Montreal Poker Expo 2015!

Live event coverage and results of the Montréal Poker Expo

Date Time Event Tournament Buy-In Guarantee Rules
Friday August 21st 11:00am #1 * Strike Out Cancer - Charity Event Day 1a $135 + $25 $100,000 Guaranteed
7:30pm #1 * Strike Out Cancer - Charity Event Day 1b $135 + $25 $100,000 Guaranteed
Saturday August 22nd 11:00am #1 * Strike Out Cancer - Charity Event Day 1c $135 + $25 $100,000 Guaranteed
7:30pm #1 * Strike Out Cancer - Charity Event Day 1d $135 + $25 $100,000 Guaranteed
Sunday August 23rd 12:00pm #1 Strike Out Cancer - Charity Event Day 2 $100,000 Guaranteed
6:00pm #2 NL Hold'em Shootout $135 + $15
Monday August 24th 12:00pm #3 NL Hold'em Deepstack Turbo $60 + $10
7:00pm #1 Strike Out Cancer - Charity Event Day 3 $100,000 Guaranteed
7:30pm #4 NL Hold'em Freeze Day 1 $300 + $30
Tuesday August 25th 7:00pm #4 NL Hold'em Freeze Day 2
7:30pm #5 NL Hold'em Freeze $50 + $10
8:00pm #6 Mixed PL Hold'em & PL Omaha $150 + $15
Wednesday August 26th 12:00pm #7 NL Hold'em Single Rebuy $60 + $10
7:30pm #8 NL Hold'em 50/50 Bounty $100 + $20 + $100
Thursday August 27th Satellite Day 29 Seats Guaranteed
Friday August 28th 11:00am #9 * Montréal Poker Expo Main Event Day 1a $1,000 + $100 $500,000 Guaranteed
Saturday August 29th 11:00am #9 * Montréal Poker Expo Main Event Day 1b $1,000 + $100 $500,000 Guaranteed
Sunday August 30th 11:00am #9 * Montréal Poker Expo Main Event Day 1c $1,000 + $100 $500,000 Guaranteed
8:00pm #10 NL Hold'em 3 Lives $135 + $15
Monday August 31st 12:00pm #9 Montréal Poker Expo Main Event Day 2 $500,000 Guaranteed
7:30pm #11 NL Hold'em 8-Max $100 + $10
Tuesday September 1st 12:00pm #9 Montréal Poker Expo Main Event Day 3 $500,000 Guaranteed
1:00pm #12 NL Hold'em Freeze Day 1 $500 + $50
7:30pm #13 NL Hold'em Freeze $70 + $10
Wednesday September 2nd 12:00pm #9 Montréal Poker Expo Main Event Day 4 $500,000 Guaranteed
1:00pm #12 NL Hold'em Freeze Day 2
7:30pm #14 NL Hold'em Bounty $90 + $10 + $25

These events are next-day re-entry events. Players may enter a starting day even if they have finished a previous day with chips. In the event that a player makes it past multiple Day 1s with chips, the player will start Day 2 with their largest stack and all other chips will be forfeited.

Buy-in is expressed as an amount to the prize pool plus the tournament fee. A 3% staff gratuity will be withheld from the gross prize pool of each of these tournaments.

Live Satellites during the Montréal Poker Expo

Date Time Format Buy-In Guarantee
Sunday August 23rd 8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10 3 seats guaranteed
Tuesday August 25th 12:00pm Re-entry $70 + $10 3 seats guaranteed
Thursday August 27th 12:00pm Re-entry $70 + $10 2 seats guaranteed
4:00pm Turbo Re-entry $110 + $10 2 seats guaranteed
8:00pm Re-entry $110 + $10 25 seats guaranteed
Friday August 28th 8:00pm Turbo Re-entry $110 + $10 10 seats guaranteed
Saturday August 29th 8:00pm Turbo Re-entry $110 + $10 10 seats guaranteed

Event #1 - Strike Out Cancer

Hit the felt with some of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of skates in Montreal, and support Breast Cancer research at the same time!

Larry Robinson, Guy Lafleur, Guy Lapointe and Guy Carbonneau will be hosting the Strike Out Cancer charity event, alongside Antonio Esfandiari and other celebrities. The $160 buy-in will be split with $135 going towards the prize pool, and the remaining $25 being given as a charitable contribution to the Jodi Taiger Lazarus Fund for Hereditary Breast Cancer Research.

