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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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Sam Greenwood Enjoys Trip to the Caribbean, Wins partypoker MILLIONS Caribbean Poker Party Main Event

 Sam Greenwood Enjoys Trip to the Caribbean, Wins partypoker MILLIONS Caribbean Poker Party Main Event

Normally when people take a trip to the Caribbean, they are going for the change in weather. Canadian poker pro and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Sam Greenwood’s trip to the 2017 Caribbean Poker Party presented by partypoker might have started out as a pleasure trip, but Greenwood quickly made it a profitable business trip in cashing in two big tournaments and winning a third, the $ 5000 MILLIONS Main Event.

Last week, Greenwood was taking part in the first event of the tournament, the $ 10,000 High Rollers event with a $ 1 million guaranteed prize pool. Out of the 103-player field, Greenwood would make the final table with Jonathan Little, Kenny Hallaert, Pascal LeFrancois and Steffen Sontheimer, just to name a few of the competitors. Greenwood worked his way to the final three before departing in third place for a payday of $ 124,100.

That wasn’t enough for Greenwood. A couple of days later, Greenwood was back in the saddle for the $ 25,000 Super High Roller event on the MILLIONS schedule. The 43-entry field was perhaps a bit deficient in numbers, but it wasn’t deficient in the quality of players. This time around, Greenwood would outlast fellow final table finishers Sam Trickett, Adrian Mateos, Rafael Moraes and Sontheimer to reach heads up against Christopher ‘Big Huni’ Hunichen. After an extensive heads up battle, Greenwood would succumb to Hunichen’s aggression and finish in second for a $ 242,750 payday.

Greenwood must have figured that the “third time was the charm” because he dived into the $ 5000 MILLIONS Main Event and its $ 5 million guaranteed prize pool. 12 players came back on Saturday looking to take the $ 1 million prize for winning the tournament. Differing from his previous forays into the High Roller tournaments, Greenwood (193.9 million) was the massive chip leader as the penultimate day of the tournament began. Way back in the rearview mirror were such players as Jonas Gjelstad (117.7 million), Jason Koon (93.8 million), Felipe Ramos (77.8 million) and Preben Stokkan (99 million), who won the $ 10K High Roller that Greenwood was a part of.

Gjelstad rocketed out of the gate, knocking off two players to crack the 200 million mark (249.5 million, to be exact) as the remaining nine men came together for the final table. Gjelstad would prove to be as adept at giving up the chips as taking them as Stokkan took two pots from his fellow countryman to take over the lead himself. By the time the first break of the day came, there were still nine players left but they were getting ready to mix it up.

That ability to “mix it up” almost cost Greenwood the tournament. Although he would get back into the mix by flopping a straight against Damian Lomza, he would double up the dangerous Andrey Shatilov into the lead and drop to only 28 million chips. Playing a K-9 off suit off the button and seeing Shatilov defend his big blind with a Q-J, Greenwood fired on every street of a Q-5-2-8-7 board, with Shatilov calling every street to take the humongous pot.

That was the last misstep that Greenwood would make. He doubled through Jiri Horak and Stokkan to get back to 143 million chips, then cracked the 200 million mark again against Shatilov. Shatilov, however, was giving everyone action as he eliminated Udo Erlei in seventh and busted Horak in fourth to maintain his stack.

Greenwood would continue to chase Shatilov, bringing the action to two players after knocking off Gjelstad in third. After coming back from a dinner break, Shatilov’s 598 million stack dwarfed that of Greenwood (449 million), but the Canadian went right to work. On the first hand of heads up, Greenwood sniffed out a Shatilov bluff to take the hand and the lead from the Russian and he wouldn’t look back. Although it would take slightly more than an hour, Greenwood would eventually emerge as the champion when his pocket Kings held up over Shatilov’s 9♣ 8♣ after the flop came 8-6-4-3-5.

