A little after 9AM on Tuesday morning at Playground Poker Club, after 12 full days of competitive tournament poker, the WSOP-C Playground concluded. The festival presented 7 Ring Events and proudly launched Season IV of the WSOP International Circuit.
The Main Event, at a $1,000 + $100 buy-in, was the playing field of the $50K Last Longer, reserved to those who bought in with PP LIVE Dollars. Nathan Hall, finishing 5th in the tournament, added $50,000 in PP LIVE Dollars to his $72,000 first prize. He secured his $50K bonus when the 38th position was eliminated! You can read the full story here.
Our friend Kristen Bicknell pocketed her biggest cash to date at Playground, finishing 4th in the $2,000 + $200 High Roller event for $36,220. She actually played for over 18 hours on Day 2 to beat her personal record at this venue!
Of course, not every player was so fortunate. Poker can be cruel, and some were actually in a tough place, but we had their back! A one-of-a-kind Rage Cage was put up, next to the partypoker Lounge, on the way to the tent tables. Players could go there to break things and let the tilt out after a brutal beat!
The player comments about our tent were nice to hear. Past the Rage Cage, at the end of the hallway, a comfortable 40-table set-up was arranged. Players were happily digging in the $15 all-you-can-eat all-day buffet, shocked by the quality of the food and the unbelievable deal.
At Playground Poker Club, we were extremely honoured to work with the WSOP Circuit, and equally proud to see the festival surpass all expectations. Alongside partypoker LIVE, we worked hard to bring you the best tournament poker experience that a player can hope for, and are humbled by the player response.
To say that the series was a success would be a glaring understatement, as shown by the following numbers:
- 8,169 entries were placed
- $4,992,493 in prizes were paid out
- 2 Bad Beat Jackpots were hit – 1 Omaha, 1 Secondary
- All 7 guarantees were hit
- The Colossus Day 1G grouped 712 entries, an all-time single-flight record at the Club
- The Main Event Day 1D attracted 1,016 entries, breaking that short-lived record
- The Main Event grouped 2,401 entries, an all-time record for the WSOP Circuit
From us, Playground Poker Club, and our partners in this adventure, partypoker LIVE and the World Series of Poker Circuit, a big THANK YOU. It will continue to be an honour to bring you the best poker festivals in the Great White North! On this note, allow us to pay tribute to our 7 Ring winners. Click on the Event number to see the full Champion’s post.
Event 1, the Colossus, was won by none other than local pro Jason Mandanici-Turcot. Jason, a regular at Playground, knows success in both rooms: cash and tournament. He took $125,130 for being the last man standing of a 3,503-player field.
Event 2, the Main Event, crowned Danny Freitas. Hailing from Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Freitas has been visiting Playground since we started having festivals, but this series was a true breakthrough for him, as he finished 6th in the Colossus for $22,000 and took down the Main Event for $294,930!
Event 3, the Monster Stack, was won by Dallis Kerbrat, a 19-year-old from British Columbia. Kerbrat clawed his way to victory and tasted his first major poker win, for $38,650.
Event 4 was the Super High Roller. Marc-Olivier Carpentier-Perrault, a local known for his High Roller prowess, took that one down, finishing ahead of a shark-infested field. He took a cool $100,000 for his feat.
Event 5, the Closer, saw Robert Cheung leave with $45,500. Cheung, a 2007 WSOP Bracelet winner and an all-out gentleman, had a lot of good words to say about Playground. We wish to see him again soon!
Event 6, the High Roller, was an unbelievable surprise. No less than 288 entries were placed across 2 starting flights in this Event, more than doubling the guarantee! As a result, Raymond Latinsky, from Thornhill, Ontario, had to battle for over 20 hours on Day 2 to collect his 1st place money: $78,000!
Event 7, the Pot Limit Omaha tournament, was long-awaited by our 4-card aficionados. A whopping 186 tickets were purchased, almost doubling the guarantee! After 17 hours of play, Gino Roland Frenette, a Maritimer from New Brunswick, took down the event and the $20,000 1st prize.