Goodbye PCA, Hello PokerStars Championship Bahamas
With the turn of the calendar from December to January each year comes an annual ritual for poker players of bankrolls both large and small:
A trip to the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
Or it used to be. Thousands of poker players are still jetting their way to the Bahamas this week for 10 days of poker overload, but it's a whole new banner they'll be playing under:
The PokerStars Championship Bahamas.
Just Like the PCA, But Not the PCB
For those not up to speed on the latest behind-the-scenes machinations of the world's largest poker site, PokerStars announced last year it was revamping its entire live tournament series branding for 2017 and beyond.
Gone would be the iconic European Poker Tour and all of PokerStars' smaller regional tours like the APPT, UKIPT and LAPT and in their stead would be two new umbrellas:
The PokerStars Championships, which would be the high buy-in series of events and includes Main Events, High Rollers and some $1,000+ buy-in events, and PokerStars Festivals, which would be smaller buy-in series run in different locales.
So far 7 series have been announced for 2017 with 5 PokerStars Championships planned and 2 Festivals. Kicking the new brand off in just a few days is the new PokerStars Championships Bahamas, previously known to poker fans as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and shoehorned into a spot on the EPT.
Spanning Jan 6-14 it will be a very similar affair to PCAs past with a $100,000 Super High Roller kicking the action off, a $25k High Roller in the mix and a $5,000 Main Event wrapping things up.
Also on the calendar will be a $2,200 PokerStars National Championship, a $440 PokerStars Cup and the $220 PokerStars Open. Live streaming of each day beginning with the $100k Super High Roller on Friday is also on tap.
Macau, London, Panama Also on Itinerary
While many of the locations will be familiar to players who frequented the bigger PokerStars tours, a couple are a bit newer for those who didn't play the more regional events.
Macau, Panama and Rozvadov, Czech Republic are all seeing their "debuts" on the big stage, so to speak, although City of Dreams in Macau and Solaris Resort in Panama have hosted smaller events before.
Rozvadov is an entirely new venue for PokerStars and will host its first low buy-in Festival in early March. Here is the lineup for all the PokerStars Live Events announced for 2017 to date:
PokerStars Festival London - Jan 22-29, Hippodrome Casino
PokerStars Festival Rozvadov - Mar. 2-13, King's Casino
PokerStars Championship Bahamas - Jan. 6-14, Atlantis Resort
PokerStars Championship Panama - Mar. 10-20, Solaris Resort & Casino
PokerStars Championship Macau - Mar. 30 - Apr. 9, City of Dreams
PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo - Apr. 25 - May 5, Monte Carlo Bay Casino
PokerStars Championship Barcelona - Aug. 15-27, Casino Barcelona
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