  • Day 1a: Friday August 21st @ 11:00am
  • Day 1b: Friday August 21st @ 7:30pm
  • Day 1c: Saturday August 22nd @ 11:00am
  • Day 1d: Saturday August 22nd @ 7:30pm
  • Day 2: Sunday August 23rd @ 12:00pm
  • Day 3: Monday August 24th @ 7:00pm

With a prize pool guaranteed to be at least $100,000, this event is sure to attract a large crowd. Not only will you be able to rub elbows with hockey legends and celebrities, but you’ll have a shot at a five figure payday; all while supporting breast cancer research!

Download the Rules & Structure PDF for this event.

Direct buy-in

You may buy your ticket for the Main Event at Playground Poker Club for $1,100. Registration is open 24 hours per day at the cashier. Tickets may also be purchased online.

Tournament Leaderboard

Win a seat in the monthly TLB Freeroll by finishing among the top 30 on the Tournament Leaderboard. 10 seats awarded per TLB Freeroll!

Live Satellites leading up to the Montréal Poker Expo

Win a seat in one of our Sunday satellites. Each of these satellites have 3 seats guaranteed!

Date Time Format Buy-In
Sunday July 5th 8:00pm Rebuy/Add-on $50 + $10
Sunday July 12th 8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10
Sunday July 19th 8:00pm Rebuy/Add-on $50 + $10
Sunday July 26th 8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10
Sunday August 2nd 8:00pm Rebuy/Add-on $50 + $10
Sunday August 9th 8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10
Sunday August 16th 8:00pm Rebuy/Add-on $50 + $10

Win a seat in one of our Thursday satellites. These satellites have 3 seats guaranteed!

Date Time Format Buy-In
Thursday July 2nd 8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10
Thursday July 9th 8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10
Thursday July 16th 8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10
Thursday July 30th 8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10
Thursday August 6th 8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10
Thursday August 13th 8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10
Thursday August 20th 8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10

Live Satellites during the Montréal Poker Expo

During the series we're hosting 7 scheduled satellites:

Date Time Format Buy-In Guarantee
Sunday August 23rd 8:00pm Re-entry $100 + $10 3 seats guaranteed
Tuesday August 25th 12:00pm Re-entry $70 + $10 3 seats guaranteed
Thursday August 27th 12:00pm Re-entry $70 + $10 2 seats guaranteed
4:00pm Turbo Re-entry $110 + $10 2 seats guaranteed
8:00pm Re-entry $110 + $10 25 seats guaranteed
Friday August 28th 8:00pm Turbo Re-entry $110 + $10 10 seats guaranteed
Saturday August 29th 8:00pm Turbo Re-entry $110 + $10 10 seats guaranteed

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General Questions about Montréal Poker Expo

When is the series being held?

The Montréal Poker Expo will be held from August 21st to September 2nd, 2015. The series includes 14 events with buy-ins ranging from $50 + $10 to $1,000 + $100! The Montréal Poker Expo Main Event features three Day 1s: Day 1a will start at 11am on Friday August 28th, Day 1b will start at 11am on Saturday August 29th, and Day 1c will start at 11am on Sunday August 30th.

Where is the series being held?

The Montréal Poker Expo is being held at Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, QC. Kahnawake is located just minutes away from downtown Montreal across the Mercier Bridge.
We have prepared a custom Google Map with important locations saved: http://goo.gl/maps/9ZvcB

What tournament rules are in effect in Playground Poker Club events?

All events will be managed according to the rules set out by the Poker Tournament Directors Association (TDA). You may download a copy of the TDA rules from the Poker TDA website in one of several convenient formats.
For specific information about each event, players should consult the "Rules and Structure" sheet. This is available for every event in PDF format at the following address: http://playgroundpoker.ca/montrealpokerexpo2015.

Does Playground Poker Club have any “house rules” that players should be aware of before playing in an event?

