If you're itching to play in some great poker events, there's a new festival on the calendar: the World Cup of Cards hosted by Playground Poker Club. Running from Aug. 18 through Sept. 14, the WCC and its more than $2,000,000 in prize pool guarantees is a festival you won't want to miss.
The World Cup of Cards boasts two major event sponsors, partypoker and Tonybet, who have teamed up with Playground Poker to produce an entirely new kind of festival on the global poker scene. The WCC will run for four weeks and feature 28 events, each one with a prize pool guarantee. The focus is squarely on giving players what they want — fun events, huge guarantees, and a ton of value for their poker-playing dollar.
One of the highlights of the WCC is the number of non-hold'em events on the schedule. Over 25 percent of the scheduled tournaments in the festival feature other forms of poker, including not only pot-limit Omaha, but Omaha hi-low, five-card Omaha, and two variants of pineapple.
That's not to say that the WCC has anything against hold'em. The range of no-limit hold'em events on the schedule has never been seen before in a festival of this scale. In fact, there's a huge $5,400 No-Limit Hold'em 8-Max tournament that will generate a monster prize pool for players looking for a large buy-in event.
Just as the World Cup of Cards kicks off, Playground Poker Club will also be hosting the WPT National Montreal, a $600 event with seven Day 1s and a huge $400,000 guarantee. This WPT National event features an innovative format that will see five percent of each starting flight go through to Day 2, which also means that players will cash in the event starting on Day 1. And since they can play multiple Day 1s, players have the opportunity to cash multiple times in the event.
The entire World Cup of Cards is bookended by Event 1, a No-Limit Hold'em Quantum event with 10 starting days and a $200,000 guarantee. Its first starting flight is on Aug. 18, and the final Day 3 of the event wraps up on Sept. 14, the very last day of the WCC. The Quantum is different than most events in that there are different price points for different starting flights. There are advantages to playing in the larger buy-in flights, such as a larger starting stack, but whether you buy-in for $170 or $2,200, you'll have a chance to win this huge event.
For the second weekend of the WCC, attention will turn to Playground Poker Club's 3rd All-Stars for Starlight event, hosted by hockey legend Larry Robinson. With a $100,000 guarantee and four Day 1s, this next-day reentry event is a bona fide classic at Playground Poker Club; they've paid out over $2 million in prizes since 2013 using this particular format.
Next on the schedule is a North American first — the Grand Prix Poker Tour is headed to Canada for the Canadian Grand Prix. The GPPT is a tour created by partypoker that features an innovative live and online crossover format. There will be eight Canadian Grand Prix Live starting flights during the WCC, but there will also be 20 online starting flights. With a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool for just a $109 buy-in, this might be the best value in global poker today.
Following the GPPT event will be a Players Poker Championship Tour event. The tournament will be a $330 no-limit hold'em tournament with a huge 50,000-chip starting stack. A portion of the prize pool consists of packages to the PPC Aruba World Championship in November 2016. These events have proven to be extremely popular over the past few years, and it's a great addition to the WCC.
It's Season IV of the Card Player Poker Tour, and for the first time ever they are bringing an event to Canada. The CPPT World Cup of Cards will be a $1,650 no-limit hold'em event with two Day 1s (best stack advances) and an awesome $400,000 guarantee. Throughout the WCC there will be satellites for this event, which should make it accessible to everyone.
In addition to all of these amazing tours, the World Cup of Cards will feature a full range of hold'em and non-hold'em format events, all managed by what has been called the best tournament poker room in the world: Playground Poker Club.
Welcome to the World Cup of Cards.