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2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Schedule Announced

 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Schedule Announced

While many may be prepping for the upcoming holiday season, the folks at the PokerStars Championships are getting things prepared for 2018. That’s because pretty much as soon as the hangovers wear off after New Year’s Eve, the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will begin. Now we know the schedule for what has become one of the premiere events on the tournament poker calendar.

It seems that the authorities at the PokerStars Championships have learned their lessons from last year’s experiments. Instead of lopping the PCA in with the PokerStars Championships (last year’s tournament schedule was called the PokerStars Championships Bahamas), the original moniker has been returned while keeping it on the roster of events for the PokerStars Championships. There have been some other changes also that should be more “player friendly” than the 2017 version was.

First up is the Championship Event of the tournament schedule. Despite dropping the buy in for the tournament down to $ 5000, player numbers plummeted for the 2017 version of the tournament (in 2016, 928 players turned out for the PCA Championship Event; in 2017, only 738 runners came to the line). For 2018, the PCA is going “back to the future” in reinstating the $ 10,000 buy in for the Championship Event. By getting back to the $ 10K entry fee, the PokerStars Championship staff is looking to rebuild the prestige of the event.

Second, the 2017 PokerStars Championships Bahamas was widely panned because of the number of events that were run. More than 90 official events were a part of the schedule, something that the players thought was a money grab by the PokerStars Championships staff and the owner of the tour, Amaya Gaming (now The Stars Group). For 2018, that number has been pared down tremendously.

Kicking off the festivities on January 6, the $ 100,000 Super High Roller event will be the first to hit the felt. By January 14, 31 tournaments will have taken place for the 2018 roster of events, cutting the schedule from 2017 by two-thirds in an emphasis of “quality over quantity.” The shortened schedule will not only be easier on the players’ wallets, but it will also allow for other action outside of the PCA schedule itself.

If a player isn’t up for the tournaments on the official schedule, PokerStars Championships officials will be operating a host of sit-and-go events with buy ins starting at $ 120. There will also be cash games running 24/7, with stakes starting out at $ 1/$ 2 and going up to $ 200/$ 400. Pretty much any discipline of poker – be it No Limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hold’em, Seven Card Stud or even Chinese poker. The Texas and Omaha Hold’em tables will also have a High Hand bonus paid out hourly.

Finally, there is the locale of the tournament. The Atlantis Paradise Island Resort has been the home of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure since its inception and 2018 will be no different. The amenities of the hotel – plus the player adventures that PokerStars is looking to set up, including exclusive player parties – are world renown and should give those that are looking to soothe a beating at the tables with some of the sun of the Caribbean – hey, who doesn’t like being in the sun when winter has its icy grip on half the planet?

Players outside of the States of America can participate in online qualifiers at PokerStars, where packages worth $ 14,855 will be earned. Those packages include the $ 10K seat to the tournament, hotel accommodations, $ 1000 cash (presumably for travel expenses) and more benefits. Last month, PokerStars NJ offered to players in the state of New Jersey a satellite for the PCA, but it isn’t known if there will be any more run on the regulated site of PokerStars in the U. S.

For more information on the official schedule for the 2018 PCA, be sure to visit PokerStars for all the details. With some of the revisions done by PokerStars Championships officials, the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure may return the event to its once lofty perch as one of the preeminent tournaments of the year.

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PokerStars Returns to its Roots; 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Schedule Set

 PokerStars Returns to its Roots; 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Schedule Set

Perhaps recognizing the error in their previous actions, The Stars Group has announced that their January tournament in the Bahamas will be returning in 2018, including a return to the name it was previously known as.

The 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will return to action at its traditional home at Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, the Bahamas, from January 6-14. Along with returning the original name of the event, PokerStars is also stepping out on a limb a bit in returning the buy in to its original amount. After spending several years as a $ 5000 buy in event, the 2018 PCA Main Event will be a $ 10,000 tournament, ensuring the tournament’s place in the pantheon of “must play” international poker tournaments.

