Playground Winter Festival

Live event coverage and results of the Playground Winter Festival

Playground Winter Festival - Schedule Of Events

Date Time Event Tournament Buy-In Guarantee Rules
Friday February 27th 11:00am #1 The Wild $150 Day 1a $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
7:30pm #1 The Wild $150 Day 1b $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
Saturday February 28th 11:00am #1 The Wild $150 Day 1c $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
7:30pm #1 The Wild $150 Day 1d $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
Sunday March 1st 1:00pm #1 The Wild $150 Day 2 $100,000 Guaranteed
5:00pm #2 Escalator Day 1 $135 + $15
Monday March 2nd 12:00pm #3 $70 Deepstack Turbo $60 + $10
7:00pm #1 The Wild $150 Day 3 $100,000 Guaranteed
7:00pm #2 Escalator Day 2
7:30pm #4 $330 Freeze Day 1 $300 + $30
Tuesday March 3rd 7:00pm #4 $330 Freeze Day 2
7:30pm #5 $60 Freeze $50 + $10
8:00pm #6 Mixed NL Hold'em/PL Omaha $100 + $10
Wednesday March 4th 12:00pm #7 $70 Single Rebuy $60 + $10
7:30pm #8 Survivor $200 + $20
Thursday March 5th Satellite Day
Friday March 6th 11:00am #9 Playground Winter Festival Main Event Day 1a $1,000 + $100 $500,000 Guaranteed
Saturday March 7th 11:00am #9 Playground Winter Festival Main Event Day 1b $1,000 + $100 $500,000 Guaranteed
7:30pm #10 NL Hold'em 3 Lives $200 + $20
Sunday March 8th 12:00pm #9 Playground Winter Festival Main Event Day 2 $500,000 Guaranteed
7:30pm #11 8-Max $100 + $10
Monday March 9th 12:00pm #9 Playground Winter Festival Main Event Day 3 $500,000 Guaranteed
1:00pm #12 $80 Deepstack Turbo $70 + $10
7:30pm #13 6-Max $150 + $15
Tuesday March 10th 12:00pm #9 Playground Winter Festival Main Event Day 4 $500,000 Guaranteed
1:00pm #14 Ante Up $60 + $10
7:30pm #15 $25 Bounty $90 + $10 + $25

These events are next-day re-entry events. Players may enter a starting day even if they have finished a previous day with chips. In the event that a player makes it past multiple Day 1s with chips, the player will start Day 2 with their largest stack and all other chips will be forfeited.

Except where noted (Event 6), all events are No Limit Hold'em tournaments.

Buy-in is expressed as an amount to the prize pool plus the tournament fee. A 3% staff gratuity will be withheld from the gross prize pool of each of these tournaments.

Main Event Satellites

Date Time Satellite Buy-In Guarantee
Sunday March 1st 8:00pm Rebuy/Add-on $50 + $10 5 seats guaranteed
Tuesday March 3rd 12:00pm Re-entry $70 + $10 2 seats guaranteed
Thursday March 5th 12:00pm Re-entry $70 + $10 2 seats guaranteed
4:00pm Turbo Re-entry $100 + $10 2 seats guaranteed
8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10 20 seats guaranteed
Friday March 6th 8:00pm Turbo Re-entry $100 + $10

There are several ways to qualify for the Playground Winter Festival Main Event:

Direct buy-in

You may buy your ticket for the Main Event at Playground Poker Club for $1,100. Registration is open 24 hours per day at the cashier, and online.

MegaWheel

Every hour between 2am to 6am, and again between 10am to 4pm, a cash game player is randomly selected to spin the MegaWheel. $1,100 seats can be won the following ways:

  • Spin, and win a raffle ticket. We’re drawing 3 seats each month!
  • Instantly win your seat by landing on one of the Instant Win wheel slots!

Tournament Leaderboard

Win a seat in the monthly TLB Freeroll by finishing among the top 30 on the Tournament Leader Board. 10 Seats awarded each month!

Live Satellites

Win a seat in one of our Sunday satellites. Every Sunday night until the Playground Winter Festival there will be satellite tournaments, rotating between the $50 + $10 Rebuy/Add-on format and a $100 + $10 Re-entry format. These satellites have 3 seats guaranteed!

