2007 PCA: Pre-party in paradise

The Atlantis towers of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Welcome Party

The best way to get a bunch of poker players together and make them like actually each other is to keep cards and chips at a distance. This accomplishment is not an easy task, but is routinely handled by the PokerStars staff on the first night of a PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. This is the night on which PokerStars hosts a massive welcome party...in advance of the poker room opening. Tonight, with a full 2.5 hours before cards flew, PokerStars took over the Royal Deck of the Atlantis Resort and threw what folks from my hometown would call a big ol' party.

The lovely PokerStars Support Team at the welcome party

PokerStars' Dan Goldman welcomes the crowd

The occasion was a great opportunity to run into people that we all see just a couple times a year. I ran into all kinds of folks that I've seen everywhere from Monte Carlo to Las Vegas. From tons of free food to gallons of drinks, PokerStars' ability to throw a party is unparalleled in the poker world. Here's a quick look at the world of PokerStars' pre-party.

2006 PCA champion Steve Paul-Ambrose and girlfriend Nathalie

Humberto Brenes, Rich Korbin, and Lee Jones

Team PokerStars' John Duthie, creator of the European Poker Tour

Team PokerStars' Barry Greenstein and Joe Sebok

The Hachems

Team PokerStars' Katja Thater

Team PokerStars' Chris Moneymaker and his daughter

Moon over the PCA

Supernovas ElKy and Dario Minieri chat about what it's like to have more FPPs than can possibly exist

Team PokerStars' Greg Raymer talks to Chris Moneymaker's father

Supernova Spiro Mitrokostas and his wife Jenny

The poker room, 15 minutes after opening

As I type, the $200 rebuy super satellite to the main event, big-time SNGs, and cash games are all going off in the poker room. In a little more than 12 hours, the main event of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will begin. Keep it here for full coverage over the next week.