The return to the PCA moniker was obviously on the minds of Stars Group officials. “We’re reviewing our live events and incorporating player feedback to ensure we’re delivering the highest quality experience and exceeding player expectations whenever possible,” Eric Hollreiser, PokerStars Director of Corporate Communications, stated during the announcement.

“This feedback included suggestions that we restore the PCA name and improve the quality of that event to reflect the great heritage and unique experience that made PCA one of the most-anticipated poker events of the year,” Hollreiser continued. “We’re restoring the name and reinvigorating the event to ensure it remains a premiere poker festival. We will also increase the promotions around PCA in order to bring even more people and make qualifying for packages as exciting as we can. We are committed to sending at least 400 players to this must-play event.”

There was plenty of outrage that came along with the 2017 tournament. Roughly along the same period as 2018’s play, the 2017 “PokerStars Championship Bahamas” featured over 90 events crammed into the timeframe. It seems that was too much, even for poker players who are always looking for action. Because of some of that criticism, PokerStars has streamlined the tournaments to a more sensible 30 events that will feature longer levels (40 minutes or more) and more play for the participants.

PokerStars is also looking out for the pocketbooks and wallets of PCA participants. Tournament fees have been reduced for the High Roller tournaments and any tournament with less than 19-minute levels will be reduced by 50%. These moves will allow the players to keep upwards of $ 300,000 in their bankrolls.

Finally, another complaint from the players regarding the 2017 tournament series was the treatment of those players. Many felt that they weren’t appreciated by PokerStars, especially after the decade-plus treatment by past ownership, with the parties and “SWAG” bags presented to the players. In response to this, PokerStars has set a large schedule of non-poker related activities and some “Q&A” sessions with Team PokerStars Pro members. Player parties are a key element of this change, including the aforementioned “SWAG” bags that will be valued at $ 200 each.

What isn’t being indicated by PokerStars nor The Stars Group is what will be the future of the “PokerStars Championship” or “PokerStars Festivals.” These events have been less than popular with players, including disappointing turnouts in Panama, Macau and Sochi. There isn’t any schedule beyond the final 2017 date in Prague, Czech Republic for the PokerStars Championship and there isn’t any indication whether the PCA will still be considered a part of the PokerStars Championship or whether the PokerStars Championship will continue to exist.

While a firm schedule hasn’t been set yet, satellites will begin running for the 2018 PCA in September. With the changes made, perhaps the 2018 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will return to its previous success.

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Mike Watson Outlasts Anthony Gregg to Capture PokerStars Caribbean Adventure EPT Championship

 Mike Watson Outlasts Anthony Gregg to Capture PokerStars Caribbean Adventure EPT Championship

They came into the final table as the top two players, so it was only natural that they would be the ones who would decide the championship. After all was said and done, Mike ‘SirWatts’ Watson emerged as champion of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure European Poker Tour Main Event over Anthony Gregg, who was denied the championship in his third ever trip to the PCA EPT Main Event final table.

The duo had paced the play through Day 5, ending up 1-2 with Watson’s 6.585 million chip stack taking the top of the leaderboard over Gregg’s 5.68 million at the close of business on Wednesday night. Someone else who had been fighting with Watson through the course of Wednesday’s play was Vladimir Troyanovskiy, who lurked in the middle of the pack with his 5.025 million in chips, while Toby Lewis looked to add a second EPT title to his resume with his 4.665 million chip stack. Phillip McAllister (3.04 million) and Randy Kritzer (2.575 million) had nice stacks but had to get active or get left behind.

It was the shorties who got busy early as McAllister and Kritzer started the day off by throwing their chips about. For McAllister, it worked as he took an early pot off of Gregg to get a bit healthier, but not so much for Kritzer as he lost two consecutive hands to McAllister and Gregg. On Hand 8, the twosome quit playing around the table and dealt with each other in the blinds, with Kritzer raising out of the small and McAllister defending the big. What seemed to be an innocent 9 6 Q flop brought out the fireworks, however.

After a check from McAllister, Kritzer fired off 325K and McAllister pushed his roughly three million stack to the center, which Kritzer called. His Q♠ 10♣ (top pair) was ahead of McAllister’s 8♠ 7 (open ended straight draw), but things would get worse for Kritzer. A 4 came on the turn to open up a flush draw for McAllister, which came home on the 8 that landed on the river. After the chips were counted, Kritzer was determined to be the one at risk and he was eliminated in sixth place.

