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2012 PCA

The EPT moves to its Caribbean Adventure stop at the beginning of January 2012. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, known only as PCA for most poker players, is without a doubt one of the biggest poker festivals, second only to Las Vegas’ WSOP. Last year, the PCA set all sorts of records. It featured no fewer than 48 events and it saw no fewer than 7,800 buy-ins contributed by participants. The prizes handed out totaled a massive $32 million. The Main Event itself drew a starting field of 1,560 players. 65 countries were represented at the green felt, and the prize-pool shot up to $15 million +.
Galen Hall won the Main Event: he bested PokerStars qualifier Chris Oliver heads-up to take home the $2.3 million top prize. Talking about online qualifiers: PokerStars ran thousands of satellites for the Main Event, and an unprecedented number of 734 players picked up $15k packages to take part in the $10k event.

The Season 8 PCA will be hosted by the same Atlantis Resort and Casino, and organizers are convinced it’ll be bigger and better than ever. The Main Event costs $10,000 + $300 to enter. The cap is set to 1,600 players, so the prize-pool will certainly not suffer on account of the low participation.
As always, players can buy into any of the events on the spot, or through PokerStars, in which case they’ll be considered PokerStars-sponsored players. Of course, qualifying through PokerStars online is still the most cost-effective way to earn a PCA Main Event seat. Qualifiers are already running and several players have already secured their seats. Earning a package worth $15k (these packages include accommodation on top of the actual buy-in too), is now possible for a handful of FPPs. Even if one buys into a direct access online satellite, chances are he’ll make the investment of his life.

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