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PokerStars announces dates for Caribbean Adventure
One of poker's most highly sought-after tournaments is coming back for another year. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) will begin on Jan. 4, 2009 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas.
The 2009 PCA will once again be an official European Poker Tour Event, despite the fact the Caribbean is not exactly in Europe.
Team PokerStars pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier was the eventual champion of the 2008 PCA, and had nothing but good things to say about the tournament.
"The PCA is always a special tournament for poker players, especially because the location is so great," said ElkY following his big win.
"There are so many online qualifiers and the atmosphere is very special. Players are usually much younger too, and I know many more of them as we always play with each other on PokerStars."
Last year's event attracted more than 1,000 players, making it one of the largest playing fields assembled outside of North America and generating a massive prize pool of over $8.5 million.
This year, in addition to a cast composed of the usual plethora of Team PokerStars players like Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem, Greg Raymer and Chris Moneymaker, Grospellier will return to defend his title.
The PCA is generally a coming-out party of sorts for young online players who haven't been seen in many live poker tournaments, if at all. Jimmy "Gobboboy" Fricke, Mike "SowersUNCC" Sowers and even former champion Ryan Daut (check out an exclusive interview here) all made their brick-and-mortar debuts here.
The PokerListings.com tournament will once again be hitting the tournament floor to do some live updates at the 2009 PCA, so be sure to check out our live tournaments section when the time comes.
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