3,000 FPP = 3 PCA seats

Just last week we told you about a PokerStars player who managed to turn 1,000 Frequent Player Points into a $13,300 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure prize package. Modfan might have been the first to do it, but he certainly wouldn't be the last.

Since Modfan's accomplishment, we have been flooded with stories of people turning a relatively small amount of FPPs into a massive tournament packages.

PokerStars player Phoelex has been playing on the site nearly as long as it has been operating.

"The effective rakeback of the Pokerstars VIP program basically makes it so that it makes the most sense for me put the majority of my play there," he said.

Turns out, that was a smart move, because he turned his FPPs right into a PCA package.

Twenty-nine year-old Sander "snazje" Smits from the Netherlands had been playing on PokerStars for about a year when he won his PCA seat for a 1,000 FPP entry.

"The 2009 PCA is my first major event and I'm very excited," Smits said. "To me the Bahamas seem to be a perfect environment for such an event. I'm really looking forward to it."

The same goes for PokerStars player oilslinger who is a longtime player on the site.

"I have been playing on PokerStars from the time that the peak number of players was 7,000," he said.

After winning a seat with his 1,000 Frequent Player Points, oilslinger will be making his second trip to the PCA.

"I played in 2007 as a VIP seat winner also," he said.

The stay-at-home father to two kids is already planning his golf outing at the PCA,

"I am grateful to Pokerstars for offering me this opportunity," he said. "I plan to make the most of it, win or lose."

At this hour, more than 260 people have qualified for PCA seats on PokerStars. That number is bound to grow significantly over the next two months of qualifying.

We've also recently learned that PokerStars is now allowing players to buy the big prize packages in a variety of different ways, including through PokerStars accounts fund, W$, and with Frequent Player Points. For full details, check out the PCA Frequently Asked Questions page.