News And Updates

One of the elements that was responsible for a ton of the buzz at Playground Poker Club as the World Cup of Cards began was the huge Bad Beat Jackpot. The Primary BBJ had grown to over $1.22M over the past several months of cash game play... until August 17th at about 5:30pm, when the huge jackpot was finally hit as a runner runner straight flush in spades to the Queen beat Quad Jacks.

The Primary BBJ at Playground Poker Club is a progressive jackpot that starts at $250,000. The minimum qualifying hand starts at Quad Aces and goes down every 4 weeks to a minimum of Quad 8s. The qualifying hand had been at that lowest qualifying hand level for many weeks and the Jackpot kept growing.

According to the players, the hand was played pretty slowly. Preflop, there was a raise and two calls, so three players saw the flop of . Elphege D, the eventual loser of the hand, held in early position, and chose to slow play - all three players saw the turn . Again there wasn’t much action.

Following the hand, Shane G (the player who won the hand), who held , reported that he was precisely aware of what he needed and the implications of hitting his card, because he was pretty sure his opponent had a monster. Lo and behold, the came on the river. He had hit his one-outer to make the runner-runner straight flush to the Q!

With that, the celebrations were on! Confetti "bombs" were set off, victory music to blasted throughout the room, and the wait staff brought champagne for everyone! It was an unforgettable experience - and not just because of the huge prizes!

Payout specifics:

$460,149 for hand loser - Quad Jacks (Elphege D)
$230,088 for hand winner - Spades straight flush to the Q (Shane G)
$32,870 for each of the 7 other players at the table
$1,224 room share for each of the other Hold’em cash players when the hand was hit.

Have no fear - if you didn't win a piece of this huge jackpot - it resets to an impressive $250,000 - so if your great hand is beaten by an even greater hand, you can still win a big pile of cash!

The $1.22M Jackpot has been won!The $1.22M Jackpot has been won!The $1.22M Jackpot has been won!The $1.22M Jackpot has been won!
In the past few days, partypoker has released upgrades to its desktop and mobile clients. The lobby and game play interfaces have both been improved in this first round of updates – making it more of a pleasure than ever to play on partypoker!

The changes were made after gathering feedback from a wide range of players. The thing that stands out the most about both the lobby and table updates is the darker colour scheme, which will be easier on the eyes for players and big improvement for those playing long sessions.

As well, the simplified one-click lobby has been removed and all of the attention now goes to the traditional lobby view. Very few players were reported to have used the simplified lobby - and now, improving the traditional view will be the focus of continuing development. In this update filters have been made collapsible to provide more space, and in the future partypoker plans further enhancements to the tournament lobby. As well, a very practical improvement has been made to the Sit & Go HERO lobby - it is now possible to differentiate between 3- and 4-handed games.

In the official partypoker news release, Managing Director of partypoker Tom Waters said: "We acknowledge that our poker product needed some love. We have been working on this project for a number of months with the support of a large group of players. We have been testing the phase 1 release over the past couple of weeks and the feedback from the players has been extremely encouraging. There are many more enhancements in the pipeline and I am confident that by the end of 2017 our players will be delighted with the improved look and feel and the usability of the software. We know what the bigger issues are and believe that these upgrades will address all of those. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to feedback and suggested improvements. I hope that the new partypoker player experience is to everyone's liking."

See the full news release from partypoker.
New and Improved Client Software available now from partypoker
There’s a new promotion at Playground Poker Club running every Friday from July 28th to September 1st from 12:00pm to 12:00am – Golden Ticket Fridays!

The concept is simple: every player that makes the designated hand* will be given the opportunity to select one of 10 gift boxes - the contents of the box the player chooses will be his or her prize! Once the selection has been made, we’ll spin the wheel once more to determine the next qualifying hand!**

It’s that easy!

What can you win?***

  • A World Cup of Cards partypoker Passport worth $3,520
  • Canadian Poker Championship Phase 1 Seats
  • Grand Prix Canada Day 1 Seats
  • Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final Seats
  • And much, much more!


In addition, there’s an amazing Grand Prize - A $10,000 Caribbean Poker Party Package!

To win the Grand Prize, a player must collect one each of the three Golden Tickets in the promotion. Each Golden Ticket features a different snippet of text: “Caribbean”, “Poker” & “Party”. The first player to collect all 3 tickets will win a $10,000 CPP package.****

That’s not all! Golden Tickets will also be available on partypoker, as part of the Click n Collect promotion. Players should log in to their partypoker account every day for a chance to win!

There’s still more! A raffle ticket will be issued with every “Golden Ticket” a player collects, for a draw that will be held on Saturday September 2nd at 12:30am. Raffle Prizes are:

  • 1 x $10,000 Caribbean Poker Party package
  • 2 x $1,050 Caribbean Poker Party Final seats
  • 7 x $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seats


Plus - the Golden Ticket Friday Freeroll!

There’s another fun element of Golden Ticket Fridays - the Golden Ticket Friday Freeroll. Every Friday at 8:00pm there will be a freeroll tournament on partypoker with 5 Day 1 tickets for the Grand Prix Canada guaranteed in the prize pool!

This freeroll is open to anyone at Playground who is set up to play using the partypoker app on their mobile device. Simply log in to the mobile app and sign up for the freeroll. When the app requests a password, let the Golden Ticket Friday hosts know and they will approve the entry in the freeroll.

Not yet playing on the partypoker app? The Golden Ticket Friday hosts can help with that as well - in no time, you’ll be playing on the go!

*A player must use both of his/her hole cards to make a qualifying hand based on the current spin.
**If two players make the qualifying hand before the next spin of the wheel, both players will win a prize.
***All prizes are awarded on partypoker, except the World Cup of Cards passport.
****Golden Tickets cannot be traded.
Golden Ticket Fridays - over $50,000 in Prizes up for Grabs!Golden Ticket Fridays - over $50,000 in Prizes up for Grabs!