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WPT Montreal starts on November 10th

Coming up from October 29th to November 16th is the 2017 Playground Poker Fall Classic including the WPT Montreal. With over $3,300,000 in guaranteed prize pools across 17 events, this year’s edition of the Fall Classic could be the best one yet!

The Fall Classic kicks off with the $100,000 Guaranteed $160 Re-entry event, in which the $25 tournament fee goes to the “Strangers in the Night” charity initiative. This is followed by the $200,000 Guaranteed $250 Frenzy, a $225 + $25 Re-entry event. New in this Fall Classic is the daytime Crazy $80, a $70 + $10 Re-entry event. All three tournaments promise Big Event poker for a small buy-in - these are can’t miss tournaments!

In addition, the Fall Classic sees the return of the massive $1,100 50/50 Bounty tournament, a $550 PLO event, and the $1,650 Second Chance NL Hold’em event - $150,000 Guaranteed! And if those aren’t big enough, you can also test your skills in the $10,300 High Roller Event. Past High Roller events have welcomed all-star fields and ended with some epic final table battles. There’s something for players of every level in the Fall Classic.

The $2,000,000 GTD WPT Montreal is the marquee event in the Fall Classic. Again this year it will be a televised WPT Main Tour event, and so far, the 5 WPT Montreal events have awarded total prizes of over $13.3M.

Over the years, the WPT Montreal has had huge fields and some great players have had their signature success in this event. Some of the highlights: Mike Sexton’s first WPT win (2016), Rainer Kempe’s first big score in North America (3rd in 2015), Pascal Lefrancois’ biggest career WPT result (2nd in 2012 - he lost the title to Jonathan Roy) - not to mention Mukul Pahuja’s back to back final tables in 2013 and 2014! Jonathan Jaffe enjoyed his first major victory in this event in 2014, while Ema Zajmovic - the first woman to ever win an open WPT Championship - warmed up for her victory with a 5th place finish in the 2016 edition of WPT Montreal.

Playground Poker Club is the place to be from October 29th to November 16th for the Fall Classic, and the WPT Montreal gets underway on November 10th. Visit for all the info you need about the Fall Classic and the WPT Montreal.

The Fall Classic is back beginning on Sunday

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.


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