Win a seat in one of our Thursday satellites.Every Thursday night until the Festival there will be a $100 + $10 re-entry satellite at 8pm. These satellites also have 3 seats guaranteed!

Win a satellite during the Playground Winter Festival. During the series we're hosting 6 scheduled satellites:

Date Time Satellites Tournament Buy-In Guarantee
Sunday March 1st 8:00pm Rebuy/Add-on $50 + $10 5 seats guaranteed
Tuesday March 3rd 12:00pm Re-entry $70 + $10 2 seats guaranteed
Thursday March 5th 12:00pm Re-entry $70 + $10 2 seats guaranteed
Thursday March 5th 4:00pm Turbo Re-entry $100 + $10 2 seats guaranteed
Thursday March 5th 8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10 20 seats guaranteed
Friday March 6th 8:00pm Turbo Re-entry $100 + $10

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General Questions about Playground Winter Festival

When is the series being held?

The Playground Winter Festival will be held from February 27th to March 10th, 2015. The series includes 15 events with buy-ins ranging from $60 + $10 to $1,000 + $100! The Playground Winter Festival Main Event, features two Day 1s: Day 1a will start at 11am on Friday March 6th and Day 1b will start at at 11am on Saturday March 7th.

Where is the series being held?

The Playground Winter Festival is being held at Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, QC. Kahnawake is located just minutes away from downtown Montreal across the Mercier Bridge.
We have prepared a custom Google Map with important locations saved: http://goo.gl/maps/9ZvcB

What tournament rules are in effect in Playground Poker Club events?

All events will be managed according to the rules set out by the Poker Tournament Directors Association (TDA). You may download a copy of the TDA rules from the Poker TDA website in one of several convenient formats.
For specific information about each event, players should consult the rules and structure sheet. This is available for every event in PDF format at the following address: http://playgroundpoker.ca/playgroundwinter2015.

Do I have to be a member of Playground Poker Club to play in these events?

Yes, all players must be Playground Poker Club members to play. Membership is free and requires proper (government-issued) identification. Players may sign up for their Players Card in person at the club or online at https://www.playgroundpoker.ca/sign-up. Players must be 18 years of age or older to play.


Questions about the Playground Winter Festival Main Event

What is the buy-in for the Main Event?

The buy-in is $1,000 + $100 (i.e., $1,100). All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars.

Will the event be televised? Will there be a live stream? Commentary?

No, this even is not being recorded for television broadcast nor there will be a live stream or other online broadcast of the event.
There will be live reporting (text and photos) of the event as it occurs that will be available via http://events.playgroundpoker.ca/playgroundwinter2015/.

Is the Main Event a re-entry event?

The Playground Winter Festival Main Event (Event 9) is a "next-day re-entry" event. A player may play additional Day 1s even if he/she has survived a previous Day 1. If a player survives more than one Day 1, the player's smallest stack(s) (by chip count) will be removed from the tournament. Players may not re-enter during any Day 1 they have already played; they may only re-enter the tournament on a subsequent Day 1.

What is the player capacity of the Main Event (per Day 1)?

The capacity for this event is 500 players per Day 1. If the limit is reached on any Day 1, alternates will be allowed to register for the event and take their seat if and when space permits before the end of the late registration period. In exceptional circumstances, Playground Poker Club reserves the right to admit alternates or players on the waiting list after the late registration period has ended.

How long is late registration allowed?

Late registration is open until the end of the break following Level 6 of each Day 1. Players who register late will receive a full starting stack at the moment their ticket is purchased. In exceptional circumstances, Playground Poker reserves the right to admit alternates or players on the waiting list after the late registration period has ended.

Will there be dinner breaks during the Main Event?

No, there will be no extended dinner break during this event. Players may eat a delicious, reasonably priced meal from The Rail Coal Fire Bistro, served table-side, at any time during the tournament.

Are there live satellites to the Main Event?

Live satellites for the event are being held held at Playground Poker Club every Sunday and Thursday evening until the series begins. Sunday Satellites run at 8pm every week (the format alternates weekly between a $50 + $10 Rebuy/Add-on and a $100 + $10 Re-entry, with 3 seats guaranteed). The Thursday evening Satellite is a $100 + $10 Re-entry tournament.
Please consult the Playground Poker Club Tournament calendar on the web for details.
Additional satellites to the Main Event are included among the events in the Playground Winter Festival schedule.

