WPT Montreal 2014!

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Playground Poker Fall Classic 2014 - Schedule Of Events

Date Time Event Tournament Buy-In Guarantee Rules Purchase
Sunday November 9th 11:00am #1 The Wild $150 Day 1a $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
7:00pm #1 The Wild $150 Day 1b $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
Monday November 10th 7:00pm #1 The Wild $150 Day 1c $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
Tuesday November 11th 7:00pm #1 The Wild $150 Day 1d $135 + $15 $100,000 Guaranteed
Wednesday November 12th 7:00pm #1 The Wild $150 Day 2 $100,000 Guaranteed
Thursday November 13th 7:00pm #1 The Wild $150 Day 3 $100,000 Guaranteed
7:30pm #2 $220 Freeze $200 + $20
Friday November 14th 11:00am #3 The $250 Frenzy Day 1a $225 + $25 $200,000 Guaranteed
7:30pm #3 The $250 Frenzy Day 1b $225 + $25 $200,000 Guaranteed
Saturday November 15th 11:00am #3 The $250 Frenzy Day 1c $225 + $25 $200,000 Guaranteed
7:30pm #3 The $250 Frenzy Day 1d $225 + $25 $200,000 Guaranteed
Sunday November 16th 11:00am #3 The $250 Frenzy Day 1e $225 + $25 $200,000 Guaranteed
7:30pm #3 The $250 Frenzy Day 1f $225 + $25 $200,000 Guaranteed
Monday November 17th 7:00pm #3 The $250 Frenzy Day 2 $200,000 Guaranteed
Tuesday November 18th 12:00pm #4 The $1,100 WPT Warm-up Day 1 $1,000 + $100
7:00pm #3 The $250 Frenzy Day 3 $200,000 Guaranteed
7:30pm #5 50/50 Bounty $100 + $20 + $100
Wednesday November 19th 12:00pm #4 The $1,100 WPT Warm-up Day 2
Thursday November 20th 11:00am #6 WPT Montreal Day 1a $3,500 + $350
3:00pm #4 The $1,100 WPT Warm-up Day 3
Friday November 21st 11:00am #6 WPT Montreal Day 1b $3,500 + $350
Saturday November 22nd 11:00am #6 WPT Montreal Day 1c $3,500 + $350
7:30pm #7 Deepstack Turbo $200 + $20
Sunday November 23rd 12:00pm #6 WPT Montreal Day 2
7:30pm #8 Survivor $200 + $20
Monday November 24th 12:00pm #6 WPT Montreal Day 3
3:00pm #9 High Roller Day 1 $10,000 + $400
7:30pm #10 6-Max $300 + $30
Tuesday November 25th 12:00pm #6 WPT Montreal Day 4
1:00pm #9 High Roller Day 2
7:30pm #11 PLO 3 Lives Day 1 $500 + $50
Wednesday November 26th 1:00pm #9 High Roller Day 3
3:00pm #6 WPT Montreal Day 5
7:30pm #11 PLO 3 Lives Day 2
7:30pm #12 8-Max $300 + $30
Thursday November 27th 12:00pm #13 Bounty $100 $200 + $30 + $100

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 11), 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 Purchase
Thursday November 13th 8:00pm No Limit Hold'em Re-entry $135 + $15 2 Seats Guaranteed
Sunday November 16th 8:00pm No Limit Hold'em Re-entry $350 + $35 3 Seats Guaranteed
Wednesday November 19th 1:00pm No Limit Hold'em Re-entry $135 + $15 2 Seats Guaranteed
4:00pm No Limit Hold'em Turbo Re-entry $135 + $15 2 Seats Guaranteed
7:30pm No Limit Hold'em Re-entry $350 + $35 10 Seats Guaranteed
Thursday November 20th 7:30pm No Limit Hold'em Turbo Re-entry $350 + $35
Friday November 21st 7:30pm No Limit Hold'em Turbo Re-entry $350 + $35

High Roller Satellite

Date Time Satellite Buy-In Guarantee Purchase
Sunday November 23rd 8:00pm No Limit Hold'em Re-entry $1040 + $100

There are several ways players can qualify for the WPT Montreal:

