2008 PCA: Final numbers and Hachem's quiet exit

We've been watching the number crunchers in the back of the room. After several consultations with an abacus and what might've been a bit of black magic, they have handed over the official numbers for the 2008 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Day 1A hosted 556 players and Day 1B started with 580, making for a total of 1,136 runners in this year's contest. That's nearly 200 more players than last year's record-breaking event. The official prize breakdown is yet to come, but it's looking like first place could be somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million.

I'll let that sink in for a bit while we wait for the all-important official prize structure to hit our desks.

One player who won't be making the run for the big money is Team PokerStars Pro's Joe Hachem. The 2005 World Series Champion has been battling illness for the past several days. With barely any speaking voice and feeling like he's been hit by a truck, Hachem labored through the event today before finally succumbing to the bitter end.