PCA 2012: When live poker just isn't enough
The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure has been a mammoth festival of live poker with tournaments of all formats and buy-ins catering for every player. What's more, it has given online terrors more used to clicking buttons to make bets the chance to use real chips at real tables instead.
Those online warriors get to play each other over the internet any time of day or night, 365 days a year if they so wish. So surely they would enjoy some time away from their computers here in the Bahamas?
When PokerStars added the Battleship event, a form of heads-up but using laptops placed back-to-back, it became an instant hit. So now, instead of playing each other the internet, they can play each other face-to-face, er, over the internet.
Battleship has been around for a few PCAs now, and today 12 players forked out the $2,000 (+$100) buy-in to play heads-up matches. After it was all said and done, Ole Schemion won through four rounds to take the event and $9,000. Jan Mueller was runner-up for $7,000.