Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Winners Through History - Part 25 years ago
The 2009 PCA saw a $25,000 High Roller event added to the schedule. A record 1,347 players came out to the beautiful Atlantis to attend the biggest festival of poker aside from the WSOP. The Main Event title once again went to Canada, as a Pokerstars qualifier, Poorya Nazari, who entered the event through a $33 qualifier, bested the huge field and came out on top, winning a cool $3 million. The High Roller saw poker’s elite fight for the title and the cash, and it was last year’s Main Event winner, Bertrand “Elky” Grospellier, who took down the tournament for $433,000, making the Bahamas his favorite poker location forever.
2010 – Harrison Gimbel (United States of America)
The incredible growth of the PCA continued in 2010 as the tournament broke the 1,500-player mark. This time around the festival lasted 10 days and resembled the WSOP more than any other series ever held. The series included a ladies event, a High Roller, and a host of other tournaments in assorted variations of the game of poker. Young American Harrison Gimbel won the Main Event, taking home $2.2 million, while William Reynolds won the High Roller for just over $500,000. Vanessa Rousso took the title of the best lady of the series in the ladies event.
2011 – Galen Hall (United States of America)
The 2011 PCA resembled the 2010 edition in all aspects. The Main Event shattered the record number of players by 40 and a $100,000 Super High Roller event was added to the series, giving poker’s elite a chance to compete in a very limited field for a huge amount of money. It was the young American Galen Hall who jumpstarted his poker career at the 2011 Main Event by winning the title and $2.3 million, defeating 1,560 players. Pokerstars pro Eugene Katchalov won the Super High Roller for $1.5 million, with William Molson grabbing the $25,000 High Roller for just over a million.
2012 – John Dibella (United States of America)
The Main Event field in 2012 was cut by a third and the event saw only 1,072, to the disappointment of organizers. The festival was still grand, with millions of dollars awarded, and this time it was American John Dibella who took the Main Event title home, winning $1.7 million dollars. The Swedish phenom Viktor “Isildur1” Blom won the Super High Roller, solidifying his name in the poker world, while Jonathan Duhamel cashed for a total of $1.2 million in events across the series, completing a great feat of his own.
2013 – Dimitar Danchev (Bulgaria)
The festival saw a new low in numbers in 2013 as the field dropped under 1,000 runners for the first time in years. The number of events also dropped to 41, but the High Roller action was spectacular. Bulgarian pro Dimitar Danchev won the Main Event and $1.8 million, but it was the American couple Vanessa Selbst and Scott Seiver who were in the headlines for winning the High Roller and Super High Roller, respectively. The series also featured the first ever tournament in an up and coming game, Open Face Chinese Poker.
2014 – Dominik Panka (Poland)
Last year’s PCA was an interesting one with the number of players in the Main Event once again growing to over 1,000 and big names winning big cash. The great stories of the series were Mike McDonald’s heads-up defeat to the eventual Main Event winner, Dominik Panka, Vanessa Selbst’s double third place finishes in the High Rollers, and Fabian Quoss winning the Super High Roller. The Main Event winner took home $1.4 million, while Quoss was awarded $1.6 million for his win in the $100k Super High Roller.
The 2015 Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure is now underway and we will be reporting live from the Bahamas, with daily news, timely tournament updates, and exclusive PokerTube interviews from Rikard and Laura, so sit back and enjoy the 2015 PCA.
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