2008 PCA: Partying like the PCA is tomorrow

"Get lower...lower...lower!"

The rich, Bahamian voice was not at all subtle. It was asking a woman to get as close to the floor as possible. It was impossible to see if the target was complying, because the crowd was packed as close as possible.

And a lot of things were on fire.

Tonight, PokerStars threw the biggest party in all of the Bahamas. More than 1,000 people showed up for hot music, hot food, and, indeed, hot fire. Fire dancers, fire limbo, fire eating.

For a couple hours tonight, players forgot about poker for a little bit and relaxed. Twenty members of Team PokerStars Pro worked their way through a crowd of people who have their sights set on a first prize that will pass $1 million with ease. From shrimp, to pot stickers, to sweep potato fritters, the food was as hot as the fire dancers. Maybe hotter.

The main event begins Satuday at noon ET. Until the action gets as hot as tonight's fire dancers, here's Team PokerStars Blog photographer Neil Stoddart's look at the first 2008 party in paradise.



Fire-dancers at the PCA pre-party


Clowning around at the PCA


The PCA band jams with the fire-dancers


2007 PCA winner, Ryan Daut, with PokerStars Brazil Blogger, Maria


The fare at the PCA party


Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu welcomes the crowd


Team PokerStars Pro Tuan Lam hits the tiki bar