668 Players Turn Out For Day 1A of PCA Main EventPublished on 2010-01-06 02:42:00
Will the turnout for this year's PCA (Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure) main event top last year's incredibly large 1,347 player field?
So far, so good, as 668 players turned out for Day 1A of the 2010 PCA main event.
This tops last year's Day 1A field size of 660 players, and might mean that the main event will end up with over 1,350 participants when the Day 1B numbers have been tabulated.
The PCA has experienced some tremendous growth since its first year in 2004.
The Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure originally took place at sea aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' Voyager of the Seas.
In 2004, 221 players took part in the main event.
The event, which featured players such as Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Howard Lederer, was part of the WPT (World Poker Tour) back in 2004. The buy-in was $7,500, and the total prize pool was about $1.6 million dollars.
The final table was a star-studded affair, featuring the likes of Gus Hansen (the eventual winner), Daniel Negreanu (3rd) and Hoyt Corkins (2nd).
Fast forward six years, and the PCA (now part of the European Poker Tour) has turned into one of poker's premier events.
The entire series has a total of 47 events, including a $25,000+$500 High Roller tournament.
A number of well-known names managed to finish Day 1A of the 2010 PCA main event with extremely respectable chip stacks.
Here are the top five stacks after Day 1A:
Wayne Bentley - 330k
Amnon Filippi - 220k
Kevin Saul - 176k
Eric Froehlich - 166k
Dustin Dorrance-Bowman - 164k
Daniel Negreanu (124k), Barry Shulman (113k) and Dennis Phillips (113k) also managed to finish Day 1A near the top of the heap.
432 of the original 668 Day 1A players managed to survive the day. Day 1B gets underway on Wednesday afternoon.
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