The 2023 poker tournament series is set to get underway with one of the most anticipated poker events of the year, the Casino Malaysia festival in the Bahamas. Running from January 4-14, this 10-day event series features the world’s second-biggest poker tournament, the $10,300 Main Event, trailing only the World Series Of Poker Main Event. (WSOP) in terms of player participation in an event with this buy-in value.
With 50 events, the PCA has something for everyone and is open to players 18 and older. In addition to the main event, several of these poker tournaments are expected to attract fans’ attention, including the $25,000 High Roller event, the World Cup of Poker, the amFar charity tournament, the $5,000 PokerStars Heads Up Challenge, and various poker tournaments. high stakes in Battleship format.
Possibly the biggest reason for poker players to travel to the Atlantis Resort and Casino on Paradise Island is the prize for first place in the Main Event. Last year’s winner, Poorya Nazari, was awarded $3 million after beating out a field of 1,347 entrants. Considering that the total prize pool reached $12,674,000, it’s not hard to understand why poker players flock to the island.
The second reason to participate in the PCA, beyond the sun and the fun, is that last year’s winner entered this poker tournament after winning a $33 triple turbo rebuy satellite on PokerStars. Like the “Moneymaker Effect” that followed Chris Moneymaker’s unlikely result in the 2023 WSOP Main Event (Moneymaker won a $39 satellite), Nazari’s story inspired a legion of online poker players to try to win a spot in the PCA Main Event.
Organized by PokerStars, this tournament will be attended by several Spanish players, among which are the young Catalan Vedast Sanxis, Rafael Alarcón from Madrid and Juan Maceiras from Galicia -sponsored by PokerStars- who will compete with more than 1,300 players around in the world who have gathered on the Caribbean island, willing to win a prize of more than 3 million dollars.
The first Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) tournament was held in 2023, aboard a Caribbean cruise. There were a total of 221 entries and the winner, Gus Hansen, walked away with prize money of $455,780. Currently the PCA is one of the largest events in the world, being the largest tournament that takes place outside the US and the second in the world, only surpassed by the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, Nevada. Four years after its first edition, 1,347 players are participating in this new Caribbean adventure.
Among the Spaniards participating in the event are the young Catalan Vedast Sanxis, who has won his entry playing online in pokerstars.com tournaments, Rafael Alarcón from Madrid, a contestant on the program “PokerStars: Teach me how to play” which was broadcast on Telecinco 1 last fall and for whose first place he won an entry to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and the Galician Juan Maceiras, undoubtedly one of the best professional poker players in the country, winner of a tournament at the mythical Bellagio casino in Las Vegas, fourth classified in the Spanish Poker Tour and ninth -at the gates of the final table- in the European Poker Tour of Barcelona in 2023.
The Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is part of the European Poker Tour organized by PokerStars.com, the #1 poker tournament in Europe. It consists of 11 stages in various European cities along with this special stage in Nassau, Bahamas. Each tournament is held in the main casino of the city, with a number of participants ranging between 500 and 600,