2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas

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2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas

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The Inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas Starts Today!

Atlantis Resort, home of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas
Atlantis Resort, home of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas

The PokerStars European Poker Tour has been retired with the end of EPT Prague, but while the ink dries on that part of poker history, another book begins. PokerStars Championship Bahamas, the first event of PokerStars' new global live Championship tour, gets underway Jan. 6 at the familiar digs of Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas.

The event, formerly known as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, has a rich history as one of poker's true major events, dating to 2004 and crowning winners such as Gus Hansen, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier and Galen Hall. This year's defending champ will be none other than online and live legend Mike "SirWatts" Watson.

Last year, the PCA switched from a $10,300-buy-in to $5,000 for the first time in the Main Event, lining it up with other events on the EPT. That will carry over to the first PokerStars Championship event. Other highlights of the schedule include a load of fan-favorite high roller events. The $100,000 Super High Roller makes a return, as does the $25,000 High Roller, which is typically one of the biggest $25Ks of the year — last year it drew 225 entries when Nick Maimone won for just shy of $1 million.

As always, PokerNews will be providing live coverage for a number of big events. Here's a look at some of the key events on the schedule:

$100,000 Super High RollerUnlimitedJan. 6-8
$2,200 National ChampionshipUnlimitedJan. 7-9
$5,000 Main EventNoneJan. 8-14
$50,000 High RollerOneJan. 9-10
$25,750 Pot-Limit OmahaOneJan. 10-11
$25,750 High RollerOneJan. 12-14

In addition to those, there are dozens of other events with entry fees fitting any level of poker player. Check out the full day-by-day schedule here.

Cash games will also be spread every day in a dedicated section of the massive event room at Atlantis. They start as low as $1/$2 blinds for no-limit and pot-limit games and there will likely be some big action at higher limits as well.

Other notable attractions for players will include virtual reality stations, breakfast Q&A sessions with PokerStars Team Pros, a three-on-three basketball tournament and watching parties for the NFL playoff games. Of course, with an exotic location like the Bahamas hosting the event, there will also be plenty of other activities available, including beaches galore to lounge on and local culture to experience via a short walk or drive from Paradise Island to Nassau.

Head over to the PokerStars Live website for all the information about the PokerStars Championship Bahamas.

Looking Back at the Biggest PokerStars Winners in the Bahamas

Atlantis Resort, home of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas
Atlantis Resort, home of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas

The inaugural PokerStars Championship Bahamas takes place Jan. 6-14 on Atlantis Paradise Island. While the PokerStars Championship Bahamas is new, its predecessor, the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure or simply the PCA, has been around for some time.

YearEntrantsPrize PoolChampionPrize
2004221$1,657,500Gus Hansen$455,780
2005461$3,487,200John Gale$890,600
2006724$5,647,200Steve Paul-Ambrose$1,388,600
2007937$7,063,842Ryan Daut$1,535,255
20081,136$8,562,976Bertrand Grospellier$2,000,000
20091,347$12,674,000Poorya Nazari$3,000,000
20101,529$14,831,300Harrison Gimbel$2,200,000
20111,560$15,132,000Galen Hall$2,300,000
20121,072$10,398,400John Dibella$1,775,000
2013987$9,573,900Dimitar Danchev$1,859,000
20141,031$10,070,000Dominik Panka$1,423,096
2015816$7,915,200Kevin Schulz$1,491,580
2016928$4,500,800Mike Watson$728,325*

Back in 2004, the PCA was a World Poker Tour event which took place aboard the Royal Caribbean Voyager of the Seas cruise ship. Gus “The Great Dane” Hansen won the first PCA Main Event ever, topping a field of 221 entrants in the $7,500 Main Event to get his hands on $455,780.

Since 2005, the PCA took place at the Atlantis Paradise Island and it was John Gale who was triumphant on the island first, beating 460 other players in the $8,000 Main Event to win $890,600, which is still his largest live tournament score to date.

The first PCA Main Event to award a six-figure prize came 12 months later when Steve Paul-Ambrose outlasted 723 opponents to scoop $1,388,600 before Ryan Daut won a famous heads-up battle with Isaac Haxton in 2007 to win $1,535,255.

Daut’s victory was the final PCA flying under the World Poker Tour banner because, from 2008 on, the PCA became part of the European Poker Tour. Quite fittingly, the first EPT edition of the PCA was won by a European, Team PokerStars Pro Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, who became the first player to secure a payout of at least $2 million from the PCA Main Event.

The largest first place prize was awarded in 2009 when a massive field of 1,347 players were outlasted by Poorya Nazari. Until his win, Nazari had only won $94,832 from live tournaments but his PCA victory added a colossal $3 million to his lifetime winnings. Nazari’s haul is officially the largest PCA Main Event score in the festival’s history, but rumors suggest that it was third-place finisher Benjamin Spindler (official payout $1,100,000) who was the biggest winner after a three-way deal was made.

Harrison Gimbel took down the 2010 PCA Main Event and returned home with $2,200,000 more than he arrived in the Bahamas with, before Galen Hall triumphed in 2011, which was the PCA with the most entrants on record at 1,560. Hall turned his $10,300 into a most welcome $2,300,000.

John Dibella was crowned the 2012 champion. Dibella won $1,775,000 and went on to play more poker in 2013 and 2014, winning approximately $370,000 before trailing off slightly since.

Bulgarian pro Dimitar Danchev enjoyed the biggest cash of his career when he topped a field of 987 in the 2013 PCA Main Event and collected $1,775,000. Since his huge win, Danchev has become a familiar face in the biggest tournaments around the world.

In 2014, a relatively unknown Polish player by the name of Dominik Panka entered the $10,300 PCA Main Event along with 1,030 other players. Several days later, Panka played some breathtaking poker and was the last man standing in the tournament, meaning he was rewarded with $1,423,096. Panka went on to win the €10,300 High Roller at EPT Deauville later that month, almost reach the final table of the EPT Barcelona Main Event later in 2014 and win almost €350,000 by finishing third in the EPT Malta Main Event in 2015.

The penultimate PCA Main Event, and the last Main Event to feature a $10,300 buy-in, was taken down by American Kevin Schulz. Schulz came out on top of a field of 816 players and padded his bankroll with $1,491,580.

Finally, Canadian superstar Mike Watson got his hands on an EPT title when he navigated his way through a talented final table at the 2016 PCA Main Event. He defeated Anthony Gregg heads up to become the last PCA Main Event champion, an accolade that came with a $728,325 prize.

2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas

The PokerNews Live Reporting team is heading to the Bahamas to bring you our trademark superb coverage of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. Our team will be reporting on the $5,300 Main Event and several side events.

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