The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is one of the longest-standing traditions in live poker and, with a return to its roots in 2018, should see one of its best editions ever.
Back are the $10,000 Main Event buy-in and the original PCA branding (after a year of being PokerStars Championship Bahamas) in the hopes of revitalizing the PCA as a 'must-play' festival to bring in the New Year.
Also back is the emphasis on qualifying as many players as possible online to bulk up the field, and that's reflected in one of PokerStars' biggest promotions ever.
Hundreds of qualifiers will win their way all-expenses paid to the Bahamas in January and it starts with a massive 100-package Ultra Satellite this Sunday.
How to Qualify Online for 2018 PCA
There's a whole range of ways to make your way to the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event but pay special attention to the PCA Ultra Satellites.
These are $530 buy-in online tournaments that each guarantee 100(!) main event packages. This is what these packages are made of:
- $10,300 Main Event buy-in
- Accommodation at the Atlantis resort (worth $3000+)
- $1,000 pocket money paid into your PS account
- $1,000 spending money put on your room tab
At the Atlantis Resort it’s customary to pay for everything with your room card so the last bullet point above is for your daily expenses at the hotel.
$1,000 should not only be enough to get you through a week there it’ll let you 'live the life,' so to speak. And there’s plenty of opportunity to spend money at Atlantis.
If you don’t have the bankroll to buy directly into the Ultra Satellites, though, you can satellite into them in several different ways.
Phase Tournaments and Sub-Satellites
You can satellite into the Ultra Satellite by making it through three phase tournaments. Phase 1 is just $1 to play and the top 25 of Phase 3 get tickets to the direct qualifier.
If you want to save time and spend a little more, you can also play an $11 Phase 1 and you only have to go through two phases to claim your main satellite ticket.
There are also MTT sub-satellites to get into the $530 satellite starting at $11. There are both scheduled and SnG sub-satellites.
250 Full PCA Packages and More!
You can also qualify directly for the PCA by playing Spin & Go satellites. Spin & Gos have become an extremely popular pastime with PokerStars players and that popularity continues to grow.
On the $27.50 level PokerStars is throwing in:
- 800,000 $55 PCA satellites tickets
- 180,000 $109 PCA satellite tickets
- 18,500 $530 Ultra Satellite tickets and
- 250 full $15,855 PCA prize packages
per 1 million Spin & Gos played.
There are also Spin and Go challenges where you simply have to play and win enough of them to collect a certain amount of points. When you get there, you’re in the weekly Road to Bahamas Spin and Go final.
There are 729 tickets to the Ultra Satellites and sub-satellites and one full PCA prize package up for grabs in every weekly final.
Cash Game All-in Shootout
Sounds cool and works a little differently from the ways described above. Click on the challenges tab on the right column of your PokerStars lobby.
You’ll see a puzzle and a guide for how to complete it. For example, you might have to get each of the four aces as a card in your starting hand, so it’s pretty straightforward.
When you’re done you’ll be automatically registered for the daily All-in shootout at 6.05 PM CET. The top 128 players of the shootout will take part in the Road to Bahamas Cash Game Weekly Final.
Each weekly final has a $50k prize pool. The winner will go straight to the PCA Main Event while the next 200 players all get tickets to further satellites worth $27.50 to $530.
Only 2 Ultra Satellites Scheduled!
Get started soon because there are only two of $530 Ultra Satellites and the first is this Sunday, October 15 at 8:35 PM! The second Ultra Satellite will take place on November 5.
The cash game and Spin & Go challenges run all the time but also end on November 5.
Here’s a little extra tip: While you’re trying to qualify, you’ll collect Stars Rewards Chests. These are mostly filled with Star Coins but there are also tickets to the Ultra Satellites hidden in some of them giving you additional chances to qualify without doing anything.
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Highlight PCA Events
As always the PCA will take place in January, partly because that’s a good time to get away from the winter in North America but also because it’s not hurricane season.
The main event, which is the one that you can satellite into online, will run January 8-16. One of the major changes for this year is that the buy-in is $10,300 again after being cut in half for the last couple of years.
Also watch out for the following events which you'll be able to watch on the PokerStars Live Stream:
- $100,000 Super High Roller Event, unlimited re-entry, January 6-8
- $50,000 High Roller Event, single re-entry, January 8-9
- $25,000 High Roller Event, single re-entry, January 12-14