main), Rue Saint-Denis or the Mile End District for an incomparable and trendy shopping experience. Better yet - visit them all.
And as Montrealers, we realise the weather doesn’t always cooperate. But don’t worry, we have that covered. Literally. Explore RÉSO, our Underground City; which is the largest underground complex in the world with over 30 kilometers of tunnels connecting with 10 metro stations, 2 bus terminals, approximately 2,000 stores, 200 restaurants, 40 banks, 40 movie theatres and other entertainment venues, 7 major hotels, 4 universities, Place des Arts, a cathedral, the Bell Centre, and much, much more. Bring a map, you might need one.
And don’t worry, whether you decide to shop in or shop out, you will have plenty of food and drink options to choose from along the way, but we will cover that in detail in the weeks ahead.
For now, get ready to shop ‘till you drop once you’re done on the felts.
The 4th Annual American Poker Awards nominees were announced today, and Playground Poker Club figures prominently among the 54 total awards and nominees. The American Poker Awards will be presented on Thursday, February 22nd in Los Angeles.
Our most prominent nomination is in the Event of the Year category. The four final nominees include the partypoker MILLION North America - the only nominated event that was held outside of Las Vegas. This tournament ran from May 5th to 10th, 2017 and was a $5,300 NL Hold’em event that generated a total prize pool of $5,709,750.00 and included both Online (on partypoker) and Live elements in an innovative tournament format.
Playground Poker Club was also the site of one of the 4 nominations for Poker Moment of the Year: “Ema Zajmovic becomes the first female player to win an open event on the World Poker Tour.” This occurred in the WPT Playground, held from February 10th to 15th, 2017. Zajmovic had previously final tabled the WPT Montreal, and in the very next WPT we hosted, she plowed through a 380-player field to take the Championship!
Congratulations are due as well to GPI Female Player of the Year, partypoker Sponsored Pro Kristen Bicknell. Kristen plays in most of the big events we host, and as the only Canadian on the partypoker roster, we’re always happy to welcome her back to Playground Poker Club.
The remainder of the nominees and awards list released today is filled with our friends and colleagues from around the North American poker scene, and Playground Poker Club would like to extend a hearty congratulations to everyone who has been recognized. We’re looking forward to welcoming the whole poker world back to Playground in April for the partypoker MILLIONS North America, this time with a total of $15,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools!
Big changes are coming to the Playground Poker Tournament Leaderboard sponsored by partypoker, on January 1st, 2018.
The most significant change is the modification of the prizes for the monthly TLB Freeroll. The First Place finisher in the monthly tournament will now win a seat to the MILLIONS North America - a $5,300 value. This brings the total of all of the prizes to over $16,000 per month! Finishers from 2nd to 10th will each win $1000 on partypoker, and players who finish from 11th to 30th will win a $109USD partypoker tournament ticket. All payouts will continue to be made on partypoker.
The other major change is that starting on January 1st, online tournaments will no longer qualify for TLB points. The TLB will return to it’s “classic” formula - rewarding players at Playground Poker for their performance and participation in Live tournaments here at the Club.
Be sure to visit the TLB page here at playgroundpoker.ca to see the daily updated standings and prizes for the current and following month.