The PCA 2013 kicks off with the $100,000 Super High Roller as stars of the poker world turn out in their droves.
Can you feel it? There's electricity in the air, the blue sparking kind. While the finishing touches are applied to the fixtures and fittings of the red spade bedecked tournament room 34 of the biggest names in the poker world are slowly making their way to a large TV set-up just a matter of yards away from our press desk.
PokerStars Team Online's Isaac Haxton, Jason Somerville and Doc Sands are among the players that have been seen circulating near the tournament floor. Plenty more will be readying themselves for their first - and biggest - tournament of the year. We told you a few weeks ago that 30 players had put their names down for the huge buy-in event and we've added a few more since then. Here is the player list as it stands:
The $100,000 field
Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Team PokerStars Pro, France
Daniel Negreanu, Team PokerStars Pro, Canada
Eugene Katchalov, Team PokerStars Pro, Ukraine
Isaac Haxton, PokerStars Team Online, USA
Jonathan Duhamel, Team PokerStars Pro, Canada
Vanessa Selbst, Team PokerStars Pro, USA
Jason Mercier, Team PokerStars Pro, USA
Tom Marchese, USA
Dan Shak, USA
Igor Kurganov, Germany
Philipp Gruissem, Germany
Anthony Gregg, USA
Fabian Quoss, Germany
Tobias Reinkemeier, Germany
David Sands, USA
Erik Seidel, USA
Jason Koon, USA
Phil Hellmuth, USA
Scott Seiver, USA
Andrew Lichtenberger, USA
Antonio Esfandiari, USA
Tim Adams, Canada
Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Canada
Bill Perkins, USA
Mike Watson, Canada
Nick Schulman, USA
David Benefield, USA
Vladimir Troyanovskiy, Russia
Justin Bonomo, USA
Sam Stein, USA
Vivek Rajkumar, USA
Bryn Kenney, USA
Shawn Buchanan, Canada
Steve O'Dwyer, USA
It's a terrifying list of tournament crushers and high stakes cash gamers. There will be no easy draw. The field will play eight one-hour levels with a 90-minute dinner break. Each player will start with 250,000, good for 250 big blinds at the 500-1000, ante 100 first level. If it helps with perspective, that's $400 a big blind.
Last year this tournament was won by Viktor Blom, the year before it was Eugene Katchalov. This year's champ is unlikely to disappoint, nor will they be disappointed by the seven-figure pay packet that they'll pocket. As an added bonus the winner will also get to strap on a luxury watch from Swiss watch brand Slyde, the official watch sponsor for the 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. It's really quite fancy.
Check out the full PCA Schedule here. And if you haven't already put your name down for a free $100 last longer bonus then you should do that now. Entry to that competition closes in the early hours of tomorrow morning so do it now.
Rick Dacey is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.