PCA UPDATE: PokerStars Launches PCA Online; Isaac Haxton Highlights Bahamas Winners So Far

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.

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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

DateEventBuy-in ($)NameStarting stack
Jan. 2512.20Deep Stack - Single Re-Entry50000
Jan. 25211.00Unlimited Re-Entry - 7-max30000
Jan. 2531.10Hyper-Turbo PKO Freezeout20000
Jan. 2645.508-Game50000
Jan. 26555.00NLHE - High Roller Unlimited Re-Entry150000
Jan. 2663.30Hyper-Turbo Freezeout20000
Jan. 2771.10PL Omaha50000
Jan. 2782.20Deep Stack, Single Re-Entry50000
Jan. 27925.008-Max NLHE Unlimited Re-Entry30000
Jan. 28101.10Deep Stack50000
Jan. 281111.00Mini PSPC Warm-Up60000
Jan. 28122.20Hyper-Turbo Freezeout20000
Jan. 29135.50Deep Stack - Unlimited Re-Entry50000
Jan. 291455.00Mini PCA Main Event, Single Re-Entry30000
Jan. 291511.009-max - PKO Freezeout30000
Jan. 301611.00Deep Stack - 3 Re-Entry50000
Jan. 301725.00Mini PSPC - Day 160000
Jan. 30185.50Heads-Up Total KO30000
Jan. 31193.30Deep Stack - Single Re-Entry50000
Jan. 312025.00Mini PSPC - Day 260000
Jan. 312125.008-Max NLHE Unlimited Re-Entry PKO30000
Jan. 31225.506-Max NLHE Turbo30000
Feb. 12311.00Deep Stack - Unlimited Re-Entry50000
Feb. 1242.20HORSE50000
Feb. 12525.00Mini PSPC - Day 360000
Feb. 1261.10Hyper-Turbo PKO Freezeout20000
Feb. 227109.00Super High Roller NLHE250000
Feb. 2283.30PL Omaha50000
Feb. 22925.00Mini PSPC - Day 460000
Feb. 23055.00Unlimited Re-Entry - 7-max100000
Feb. 3315.50NLHE - Unlimited Re-Entry50000
Feb. 3322.20NLHE - Unlimited Re-Entry 6-Max50000
Feb. 33325.00Mini PSPC - Day 560000
Feb. 33411.00Last Chance, Series Wrap-Up20000

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.

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)

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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.

EventDate & time
$10,000 PCA Main Event Day 2Jan. 25, 12:30 pm (ET)
$10,000 PCA Main Event Day 3Jan. 26, 12:30 pm (ET)
$10,000 PCA Main Event Day 4Jan. 27, 12:30 pm (ET)
$10,000 PCA Main Event Day 5Jan. 28, 12:30 pm (ET)
$10,000 PCA Main Event final tableJan. 29, 1 pm (ET)
$25,000 PSPC Day 1Jan. 30, 12:30 (ET)
$25,000 PSPC Day 2Jan. 31, 12:30 (ET)
$25,000 PSPC Day 3Feb. 1, 12:30 (ET)
$25,000 PSPC Day 4Feb. 2, 12:30 (ET)
$25,000 PSPC final tableFeb. 3, 12:30 (ET)

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