Playground Poker Club

Located in the Mohawk territory of Kahnawake, Playground is a go-to place for poker lovers. It is a land-based casino that focuses on poker, with 70 poker tables and more than 400 electronic gambling devices. The property opened its doors in 2010 and has since hosted numerous poker tournaments and players from all around the globe.

The property started small, with approximately two dozen poker tables, but it kept expanding as it grew into a leading gambling option in the Montreal area. The casino occupies more than 30,000 square feet and features all kinds of games, with slots being the most popular section. The entire property occupies 128,000 square feet and is one of the biggest venues of its kind in Canada.

Playground Poker Club

  • Address: 1500 Unit C, QC-138, Kahnawake, QC
  • Owner: Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
  • Operator: Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
  • Hours of operation: 24/7
  • Casino games: Electronic gambling devices
  • Sportsbook: No
  • Poker room: 70+ poker tables

The casino at Playground Poker Club

The number of games available at Playground is quite high, given that poker is the property’s primary focus. However, apart from video slots, you won’t be able to find many other options on the casino floor. If you’re a slots fan, on the other hand, you’ll have access to 400 machines. The EGD facility is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. However, admission to new visitors concludes at 3:30 a.m.

Slot machines

There are hundreds of slots available on the Playground floor. Here are some of the most popular:

  • Cai Shen Kingdom — Players get to choose between two games on this machine: Lion’s Fest and China Dreams. Apart from smooth animations, the game comes with five jackpot levels, with the top two — the grand and major jackpots — being progressive. Ten Cai Shen Kingdom machines contribute to the progressive jackpots, which kick in if you land enough silver and gold coins (15 for the grand jackpot). The game also offers a free spins round if you land three or more scatters and starts at two credit denominations: $0.01 and $0.02.
  • Lightning Cash — This slot machine offers as many as five games: High Stakes, Sahara Gold, Moon Race, Happy Lantern and Magic Pearl. Like Cai Shen Kingdom, Lightning Cash comes with stand-alone grand and major jackpots, in addition to minor and mini ones. Players can claim the grand jackpot if they land 15 scatter symbols on the reels. All games come with a hold and spin feature and a lucky chance spin.
  • Dragon Turn — The game has four jackpot levels: mini, minor, major and grand. The most important symbol in the game is the red envelope, which can help you trigger the free spins feature or receive various prizes, such as credits, super games and winnings upgrades. The game features five reels and 40 paylines.
  • China Shores — Inspired by pandas, this slot can award you up to 15 free games if you land three, four or five yin yang. You can also choose to trade your free games and receive a credit prize instead. All winnings during the free spins round are doubled.

Here are some other popular slots that are worth checking out:

  • Wonder Wizard
  • Emperor’s Garden
  • Glitter Gems
  • Money Heat
  • Mustang Money
  • Beyond the Moon
  • Busta Bucks
  • Dolphins
  • Jungle Monkeys
  • Roaring Riches

If you’re into vintage slots, make sure to check out some of the following games when visiting Playground:

  • Triple Stars
  • Red, White & Blue
  • Double Diamond Deluxe
  • Triple Double Stars
  • Triple Strike
  • Triple Diamond Haywire
  • Double Times Pay
  • Triple Double Wild Cherry

Playground rewards program

Playground features a detailed rewards program that offers benefits to regular visitors. By becoming a member of the program, you can receive various perks for electronic gambling devices and poker at Playground. There are currently four tiers: Silver, Gold, Red and Black.

  • Silver — 0 to 2,499 points
  • Gold — 2,500 to 29,999
  • Red — 30,000 to 299,999
  • Black — 300,000 points

Silver members will be able to receive redeemable points while playing EGDs and even get free drinks. They can use these points and redeem them for food and beverages, promotions and merchandise.

Gold members can also redeem points for cash back and EGD play. They can also receive some exclusive promotions.

Red members will earn reward points at an increased rate (by 15%) and will have a preferred line for player rewards and the cashier.

Finally, Black members will have an increased rate of 25% when earning points. Moreover, they’ll have access to free premium drinks and a dedicated host.

There are two types of points in the rewards program — status points and reward points. The status points determine your current membership level, while the reward points are for claiming bonuses.

Status points reset to zero at the beginning of every calendar year. You’ll earn points at the rate of one point per $1 that you wager in the casino. The poker earning rate is based on the stakes you pay and the amount of time you spend playing poker.

Cardroom at Playground Poker Club

Playground’s primary focus is poker. In fact, the full name of the property is Playground Poker Club. It features more than 70 poker tables that are home to all kinds of cash games and poker tournaments. Apart from the standard in-house competitions that take place all the time, Playground is also an essential stop on several poker tours, including the World Poker Tour series.

WPT DeepStacks Montreal is a popular tournament, with $1,000,000 in guaranteed prizes for the Main Event. Here’s a list of all the tournaments you can find if you visit Playground:

  • Daily High Hands
  • WPT DeepStacks Montreal
  • Power Weekend
  • Playground Seniors’ Series
  • Playground Women’s Series

The poker room also features various promotions for players, with one of the most prominent being the bad beat jackpot.

The bad beat jackpot kicks in if you have a strong hand (the minimum qualifying hand is four deuces) and still lose. In that case, the $100,000 jackpot comes into play. The player who lost the hand gets the lion’s share — $38,000. The hand’s winner gets $19,000, while each of the other players at the table receives $2,714. Moreover, all players in the Playground’s poker room and those playing NLHE cash games receive $2,111.

This jackpot applies only to no-limit hold’em, but Playground also offers a jackpot for Omaha players, which is a bit smaller but lucrative nevertheless.

Playground Poker Club amenities

Hotels near Playground

Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake doesn’t feature any hotels as part of the property. However, it is partnered with a couple of hotels nearby, and Playground visitors can receive special discounts. Here are the currently featured hotels:

  • Loews Hotel Vogue — Located in the downtown Montreal area, the hotel offers an array of amenities at an affordable price. Room rates start at $169 per night.
  • Host Hotel — The closest to the Playground Poker Club, this hotel is a five-minute drive away and offers rooms at $115 a night.
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites Montreal Airport — Since it’s near the airport and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this is a decent option for air travelers who want to visit Playground.

Dining options

There’s currently just one dining venue at Playground Poker Club: The Rail Coal Fire Bistro. The restaurant was established in 2010 and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is open 24/7 and can accommodate up to 130 people in its dining room. Menu options include pizza, coal-fired wings, Indian tacos, breakfast skillets and more.

Playground history

The poker club opened in 2010. At first, it only offered about two dozen poker tables but eventually expanded into one of the biggest poker rooms in the area. The first expansion took place in 2012, which is also the year when the first World Poker Tour took place at the venue.

Playground Poker Club in Montreal won the American Poker Awards Event of the Year in 2017 after hosting MILLIONS North America. Another expansion occurred in 2018 when Playground introduced even more tables and a selection of electronic gambling devices.

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