Will live Sit-n-Go satellites be running during the series?

Yes, live sit-n-go satellites will be running throughout the series. Please consult with the staff at the Brush Desk for information or to put your name on a list.


Questions about Playground Winter Festival Side Events

What is the schedule of side events?

You can see a full schedule of events on the Playground Winter Festival mini-site at http://playgroundpoker.ca/playgroundwinter2015.

Are there any re-entry events?

The Main Event is a "next-day" re-entry event. The same re-entry rules also apply to Event 1, a $135 + $15 No Limit Hold’em event with 4 Day 1s.
In these events, a player may play additional Day 1s even if he/she has survived a previous Day 1. If a player survives more than one Day 1, the player's smallest stack(s) (by chip count) will be removed from the tournament. Players may not re-enter during any Day 1 they have already played; they may only re-enter the tournament on a subsequent Day 1.
Except for certain scheduled satellites, all other events in the series are freezeout tournaments.

What is the player capacity of side events?

Each event has its own maximum number of players ranging from 100 to 500 players. Alternates will be accepted for most, but not all events. Playground Poker Club is committed to getting all players who wish to play into an event. The specific player capacity for each event is published in each event’s "Rules and Structure" sheet, which is available on the web via http://www.playgroundpoker.ca/playgroundwinter2015 (click on the "PDF" link beside each starting day on the schedule grid).

How long is late registration allowed for Playground Poker events?

Late registration is generally permitted during the first 4 to 5 levels of play. Please consult each event’s "Rules and Structure" sheet for details.

What is the blind structure for Playground Winter Festival events?

Event structures (PDF format) for all events are available for download on the Playground Winter Festival mini-site (http://www.playgroundpoker.ca/playgroundwinter2015).

Will there be dinner breaks during Playground Winter Festival side events?

There are no dinner breaks during side events. We invite players to eat a delicious, reasonably priced meal from The Rail Coal Fire Bistro, served table-side.


Travel Questions

How do I get to Montreal?

Air: Fly to Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport, served by most major airlines. The airport code is YUL.
Train: Montreal is served by daily service on Amtrak (from New York City) and VIA Rail (from Canadian cities). The train station is named Gare Centrale.
Car: To drive to Montreal from New York State, Western Connecticut, New Jersey, and other points South and West, the best route is to travel to I-87 North and continue on Autoroute 15 North once you cross the border into Quebec.
To drive to Montreal from New England (Eastern Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, etc.) the best option is to travel to I-89 North and continue on Route 133 and then Autoroute 10 once you have crossed into Canada.

Once I’m in the Montreal area, how do I get to Playground Poker Club?

The best way to travel to and from Playground Poker Club is by car. From downtown Montreal, the best route is to take Autoroute 720 West (Ville Marie Expressway) to Autoroute 20 West and then follow the signs for the Mercier Bridge/Chateauguay. Cross the bridge and continue straight on Route 138. Playground Poker Club is on the right at the third traffic signal. There is ample parking for all players on site.
Alternatively you may take a taxi. Any taxi in Montreal will bring you to Playground Poker Club. It may be helpful to describe the route to a taxi driver in some cases – just tell the driver to cross the Mercier Bridge to the South Shore and continue straight to the third light. Playground Poker Club is on the right.
You may also wish to take public transportation to get to the Club. Take the Green metro line to the Angrignon station and then transfer to a CITSO bus (line 31 or 32), which will drop you off right in front of Playground.

Is there a map of the venue and other relevant points of interest?

Yes – here is a Google Map you may consult: http://goo.gl/maps/9ZvcB.

What hotels might I consider?

There are hundreds of hotels in Montreal at all levels of service and price so we are not able to recommend any particular hotel. If you consult a travel site to choose a hotel, concentrate on Downtown, Old Montreal, or possibly the Airport area to find suitable accommodations.


Payment & Registration Questions

How can I buy in to the event directly?

There are a few options.

