PCA 2013: Zoom Challenge makes its PCA debut

Zoom is the game format that's been taking the poker world by storm since it was introduced by PokerStars May last year. You can fold instantly each hand you play, and when you do you get moved to a new table with a new set of opponents. It's fast, it's exciting, and it's made the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 10th Anniversary schedule.

Introducing the 50K-guaranteed Zoom Challenge, debuting at the PCA today. The concept is simple enough. Players get a starting stack of 20,000 chips for a buy-in of $1,025. After that, all hell breaks loose. The aim is to take those 20K chips and spin' em up as much as possible in the space of just 12 minutes. A player busts out right away? No problem. The auto-top-up function will be enabled, so they'll always have at least 20,000 in chips.

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The action kicked off in The Bahamas at midday, located in the PCA Player's Lounge, and it's set to run every day until January 12. Players taking part will be ranked on a leader board, and after the final day of the challenge, the player on top of the rankings will be declared the winner. They'll take the biggest share of the 50K guarantee, with the other highest finishers also taking a piece.

It's already creating quite a buzz. Players looking for some fast action during breaks in the main event and side tournaments seem keen to take part, and it's surely only a matter of time before some of the big name pros take their shot.

PokerStars is providing the iPads, the User IDs and the fancy lounge. All players need to do is show up and play. For anyone who hasn't tried Zoom poker before now, or even the PokerStars Mobile app, it's the perfect excuse.

We'll be keeping you up to date with who ends up winning the challenge, but for now, let the mayhem begin.