  • Direct buy-in for $3,850. Registration is open 24 hours per day at the cashier or online.
  • Win a raffle ticket when you are selected to spin the MegaWheel, simply by sitting at a cash table any time between 2am and 6am or 10am to 4pm. There will be one draw per month for a WPT Montreal Seat for raffle ticket winners.
  • Win a seat in one of our Sunday satellites. Every Sunday night until the Playground Poker Fall Classic there will be satellite tournaments, rotating between the $100 + $10 Rebuy/Add-on format and a $200 + $20 Re-entry format. These satellites have 2 seats guaranteed!
  • Win a seat in one of our Thursday satellites. Every Thursday night until the Playground Poker Fall Classic there will be a $350 + $35 re-entry satellite at 8pm. These satellites have 2 seats guaranteed!
  • Win a seat in the monthly TLB Freeroll by finishing among the top 30 on the Tournament Leader Board (September/October TLB). 3 Seats awarded each month!
  • Win a satellite during the Playground Poker Fall Classic. During the series we're hosting 6 scheduled satellites:
    • $135 + $15 Re-entry – Thursday November 13th at 8pm, 2 seats guaranteed.
    • $350 + $35 Re-entry – Sunday November 16th at 8pm, 3 seats guaranteed.
    • $135 + $15 Re-entry – Wednesday November 19th at 1pm, 2 seats guaranteed.
    • $135 + $15 Turbo Re-entry - Wednesday November 19th at 4pm, 2 seats guaranteed.
    • $350 + $35 Re-entry – Wednesday November 19th at 7:30pm, 10 seats guaranteed.
    • $350 + $35 Turbo Re-entry – Thursday November 20th at 7:30pm.
    • $350 + $35 Turbo Re-entry – Friday November 21st at 7:30pm.
  • There’s also a satellite scheduled for the $10,000 + $400 High Roller tournament.
    • $1040 + $100 Re-entry – Sunday November 23rd at 8pm.

Playground Poker Club has negotiated preferential rates with two hotels for the Playground Poker Fall Classic 2014.

Residence Inn Marriott

  • Rates starting at $99.00/night + taxes
  • Address: 2170, Av Lincoln, Montreal, QC
  • Reservations by phone: +1-514-935-9224 Toll Free: +1-800-678-6323 (Use reservation code WPT)
  • Reservations online: http://cwp.marriott.com/yulmr/wpt/
  • Note: Rooms at this hotel must be booked before October 31, 2014 to receive this special rate.
    Rooms at this rate are subject to availability.

Le Centre Sheraton Montreal

  • Rates starting at $175/night + taxes
  • Address: 1201, boul René-Lévesque O., Montreal, QC
  • Reservations phone: 514-878-2000 (Use reservation code Playground Poker)
  • Reservations online: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/res?id=1407183686&key=34961163
  • Please note that a 1 night deposit is required at time of booking. Deposits are refundable if cancellation is received at least 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival. Group rate available until November 9, 2014.
    Subject to Availability.

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General Questions about the tournament series

When is the series being held?

The Playground Poker Fall Classic 2014 will be held from November 9th to November 27th, 2014. The series includes 13 events with buy-ins ranging from $135 + $15 to $10,000 + $400! The WPT Montreal, a televised $3,500 + $350 Event, features three Day 1s: Day 1a will start at 11am on Thursday November 20th, Day 1b at 11am on Friday November 21st, and Day 1c at 11am on Saturday November 22nd.

Where is the series being held?

The Playground Poker Fall Classic 2014 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/wpt-montreal-2014.

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 WPT Montreal

What is the buy-in for the WPT Montreal?

The buy-in is $3,500 + $350 (i.e., $3,850). All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars.

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

Yes, this is a fully televised event. This means that there will be TV cameras recording a limited amount of the action in the first few days of the WPT Montreal, and the 6-handed final table will be recorded for broadcast from beginning to end, with full commentary and visible hole cards.
There will also be live reporting (text and photos) of the event as it occurs that will be available via http://events.playgroundpoker.ca/wpt-montreal-2014/ and the World Poker Tour Live Updates site.

Is the WPT Montreal a re-entry event?

The WPT Montreal (Event 6 of the Playground Poker Fall Classic 2014) 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 WPT Montreal (per Day 1)?

The capacity for this event is 300 players for Day 1A, 400 players for Day 1B, and 500 players for Day 1c. 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 dinner 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?

Yes, there will be a dinner break during the three Day 1s and Day 2 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 are being held held at Playground Poker Club every Sunday and Thursday evening until the series begins in November. Sunday 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 $350 + $35 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 Poker Fall Classic 2014 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 Poker Fall Classic 2014 Side Events

What is the schedule of side events?

You can see a full schedule of events on the Playground Poker Fall Classic 2014 mini-site at http://playgroundpoker.ca/wpt-montreal-2014.

Are there any re-entry events?

The WPT Montreal 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, and event 3, a $225 + $25 No Limit Hold'em event with 6 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/wpt-montreal-2014 (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 Poker Fall Classic 2014 events?

Event structures (PDF format) for all events are available for download on the Playground Poker Fall Classic 2014 mini-site (http://www.playgroundpoker.ca/wpt-montreal-2014).

Will there be dinner breaks during Playground Poker Fall Classic 2014 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.


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?

We have negotiated special rates for our customers with two hotels for the duration of the series. Click here for more information.

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.


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 transferrable. Players wishing to transfer their registration should contact the cashier at Playground Poker Club. Transfers are free. Seats won via online satellites are NOT transferrable.

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 before, during, or after the Playground Poker Fall Classic 2014?

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

Join us for the 3rd Annual WPT Montreal Players Party!

  • Where: The Rail Coal Fire Bistro
  • Date: Friday November 21st
  • Time: From 9pm
  • Open bar (beer and house liquor)