The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) this year was fun. So much fun that I can’t tell you about too much without getting in trouble. To paint it in a clearer light, the PCA is like summer camp for poker players with sun, water-slides, clubs and a plethora of poker tournaments all wrapped up in a sprawling decadent resort on the aptly named Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
The weather was impeccable for the entire week and thus all downtime was spent outside playing ballgames, swimming with sea-creatures and gorging on conch salad. As such I only played a few tournaments, most notably having a bitter-sweet cash in the main event finishing somewhere in the region of 130th on day 3, but 129 places short of the tantalising $2,000,000 first place. The High Roller was a comedy of run-bad that I won’t bore you with, but at least my swift exit ensured maximum time on the lazy river.
The party-fever reached its pinnacle at the inaugural PokerStars Party on the final night. It included a laser show and was hosted by Daniel Negreanu, who caused mayhem for our group of friends after Vanessa Selbst suggested we play the drinking game of “finish your drink every time Daniel gets asked for a photo”. Needless to say, things got messy very quickly!