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The PCA is one of the most exciting poker tournament series of the year, and it starts this week. The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 2016 boasts of being the biggest PokerStars festival ever, and the anticipation is already reaching fever pitch.

Credit: Neil Stoddart for PokerStars

All of the action is currently being set up at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Players and media are in route, and the staff is preparing for what will undoubtedly be a massive showing of players from around the world.

It all kicks off on January 6 and runs through January 14, with more than 100 events scheduled for that amount of time. Of course, there will also be special events like the PokerStars party and cash games to please players at every level of the game.

PCA Tournaments

When play starts on January 6, there are more than a few tournaments from which to choose. Most are single-day events, like a $1,100 No Limit Hold’em Turbo with a single reentry, a $300 NLHE with single reentry, a $5,300 NLHE 8-Handed Turbo Win the Button event, a $600 NLHE 6-Handed Turbo, $2,200 NLHE 8-Handed Turbo, some $120 NLHE Flipout Triple Elimination events with 30 player caps, and several satellites to the $2,200 buy-in LAPT Main Event. There will also be a $10K NLHE 8-Handed Hyper-Turbo $100K Survivor tournament. And it will be the first of three days of the $100K buy-in NLHE Super High Roller 8-Handed event with unlimited reentries.

Talk about choices on opening day!

Check out some pictures from set-up at the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure!

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The highlights of the series include several high roller events, including the aforementioned $100K NLHE Super High Roller. On January 9, there will be a one-day $50K buy-in NLHE High Roller 8-Handed with one reentry allowed, and January 12 kicks off a three-day $25K buy-in NLHE High Roller 8-Handed with one reentry.

There are two “main event” tournaments at the PCA this year. The first is the LAPT (Latin American Poker Tour) Bahamas Main Event, which features a $2,200 buy-in and unlimited reentries. It will begin on January 7 and carry on for three days. The other is the PCA Main Event, which is a $5,300 buy-in NLHE tournament with two starting days on January 8 and 9.

Other featured tournaments throughout the nine-day festival are the $600 NLHE Women’s Event January 13-14 and the $500 PokerStars Casino $100K GTD Blackjack event, a new addition to the PCA this year. Tournaments run the gamut of poker variations, from Pot Limit Omaha to mixed games of HOSE and HORSE, and from 7-Card Stud to Hold’em games like “Deuces Wild” and “Played with 4 Blinds.”

By the time the action wraps up on the night of January 14, there will have been 104 PokerStars spade trophies awarded and millions of dollars in prize money distributed.

Fan Highlights

This year’s PCA will feature live video coverage of the Super High Roller, PCA 2016 Invitational, and PCA Main Event, all with webcast commentary from James Hartigan and Joe Stapleton. They will have numerous guests on the shows, which will likely include Team PokerStars Pros like Daniel Negreanu and Vanessa Selbst. The shows will be broadcast in English on PokerStars TV, but there will be commentary available in other languages as well.

Credit: Neil Stoddart for PokerStars

Live updates for the major tournaments will be provided on the PokerStars blog, which will include photos from the events as they happen. The media team penning the updates is one of the very best in the business.

In addition, Poker Update will be at the PCA for the first time. Robbie Strazynski is already at Atlantis, and he will be providing video and written updates from the scene as he navigates the tournament floor and talks to as many poker pros as humanly possible. (Subscribe to the Poker Update YouTube channel for the latest videos.)

Best PCA Ever?

At the 2015 PCA, it was filled with big names in the winner’s circles and new poker records in the books.

Steve O’Dwyer won the $100K Super High Roller with a record number of 50 unique players and a $6.4 million prize pool. Kevin Schulz won the PCA Main Event for $1.49 million from a field of 816 players. And players like Jonathan Duhamel, Jonathan Little, Justin Bonomo, and Paul Volpe captured trophies in side events.

This year, there are more tournaments, which is likely to draw more players and make more poker history. It is a series that most players feel that they must (and want to) attend, and one that keeps poker fans on the edges of their seats around the world as they follow along with the updates and live vicariously through those in the Bahamas.

Don’t miss a moment! Between the PokerStars blog and Poker Update, you’ll have everything you need, besides a plane ticket to the Bahamas.

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Jennifer Newell

Jennifer has been a freelance writer in the poker industry for a decade. She left a full-time job with the World Poker Tour to tell the stories of poker. She now lives in St. Louis, writes about poker while pursuing other varied interests, and speaks her mind on Twitter… a lot.