After the recently completed PokerStars Canada Cup festival at Playground Poker Club in Montreal, PokerStars is raising it’s Canadian game, adding another major Canadian poker series to the 2014 calendar.
Starting Aug 22, 2014, Playground will again play host for the PokerStars Montreal Festival, a 12-day series featuring 16 different tournaments with a $1 million guarantee on the Main Event. The wide variety of variants will include a tournament for everyone’s bankroll, with buy-ins starting at just $70.
There’s little question Playground and PokerStars know how to come together to put on a great tournament. The recent Canada Cup is proof; well over 400 runners in the $3,300 Main Event capped off a 12-tournament series. With Pokerstars’ unquestioned status as the top online poker room, and Playground Poker’s clear position as Canada’s premier poker room, it’s hard to imagine a better partnership for Canadian poker players.
Just ask Robert Notkin. The Canadian psychiatrist qualified for the Main Event at the recently completed Pokerstars Canada Cup, and parlayed that $30 online satellite win into a $366,660 win. In what may end up as one of the most talked about hands in recent poker history, Notkin won the big prize in an epic four-way all-in that started when he limped under the dun with a monster . When small stack Justin Miller shoved his 400K in chips with , Notkin must have been happy to have the chance to knock a player out. He couldn’t have imagined Vincent Jaques would follow Miller into the pot with his 7,000,000 chips with . That left the fourth player at the table, Ryan Rivers, with a decision. Holding , he agonized over calling or folding for several minutes, before finally calling to add his second smallest stack to the middle. Notkin had everyone else covered, and tabled the dominating hand. When the board ran out , Notkin was left with the big win.
There’s no reason to think the August Pokerstars Montreal Festival will be any less epic. The 16 events will include nearly every kind of hold‘em you can imagine, from 6-max to shootouts to deepstacks and rebuys, as well as a pot-limit omaha and a NLHE/PLO mix game.
With buy-ins starting as low as $70, up to the $1,100 Main Event that starts Friday, August 29, Pokerstars’ Montreal Festival will no doubt have something to meet the needs of every poker player.
Daily satellites are running on PokerStars now, with freeroll satellites running daily at 20:00 ET. You can find all the satellites to the Montreal Festival in your PokerStars client under Tourney->Regional. Join PokerStars through PokerNews Canada today to get your chance to win your ticket to the Main Event, and if you make your first deposit, PokerStars will 100% match your deposit with a bonus up to $600. As Robert Notkin showed us last weekend, you too could be hoisting a trophy at Playground Poker. All you have to do is play.