Now that 2015 is almost done and dusted, poker players from across the world are gearing up for a new year and the first major tournament in 2016 is the popular PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) that is scheduled to take place in the Caribbean during the 6th – 14th of January 2016.
The PCA 2016 is expected to be the biggest PokerStars festival of all time as a total of 104 events are expected to take place and draw some of the top poker players in the world. The tournament has tripled in size when compared to 2015 when a total of 35 different events were held and the main event was won by US poker player Kevin Schulz who walked away with $1.5 million in prize money and a great start to 2015.
The Main Event which used to have an entrance fee of $10,000 has been reduced in 2016 and players will only have to pay $5,300 to enter this year’s Main Event. The reduction in the buy-in price for the main event is expected to bring in a larger group of players and the organizers expect the guaranteed prize money to be even bigger than last year. Apart from the main event, there will also be a number of exciting events such as the $25,000 High Roller event; a one day $50,000 High Roller event and the popular $100,000 Super High Roller event.
The PCA tends to attract the best poker players in the world because the prize money is attractive and also because the location is a great place for players and their families to relax and start the New Year with a bang. Some of the top poker players who have attended the PCA in the past include Andre Akkari, Chris Moneymaker, Jason Mercier and French poker player Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier.
Andre Akkari stated that one of the reasons why the PCA turned out to be such a great event and attract a high number of prominent poker players was because the Caribbean is close to North America and Latin America and the fact that the event is taking place at the Atlantis Hotel.
Moneymaker also had a few words of advice for players who are visiting the PCA for the first time. In a statement, Moneymaker said “Enjoy the experience. Look at the schedule and find fun things to do both on and off the poker table. There are several great restaurants on the island. I would say every single trip I make at least three trips to the local fish fry. You need to give it a shot.