PokerStars Caribbean Adventure begins busy month of January

Now that the holiday season lull is in the rear-view mirror, the major poker tours are filling the calendar again with a ton of big events on the docket in January. Starting things off is the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas.

The PCA got underway on January 6, with the first of 31 events, a $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Super High Roller. The big-money buy-in ended up with 48 entries, amassing a prize pool of $4.7 million. The eventual winner will pocket $1.4 million. The final table of seven was a star-studded affair, including Daniel Negreanu, Bryn Kenney, Ivan Luca and Isaac Haxton.

Other tournament highlights at the PCA include a $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller, a $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em tournament, and of course the main event that has a $10,000 buy-in. The main event begins on January 9 and is scheduled to run for six days. At last year’s PCA, Christian Harder outlasted the rest of the 738-player field in the main event to cash $429,664.

WPT and WSOP Circuit return to the felt

The WPT and WSOP Circuit also return from the holiday break this week. The WPT sets up shop at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida for the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open from January 10-24. The mini-events begin this week and include numerous varieties of poker, including No-Limit Hold’em, Pot-Limit Omaha, H.O.R.S.E. and Omaha 8 or Better. The main event, with a $3,500 buy-in and $2-million guaranteed prize pool, doesn’t begin until January 19.

The WPT is also dealing the cards in Europe this week, with the WPT European Championship Berlin getting underway at the Casino Spielbank. The main event begins on Wednesday with a buy-in of €3,330, or roughly $4,000 US.

The WSOP Circuit has two events going this week. First is the WSOP Circuit stop at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. The tournaments actually began last week, leading up to the $1,675 main event, scheduled to begin on Saturday.

The WSOP Circuit is also in action this week at the Thunder Valley Casino & Resort in Sacramento, California. The first events begin on Thursday, leading up to the $1,675 main event scheduled to start on January 19.