  • You can come to Playground Poker Club and buy your ticket in person for any event.
  • You can buy your ticket online via http://playgroundpoker.ca/ using VISA or Mastercard.
  • You can email reservations@playgroundpoker.ca to enquire about other options such as wire transfer.

When you purchase your ticket directly from Playground Poker Club for any event you will be given a receipt with your seating assignment. Please present this receipt and valid photo ID to the dealer at the assigned table to receive your starting chip stack. If you have not purchased your ticket in person at the club, we will hold your receipt for you. When you get to Playground Poker Club, simply go to the cashier/cage with ID to receive the original copy of your receipt(s).

Can I get a duplicate receipt for my buy-in?

Your original receipt serves as a seating ticket and must be given to the dealer in order for a player to start a tournament. We will be happy to provide players with a duplicate receipt for their records – just ask a tournament floor manager at any time and they will print the duplicate and bring it to you.

When does registration open for the series?

Registration for all events is open now.

I won a seat in a satellite tournament. Can I cash out my ticket?

No, event registrations (including live satellite seats) are non-refundable but they are transferable. Players wishing to transfer their registration must contact the cashier at Playground Poker Club to facilitate the transfer (both parties are required). Transfers are free.

What information do I need to do a Wire Transfer?

Please send an email to reservations@playgroundpoker.ca to arrange a wire transfer. Our staff will walk you through the process to ensure that you are able to successfully buy in to the tournaments you wish to play.

What is the exchange rate for US$?

US$ will be bought at a competitive house rate. NOTE that this rate is different than the Bank of Canada rate or institutional rates published on most Foreign Exchange sites. Please call the cashier at any time to enquire about the current rate.

If I buy in with US$ and cash in the event, can I be paid out in US$?

No, unfortunately this is not possible. The currency used at Playground Poker Club is Canadian dollars, and all prize payouts will be made in Canadian dollars.

Will my winnings be taxed?

No, players who cash in any event will receive a coupon for the full amount of the prize at the tournament desk. These coupons must be redeemed for cash at the Playground Poker Club cashier. There are no withholdings from the amount of the prize awarded. Players are responsible for any taxes they may owe based on residency or nationality but Playground Poker Club is not involved in any way with such reporting or remittance.

Are there any other withholdings I should be aware of?

Yes, as is the case with almost all events of this scale around the world, Playground Poker Club withholds 3% of the total prize pool of every event for staff gratuities. This withholding is taken before the final payouts are awarded, so players will receive the full amount listed on their prize coupon.


Cash Game Questions

Will there be cash games running during the series?

Yes, we will have a full range of cash games running 24 hours a day during the series (as is the case 365 days a year).

What games? What stakes?

Playground Poker Club routinely spreads No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha-Hold’em mixed games. We also have dealers who are trained in many other variants of poker including stud and lowball games as well as more extensive mixed games.
We normally spread No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha games at the following stakes: $1-$2, $1-$3, $2-$5, $5-$5, $5-$10, $10-$25. During larger events such as poker seriess we often spread games at higher stakes. Maximum buy-in amounts vary depending on the stakes, and in small stakes games we often open "deep" variants with higher buy-in limits. Players who wish to open games at stakes that differ from what is currently running are encouraged to ask the Floor Managers to start an interest list.

No Limit Hold'em

Stakes Buy-in (min-max)
$1 - $2 $40 - $200
$1 - $3 $100 - $300
$2 - $5 $100 - $500
$5 - $5 $200 - $1,000
$5 - $10 $500 - $3,000

Pot Limit Omaha

Stakes Buy-in (min-max)
$1 - $1 $40 - $200
$1 - $3 $100 - $500
$1 - $2 - $5 DS $200 - $1,000

Mixed Games

Stakes Buy-in (min-max)
$1 - $2 PLO / $2 - $5 NLHE $100 - $500
$2 - $5 $200 - $1000

I like to play X variety of poker? Any chance there will be a table?

We encourage players to speak with the staff at the Brush Desk about any games they wish to play. Playground Poker Club is happy to open an interest list for most games and we know many local players who may be interested in joining such tables as well.

Where can I find more information about everything going on at Playground Poker Club?

Playground Poker Club works hard to communicate with players across several channels throughout the year, including: