PokerStars Canada Cup

Live event coverage and results of the PokerStars Canada Cup

Playground Poker Club introduces the PokerStars Canada Cup - $2M Guaranteed!

Playground Poker Club is thrilled to introduce a new series on the global poker calendar, the PokerStars Canada Cup, which is slated to run between May 16th and May 28th, 2014. The Main Event will be a 5-day, $3000 + $300 tournament with three starting flights (next-day re-entry) and a $2 Million Guarantee! In addition to the Main Event, the PokerStars Canada Cup will include a $10,000 + $400 High Roller event and ten more side events for a total of 12 events over 13 days.

Other events in the PokerStars Canada Cup include the kickoff event, a $135 + $15 No Limit Hold’em Re-entry event with 4 entry flights and a huge $100,000 guaranteed prize pool; a $300 + $30 Pot Limit Omaha/No Limit Hold’em mixed event, and a two-day $500 + $50 Pot Limit Omaha 3 Lives event. Some other events rounding out the series are the ever-popular 6 Max and 8 Max No Limit Hold’em formats plus a huge $185 + $15 + $100 Bounty event.

Qualifiers have already begun on PokerStars, while live satellites will be available at Playground Poker Club beginning in March. PokerStars will also be sponsoring a Mega Overlay super satellite at the beginning of May with 10 seats ADDED to the prize pool!

Be sure to join us at Playground Poker Club for the PokerStars Canada Cup, from May 16th to 28th!

PokerStars Canada Cup - Schedule Of Events

Event Date Time Tournament Buy-In Guarantee Rules
#1 Friday May 16th 11:00am No Limit Hold'em Re-entry Day 1a $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
#1 7:30pm No Limit Hold'em Re-entry Day 1b $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
#1 Saturday May 17th 11:00am No Limit Hold'em Re-entry Day 1c $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
#1 7:30pm No Limit Hold'em Re-entry Day 1d $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
#1 Sunday May 18th 12:00pm No Limit Hold'em Re-entry Day 2 $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
#2 6:00pm No Limit Hold'em Shootout $135 + $15
#1 Monday May 19th 7:30pm No Limit Hold'em Re-entry Day 3 $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
#3 7:30pm No Limit Hold'em 6-Max $300 + $30
#4 Tuesday May 20th 3:00pm No Limit Hold'em High Roller Day 1 $10,000 + $400
#5 8:00pm Mixed No Limit Hold'em - Pot Limit Omaha $300 + $30
#4 Wednesday May 21st 1:00pm No Limit Hold'em High Roller Day 2 $10,000 + $400
#6 Thursday May 22nd 11:00am PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event Day 1a $3,000 + $300 $2,000,000 Guaranteed
#4 1:00pm No Limit Hold'em High Roller Day 3 $10,000 + $400
#6 Friday May 23rd 11:00am PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event Day 1b $3,000 + $300 $2,000,000 Guaranteed
#6 Saturday May 24th 11:00am PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event Day 1c $3,000 + $300 $2,000,000 Guaranteed
#7 7:30pm No Limit Hold'em Bounty $100 $185 + $15 + $100
#6 Sunday May 25th 11:00am PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event Day 2 $3,000 + $300 $2,000,000 Guaranteed
#8 6:00pm No Limit Hold'em All in or Nothing $100 + $10
#9 8:00pm No Limit Hold'em Deepstack Turbo $200 + $20
#6 Monday May 26th 11:00am PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event Day 3 $3,000 + $300 $2,000,000 Guaranteed
#10 1:00pm No Limit Hold'em Freezeout Day 1 $1,000 + $100
#6 Tuesday May 27th 11:00am PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event Day 4 $3,000 + $300 $2,000,000 Guaranteed
#10 1:00pm No Limit Hold'em Freezeout Day 2 $1,000 + $100
#11 7:30pm Pot Limit Omaha 3 Lives Day 1 $500 + $50
#6 Wednesday May 28th 11:00am PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event Day 5 $3,000 + $300 $2,000,000 Guaranteed
#10 3:00pm No Limit Hold'em Freezeout Day 3 $1,000 + $100
#12 7:30pm No Limit Hold'em Freezeout 8-Max $200 + $20
#11 8:00pm Pot Limit Omaha 3 Lives Day 2 $500 + $50

These events are next-day re-entry events. Players may enter a starting day even if they 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.

A 3% staff gratuity will be withheld from the prize pool of each event.

There are several ways players can qualify for the Main Event:

  • Direct buy-in for $3,300. Registration is open 24 hours per day at the cashier or online.
  • Win an entry by being selected to spin the MegaWheel, simply by sitting at a cash table.
  • Win a seat in the $135 + $15 PokerStars Mega Overlay event (May 1st to May 4th only at Playground Poker Club). This event features three day ones, and in addition to the huge prize pool, PokerStars is adding 10 seats to the Canada Cup Main Event!
  • Win a seat in one of our Sunday satellites. Every Sunday night until the Main Event there will be satellite tournaments, rotating between the $100 + $10 Rebuy/Add-on format and a $200 + $20 Re-entry format. Each of these satellites has 2 seats guaranteed!
  • Win a seat in a Thursday satellite. Every Thursday night until the Main event there will be a $330 + $30 Re-entry satellite with 3 seats guaranteed!
  • Win a seat in the monthly TLB Freeroll by finishing among the top 30 on the Tournament Leader Board (March/April TLB)!
  • Win a Sit 'n Go satellite! There are two formats of single table Sit 'n Go available: $330 + $30 (play for 1 seat) or $660 + $60 (play for 2 seats). Sit 'n Go satellites are available on demand (10 players) 24 hours a day at the cash game Brush desk.
  • Win a satellite during the PokerStars Canada Cup series. During the series we're hosting 6 scheduled satellites:
    • $100 + $10 Rebuy/Add on - May 18th at 8pm, 2 seats guaranteed.
    • $100 + $10 Re-entry - May 20th and May 21st at 12pm, 2 seats guaranteed.
    • $330 + $30 Re-entry - May 21st at 8pm, 10 seats guaranteed.
    • $330 + $30 Re-entry - May 22nd and May 23rd at 8pm.

