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American Poker Pros Enjoy Tremendous Success at PCA

The 2014 edition of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) will be held in the Bahamas in about three weeks and if any American poker players are undecided about making the trip, perhaps a look at recent statistics will help in making the decision.

PokerStars has crunched a few numbers and found that players from the U.S. have won $76 million since the PCA’s inception in 2004. That’s an average of $7.6 million making its way back to the land of the free and home of the brave each year.

Results further show that four of the 10 Main Event winners have hailed from the U.S, including three of the last four years. Ryan Daut of New Jersey was the first Main Event winner from the U.S. in 2007. That turned out to be a banner year for American players, with 132 cashing in the Main Event.

While Americans win the PCA Main Event at a 40% clip, the percentages are even higher when tabulating all the events offered in the PCA’s 10-year history. Forty-three percent of all PCA championships have been claimed by U.S. players.

When not outright winning the events, Yankees also come close. A total of 436 PCA final tablists have carried a blue-covered passport. Those who miss the final table but still finish in-the-money are also often from the U.S., as the country’s players account for 42% of all PCA tourney cashes.

Among the most successful Americans at the PCA have been John Dibella, who won the Main Event in 2012 and has cashed in four PCA events for a combined $1.8 million in winnings. Lest we not forget Vanessa Selbst, who took down the $25k High Roller in January to become the highest-earning female player of all-time.

The action gets underway at PCA 2014 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino on January 5, 2014, with the $100,000 Super High Roller. Excluding the first day of action, there are a number of events scheduled for each day of the festival with much lower buy-ins that range from $100 to $10,300 for the $10 million guaranteed Main Event.

Considering the success rate of American players throughout the years, resolving to book a flight to the Bahamas and competing at PCA 2014 may be the best New Year’s resolution ever made!




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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.