11 Years of breath-taking poker action

The PCA was first staged in 2004 with 221 players taking part in the Main Event aboard a cruise ship in the Caribbean. It's gone from there to be the premier live poker event outside of Las Vegas, regularly attracting more the 1,500 players and a multi-million dollar payday for the winner.

More than a Decade of Poker

From its beginnings on a cruise ship meandering its way around the Gulf of Mexico, to the live event extravaganza it has become today, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is an event like to other. Below you will find some essential PCA facts, plus details of every event since 2004, including tournament winners and prize details.

Dominik Panka

Main Event Winner: Dominik Panka (Poland, $1,423,096) | 1,031 players | $10,070,000 prize pool
Super High Roller: Fabian Quoss
(Germany, $1,629,940) | 46 players | $5,433,120 prize pool
High Roller: Jacob Schindler
(USA, $1,279,880) | 198 players | $6,051,500 prize pool

The 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) saw Dominik Panka win the Main Event title for prize money of $1,423,096. It was a win that also earned Panka the title of highest-earning player from his country, but his victory denied Mike McDonald from becoming the first-ever two-time EPT winner. McDonald eventually finished as runner-up, good for $1,064,865. Other big winners included Fabian Quoss, who took down the $100K Super High Roller for $1,629,940, and Jacob Schindler, who scored victory in the $25,500 High Roller for prize money of $1,279,880. Incredibly, Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Selbst finished in third place in both High Roller events, cashing for a total of $1,368,190.

Dimitar Danchev

Main Event WinnerDimitar Danchev (Bulgaria, $1,859,000) | 987 players | $9,573,900 prize pool
Super High RollerScott Seiver (USA, $2,003,480) | 47 players | $5,724,180 prize pool
High RollerVanessa Selbst (USA, $1,424,420) | 161 players | $4,998,000 prize pool

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure celebrated 10 years of history and heritage in 2013 and the action at the tables did not disappoint. In total 41 events were staged over 10 days of white-hot competition. The biggest winner was US pro Scott Seiver who took down the Super High Roller event, collecting over $2,000,000 for the win. Bulgaria celebrated a huge victory in the Main Event as Dimitar Danchev played through a field of neqarly 1,000 players to claim $1,859,000 in first place prize money. PCA 10 then had a fitting conclusion, as Vanessa Selbst won the High Roller event, adding nearly $1,500,000 to her bankroll - making her the highest-earning female poker player of all time.

John Dibella

Main Event WinnerJohn Dibella (USA, $1,775,000) | 1,072 players | $10,398,400 prize pool
Super High RollerViktor Blom (Sweden, $1,254,400) | 30 players | $3,136,000 prize pool
High RollerLeonid Bilokur (Ukraine, $1,134,930) | 141 players | $3,626,000 prize pool

The 2012 PCA featured 10 days of incredible poker action. John Dibella from the USA scooped the Main Event title and a massive $1,775,000 in first place prize money. In total 160 places were paid, and Dibella beat fellow American Kyle Julius in the heads-up. The $100,000 Super High Roller won by Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom, who collected $1,254,400 for first place. The $25,000 High Roller event drew the festival of poker to a close, and the big winner was Leonid Bilokur from Ukraine, who added the title and $1,134,930 to his bankroll.

Galen Hall

Main Event WinnerGalen Hall (USA, $2,300,000) | 1,560 players | $15,132,000 prize pool 
Super High RollerEugene Katchalov (Ukraine, $1,500,000) | 38 players | $3,743,000 prize pool
High RollerWill Molson (Canada, $1,072,850) |151 players | $3,775,500 prize pool

The Main Event attracted a staggering 1,560 players who created a total prize pool of $15,132,000. US player Galen Hall took it down, collecting $2,300,000 in first place prize money, one of the biggest prizes ever awarded outside of Las Vegas. In the Super High Roller event Eugene Katchalov walked away with the victory and $1,500,000 in cash, while the $25,000 High Roller was one of the last events on the schedule and was won by Will Molson, who collected $1,072,850 for the win.

Harrison Gimbel

Main Event Winner: Harrison Gimbel (USA, $2,200,000) | 1,529 players | $14,831,300 prize pool
High Roller: William Reynolds (USA, $579,240) | 84 players | $2,058,000 prize pool

A record-breaking field of 1,529 players entered the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Main Event, helping to create a huge prize pool of $14,831,300. In the end it was US-based player Harrison Gimbel who came out on top, taking home one of the most prestigious titles in poker, plus an incredible $2,200,000 in cash. The $25,000 PCA High Roller event was won by William Reynolds, who took home $576,240 for beating 83 of the best players from around the world.

