PCA 2012: Once more unto the beach, dear friends

PCA-2010-thumbnail.jpgIf Henry V was a poker player, I doubt many would want to beat him - he had a terrible temper and a habit of invading France. That said, he was a fine motivator of men, at least according to Shakespeare.

Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood

This was the English king at his best, rousing the troops for yet another difficult day holding on to the city of Harfleur in Normandy, France. The locals were a little miffed that Henry and the English were there, and were determined to make it through the hole--or breach-- in the city walls. Henry had a cunning plan for that, though, involving closing up the wall with the English dead, a novel defence mechanism.

Things are a little different nowadays, of course. Local difficulties between the English and French extend to no more than tiffs about the state of the Euro or strikes by French workers that shut the Channel Tunnel.

The most famous of Henry's rallying calls is of no use to anyone, so instead we use it for tenuous analogies for daily intro posts to poker tournaments like this.

This event started with 1,072 players, and now we're starting today with just 184 left. Simple math will tell you most are no longer at the felt. What do do today instead? Follow the advice of dear old Henry.

Once more unto the beach, dear friends.


The beach: not piling up English dead here

For those that are still standing, we're fast approaching the money. 160 of them will get paid, with the payouts starting at $15,000 and rocketing all the way up to $2 million for first. There's everything to play for, and we'll be doing just that for six 75-minute levels today.

PokerStars Blog will bring you live updates, features, photos, videos. The lot. It's what we do. We're getting a little tired, however, so the words of our old king ring in our ears.

Cry 'God for Harry, England and St George'!