The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is now underway with the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) a major part of the action. Online poker players who can’t make it to the Bahamas can still get in on the virtual action.
Stars announced on Tuesday that the Mini PCA series is coming to the online felt starting today and running through Feb. 3. The series runs alongside the 10 days of PokerStars live coverage from the Bahamas.
The PCA also has declared some winners already in early action. That includes Isaac Haxton chalking up a seven-figure victory. Here’s a preview of the Mini PCA as well as a look at some of the action from the Bahamas so far.
What to expect from PokerStars Mini PCA
In the Mini PCA, players will find 30 tournaments with three low buy-in tournaments per day. Price points start at just $1.10 and the festival includes tens of thousands of dollars in added value.
The $55 Mini PCA Main Event highlights the series on Jan. 29, awarding a European Poker Tour Monte Carlo package to the winner. There is something for every level of player. PokerStars is hoping to offer the next best thing to being at the actual PCA in the Bahamas.
Beyond the Main Event, players will find even more major tournament action. The live PSPC is one of the biggest events on the poker calendar this year and Stars is bringing a version to the online felt as well.
The $25 Mini PSPC gets underway on Jan. 30 with $10,000 added to the prize pool. The tournament follows the same five-day format as the PSPC and utilizes a similar structure.
PokerStars is throwing in another nice reward for players competing in the Mini PCA. EPT satellite tickets are also added to the prize pool of every tournament. This adds a bit more to play for throughout the series. Here’s a look at the complete schedule.
2023 PokerStars Mini PCA
|Date||Event||Buy-in ($)||Name||Starting stack|
|Jan. 25||1||2.20||Deep Stack - Single Re-Entry||50000|
|Jan. 25||2||11.00||Unlimited Re-Entry - 7-max||30000|
|Jan. 25||3||1.10||Hyper-Turbo PKO Freezeout||20000|
|Jan. 26||5||55.00||NLHE - High Roller Unlimited Re-Entry||150000|
|Jan. 26||6||3.30||Hyper-Turbo Freezeout||20000|
|Jan. 27||7||1.10||PL Omaha||50000|
|Jan. 27||8||2.20||Deep Stack, Single Re-Entry||50000|
|Jan. 27||9||25.00||8-Max NLHE Unlimited Re-Entry||30000|
|Jan. 28||10||1.10||Deep Stack||50000|
|Jan. 28||11||11.00||Mini PSPC Warm-Up||60000|
|Jan. 28||12||2.20||Hyper-Turbo Freezeout||20000|
|Jan. 29||13||5.50||Deep Stack - Unlimited Re-Entry||50000|
|Jan. 29||14||55.00||Mini PCA Main Event, Single Re-Entry||30000|
|Jan. 29||15||11.00||9-max - PKO Freezeout||30000|
|Jan. 30||16||11.00||Deep Stack - 3 Re-Entry||50000|
|Jan. 30||17||25.00||Mini PSPC - Day 1||60000|
|Jan. 30||18||5.50||Heads-Up Total KO||30000|
|Jan. 31||19||3.30||Deep Stack - Single Re-Entry||50000|
|Jan. 31||20||25.00||Mini PSPC - Day 2||60000|
|Jan. 31||21||25.00||8-Max NLHE Unlimited Re-Entry PKO||30000|
|Jan. 31||22||5.50||6-Max NLHE Turbo||30000|
|Feb. 1||23||11.00||Deep Stack - Unlimited Re-Entry||50000|
|Feb. 1||25||25.00||Mini PSPC - Day 3||60000|
|Feb. 1||26||1.10||Hyper-Turbo PKO Freezeout||20000|
|Feb. 2||27||109.00||Super High Roller NLHE||250000|
|Feb. 2||28||3.30||PL Omaha||50000|
|Feb. 2||29||25.00||Mini PSPC - Day 4||60000|
|Feb. 2||30||55.00||Unlimited Re-Entry - 7-max||100000|
|Feb. 3||31||5.50||NLHE - Unlimited Re-Entry||50000|
|Feb. 3||32||2.20||NLHE - Unlimited Re-Entry 6-Max||50000|
|Feb. 3||33||25.00||Mini PSPC - Day 5||60000|
|Feb. 3||34||11.00||Last Chance, Series Wrap-Up||20000|
Beyond the Mini PCA, Stars also recently launched the PSPC Online for American players. In the US, Stars operates a combined Michigan/New Jersey platform as well as a Pennsylvania platform. For a complete preview of that series, click here.
Isaac Haxton highlights early PCA winners
With the PCA now already underway, a few players have already earned titles. Fresh off winning the $50,000 championship event at the PokerGO Cup for $598,000, Isaac Haxton was back in action in the Bahamas this week for the first tournament of the series. The American took the title in the $100,000 Super High Roller for $1.1 million.
The win came after a deal with second- and third-place finishers Seth Davies and Adrian Mateos. Both of those players also scored just under $1.1 million. The event saw 49 total entries for a $4.8 million prize pool. Haxton was subdued in his Twitter celebration.
— Isaac Haxton (@ikepoker) January 25, 2023
The $20,000 Knockout event was also one of the higher stakes events completed so far and offered players $10,000 bounties. The tournament saw 22 entries for a $424,732 prize pool. In the end, Brazil’s Tauan Naves came out on top for $87,932.
A few other events have also seen winners crowned. Here’s a look at some of those:
- $300 No limit Hold’em Unlimited Re-Entry – Andre Moreira Marques, Brazil, $5,451 (61 entries for $17,751 prize pool)
- $550 Seniors – Farzad Raji, United States, $11,710 (86 for entries for $41,710 prize pool)
- $550 NLHE Single Re-Entry – Marcel Schwarz, Germany, $11,625 (85 entries for a $41,225 prize pool)
A look at the PokerStars PCA streaming schedule
Poker fans who can’t get to the Bahamas can still check out much of the action from home, perhaps while even playing in the Mini PCA online.
Stars is streaming several tournaments throughout the series at the official PokerStars YouTube channel. That starts today with the second day of the $10,000 PCA Main Event.
James Hartigan, Joe Stapleton, Nick Walsh, Maria Ho, Griffin Benger, and Scott Baumstein will call the action throughout the series. Live streams are also available with French, Spanish, Portuguese, and German commentary. Here’s a look at all the entire streaming schedule for the series.
Event Date & time
$10,000 PCA Main Event Day 2 Jan. 25, 12:30 pm (ET)
$10,000 PCA Main Event Day 3 Jan. 26, 12:30 pm (ET)
$10,000 PCA Main Event Day 4 Jan. 27, 12:30 pm (ET)
$10,000 PCA Main Event Day 5 Jan. 28, 12:30 pm (ET)
$10,000 PCA Main Event final table Jan. 29, 1 pm (ET)
$25,000 PSPC Day 1 Jan. 30, 12:30 (ET)
$25,000 PSPC Day 2 Jan. 31, 12:30 (ET)
$25,000 PSPC Day 3 Feb. 1, 12:30 (ET)
$25,000 PSPC Day 4 Feb. 2, 12:30 (ET)
$25,000 PSPC final table Feb. 3, 12:30 (ET)