Playground Poker Club has negotiated preferential rates with two hotels for the PokerStars Canada Cup.

Le Centre Sheraton Montreal


Residence Inn Marriott

General Questions about the tournament series

When is the series being held?

The PokerStars Canada Cup will be held from May 16th to May 28th, 2014. The series includes 12 events with buy-ins ranging from $100 + $10 to $10,000 + $400! The $3,000 + $300 PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event features three Day 1s: Day 1a will start at 11am on Thursday May 22, Day 1b at 11am on Friday May 23, and Day 1c at 11am on Saturday May 24.

Where is the series being held?

The PokerStars Canada Cup 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/pokerstars-canada-cup.

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 PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event

What is the buy-in for the PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event?

The buy-in is $3,000 + $300 (i.e., $3,300). All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars.

Is there a prize pool guarantee for the PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event?

Yes, the Main Event (Event 6) of the PokerStars Canada Cup has a $2,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.

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

The Main Event will have a cards-down live stream from Day 2 through Day 4, and Day 5 (Final Table) will have a cards-up live stream on a slight delay. Joe Stapleton and James Hartigan will be providing live commentary throughout the event. There will also be live reporting (text and photos) of the event as it occurs that will be available via http://events.playgroundpoker.ca/pokerstars-canada-cup/.

Is the Main Event a re-entry event?

The Main Event (Event 6 of the PokerStars Canada Cup) 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 pre-registration capacity for this event is 500 players per Day 1. If the 500-player 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 for the Main Event?

Late registration is open until the end of 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?

Yes, on each Day 1 of the event. There will be a 45-minute break following Level 6 during which time players will be served a buffet dinner. In addition, players may eat a delicious, reasonably priced meal from The Rail Coal Fire Bistro, served tableside, at any time during the tournament.

Are there live satellites to the Main Event?

Live satellites for the event have been held at Playground Poker Club on Sunday evenings since the beginning of April and additionally on Thursday evenings since the beginning of March, and this schedule will continue until the series begins in May. Weekend Satellites run at 8pm every week (the format alternates weekly between a $100 + $10 Rebuy/Add-on and a $200 + $20 Re-entry, with 2 seats guaranteed). The Thursday evening satellite is a $330 + $30 tournament with 3 seats guaranteed.
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 PokerStars Canada Cup 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.

Are there online qualifiers or satellites to the Main Event?

Yes. PokerStars is running satellite tournaments and low buy-in qualifiers.
Please consult http://playgroundpoker.ca/pokerstars-canada-cup or http://www.pokerstars.com/poker/promotions/canada-cup/ for more details.


Questions about PokerStars Canada Cup Side Events

What is the schedule of side events?

You can see a full schedule of events on the PokerStars Canada Cup mini-site at http://playgroundpoker.ca/pokerstars-canada-cup.

Are there any re-entry events?

The PokerStars Canada Cup Main Event (Event 6) 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 each event (except for Event 2, which is a Shootout event) and 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/pokerstars-canada-cup (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 PokerStars Canada Cup events?

Event structures (PDF format) for all events are available for download on the PokerStars Canada Cup mini-site (http://www.playgroundpoker.ca/pokerstars-canada-cup).

Will there be dinner breaks during PokerStars Candaa Cup 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 tableside.

What is a “Shootout” tournament?

A “Shootout” tournament is a tournament in which players start on a particular table and must win that table before proceeding in the event.

What is a “3 Lives” tournament?

Players start the tournament with 3 ”life chips” worth 10,000 tournament chips each. Players have X levels during which to redeem their life chips as they see fit. After the 4th level, dealers will give out 10,000 tournament chips for every unused life chip. Players may use all 3 life chips to start the tournament.

What is an “All in or Nothing” tournament?

Players acting in turn have a limited range of options in any hand – they may either fold or raise all-in. Players acting behind an all-in player may not simply call. Assuming the player covers the other all-in player, he or she must also raise all-in to continue with the hand. A player who declares, “call” facing an all-in bet will be automatically considered to be all-in him- or herself.


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.

Is there a partner hotel for the event?

Yes, there are two partner hotels for the series.

What other 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.

What is the weather like in Montreal in May?

The weather in May is absolutely glorious! Warm days, cool (but not cold) nights – it’s almost the perfect time of year in this climate. It’s always a good idea to have a light jacket nearby, but during the day it’s shorts and flip-flops weather most of the time.
Here’s a good guide to Montreal weather in May: http://montreal.about.com/od/Montreal-Weather/ss/montreal-may-weather-climate-temperatures-average.htm.


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.
  • You can buy-in to the Main Event or the High Roller Event (not other side events) directly through your PokerStars Account.

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 transferrable. Players wishing to transfer their registration should contact the cashier at Playground Poker Club. Transfers are free. Seats won via PokerStars online satellites are NOT transferrable.
The first online satellite ticket a player wins is must-play, any subsequent tickets they win may be converted to T$ on PokerStars. Please contact PokerStars directly with any questions related to online satellites.

What information do I need to do a Wire Transfer?

Please send an email to reservations@playgroundpoker.ca to arrange a wire transfer. Our representatives 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 before, during, or after the PokerStars Canada Cup?

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