Now flush with newfound chips, McAllister got a bit frisky. Raising the button with an off suit J-8, McAllister found a welcome opponent in Watson, who called with a J-5. The flop nailed McAllister square, J-8-4, and Watson check-called a bet from McAllister. This action would repeat itself on a 7♣ and, for Watson, a 5 river and, once Watson saw he was behind the entire way, was dismayed to see that he had put in more than 1.5 million in chips voluntarily. Those chips allowed McAllister to take over the lead ten hands into the final table.

McAllister dominated the play over the next 80 hands, sitting as the only player over 10 million in chips, before the next elimination took place. After a tough beat when his A-J was eclipsed by Watson’s pocket Queens on a J-4-8-10-6 board, Troyanovskiy attempted to revive his stack against Gregg. On an A♣ 8 4 flop Troyanovskiy, holding a 7 3, looked to pull a flush out of the magician’s hat against Gregg’s A-Q. With nine outs twice, Troyanovskiy instead saw a ten and a nine – neither of them hearts – come on the turn and river to end his stay in the Bahamas in fifth place in the tournament.

Over the next 20 hands, the four men gradually drew closer to each other, McAllister coming back to the field and Gregg creeping up the leaderboard. Just before a level up, however, Gregg would get a key double in a race situation against Lewis, his pocket nines outlasting Lewis’ Big Slick, to take over the chip lead. That lead was fleeting, however, as Watson eked out a few chips from Gregg and McAllister before the break to take back the lead from Gregg.

Once Level 33 commenced, Lewis would expire. Four hands into the new level, McAllister limped in from the button and Lewis, in the small blind, read it for weakness and moved all in. He forgot about Watson in the big blind, however, who checked his cards and reshoved for his stack. McAllister slinked off to the corner and, when the hands were turned up, Lewis was in a bit of trouble.

Watson was ahead with his off suit A-J against Lewis’ K-9 (for the record, McAllister folded a 9-6), but there was drama afoot. The 10-6-3 flop was innocent enough, but the King on the turn put Lewis out in front. Looking for an Ace or a Queen to best Lewis, Watson caught lightning in a bottle when a Queen hit the river to deliver an unlikely Broadway straight and send Lewis out of the tournament in fourth place.

Watson slowly put his foot on the pedal at this point, drawing out to nearly a 2:1 lead over Gregg and almost 4:1 over McAllister within 25 hands of knocking off Lewis. Once he eliminated McAllister in third place, his 8♣ 7♣ finding a flush against McAllister’s pocket Jacks after McAllister trapped Watson pre-flop with a limp and a Watson all-in push, he kept his lead at 2:1 over Gregg, but the heads up battle would prove to be arguably the most intriguing part of the overall final table.

First, the duo struck a deal that saw Watson take home $ 695,325 and Gregg sew up $ 612,175, putting $ 33K aside along with the trophy to play for. They then set into a 72-hand matchup that, while Watson stayed in the lead, saw Gregg fight valiantly at several points. While he couldn’t work his way into the lead at any point, Gregg never just tossed in the towel and instead provided excellent competition all the way to the end.

On the final hand, Gregg would limp in and, after Watson checked and the 8 6 2 monochrome flop hit the table, Watson checked again. Once Gregg put a bet in, Watson sprang into action with a check raise. Reviewing the action, Gregg rechecked his cards and, after the moment of consideration, moved all in. Now it was Watson’s turn to think it over and, after he made the call, both men reluctantly turned up their cards. Gregg’s off suit A-8 was in the lead, but Watson’s 7 4♠ had a wealth of redraw options (a heart for the flush, a five for the straight). More outs came for Watson when the 7♠ entered the fray on the turn and, unfortunately for Gregg, there were just too many outs in the mix; the river brought the 5 to bring Watson the heart flush and the victory.

