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    Friday, January 6th, 2012 by Ryan

The 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) features one of the largest buy-in tournaments in all of the world, with their $100k entry event, which kicked off to start the run of PCA events. Last year, this event drew in a total of 38 players, and this year came pretty close to that total, as they drew in a total of 34 players, making quite the nice prize pool for everyone involved. This tournament is not only great for the players, as it gives tournament players the chance to play in their favorite type of tournament, the largest ones of course; but it is also great for the fans, as this drew in many big named players.

A few of the players that you may know are the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, Erik Seidel, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, online super star Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, Eugene Katchalov, Jonathan Duhamel, and many other players. While the event drew in big names, and a massive prize pool, only five of the total 34 players will make it into the cash, meaning that we should have quite a final table in a few days. Unfortunately, not everyone who makes the final table run will make the cash of course, so the strong play for these players must last deep into the event. As far as the payouts for the tournament go, the 5th place finisher will take home a pay day of $250k, which is a nice $150k on top of their entry fee. From there, 4th place will receive just over $313k, 3rd place will receive more than $470k, 2nd place will receive $846k, and first place will take home a nice seven figure payday of over $1.25 million.

When Day 1 came to an end, there are two very well-known players in the top three, and one player who simply played incredibly well. First place is held by Ike Haxton who has 1.24 million chips, second place is the online pro Viktor Blom with 875k, and third place is Erik Seidel with 753k chips. Blom is the most interesting name to most, as he hasn’t had many live tournament cashes in his career, but he’s been incredibly strong in the online poker cash game world. Blom hit a hot streak at the end of the day after eliminating two players within a few minutes of each other.

Duhamel is another player who did very well on Day 1, pulling in 729k in chips. Duhamel rebounded well after his name has been popping up in the poker news in recent weeks for the home invasion that was attempted on his house. He also had his 2010 World Series of Poker gold bracelet stolen, along with a $5k Rolex watch and over $100k in cash. The people involved have been caught and arrested, so Duhamel can continue his focus on poker in 2012, and potentially be in for a big year when all is said and done.

This one should be one of the most interesting tournaments of the entire PCA, and is definitely one to keep your eye on as we finish out the next few days.

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