Playground Poker Club procedures adhere to internationally recognized best practices for tournament poker. Players may consult our published rules and procedures booklet at any time or ask any floor manager or tournament director for clarification on any of the finer points of the rules or procedures in place.
There is one procedure that players should be aware of that is slightly different than the procedure in many other tournaments. Playground Poker Club dealers are trained and empowered to administer a called clock. If a player calls for a clock on another player, the dealer will immediately assess whether the request is appropriate and, if so, will begin the 60-second countdown. Players will be notified when 30 seconds have elapsed and, once 50 seconds have elapsed, the dealer will begin a verbal countdown of the final 10 seconds. At the end of the 60 seconds, the player's hand is dead.
In our experience, this procedure removes some of the stigma of calling the clock in tournament play and contributes to the maintenance of a healthy pace of tournament play.

Do I have to be a member of Playground Poker Club to play in these events?

Yes, all players must be Playground Poker Club members to play. Membership is free and requires proper (government-issued) identification. Players may sign up for their Players Card in person at the club or online at https://www.playgroundpoker.ca/sign-up. Players must be 18 years of age or older to play.


Questions about the Montréal Poker Expo Main Event

What is the buy-in for the Main Event?

The buy-in is $1,000 + $100 (i.e., $1,100). All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars.

Will the event be televised? Will there be a live stream? Commentary?

No, this event is not being recorded for television broadcast nor there will be a live stream or other online broadcast of the event.
There will be live reporting (text and photos) of the event as it occurs that will be available via http://events.playgroundpoker.ca/montrealpokerexpo2015/.

Is the Main Event a re-entry event?

The Montréal Poker Expo Main Event is a "next-day re-entry" event. A player may play additional Day 1s even if he/she has survived a previous Day 1. If a player survives more than one Day 1, the player's smallest stack(s) (by chip count) will be removed from the tournament. Players may not re-enter during any Day 1 they have already played; they may only re-enter the tournament on a subsequent Day 1.

What is the player capacity of the Main Event (per Day 1)?

The capacity for this event is 200 players on Day 1a, 300 players on Day 1b, and 400 players on Day 1c. If the limit is reached on any Day 1, alternates will be allowed to register for the event and take their seat if and when space permits before the end of the late registration period. In exceptional circumstances, Playground Poker Club reserves the right to admit alternates or players on the waiting list after the late registration period has ended.

How long is late registration allowed?

Late registration is open until the end of the break following Level 6 of each Day 1. Players who register late will receive a full starting stack at the moment their ticket is purchased. In exceptional circumstances, Playground Poker reserves the right to admit alternates or players on the waiting list after the late registration period has ended.

Will there be dinner breaks during the Main Event?

No, there will be no extended dinner break during this event. Players may eat a delicious, reasonably priced meal from The Rail Coal Fire Bistro, served table-side, at any time during the tournament.

Are there live satellites to the Montréal Poker Expo Main Event?

Live satellites for the event are being held held at Playground Poker Club every Sunday and Thursday evening until the series begins. Sunday Satellites run at 8pm every week (the format alternates weekly between a $50 + $10 Rebuy/Add-on and a $100 + $10 Re-entry, with 3 seats guaranteed). The Thursday evening Satellite is a $100 + $10 Re-entry tournament.
Please consult the Playground Poker Club Tournament calendar on the web for details.
Additional satellites to the Main Event are included among the events in the Montréal Poker Expo schedule.

Will live Sit-n-Go satellites be running during the series?

Yes, live sit-n-go satellites will be running throughout the series. Please consult with the staff at the Brush Desk for information or to put your name on a list.


Questions about Montréal Poker Expo Side Events

What is the schedule of side events?

You can see a full schedule of events on the Montréal Poker Expo mini-site at http://playgroundpoker.ca/montrealpokerexpo2015.

Are there any re-entry events?

The Main Event is a "next-day" re-entry event. The same re-entry rules also apply to Event 1 Strike Out Cancer - Charity Event, a $135 + $25 No Limit Hold’em event with 4 Day 1s.
In these events, a player may play additional Day 1s even if he/she has survived a previous Day 1. If a player survives more than one Day 1, the player's smallest stack(s) (by chip count) will be removed from the tournament. Players may not re-enter during any Day 1 they have already played; they may only re-enter the tournament on a subsequent Day 1.
Except for certain scheduled satellites, all other events in the series are freezeout tournaments.

What is the player capacity of side events?

Each event has its own maximum number of players ranging from 100 to 500 players. Alternates will be accepted for most, but not all events. Playground Poker Club is committed to getting all players who wish to play into an event. The specific player capacity for each event is published in each event’s "Rules and Structure" sheet, which is available on the web via http://www.playgroundpoker.ca/montrealpokerexpo2015 (click on the "PDF" link beside each starting day on the schedule grid).

