Playground Poker Club’s impressive and cavernous tournament hall was swarming with excited poker players again over the past two weeks. The Montreal Poker Expo offered 14 events at the world-class poker club just outside of Montreal, Quebec.
The series kicked off in a unique way on August 21 with a charity tournament called ‘Strike Out Cancer’, but rather than withholding a portion of the prize pool to give to charity, Playground ran the tournament for free, donating the tournament fee instead. The $160 event had a $100,000 guarantee and $25 from each buy-in went to charity while $135 went directly to the prize pool.
Playground ran the tournament for free, donating the tournament fee...
The tournament had four Day 1s that cumulatively fed 1,186 entries to Day 2. With a prize pool of $155,307, there was plenty of cash to play for considering the tiny buy-in. The final table was set on Day 3, and when play got down to the final four, a chop was negotiated that gave each player a portion of the prize pool in relation to their chip stack, and $3,000 remained on the table to play for as well as the trophy. Mark Wells came out on top to win the most, securing a $24,440 payday.
The momentum continued into the rest of the series with more tournaments between $60 and $330 before the marquee event on the schedule began on Friday, August 28. The $1,100 Main Event promised $500,000 in the prize pool and had three starting days to reach the guarantee.
When registration closed, 647 entries had created a prize pool of $627,590 and first place was set to earn an impressive $118,610.
The final table was played on Day 4, and the final three players managed to agree to a deal that saw each of them lock up a sum of money that they deemed to fairly reflect their chip stacks, and $12,500 was set aside to play for.
Jonathan Brassard was the first to be eliminated after the three-way chop. Chan Luong took care of him in two hands that left Luong facing 2013 World Poker Tour Barcelona Champion Chanracy Khun heads up for the title.
Just a few hands later, Khun three-bet all in preflop. Luong couldn’t call fast enough, and had a grin as he flipped over red aces. Khun was miles behind with king-seven and never caught up on the queen-high board. Luong earned $92,500 for the win while Khun took home $73,140 for being second-best.
Montreal Poker Expo Main Event Top 10 Finishers
Across the 14 events, more than a million dollars was awarded in prizes at Playground Poker Club. The sum of all the prize pools was $1,020,817.40.
Located on Kahnawake Mohawk Territory on the south shore of the St. Lawrence river across from Montreal, Playground has built an international reputation for being one of the best places in the world to play poker. The next series that will certainly fill the house is their annual Playground Poker Fall Classic, highlighted by the partypoker.net World Poker Tour Montreal event. That series kicks off on November 1 and runs until November 19.
Details and photos courtesy of the Playground Poker Blog.