1. Sam Greenwood, $ 1,000,000
2. Andrey Shatilov, $ 650,000
3. Jonas Gjelstad, $ 450,000
4. Jiri Horak, $ 315,850
5. Felipe Ramos, $ 220,000
6. Preben Stokkan, $ 150,000
7. Udo Erlei, $ 100,000
8. Dan Dizenzo, $ 70,000

Just for the record, Greenwood in one week finished third, second and first in three consecutive tournaments, bringing in a neat $ 1,366,850 for his efforts. It would push the annals of poker history to find someone who had a similar run of tournaments during the same festival, let alone the same week.

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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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Niall Farrell Emerges as Champion of 2016 partypoker WPT Caribbean

 Niall Farrell Emerges as Champion of 2016 partypoker WPT Caribbean

In what was a relatively quick final table, Scotland’s Niall Farrell emerged as the champion of the 2016 partypoker World Poker Tour Caribbean stop in Punta Cana on Wednesday night, defeating Troy Quenneville in heads up play.

It wasn’t your typical “final day” of action on the WPT as 11 players remained at the start of action on Wednesday. Looking to earn his second WPT title, Keven Stammen was in the lead at the crack of the gun, his 1.764 million chips lording impressively over Quenneville (1.36 million) and Anthony Augustino. Farrell (1.3 million) was in control of the second table, but just barely over Colin Moffatt (1.249 million).

The first task at hand was getting to the official WPT six-handed final table, which the combatants attacked with glee. Farrell was lucky from the start of the day, getting away with only losing a couple hundred thousand chips when Moffatt’s J-9 cracked his pocket Aces on a 9-9-6-6-9 board. That slight setback didn’t affect Farrell, however, as he quickly rebounded to oust Jorge Arias from the tournament in 11th place. Once Moffatt dumped Vishal Maini in 10th place to crack the two million chip mark, the final nine redrew for seats and the race for the championship was on.

Stammen would not be as fortunate as some of his fellow competitors during the final day of play. His chip stack slowly dwindled through the early action and, after Augustino raised his big blind, Stammen thought he could force him off with an all-in move. Augustino didn’t go away, however, calling his bet and tabling pocket Jacks for action. Stammen, battling from behind with his pocket nines, never saw a glimmer of hope on the A-4-2-8-K board and departed the tournament in eighth place as Augustino moved into the lead.

Augustino extended that lead in taking out Duff Charette on the television table “bubble” and headed to the six-handed action with a whopping 3.435 million in chips, holding a decent lead over Quenneville (2.325 million) and more than twice what the third-place competitor Moffatt (1.505 million) held. The remainder of the players were left in survival mode at the start of the official final table, with Yiannis Liperis (860K), Farrell (805K) and Stephen Woodhead (750K) looking to get back in the game.

After the warmup of working down to the final table, the players were firing bets from the start of the official final table. Farrell would get a much-needed double through Moffatt, his Q-J finding a Jack against Moffatt’s pocket tens, and he got even healthier in knocking out Woodhead in sixth place, his A-J standing tall against Woodhead’s A-10 on an eight-high board. Just as quickly as he rocketed out of the basement, however, Farrell’s rollercoaster style would send him back down after his pocket fives failed to best Moffatt’s pocket Jacks.

As Farrell entertained the viewers on the live stream of the event, Augustino was more interested in keeping his lead. Augustino tried to take down Liperis, Augustino’s K♠ Q♠ versus Liperis’ pocket sevens, but a seven on the flop ended that quest. Liperis then would challenge for the lead before giving up a sizeable chunk of chips to Quenneville, who jumped into the first slot when his pocket Jacks held up against Liperis’ A-K off suit.

With five players remaining, Quenneville’s 4.2 million chips seemed to have him set to drive even deeper into the field. The question was who from the other four players would emerge as a worthy contender. Augustino drew first blood, knocking off Liperis in fifth place when his A-9 played over Liperis’ A-3 on a J-6-4-7-4 board, and Farrell stormed from behind in doubling through Quenneville and eliminating Moffatt in fourth, his pocket sixes catching a set on the turn after Moffatt had flopped two pair with his A-7 on an A-10-7-6-J board.

