World Cup of Cards Wraps Up Huge Series
There’s little dispute that Kahnawake, Quebec, is the poker capital of Canada. Home to the world-class Playground Poker Club, poker players from around the world headed to the poker destination for the World Cup of Cards.
The tournament series lasted a full month, getting started back in mid-August. The kickoff event cost just $220 to enter and guaranteed $1 million in the prize pool, a target that was missed by a quarter-million dollars. Raphael Duval was the winner, pocketing an even $200,000, which we detailed in an earlier article.
There were dozens of other great events on the schedule with large guarantees considering the small buy-ins, but two of them stood out with their seven-figure guarantees.
After the kickoff event with its $1M guarantee, the next $1M event began with the start of September and featured a buy-in of $1,100. It was called the Playground 1000 and received 867 entries, falling shy of the guarantee. Charles La Boissonniere was the winner, earning $200,000 for the feat.
But the largest prize pool of the series was still to come with the Canadian Poker Championship. The $2,200 tournament promised a prize pool of $2M. Again, the guarantee was missed with 899 entries paying the price of admission. Kevin Rivest was the winner, earning $336,325, but the final table included well-known talent like Mike Leah (fourth — $110,000) and Patrick Serda (seventh — $35,000).
With the conclusion of the World Cup of Cards, Canadian poker fans now turn their attention to Winnipeg where the PlayNow Poker Championship is getting set to kick off at Club Regent Casino.