Last January, the annual PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) boasted a $3 million first place prize. The tournament took place over the course of five days, with online qualifier Poorya Nazari taking it down against field of 1,347 players. Recently the world’s largest poker site announced that the PCA will be back from January 4th to 14th, with players able to attend through qualifiers. The 2010 PCA will take place at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas, which features nightclubs, bars, restaurants, dolphin swimming, and miles of beach property.
The PCA is one of the marquee live events that PokerStars coordinates for players from around the world. The Main Event is touted as the largest live poker tournament outside of the United Sates with one of the richest prize pools anywhere in the world.
The Main Event of the 2010 PCA kicks off on January 5th and concludes on the 11th. There’s a full slate of side events scheduled, including the High Roller tournament, which was taken down by Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier last year for $433,500. The side events run across a variety of poker disciplines and formats.
The festivities kick off on Monday, January 4th at 18:00 ET with a Super Satellite to the Main Event that has a $1,060+$40 buy in. At 20:00, the Nightly No Limit Turbo event will start and has a $200+$20 buy in aimed at getting the action junkies off and running.
The next day features the start of four different events. At Noon, Day 1A of the Main Event will take place. The Main Event is a $10,000+$300 buy in tournament that will have two starting days. Two hours after the start of Day 1A of the Main Event, the $200+$20 Unlimited Rebuys Super Satellite to Main Day 1B takes place for any and all comers desperately looking to get into the feature tournament. At 20:00, the One Rebuy Super Satellite to Day 1B takes place with a $530+$20 fee. At the same time, the $200+$20 Nightly PLO Turbo tournament will start.
Wednesday, January 6th is the start of Day 1B and is the last chance for players to buy into this event. There are four tournaments slated to start after that. The $500+$50 PLO Freezeout, $500+$50 Badugi / 2-7 Mix, $550+$50 Step 1 to Step 2 High Roller Super Satellite, and the $200+$20 Nightly PLO8 Turbo all will be taking place on this very busy day.
Day 2 of the Main Event starts on January 7th at Noon. Like the previous day, there are four tournaments happening, including a $1,000+$100 No Limit Freezeout Six-Max event, a $5,000+$250 Eight Game Championship (Day 1), another Step 1 High Roller satellite, and a $200+$20 Nightly No Limit Turbo.
The action on Friday, January 8th will be furious, with a whopping 11 events taking place. Day 3 of the Main Event kicks off at Noon along with the $2,000+$150 Battleship Multi-Tabling Championships. An hour later, the start of the $5,000+$250 PokerStars Heads-Up Challenge Day 1A Round 1 takes place. Other events taking place this day include the PokerStars Charity Event with a $5,000+$250 buy in and the $200+$20 Nightly PLO Turbo tournament.
Every day afterward includes the start of at least one new event in addition to the continuation of the other events. The final table of the Main Event will take place on January 11th. That same day, the High Roller Eight-Max will start and boasts an enormous $25,000+$500 buy-in.
January 14th is the final day of the 2010 PCA and will see the conclusion of the High Roller Eight-Max tournament. Lastly, there will be a $500+$50 No Limit Shootout and a $500+$50 PLO Shootout. Every day, there will be two 32 person Battleship events and one-table satellites to all the side tournaments.
Qualifiers for PCA prize packages are running now on PokerStars and start with cash tournaments with just a $2.22 buy in. Other satellite tournaments start as low as 111 FPPs; Step events start at just $7.50 or 500 FPPs. To register for a PCA satellite, go to the PokerStars lobby, click on “Events,” and then on “PCA.”