PCA Memories: Setting sail

Over the past few years, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has become a sort of institution at the Atlantis Resort and Casino. In has come to the point that people might have forgotten how the PCA actually got its start.

Four years ago, the PCA didn't have a home. This was a time when the Bahamian Gaming Board didn't allow live poker on the islands. So, instead of brick and mortar, PokerStars decided on boat and sea. The first-ever PCA hosted more than 600 people on the Voyager of the Seas.

By this time, most people who are fans of poker know how it turned out. Hoyt Corkins and Gus Hansen got heads up at the final table. The result: Gus Hansen was the first ever PCA champion. He would be joined in later years by John Gale, Steve Paul-Ambrose, and Ryan Daut.

As it happens, the 2004 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure took place in a time before live blogging of poker tournaments had really found a foothold on the Internet. At the time, there was no such thing as a PokerStars Blog or live tournament coverage on CardPlayer, Bluff, or PokerNews. Still, there was some news coming off the boat. Former PokerStars Poker Room Manager Lee Jones provided a daily dispatch which can still be found at the 2004 PCA pages at PokerStars.com.

These days, you don't have to wait but a few minutes for your coverage of the PCA. This year, the PokerStars Blog will be covering the event and all its fun in at least three different languages. However, we have to wait another week for that. Those PCA memories are yet to be made.