PokerStars releases blockbuster PCA schedule

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpgWhen it comes to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, it seems PokerStars ends every festival by saying, "Alright. That was great. Now, how can be make it bigger and better next year?"

First it was a boat. Then it was a medium-sized room at a giant resort. Then it was a bigger room, then more tournaments, then a bigger room and more tournaments. What could possibly be next?

PokerStars now how has that answer.

The 2011 ten-day festival, January 7-16, will feature more than 50 poker tournaments across a wide range of buy-ins, formats and poker disciplines. Among the many, many highlights are a $100,000 Super High Roller tourney, a $25,000 High Roller event, a $10,000 Turbo 6-Max tournament, several Bounty events, and the $10,300 main event. For a full schedule, see the 2011 PCA web page.

The PCA is once again returning to the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. With more than an expected $25 million in prize money, the PCA will once again be the richest poker festival outside Las Vegas.

Since the PCA began in 2004, more than $50 million in winnings have been awarded at the PCA, the lion's share of which has gone to former winners Gun Hansen, John Gale, Steve Paul, Ryan Daut, Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Poorya Nazari, and Harrison Gimbel. The 2010 champion, 19-year-old Gimbel, walked away from Paradise Island with $2.2 million.

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PokerStars got an early start on PCA satellites this year. Already, 170 players have qualified for the 2011 main event. You can get in on the action for as little as five Frequent Player Points (FPPs). You can also play the PokerStars Steps qualifiers (starting at $7.50) and cash satellites ranging from $2.22 up to the weekly $700 final. Full qualifying details can be found on the PCA qualifying page.

If you are one of the hundreds of qualifiers, you will snag one of the $15,780 prize packages that include the $10,300 main event buy-in, nine nights in a hotel room at Atlantis, and $1,002 in spending money.

We'll see you in the Bahamas!