PCA 2012: Count the millionaires!

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpgQuick quiz. How many people have left the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with an extra million bucks or more in their pocket?

This answer should be right on the tip of my fingers. I've been at all but the first PCA, and I've seen every PCA millionaire win his purse. Still, I had to think really hard before I got the answer. Why? Well, it's not just a matter of looking at the main event champions' results. If that were the case, the answer would be "six." But that's not the answer.

With that in mind, here's a list of the people who have won more than $1 million in PokerStars Caribbean Adventure events (ranked in order of reported winnings).

  • Poorya Nazari ($3 million): In 2009, Poorya Nazari, a PokerStars qualifier won the biggest-ever reported purse at the PCA. The $3 million first place prize was to-date the largest ever on a PCA prize winners list.
  • Galen Hall ($2.3 million): The 2011 PCA saw the biggest field in the festival's main event history, and Galen Hall took advantage of it. He staged an amazing final table comeback to win the $2.3 million first place prize.
  • Harrison Gimbel ($2.2 million): Harrison Gimbel is not only the third-biggest winner in PCA history, but he's also the youngest main event ever. He won the event at age 19 in 2010.
  • Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier ($2 million): In 2008, ElkY became the first person to hit the $2 million mark for single-tournament winnings at the PCA. The Team PokerStars Pro is also the only one from the team to have ever won a PCA main event as an existing Team Pro member.
  • Chris Oliver ($1.8 million): Second place in 2011 PCA
  • Tyler Reiman ($1,750,000): Second place 2010 PCA
  • Tony Gregg ($1.7 million): Second place 2009 PCA
  • Eugene Katchalov ($1.5 million): In 2011, the PCA hosted the first $100,000 buy-in event. The Super High-Roller pulled in 38 players. Eugene Katchalov topped them all and won $1.5 million.
  • Ryan Daut ($1,535,255): 2007 was the last year the PCA was a World Poker Tour event and the last year the final table was played outdoors. That year, Ryan Daut became the second person to win more than $1 million at the PCA.
  • Steve Paul ($1,388,600): Then known as Steve Paul-Ambrose, Steve Paul was a Canadian PokerStars qualifier in 2006. He was the first person to win more than $1 million in a PCA event.
  • Barry Shulman ($1,350,000): Third place 2010 PCA
  • Ionel Anton ($1,350,000): Third place at 2011 PCA
  • Benny Spindler ($1,100,000): Third place 2009 PCA
  • Hafiz Khan ($1,094,976): Second place 2008 PCA
  • Will Molson ($1,072,850) One of only two people to win more than a million in PCA tournaments outside the main, Will Molson beat a field of 151 in the 2011 PCA $25,000 High Roller to bank more than $1 million.
  • Sam Stein ($1 million): Fourth place at 2011 PCA
  • Daniel Negreanu ($1 million): Second place at 2011 PCA Super High Roller
  • Benjamin Zamani ($1 million): Fourth place 2010 PCA
  • So, there you go.

    Q:: How many many people have left the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure with an extra million bucks or more in their pocket?
    A: 18


    If you're ready to start your march toward millionaire glory, there are 20 guaranteed PCA prize packages to be won between now and the end of the week. You can find the schedule and the number of guaranteed packages below.

    Good luck this week!


  • 14:00 $215 (2 packages)
  • 16:41 $33+R-3xT (1 package)
  • 20:30 $700 (1 package)

  • Wednesday
  • 14:01 $320-1R1A (1 package)
  • 16:41 $33+R-3xT (1 package)
  • 20:30 $33+R-3xT (1 package)

  • Thursday
  • 15:00 $530 (2 packages)
  • 16:41 $33+R-3xT (1 package)
  • 20:30 $215 (1 package)
  • Friday

  • 16:41 $33+R-3xT (1 package)

  • Saturday
  • 12:30 $215 (2 packages)
  • 16:41 $33+R-3xT (2 packages)
  • Sunday

  • 05:00 $320 (1 package)
  • 15:00 $700 (2 packages)
  • 16:41 $33+R (1 package)
  • 18:00 $530 (2 packages)