PCA 2013: It's the festival, stupid

The PCA 2013 is crammed full of poker, competitions and honest-to-goodness fun. Let us guide you through some of the highlights you really should keep an eye open for.

There are 41 events scheduled here at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Roll that number around in your mouth: forty-one. Go on, do try it on for size. It's an impressive number of tournaments to cram into 10 days. It's not just about the Main Event and the Rollers both High and Super High, but the festival en masse. To celebrate that we'll be giving coverage to every single tournament played (well, we'll be wrapping every side event anyway - see the full PCA schedule here).

Annnnd, it's not just about tournaments here either. We've got competitions, videos, news and views, all of which we'll be tweeting through the @PokerStarsBlog Twitter account.

Open-face Chinese
The first ever open-face Chinese poker tournament is going to take place here at the PCA. The $2,150 buy-in event has been getting a lot of people excited and we'll be taking a closer look at the time . If you want to find out more, and see what point scoring we'll be using, then take a look at this.

Zoom challenge
If you're a fan of our turbo-charged poker then you should take a look at this $1,025 event. It's running 8-12 January between 1-5pm where the challenge is to spin up as many play chips as you can using as many 20,000 auto-rebuys as you like. You have just 12 minutes. It should be a lot of fun. Make your way to the Mobile Lounge to take part.


Team PokerStars Pro ElkY: loves a bit of turbo action

Zoom challenge (lite)
And if you don't feel like taking a thousand-buck shot then you can still take a chance to win an iPad for free. On those same dates (8-12 January) you can register to play a nine-handed play money tournament. The winner gets a 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi and 4G capabilities. Second place gets a travel mouse and mat. Hey, it's free to play.

There's a photo caption competition taking place 7-11 January with the winner getting a $1,000 seat. Don't forget to use the following hashtag: #PhotoPimpOff

Find out more about that right here.


Try to do better than this. Go on, try it...

PCA Live
The PCA Live webcast rolls into town with three days of poker programming for your delectation.

PCA 2013 Super High Roller - Final Table: 7 Jan 14:00 (ET)
PCA 2013 Main Event - Final Table: 13 Jan 14:00 (ET)
PCA 2013 High Roller - Final Table: 14 Jan 14:00 (ET)

These are just a few of our PCA highlights. Keep checking back to the PokerStars Blog for news, views and videos every day.

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