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In the past year, something new has been taking the tournament world by storm - the Button Ante. Playground Poker Club is no exception - we used this format in a few major tournaments during the 2017 World Cup of Cards, and the response from customers was overwhelmingly positive.

The concept is simple: instead of asking every player at a tournament table to contribute an ante each hand, the player on the button pays a larger ante once per table orbit. To keep it simple, the amount of the Button Ante is the equivalent of the big blind - as the big blind grows, so does the Button Ante amount. This Button Ante is pulled into the pot before the deal, and the small and big blinds are added as usual by the two players to the left of the button.

There are several benefits to the Button Ante format, but by far the most important is that it speeds up the game. The Button Ante allows players see more hands per hour in the tournament. One of the most time consuming things, on a hand-by-hand basis, is collecting the ante from each player - the Button Ante removes that problem entirely.

Considering the success of the Button Ante during the World Cup of Cards and in other poker rooms around the world, Playground Poker Club is going to move all daily tournaments to this new format beginning on October 1st.


Q: I heard that sometimes the ante amount is the small blind, not the big blind. Is that true?
A: Yes, but very rarely. When the entire tournament is short-handed and there are 3 players fewer than there should be per table, the Tournament Director will temporarily make the Button Ante be the amount of the small blind.

Q: What about early in a tournament before everyone has arrived? Aren’t tables sometimes short-handed then as well?
A: Tables may be temporarily short-handed in that situation, but the smaller button ante possibility doesn’t take effect before registration closes.

Q: What happens when the player who would be the next ante is eliminated?
A: In the case of a "dead button", there will be no ante for that one hand.

Q: What about a 6-Max tournament, is there any change?
A: Yes, in a 6-Max tournament the Button Ante is always the amount of the small blind.

(Re-) Introducing the Button Ante

After more than 4 weeks of tournaments and 75 unique "scoring events" in the 2017 World Cup of Cards, we have our top 10 in the Leaderboard Challenge!

The top prize this year was impressive - a $10,000 Caribbean Poker Party package. In addition to this, and the weekly PowerFest prizes, the next 9 players on the Leaderboard Challenge final standings page will receive prizes as outlined below.

Without any further delay - the results:

1st place: William Blais - 1,472.60 points - $10,000 Caribbean Poker Party package
2nd place: Jonathan Patrick Marrie - 1,350.36 points - $1,050 Caribbean Poker Party Final seat
3rd place: Paul Scott - 1,085.08 points - $1,050 Caribbean Poker Party Final seats
4th place: Shawn Daigle - 1,042.24 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat
5th place: Matthew Wilkins - 989.94 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat
6th place: Andrew Watt - 932.72 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat
7th place: Dustin Melanson - 882.18 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat
8th place: Rong Xu - 848.02 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat
9th place: Jason Conforti - 821.96 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat
10th place: Arthur W - 809.72 points - $109 Caribbean Poker Party Semi-Final seat

William Blais took a lead early in the WCC and didn't seem to let up all event, playing in a ton of events and performing very well overall! In second place was Jonathan Marrie. Jonathan was 200 points behind first place yesterday and made up half of the distance in a single day with his terrific result in the Canadian Poker Championships. In the end, though, William kept his lead and took down the amazing first prize.

In almost all cases we know the winners' partypoker ID and will award the prizes asap. If there are any questions or you don't see your prize in your account, please write us at


The Canadian Poker Championships has come to a close after an exhilarating journey, in which players from all over the world and of all calibers of play gathered together to compete for the lion's share of a $2,000,000 prize pool.

Part of the World Cup of Cards at Playground Poker Club, this $2,000 + $200 NL Hold’em Re-entry event was composed of a healthy mix of recreational and professional players. With so many Phase 1 feeders, for which players were able to satellite into for as little as $2.20 on partypoker, this tournament gave the opportunity for any player to join the field and play for life-changing money, regardless of their bankroll. Over 336 entries were booked into Day 1 for $220 or less (spawning from 2,801 Phase 1 buy-ins), and an additional 563 direct buy-ins were made, bringing the total number of entries up to 899.

The money bubble burst at the very end of Day 2, with Leo Hackenbroch and James Rubin sharing 162nd place money due to simultaneous eliminations in hand-for-hand play. The other 161 runners locked in a payout, and 145 were left to bag onto Day 3, lead by Sebastien Labbe.

Through the 8 hours of play in Day 3, it was Winnipeg pro Patrick Serda who bagged the chip lead, fresh from a High Roller win online the day before. Former chip-leader Sebastien was still near the top of the leaderboard, having bagged a second place stack onto the final day.

21 players returned to the felts on Wednesday for the closing chapter of the CPC, and play took off with a fury, sending 5 players to the rail in less than half a level of play. As the day progressed, the action slowed down considerably with the pay jumps becoming increasingly more interesting.

When the final table was formed, Patrick and Sebastien were still occupying the top 2 spots on the leaderboard. Julian Volpe (9th place: $20,000) was the first casualty, and his last chips were claimed by Sebastien. Poker wizard Mike Leah took over the chip lead during 8-handed play after finding a key triple-up when his stack was beginning to dwindle.

Kevin finished off Sean Gomez (8th place: $26,000) after Daren Keyes took a big bite out of him with Ace-King over Pocket Queens, and Patrick Serda (7th place: $35,000) followed him to the rail shortly after.

With those hands, Kevin became the chip leader as play reached 6-handed play, even after Maurizio Lo Russo doubled through him with Ace-King over Pocket Kings. He regained some chips by eliminating Sebastien Labbe (6th place: $50,000) before seceding the top spot on the leaderboard to Daren, who eliminated Maurizio Lo Russo (5th place: $75,000) with an Ace-high flush over King-high flush.

4-handed action continued for the better part of two levels, where we saw the some resilient short stacks fend for their tournament lives. It was finally Mike Leah (4th place: $110,000) who broke the cycle, moving in his last few big blinds with Ace-Nine and being bested by Kevin's King-Jack.

Another level and a half went by before the next elimination took place, and it was Joel Giguere (3rd place: $156,000) who bit the dust in a two-part process. He first saw his flopped bottom two pairs be out-drawn by the pair and flush draw of Daren, before going down with King-Seven versus the Ace-King of Kevin.

This lead to heads-up play between Daren Keyes (479 million) and Kevin Rivest (387 million), who struck a deal before beginning the duel. Daren locked in $303,675 in the ICM deal, while Kevin secured $280,325, leaving an additional $56,000 and the Champion's Trophy for the eventual winner. They played back and forth for around 3 levels, with each player holding a considerable lead at some point. Daren started off strong and nearly had Kevin on the ropes, but Kevin kept his composure and managed to regain the lead after winning a string of hands.

Holding a 2-to-1 chip lead, Kevin min-raised to 33M from the small blind, and called Daren's 3-bet all-in of 232M. Kevin was in the lead with versus , and improved to a flush on the board to bring the Canadian Poker Championships to a close. He secured the additional $56,000 set aside in the deal, bringing his total payout up to $336,325, and was awarded the stunning CPC champion's trophy!


Canadian Poker Championships winner: Kevin Rivest - $336,325.00

Runner-up: Daren Keyes - $303,675.00

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