1. Mike Watson, $ 728,325*
2. Anthony Gregg, $ 612,175*
3. Phillip McAllister, $ 356,020
4. Toby Lewis, $ 267,340
5. Vladimir Troyanovskiy, $ 207,940
6. Randy Kritzer, $ 153,920
7. Ken Demlakian, $ 110,220^
8. Timothy Ulmer, $ 78,540^

(* – reflects final table deal)
(^ – official EPT final table finisher, eliminated Wednesday night)

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Third Time’s A Charm as Bryn Kenney Wins 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller

 Third Time’s A Charm as Bryn Kenney Wins 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller

After making the final table of this same event twice previously (in 2011 and last year), Bryn Kenney finally found “third time lucky” as he maintained his lead he brought in to the final table to the end of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure’s $ 100,000 Super High Roller event.

Kenney had a minimal lead, his 3.82 million stack over Ankush Mandavia’s 3.36 million in play, but many eyes were on the player who held the third place slot. Defending World Champion Joe McKeehen continued to show the same skills that had brought him World Series of Poker gold in bagging up 2.805 million in chips, while David Peters attempted to keep pace with him with his 2.085 million. Isaac Haxton, fresh off of his split with Team PokerStars Pro Online (1.395 million) and Mustapha Kanit (1.03 million) both were looking to get something going as the cards hit the air.

For the first 50 hands or so, the players were content to shift the chips around the table. This also would lead to a change atop the leaderboard as Mandavia took over following a clash with Peters. The first knockout would come rather quickly and, once it occurred, opened the floodgates for the tournament to come to a close.

After running his pocket sevens into Kanit’s A-5 – and seeing the Italian pro hit an Ace on the flop – Haxton was the first to go. Left short-stacked after that clash with Kanit, his 10-9 was no match for McKeehen’s Big Slick to eliminate Haxton in sixth place for $ 360,060. That may sound like a nice payday, but Haxton was in for at least two buy-ins (of $ 100,000 each, remind you) that reduced his overall ROI to only about $ 160K or so. If he only had pieces of himself, then his actual overall profit probably didn’t crack six figures.

Kanit seemed to continue to find the right moments to get his chips to the center. Against Mandavia, Kanit’s A-9 was able to walk through Mandavia’s A-6 for another double up and, about 20 hands later, Kanit would pull off the trick for the third time against Peters. Pushing pre-flop with a 10-9 in an effort to get Peters off his hand, Kanit would instead see Peters call with Big Slick. The board gave Kanit an unbeatable straight on the turn and another key addition of chips while Peters would depart at the hands of Kenney in fifth place soon afterwards.

Kanit’s fortunes had to run out at some point, however, and they would in fourth place. He actually had a hand when the chips hit the center this time, pocket sevens, and they looked pretty racy against Mandavia’s A-J. By the time the five cards constituting the board were displayed, though, Mandavia sat on a straight to send Kanit out of the tournament and Mandavia into the lead.

Now down to three players, the trio decided to shuffle around chips for a bit before deciding a champion. After Kenney cut some chips off him, Mandavia would try to garner some revenge on Kenney but came out on the losing end. His K-4 didn’t have enough power to eclipse Kenney’s K-9 with both players in the blinds and, after trying to make a steal, Mandavia instead found himself without chips and out in third place.

Kenney was a slight leader (7.945 million) over McKeehen (6.55 million) at the start of heads up play and the duo would entertain the rail with the heads up action. Kenney jumped up to 10 million quickly but the World Champion fought back to take a lead of his own. In fact, McKeehen actually had Kenney knocked down to only 10 big blinds at one point before Kenney started a rally that would lead him to the championship.

On the final hand of the tournament, McKeehen raised his button and Kenney moved all in. McKeehen was just as quick with his call as Kenney had been with his all-in move and with good reason:  his pocket fives were in good shape against the K-7 that Kenney put on display. The flop couldn’t have come any worse for McKeehen, with a Boeing (7-4-7) landing the flop. Now looking for one of two fives to save him, McKeehen could only see a trey and a Jack come on the turn and river, ensuring the victory and the million-dollar payday for Bryn Kenney.

