Definition of PCA
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is a yearly high-profile televised Texas Hold 'em poker tournament with a prize pool in the millions at the Atlantis Casino and Resort on Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
The one exception to the Atlantis Paradise Island location was in 2004, its inaugural year. The World Poker Tour (WPT) co-sponsored the event, and it took place upon the Voyager of the Seas Royal Caribbean cruise ship.
That first year, won by Gus Hansen, the top prize was just a hair under a half-million. The following year, the European Poker Tour (EPT) co-sponsored the event, John Gale won, and the top prize had nearly doubled.
Main Event Winners:
2004 Gus Hansen, Denmark, $455,780
2005 John Gale, England, $890,600
2006 Steve Paul-Ambrose, Canada, $1,388,600
2007 Ryan Daut, United States, $1,535,255
2008 Bertrand Grospellier, France, $2,000,000
2009 Poorya Nazari, Canada, $3,000,000
2010 Harrison Gimbel, United States, $2,200,000
2011 Galen Hall, United States, $2,300,000
The 2012 main event table will air on ESPN2, and PokerStars expects the top prize to exceed last years amount. The buy-in for the event is $10,300, and there is already an estimated total prize pool well in excess of $20 million.
Although the buy-in is the most direct way, there are several other ways to claim a seat at the event. PokerStars clients can even use their Frequent Player Points (FPP) in lieu of actual dollars to buy a whole event package.
PokerStars is also giving away more than a hundred packages as prizes. There are numerous promotions for the PCA, and there is an entire online satellite system. Players can buy in to some satellites for as little as $0.10.
These prize packages are worth more than $15,000 because they include the main event buy-in, travel, hotel accommodations, expenses and a wide array of other perks. A passport is all that the winning player needs.
The main event typically takes place in January. The 2012 main event is January 5-14.
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