Poorya Nazari

Main Event Winner: Poorya Nazari (Canada, $3,000,000) | 1,347 players | $12,674,000 prize pool

High Roller: Bertrand Grospellier (France, $433,500) |48 players | $1,200,000 prize pool
Canada’s Poorya Nazari has won the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and a staggering first place prize of $3,000,000. In all a total of 1,347 players took part in the $10k No Limit Hold’em Main Event, of which 1,061 qualified on PokerStars, and the prize pool clocked in at a mighty $12,674,000. In the $25k High Roller event, Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier added yet another title to his hugely impressive resume. The 2008 PCA Main Event Champion kicked off 2009 in fine style taking down a tournament that featured the world’s top players for $433,500.

Main Event Winner: Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier (France, $2,000,000) | 1,136 players | $8,562,976 prize pool

The 2008 Main Event was won by Team PokerStars Pro member Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier. After five days of action at the beautiful Atlantis Resort and Casino, ElkY emerged as the new champion, winning first place prize money of $2,000,000. Now part of the hugely successful PokerStars European Poker Tour, this event saw a record field of 1,136 players battle for a prize pool of over $8,500,000. The event attracted many of the world’s greatest players, including Team PokerStars Pro members Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, Chris Moneymaker, Victor Ramdin, Vanessa Rousso and many more.

Ryan Daut

Main Event Winner: Ryan Daut (USA, $1,535,255) | 937 players | $7,063,842 prize pool

The USA dominated the Main Event of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2007, with every player on the final table, and every one of the top 13 finishers all hailing from the States. The field numbered 937 players and it was Ryan Daut from New Jersey that was victorious, taking home $1,535,255 for the win. By now the PCA was cementing its reputation as one of poker’s unmissable events, thanks to the quality of the action combined with the luxurious surroundings of the Atlantis Resort and Casino. Thousands of players made the trip, taking advantage of PokerStars outstanding hospitality.

Steve Ambrose

Main Event Winner: Steve Ambrose (Canada, $1,388,600) | 724 players | $5,647,200 prize pool

The 2006 PCA saw victory for Team PokerStars Pro Steve Paul Ambrose, who took home first prize of $1,388,600 - the first time that the event had generated a top prize of over one million dollars. The field size had also swelled, peaking at 724 runners. With half a million dollars in free seats awarded by PokerStars, there were scores of qualifiers in the field, including Ambrose himself, and eventual runner-up Brook Lyter. The event also had a strong international representation, with players from England, Sweden, France, Israel and Australia among others all cashing.

John Gale

Main Event Winner: John Gale (UK, $890,600) | 461 players | $3,487,200 prize pool

The 2005 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure marked the first time that the event was held at the Atlantis in The Bahamas - the location that’s been its home ever since. There were 461 players in total, generating a total prize pool of $3,487,200. British player John Gale took the title, along with first place prize money of $890,600. There was also a cash finish for Team PokerStars Pro Greg Raymer, at the time still riding high after his World Series Main Event victory the previous summer. Daniel Negreanu and William Thorson also cashed.

Gus Hansen

Main Event Winner: Gus Hansen (Denmark, $455,780) | 221 players | $1,657,500 prize pool

The first ever PCA was a World Poker Tour (WPT) event that took place on a luxury cruise ship visiting Miami, Florida, Jamaica, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. A field of 221 players came aboard for the event, including the biggest names on the scene - all playing for a total prize pool of $1,657,500. After seven days of action, it was Danish pro Gus Hansen who came out on top, beating a final table that also included Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu, who cashed in third to kick start a year that would see him go on to earn over $3,000,000 in WPT events.

10 Essential PCA Facts

1. The PCA was responsible for bringing poker to The Bahamas. Before the PCA, there was no poker in the islands.

2. Tournament Director Mike Ward has been in charge of every single PCA festival, from its inception in 2004 to the 10th Anniversary Edition in 2013.

3. The Bahamian archipelago is made up of 700 islands, covering 100,000 square miles, but only 40 of the islands are inhabited.

4. The PokerStars Blog began life at the PCA. Way back in 2005 the PCA Blog was one of the first online sites to cover a live poker tournament start to finish.

5. The World Championship of Battleship Poker first took place in 2006 and was won by Michael ‘luckylady519’ Banducci.

6. In 2008 the World Cup of Poker made its first appearance at the PCA. Germany won the title that year, captained by Jan Heitmann.

7. Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier’s biggest-ever live tournament score was at the PCA. The Frenchman scooped $2,000,000 for his Main Event win in 2008.

8. Canada’s Poorya Nazari won the PCA’s biggest-ever single cash prize, when he won the Main Event in 2009 for an incredible $3,000,000.

9. Aged just 19 in 2010, Harrison Gimbel from Jupiter, Florida, is the youngest-ever winner of the PCA Main Event.

10. In an incredible run, Canada’s Will Molson finished runner-up in the $25,000 High Roller Event in 2009 and 2010 before finally winning it in 2011.

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