How long is late registration allowed for Playground Poker events?

Late registration is generally permitted during the first 4 to 5 levels of play. Please consult each event’s "Rules and Structure" sheet for details.

What is the blind structure for Montréal Poker Expo events?

Event structures (PDF format) for all events are available for download on the Montréal Poker Expo mini-site (http://www.playgroundpoker.ca/montrealpokerexpo2015).

Will there be dinner breaks during Montréal Poker Expo side events?

There are no dinner breaks during side events. We invite players to eat a delicious, reasonably priced meal from The Rail Coal Fire Bistro, served table-side.


Travel Questions

How do I get to Montreal?

Air: Fly to Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport, served by most major airlines. The airport code is YUL.
Train: Montreal is served by daily service on Amtrak (from New York City) and VIA Rail (from Canadian cities). The train station is named Gare Centrale.
Car: To drive to Montreal from New York State, Western Connecticut, New Jersey, and other points South and West, the best route is to travel to I-87 North and continue on Autoroute 15 North once you cross the border into Quebec.
To drive to Montreal from New England (Eastern Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, etc.) the best option is to travel to I-89 North and continue on Route 133 and then Autoroute 10 once you have crossed into Canada.

Once I’m in the Montreal area, how do I get to Playground Poker Club?

The best way to travel to and from Playground Poker Club is by car. From downtown Montreal, the best route is to take Autoroute 720 West (Ville Marie Expressway) to Autoroute 20 West and then follow the signs for the Mercier Bridge/Chateauguay. Cross the bridge and continue straight on Route 138. Playground Poker Club is on the right at the third traffic signal. There is ample parking for all players on site.
Alternatively you may take a taxi. Any taxi in Montreal will bring you to Playground Poker Club. It may be helpful to describe the route to a taxi driver in some cases – just tell the driver to cross the Mercier Bridge to the South Shore and continue straight to the third light. Playground Poker Club is on the right.
You may also wish to take public transportation to get to the Club. Take the Green metro line to the Angrignon station and then transfer to a CITSO bus (line 31 or 32), which will drop you off right in front of Playground.

Is there a map of the venue and other relevant points of interest?

Yes – here is a Google Map you may consult: http://goo.gl/maps/9ZvcB.

What hotels might I consider?

We have negotiated special rates for Montréal Poker Expo players at two hotels in downtown Montreal.
Le Centre Sheraton Montreal

  • Rates starting at $172/night + applicable taxes
  • Reservations by phone: 1-800-325-3535 - Mention code “Playground Poker”
  • Reservations online: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/
  • Address: 1201, boul René-Lévesque O., Montreal, QC
Residence Inn Marriott
  • Rates starting at $115/night + applicable taxes
  • Reservations by phone: 1-800-228-9390 (Use reservation code Montreal Poker Expo)
  • Reservations online: http://www.marriott.com/
  • Address: 2170 Lincoln Avenue, Montreal, QC H3H 2N5


Payment & Registration Questions

How can I buy in to the event directly?

There are a few options.

  • You can come to Playground Poker Club and buy your ticket in person for any event.
  • You can buy your ticket online via http://playgroundpoker.ca/ using VISA or Mastercard.
  • You can email reservations@playgroundpoker.ca to enquire about other options such as wire transfer.

When you purchase your ticket directly from Playground Poker Club for any event you will be given a receipt with your seating assignment. Please present this receipt and valid photo ID to the dealer at the assigned table to receive your starting chip stack. If you have not purchased your ticket in person at the club, we will hold your receipt for you. When you get to Playground Poker Club, simply go to the cashier/cage with ID to receive the original copy of your receipt(s).

Note: All pre-registered players will see their stacks introduced into play at the very start of the tournament, and blinded off until their arrival at the table. If a player fails to present themselves for a tournament they have registered for, their stack will remain in play and will be blinded off in its entirety. This is also applicable to players who have qualified for an event through an online or onsite satellite.

Can I get a duplicate receipt for my buy-in?

Your original receipt serves as a seating ticket and must be given to the dealer in order for a player to start a tournament. We will be happy to provide players with a duplicate receipt for their records – just ask a tournament floor manager at any time and they will print the duplicate and bring it to you.

