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Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure Begins Tuesday

The PCA Festival of Poker Lineup Will Feature 33 Preliminary Events in Addition to the $10,000 Main Event

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Atlantis Resort AquariumFor the seventh year in a row, all eyes in the world of poker will turn to the Caribbean to start 2010. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event begins on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at noon EST, and Card Player will be there to bring you all of the action in live coverage.

Last year, Poorya Nazari topped a field of 1,347 players at the Atlantis Resort (pictured left) in the Bahamas to take home the top prize worth $3 million. The 2010 main event will crown a champion on Monday, Jan. 11, but it is only one part of the larger festival of poker that will take place at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.

The 2010 PCA schedule will feature a total of 34 events. Other highlights will include a $25,000 eight-handed no-limit hold’em high-rollers event (that will also feature live coverage), a $5,000 no-limit hold’em charity event that will benefit amFAR Aids Research, a $5,000 eight-game mixed championship, a $5,000 pot-limit Omaha championship, a $5,000 PokerStars heads-up no-limit hold’em challenge, and a $5,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event. You can check out the full PCA schedule at the tournament’s landing page on CardPlayer.com.

Players will begin with 30,000 in chips, and the blinds begin at 50-100 in the $10,000 main event. Levels will be 60 minutes long on day 1 and increase to 75 minutes thereafter. Participation is capped at 1,600 players.

Card Player’s live coverage from the event will feature live updates, chip counts, photos, and videos from Card Player TV. The final two days of the main event will also be broadcast live on the EPT Live video feed.

Here is the schedule for PCA events that will feature live coverage in the Bahamas:

NOTE: All tournament days begin at noon EST, except for day 1 of the high rollers event, which begins at 4 p.m. EST.

EPT $10,000 no-limit hold’em main event

Tuesday, Jan. 5: Day 1A
Wednesday, Jan. 6: Day 1B
Thursday, Jan. 7: Day 2
Friday, Jan. 8: Day 3
Saturday, Jan. 9: Day 4 – play down to 24 players
Sunday, Jan. 10: Day 5 (EPT Live video feed) – play down to 8 players
Monday, Jan. 11: Final table (EPT Live video feed)

EPT $25,000 eight-handed no-limit hold hold’em

Monday, Jan. 11: Day 1
Tuesday, Jan. 12: Day 2
Wednesday, Jan. 13: Day 3 (EPT Live video feed)
Thursday, Jan. 14: Final table (EPT Live video feed)

2009 PCA:

Buy-in: $10,000
Number of Entries: 1,347
Total Prize Pool: $12,674,000
First-Place Prize: $3,000,000
Places Paid: 199

2009 PCA Champion Poorya Nazari2009 PCA Final-Table Results:

1: Poorya Nazari — $3,000,000 (pictured right)
2: Anthony Gregg — $1,700,000
3: Benjamin Spindler — $1,100,000
4: Team PokerStars pro Alexandre Gomes — $750,000
5: Pieter Tielen — $550,000
6: Dustin Dirksen — $400,000
7: Daniel Heimiller — $300,000
8: Kevin Saul — $214,000

Past PCA Winners:

2009: Poorya Nazari — $3,000,000
2008: Team PokerStars pro Bertrand Grospellier — $2,000,000
2007: Ryan Daut — $1,535,255
2006: Team PokerStars pro Steve Paul Ambrose — $1,388,600
2005: John Gale — $890,600
2004: Gus Hansen — $455,780