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PokerStars announces 2011 PCA schedule

5 October 2010

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Ask any serious poker player where they spend the first half of January and the answer is always the same: the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) – a gleaming highlight on the poker calendar and a one-stop solution to the winter blues.

Taking place at the sumptuous Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, the 2011 PCA is set to be better and richer than ever before. With more than $25,000,000 in tournament prizes expected to be awarded, the PCA will once again be the richest poker festival outside Las Vegas.

The ten-day festival, which takes place from January 7-16, will feature more than 50 poker tournaments across a wide range of buy-ins, formats and variants. Event highlights include a $100,000 Super High Roller, a $25,000 High Roller, a $10,000 Turbo 6-Max tournament, several Bounty events, and the $10,300 Main Event. The 2010 champion, 19-year-old Harrison Gimbel, walked away from Paradise Island with $2.2 million. With over 170 players having qualified for the 2011 Main Event to date, and with more than $1.7 million already in the prize pool, the 2011 PCA winner looks set to scoop even more!

Michael Ward, PCA Tournament Director, said: "The PCA is truly a Poker Player's Paradise. Each January thousands of players descend upon Atlantis to take part in the first major tournament of the year. Last year's event produced over $24 million in total prize money and without a doubt the PCA 2011 is going to be richer than ever. The PCA is a must-play event for both the recreational and the professional player."

Satellite tournaments are already running on PokerStars, where players can begin their quest for Caribbean glory for as little as 5 Frequent Player Points (FPPs). There is also a wide range of Steps (from $7.50) and Cash satellites (from $2.22 up to the weekly $700 final).
The $15,780 prize package includes the $10,300 Main Event buy-in, nine nights' accommodation for two at the Atlantis Resort, plus $1,002 in spending money. Players can also buy in to the tournament directly through the PokerStars client.

Since 2004, more than $50 million in prize money has been awarded at the PCA, a huge portion of which has gone to PokerStars players. Former winners include Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Harrison Gimbel, Poorya Nazari (who pocketed $3 million for his win), Ryan Daut, Steve Paul-Ambrose, John Gale and Gus Hansen.

George Markantonis, President, Atlantis, Paradise Island said: "We are very excited to be hosting the seventh annual PokerStars Caribbean Adventure at Atlantis, Paradise Island, this January. Not only do we have the largest and most exciting casino in the Caribbean, Atlantis has the beaches, bars, restaurants and activities to ensure an unforgettable week."

Away from the tables, Atlantis is one of the world's most exciting resorts, with guests given the chance to swim with dolphins, play golf on the championship course, marvel at more than 50,000 fish and mammals in the on-site aquarium, or splash through the water slides, river rides and swimming pools of the Aquaventure complex. Alternatively, there are few better places to relax than beside the shimmering blue seas of the Caribbean, on any of the resort's numerous beaches.

Whether you are seeking the chest of gold awarded to the winner, or simply two weeks of Caribbean paradise in the middle of winter, the PCA can provide it all.

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