Down to three-handed action, Farrell kicked his game into overdrive. He doubled through Quenneville, his Big Chick hitting against Quenneville’s Big Slick on a Q-8-6-6-A board, to rocket to nearly seven million in chips and then eliminated Augustino in third place when his Q-9 rivered a straight to top Augustino’s A-6. With those two eliminations, Farrell stacked 8.13 million chips and had a massive advantage over Quenneville (1.55 million) going to the heads up “fight.”

The reason “fight” is in quotation marks is it took all of one hand to determine the champion. Farrell, playing big stack poker, pushed all in on the button and Quenneville found a hand he was ready to fight with in making the call. Quenneville’s K♠ J♠ was a solid opponent for Farrell’s A-5 off suit and it looked good for Quenneville when a King showed in the window of the flop. Unfortunately, an Ace was also there, keeping Farrell in the lead. When the turn and river failed to bring Quenneville another King or a Jack, the hand and the championship were firmly in Farrell’s grasp.

1. Niall Farrell, $ 335,000
2. Troy Quenneville, $ 220,000
3. Anthony Augustino, $ 140,000
4. Colin Moffatt, $ 105,392
5. Yiannis Liperis, $ 80,000
6. Stephen Woodhead, $ 66,000

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2016 WPT Caribbean Down to Ten Players

 2016 WPT Caribbean Down to Ten Players

The field of the 2016 World Poker Tour (WPT) Caribbean Main Event was pared from 75 to just 10 on Tuesday as the remaining players are on the brink of the televised final table heading into Day 4. Keven Stammen is the chip leader with 1.764 million chips.

From the looks of the chip counts, it should be a very competitive final day. Behind Stammen is Day 2 chip leader Troy Quenneville with 1.360 million chips, Niall Farrell with 1.300 million, Colin Moffatt with 1.249 million, and Anthony Augustino with 1.033 million. Duff Carette has 822,000 and the rest of the field has in the 500,000 chip range or fewer.

Kevin Stammen is an extremely accomplished live poker tournament player, currently ranked 68th on the Global Poker Index. He has one WPT title to his name and it was a biggie: the 2014 WPT World Championship. This was also the largest cash of his career, worth $ 1.35 million. Stammen has two other WPT televised final tables to his credit, plus two near-misses. He has 36 World Series of Poker cashes, including one bracelet, in the 2009 $ 2,500 No-Limit Hold’em event. All told, Stammen has nearly $ 5 million in live tournament winnings.

The gap between Stammen’s chip stack and that of Quenneville was largely the result of the 14th place elimination. Stammen had raised to 45,000 pre-flop and Roberto Vahlis (whose name my brain keeps wanting to equate to a shortened version of “Valar Morghulis”) moved all-in for 310,000 chips. Stammen called with pocket Tens and Vahlis revealed pocket Threes. Nothing overly dramatic happened the rest of the way and Vahlis had to exit the tourney.

One interesting note about this tournament is how it truly demonstrates the intersection of live and online poker. This tour stop, like several others, is sponsored by partypoker. Naturally, partypoker hosted online satellites so players could qualify for WPT Caribbean. Nearly half – 17 – of the 36 in-the-money finishers qualified via partypoker and 7 of the final 10 players won entry via a partypoker satellite. That doesn’t mean all of them are amateurs, as some people might assume – Stammen, for instance, was one such qualifier – but it is still a nifty stat to see.

Today, the field of ten will play all the way until there is a champion. Aside from a break after the seventh place elimination to get the live stream cameras setup, the tournament will play straight through to a winner.

2016 World Poker Tour Caribbean Main Event – Day 3 Chip Leaders

1.    Keven Stammen – 1,764,000
2.    Troy Quenneville – 1,360,000
3.    Niall Farrell – 1,300,000
4.    Colin Moffatt – 1,249,000
5.    Anthony Augustino – 1,033,000
6.    Duff Charette – 822,000
7.    Vishal Maini – 554,000
8.    Stephen Woodhead – 550,000
9.    Andrei Boghean – 455,000
10.    Yiannis Liperis – 323,000
11.    Jorge Arias – 244,000

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