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2010 Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure Bigger than Ever

Schedule Features Dozens of Events Over 10 Days


The Atlantis will host one of the biggest poker tournaments of the year.Four pages. That’s how long the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure schedule is when you print it out. Oh my, PCA, how you have grown…

What started as a single World Poker Tour event in 2002 with “only” a $455,780 first-place prize has blossomed into a full-fledged poker series with dozens of events and a $10,300 main event that is sure to bring out the masses.

PokerStars released the 2010 schedule this week for its premiere poker tournament series, the PCA. The series will feature more than 50 events — including satellites — and will offer a variety of different games in the Bahamas, including a $5,250 eight-game championship, a $5,250 heads-up challenge, a $5,250 pot-limit Omaha championship, a $1,100 ladies event, a $650 bounty tournament, a $550 pot-limit five-card draw event, and even a $550 badugi/deuce-to-seven mix tournament.

The highlights of the series will undoubtedly be the popular $10,300 main event, which runs Jan. 5-11, and the $25,500 high-roller event, from Jan. 11-13.

Check out the complete 2010 PCA schedule on Card Player’s Tournaments page.

The PCA has easily become one of the biggest destination poker tournaments of the year, as more than a thousand players headed out to the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island in the Bahamas to compete in the 2009 PCA main event.

Bertand Grospellier has a history of success at the PCA.In that tournament, PokerStars qualifier Poorya Nazari defeated a field of 1,314 players to win $3 million — an accomplishment that still has him on the Card Player Player of the Year leader board. Team PokerStars pro Bertand “Elky” Grospellier took down the 2009 high-rollers event for $433,500, just a year after he won the PCA main event for $2 million.

Grospellier hopes to continue that success in 2010.

“I love going to the Bahamas for the PCA,” said Grospellier. “The location and the organization are great, and I believe the competition is probably the toughest you can find in any live tournament, with all the internet pros and the best live players. I am really looking forward to playing the 2010 PCA.”

The tournament has long moved on from its WPT distinction; the PCA is now exclusively a PokerStars-sponsored series, and it is considered a stop on three of the popular site’s tours — the European Poker Tour, the Latin American Poker Tour, and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour.

Satellites into the PCA are now running online for as little as $3.33. If you don’t have an account, start one today with CardPlayer’s exclusive PokerStars deposit bonus.