1. Bryn Kenney, $ 1,687,800
2. Joe McKeehen, $ 1,220,480
3. Ankush Mandavia, $ 787,640
4. Mustapha Kanit, $ 596,360
5. David Peters, $ 461,340
6. Isaac Haxton, $ 360,060
7. Daniel Dvoress, $ 286,920*
8. Kathy Lehne, $ 225,040*

(* – eliminated Thursday, official final table finish)

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$100,000 Super High Roller Event Kicks Off Start of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

 $100,000 Super High Roller Event Kicks Off Start of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

If it is the first week of the calendar year, it means that the crème of the tournament poker world has flocked to the sunny climes of Paradise Island in the Bahamas for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. This year’s event, the thirteenth running of the tournament, will have something for everyone as 104 different tournaments will be conducted over the next week (when people will sleep is another story). While it concludes on January 14 with its European Poker Tour $ 5000 Main Event final table, the festivities got off to a start with one of the biggest tournaments in the world, the $ 100,000 PCA Super High Roller.

Looking to get off to a good start for the tournament poker year, 43 of the deepest pocketed poker players on the planet came out to do battle, each putting up $ 100,000 in the rebuy tournament to end all rebuy tournaments. In fact, six re-entries were registered over the course of the first eight rounds of the tournament (bringing the total entry numbers to 49) with the numbers expected to go higher as late registrations and rebuys will be accepted until the start of play on Thursday. For those that came out on Wednesday, it was a mixed bag of fortunes.

Bill Perkins was on one end of the spectrum with the Super High Roller as one of the most active players in the tournament. He wouldn’t be rewarded for that aggression, however, as he left early after losing most of his chips holding A-6 on a 2-A-8-10-5 board to Justin Bonomo’s A-J. Perkins pulled another $ 100K stack from his hip pocket and sat back in, but he would burn through that one rapidly as well. On his third bullet, Perkins would make it making it almost to the end of the night’s action, his Q-J falling victim to defending champion Steve O’Dwyer’s Q-10 when O’Dwyer paired his kicker on an 8-Q-4-K-10 board. Even $ 300K in the hole (meaning he’d probably have to finish in the top three to make a profit), Perkins stated to the table he’d be back on Thursday for another shot.

Making the most of her efforts (and her $ 100,000) on the felt was Kathy Lehne, who steadily worked her stack upwards throughout the day. Locked into a particularly tough fight with Isaac Haxton on a 10-10-9-J flop and turn, Haxton would check the action to Lehne, who fired off a 75K bet. Haxton responded with an all-in move, but an undaunted Lehne immediately made the call, tabling her 10-9 and revealing her excellent trap with her flopped full house. Haxton, with a chance of a straight flush on the river to come from behind, instead saw a four on the river to eliminate him on Wednesday. Lehne, the Chief Executive Officer of Sun Coast Resources who has two World Poker Tour Alpha8 final tables to her resume, would use that hand to rocket to the top of the leaderboard and remain there for most of the day.

On the final hand of the night, both Mustapha Kanit and Bonomo gave up their short stacks to Ankush Mandavia – Mandavia’s pocket Jacks standing over Bonomo’s A-10 and Kanit’s 3-2 – on a nine-high board, meaning they will probably be back on Thursday to take a final shot at the tournament. Meanwhile, Talal Shakerchi stayed under the radar for the most part in finishing the night as the chip leader after Day One of the Super High Roller:

Talal Shakerchi, 805,000 Nick Petrangelo, 800,000 Kathy Lehne, 783,000 David Peters, 772,000 Joe McKeehen, 732,000 Christoph Vogelsang, 708,000 Ankush Mandavia, 610,000 Bryn Kenney, 573,000 Vanessa Selbst, 531,000 Dan Shak, 498,000

All totaled, there are 32 players remaining in the $ 100,000 Super High Roller, but that number will probably rise on Thursday prior to the start of action due to late registration. The plan on Thursday is to play down to the final table (which could be an audacious task, considering the number of players still in the hunt), with the champion crowned on Friday. That person will join the likes of Eugene Katchalov, Viktor Blom, Scott Seiver, Fabian Quoss and O’Dwyer on the rolls of the Super High Roller champions.

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