World Cup of Cards in Full Swing: The First Champions Crowned

World Cup of Cards

The World Cup of Cards (WCOC) is only just getting started at Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, Quebec, but already two champions have been crowned. PokerNews is on site for live coverage and there's been plenty of action already. A quick round-up of what's happened so far.


Event #1: Quantum No Limit Hold'em

The first tournament of a scheduled 28 events started Thursday evening with Day 1a of the Quantum No Limit Hold'em tournament. The Quantum actually runs throughout the entire series, with Day 2 starting September 13th. There's a total of 10 starting flights and players are able to enter each flight once.

The early flights of the Quantum are $170 buy-ins, but there are some flights with a bigger buy-in. The higher the buy-in, the higher the cash, and the more players going through to Day 2. Players can also buy directly into Day 2 for $2,200.

So far, Karthic Ravichandran has the largest stack heading into Day 2 with 399,100. He collected that stack in the kickoff flight and leads 24 players who are already guaranteed a seat on Day 2.


Event #2: Bounty Builder

The second event was the $170 Bounty Builder No Limit Hold'em Tournament. Kenneth Wigfield took home $3,776 and earned 14 $100 bounties. He bested a field of 316 entries to win the first Playground Poker Club Tournament he played.

Wigfield outlasted Sebastien Poirier, who finished in second place, when the two got all in preflop. Wigfield held {k-}{5-} against the {7-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} of Poirier. The board didn't bring a pair for either player and Wigfield won the pot and tournament with king high.

"This is the first time I've been here," Wigfield said, "It's like poker paradise!"

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Kenneth Wigfield

Event #3: Pot-Limit Omaha

Event #3 was the $220 Pot-Limit Omaha Tournament which drew 78 players. Dave S. won the event and took home a prize of $4,532 after he and Steve Daraiche made a deal to chop $4,000 and play for the extra $532. Event #3 was the first of no less then seven non-hold'em events at the WCOC.


World Poker Tour National Montreal

The $600 World Poker Tour National Montreal runs alongside the rest of the WCOC schedule. Day 1c finished yesterday and 15 players made it into Day 2 so far. Four more turbo starting flights remain, running today and tomorrow. An overlay on the $400,000 guarantee is likely so, if you're in the neighborhood, be sure to drop by! Benoit Beaulac leads all players so far and will start Day 2 on Wednesday with a monster stack of 648,000.


The home of the WCOC is Playground Poker Club. It was established in 2010 and is recognized by poker players all over North America as Canada's Premier Poker Destination. The Club is located less than 20 minutes south of downtown Montreal within the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake and is duly licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.

You can stay up to date with all the World Cup of Cards events right on PokerNews Canada. The series concludes September 24th and we'll be on site for all of it, with live coverage and photos from all the events!

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