The Playground Poker Fall Classic is rapidly becoming Canada’s premier poker festival. With 13 events spread over nearly three weeks, the Fall Classic is a place where the poker junkie can get their fill. The most recent rendition just wrapped up at Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec on November 27.
One of the signature events for Playground Poker kicked the series off. The Wild $150 has four starting flights, and players can play in all flights, taking their largest stack to Day 2. After three days of play and 1,464 entries, Mike Lafable took down the first prize of $30,600, defeating runner-up Ahmad Baalbaki, who pocketed $20,500.
With the success of the Wild $150 in recent years, Playground Poker Club upped the ante this year with the $250 Frenzy, a larger version of the Wild $150. With six starting flights, it lives up to its Frenzy moniker. The 1,332 entries swelled the prize pool to over $290,000. Raymond Kay beat Jean-Francois Lescadres heads up to win the first prize of $50,000.
Then, 269 players turned out for Event #4, the $1,100 WPT Warm-up. After three days of play, it came down to Faisel Khan and Daniel Jason Strelitz heads up. The two players made a deal which left $7,500 and the bracelet left to play for. When Khan won the heads-up match, he pocketed $54,635 to Strelitz’s $49,985 for second.
One of the more unique events on the schedule was the $220 Survivor tournament. The survivor format plays down to 10% of the original field size, then paying out the same fixed amount to every player that makes it to the money. With 128 entries in this year’s version, a total of 12 people were paid out $1,940 for their finish, while the 13th player received $1,552 since the field size was not cleanly divisible by 10.
In addition to the WPT Montreal Main Event, billed as Event #6, there was another big buy-in event in the High Roller with a price tag of $10,400. The three-day event saw 66 entries generating a prize pool of $640,200. The final three players cut a deal that left $10,000 and the Champion's belt to play for and divided the rest of the prize pool based on a chip chop. Vancouver cash game specialist (and 2010 WSOP Main Event final-tablist) Matt Jarvis (pictured above) took down first place for $127,686, beating fellow Canadian Pascal Lefrancois, the runner-up in the inaugural WPT Montreal Main Event in 2012, and American pro Darren Elias. Lefrancois made $147,383 for second, while Elias cashed for $137,860.
With over 5,000 entries and millions of dollars in prize pools across the three-week festival, it’s clear that Canada has a love for the November festival in Montreal. Here’s looking to the 2015 WPT Montreal to be even bigger and better.
* Photo and results courtesy of the Playground Poker Club Blog.