PCA 2012: Looking on the bright side


Welcome back to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, now in its fifth day. That means Day 2 of the Main Event, the combined field under the same roof, the same glorious sunshine above that roof, and for the lucky at least, there that sunshine shall stay.

A total of 544 players return, their heart set on a share of a prize pool in excess of $10,000,000. The reality of course is far different and most will leave here empty-handed, possibly fuming, and losing their heads and blaming it on you.

That won't be everyone. For the pragmatists, perhaps not dependant on a top five finish for financial security, the chance to play in such esteemed company is reward enough. Not to mention the fact that, with the room paid for until the weekend, there are plenty of alternatives for time-fillers, and not just those that include the riffle of chips and the outlay of vast sums of money.

The Dig Aquarium

A walk in any direction on the resort will turn up something.

Despite our best efforts we've been unable to get access to the Atlantis Speedway, an immense radio controlled car grand prix circuit, usually frequented by the under-12s, but "research" knows no age limit. Once we get our allowance from our parents we intend to race till our heart's content.

There's more if you look for it, all detailed on the daily "Atlantean" which is pushed under your door each morning.

There are Rays to feed and dolphins with which to swim, slides to scream on, a scavenger hunt to win. An aquarium to tour then coconut bowling, fishing charters to save for, lessons in glass fusing. Beaches to walk on, bar bills to run from, Murray's Deli, the game on the telly, yoga to do, the casino, Nobu.

First we've got to get a grip of this sunstroke.

Six levels for Day 2 of the main event, with the Canada Cup on the side. Coming up.