PCA 2013: Canada Cup live final gets underway

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event has now taken centre stage, with the world's greatest players and hundreds of online qualifiers starting the long journey towards glory. But in one corner of the huge tournament room the cameras and crew are gearing up for a different but no-less important event: the Canada Cup.

It's a tournament with a back story that started online at PokerStars. Open only to players in Canada, hundreds of runners took part, all gunning for a place in the $530 online final on November 17. When that tourney got down to a final table of nine the action was paused, all remaining players having locked up a share of $250,000 in cash. With the online action done and dusted, the final table would now switch to live, and what better place for it to go down than in The Bahamas, at the PCA.

Fast-forward to today, and the nine players have arrived on Paradise Island. For them, the appeal of the Canada Cup is pretty obvious. It's a chance to win a huge chunk of cash. It's a chance for the players to show they know how to cut it with the best players both online and live, and its chance to earn bragging rights and national pride.

But it's also about being part of the PCA. The Canada Cup is one of the official 40 scheduled events, proving just how prestigious a tournament is it for those involved. It may not have quite the same glamour as the Main Event or the $100K Super High Roller, but it's still serious business with plenty of money on the line, including more than $40K for the winner.

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The line-up is a mixed bag of players from across the nation, including accomplished pros and amateurs alike. Most opted to bypass the online freerolls and low-stakes satellites, choosing instead to buy-in to the online final directly.

Danny Noseworthy won his seat for just seventy-five bucks though, and as chip leader going into the start of play at the live final, he's well on the way to earning a great return on such a small investment.

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Danny Noseworthy

Also among the chip leaders is Christopher Bush, a veteran pro who's been to the PCA so many times he can't quite remember the exact amount. But for most it's their first time in The Bahamas, and their first taste of being part of something this big. With the cameras now set up, the press photos taken and the meet-and-greet with Daniel Negreanu all wrapped up, the action is now ready to start. By the end of the day someone will be crowned Canada Cup Champion, and one of the first big winners of this year's PCA.