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As the most popular site in the online poker industry, there are usually any number of updates to report about PokerStars on any given day.

With a current cash game player average of 15,500 and thousands more on the Spin & Go and tournament tables, those players need to stay informed regarding the happenings surrounding parent company Amaya’s greatest asset. Here then are a couple of the newest topics related to PokerStars that players are talking about.

2016 PCA Grows 3x Larger, Lowers Main Buy-In

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) has been many players’ favorite festival for 14 years running. Heading to the Bahamas in the winter month of January is a good idea even without poker. Add exciting PCA action and it’s that much better.

If you enjoyed the previous 14 years, get ready for the best to come because this year’s tournament schedule boasts 104 events. That makes last year’s 35 events look like a mini-fest in comparison.

“People come from all over the world to compete in the Bahamas and enjoy the Caribbean climate,” PokerStars Director of Live Events Edgar Stuchly told PokerStars Blog. “However, what our players really relish is the chance to play lots of poker. So this coming January, that’s exactly what we’ll be offering!”

In addition to the beefed up tournament schedule that will pack in all those events between Jan. 6-14, the buy-in for the PCA Main Event has been reduced from $10K to $5,300. Those who were planning on the $10,000 entry fee can now take the extra cash and buy-in to some other events. There are plenty to choose from.

PokerStars’ Approval in New Jersey

Many may recall that Amaya CEO David Baazov previously stated that he expects PokerStars to be approved by New Jersey gaming regulators and to launch sometime during Q3 of this year. One month remains in the third quarter of 2015 and that estimate from the Amaya boss appears to be on track, according to Resorts Casino Hotel owner Morris Bailey.

Resorts is PokerStars’ casino partner and has been eagerly awaiting a decision by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) regarding the gaming giant’s suitability as a licensee. Bailey recently told the Associated Press that the DGE ruling should be handed down within weeks.

Anything less than a rubber-stamped approval from the DGE would come as a surprise, considering Baazov’s statements and those of Senator Raymond Lesniak. The New Jersey lawmaker, a longtime supporter of online poker and gambling in his home state and a large part of the reason why NJ is regulated for igaming, also said recently that he soon expects to roll out the red carpet for PokerStars.

A number of players are giddy with delight over the lower buy-in of the PCA Main Event as well as the huge 104-event schedule for 2016. That delight may soon spread to New Jersey when PokerStars returns to the U.S. after a four-year absence.

Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.

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