Where else do you get warm Caribbean beaches, vertigo-inducing waterslides and some of the hottest poker action south of Florida?
Therefore it should come as no surprise that this year's tournament is looking to be the largest tournament ever held outside of the United States. A total of 660 players came out to play on Day 1a of the PCA, with organizers hoping to hit 1,400 when both Day 1's are combined.
For those who haven't ever attended the PCA, it's an absolute spectacle. The only thing comparable to the tournament is the Alex Kravchenko, Vicky Coren, Lee Nelson, Michael Binger, Jason Mercier, Amnon Filippi, Kristian Kjondal, Antonio Esfandiari, Isaac Baron, Amanda Baker, Steve Zolotow and many, many more.
The actual play was reminiscent of most Day 1's at major tournaments. More than half the field was eliminated by the dinner break, and by the end of the night only 193 remained.
Most of the players mentioned above were eliminated, including Negreanu, who had some ups and downs but was eventually crippled and forced to shove with middle pair on a 9♣ 5♥ 4♥ board.
"Good luck winning this crapshoot," offered a cordial Negreanu as he left the table.
Ylon Schwartz once again outlasted Scott Montgomery as the Canadian was eliminated in the later stages of the day.
Among the players who managed to bust through the bad beat minefields were Brazilian Filipe Ramos, David Baker, Schwartz and Vicky Coren.
Although the official PokerStars chip counts won't be available until tomorrow, we know that Baker has in excess of $200,000 chips and Ramos has around $250,000.
Join us tomorrow for on-the-spot updates kicking off at approximately noon ET, compromised only by our crack reporting team's lingering waterslide-induced dizziness.