When does registration open for the series?

Registration for all events is open now.

I won a seat in a satellite tournament. Can I cash out my ticket?

No, event registrations (including live satellite seats) are non-refundable but they are transferable. Players wishing to transfer their registration must contact the cashier at Playground Poker Club to facilitate the transfer (both parties are required). Transfers are free.

How to I transfer my seat to another player?

To transfer your seat to another player, the original ticket holder and the person buying the ticket must go to the cage/cashier together. Each player must present his or her Player’s Card as well as a piece of government-issued ID.
All transfers must be completed at least 2 hours prior to the scheduled starting time for the event in question. After this deadline, transfers will no longer be permitted. All tournament entry tickets are non-refundable.

What information do I need to do a Wire Transfer?

Please send an email to reservations@playgroundpoker.ca to arrange a wire transfer. Our staff will walk you through the process to ensure that you are able to successfully buy in to the tournaments you wish to play.

What is the exchange rate for US$?

US$ will be bought at a competitive house rate. NOTE that this rate is different than the Bank of Canada rate or institutional rates published on most Foreign Exchange sites. Please call the cashier at any time to enquire about the current rate.

If I buy in with US$ and cash in the event, can I be paid out in US$?

No, unfortunately this is not possible. The currency used at Playground Poker Club is Canadian dollars, and all prize payouts will be made in Canadian dollars.

Will my winnings be taxed?

No, players who cash in any event will receive a coupon for the full amount of the prize at the tournament desk. These coupons must be redeemed for cash at the Playground Poker Club cashier. There are no withholdings from the amount of the prize awarded. Players are responsible for any taxes they may owe based on residency or nationality but Playground Poker Club is not involved in any way with such reporting or remittance.

Are there any other withholdings I should be aware of?

Yes, as is the case with almost all events of this scale around the world, Playground Poker Club withholds 3% of the total prize pool of every event for staff gratuities. This withholding is taken before the final payouts are awarded, so players will receive the full amount listed on their prize coupon.


Cash Game Questions

Will there be cash games running during the series?

Yes, we will have a full range of cash games running 24 hours a day during the series (as is the case 365 days a year).

What games? What stakes?

Playground Poker Club routinely spreads No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha-Hold’em mixed games. We also have dealers who are trained in many other variants of poker including stud and lowball games as well as more extensive mixed games.
We normally spread No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha games at the following stakes: $1-$2, $1-$3, $2-$5, $5-$5, $5-$10, $10-$25. During larger events such as poker seriess we often spread games at higher stakes. Maximum buy-in amounts vary depending on the stakes, and in small stakes games we often open "deep" variants with higher buy-in limits. Players who wish to open games at stakes that differ from what is currently running are encouraged to ask the Floor Managers to start an interest list.

No Limit Hold'em

Stakes Buy-in (min-max)
$1 - $2 $40 - $200
$1 - $3 $100 - $300
$2 - $5 $100 - $500
$5 - $5 $200 - $1,000
$5 - $10 $500 - $3,000

Pot Limit Omaha

Stakes Buy-in (min-max)
$1 - $1 $40 - $200
$1 - $3 $100 - $500
$1 - $2 - $5 DS $200 - $1,000

Mixed Games

Stakes Buy-in (min-max)
$1 - $2 PLO / $2 - $5 NLHE $100 - $500
$2 - $5 $200 - $1000

I like to play X variety of poker? Any chance there will be a table?

We encourage players to speak with the staff at the Brush Desk about any games they wish to play. Playground Poker Club is happy to open an interest list for most games and we know many local players who may be interested in joining such tables as well.

Can I buy a souvenir of my trip to Playground Poker Club?

Yes. We offer a full range of caps, T-Shirts, hoodies, and other souvenirs. Please visit the Player Services desk near the front entrance to see the choices offered and make your purchase.
Please note that ALL tournament chips are the property of Playground Poker Club and in no circumstances may any denomination of tournament chip be removed by a player for any reason whatsoever. The action of removing one or more tournament chips from play will result in a player's immediate disqualification from the event and permanent exclusion from all future activities held at Playground Poker Club.

Where can I find more information about everything going on at Playground Poker Club before, during, or after the Montréal Poker Expo?

Playground Poker Club works hard to communicate with players across several channels throughout the year, including: