PCA 2014: The only way to combat the January blues

When you wake up on January 1 in the northern hemisphere, the chances are the weather is bleak. You may have a headful of resolutions and a buzz still on from the revelries of the night before, but the skies will be grey, the outlook will be wintry and the gaping yawn of the new year will carry more threat than anticipation.

And that's where the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure comes in.


Welcome to the 2014 PCA

For the past 11 years, anyone with any sense--and a few poker skills--has shaken off the January blues with a trip to the Bahamas. The PCA is a fixture that has now risen beyond the poker calendar and landed itself alongside things like "Chinese New Year", "Mothering Sunday" and "1st After Epiphany" as an indelible entry in thousands of diaries.

Ask any poker player where they'll be kicking off their new year, and the answer is always the same: Paradise Island. It means blue skies, bluer oceans, a golden lick of sand, palm-tree-lined lagoons, steel drums and enough Bahama Mama cocktails to fill them all.


The wonderful Atlantis resort

Here we are again then for what we're calling PCA 2014. The Imperial Ballroom of the Atlantis Resort is full to bursting of poker tables awaiting the arrival of the hordes of players who will, over the coming nine days, search for prizes that run into tens of millions of dollars.

The Main Event, which starts on Tuesday, has a $10,000,000 guarantee; the Super High Roller, which starts today, costs $100,000 to enter.

Scattered throughout are 37 other tournaments with buy-ins starting at $100. These include the America's Cup of Poker, a turbo edition of the PCA Main Event, an Open Face Chinese event, and just about all other variants you can imagine.


A selection of the trophies on offer today

As ever, PokerStars Blog will have them all covered, starting with that $100,000 Super High Roller today. There will be hand-by-hand coverage at the top of the page, and feature pieces below.

The peerless EPT Live webcast begins at 2.30pm local time, offering a spectacular close-up view of the action from the tournament floor.

It will be a long and dazzling nine days in Paradise Island. Stick with us. We'll get through January together.