The 2023 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure attracted thousands of poker enthusiasts to the Bahamas in what has been a memorable live poker tournament series that has awarded millions of dollars in cash prizes to poker players around the world.
Early Sunday evening local time, a heads-up deal was reached between Michel Dattani and Pedro Neves of Portugal in the $10,300 buy-in PokerStars PCA Main Event. Dattani took home $1,316,963 for post-negotiation win at the luxurious Baha Mar resort complex in Nassau.
With the PCA Main Event victory, the poker rounder from Porto more than doubled his previous career live poker tournament cash prize winnings now moves into the all-time Top 5 among Portuguese poker players, according to The Hendon Mob.
Neves, who currently resides in Luxembourg, also became a “poker millionaire” on Sunday at the PCA Main Event, claiming a $1,183,037 cash prize for his runner-up performance. Once the 2023 PCA Main Event played down to its final two competitors, an ICM deal was struck that left $50,000 to play for.
With the conclusion of this year’s PokerStars PCA Main Event, all eyes now turn to the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship.
The high stakes live poker tournament boasts the inclusion of veteran and new poker players alike who will compete for a seven-figure payday starting Monday. With over 400 Platinum Pass winners, many industry guesstimates have the field topping 2019’s 1,039 players.
2023 PokerStars PCA Preliminary Event Results
Longtime professional poker player Isaac Haxton continued his winning ways in the 2023 calendar year by earning a victory in the $100,000 buy-in PCA Super High Roller tournament for $1,082,230 via a three-way final table deal.
Oregon poker mainstay Seth Davies approached $20 million in career live poker tournament cash prize winnings in the deal, and was awarded with a $1,078,347 payout (eventual 2nd place finisher), which now represents a personal best for his largest career live event haul.
Four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Adrian Mateos of Spain added another above $1 million in prize money to pad his already stellar $31 million in live poker event winnings.
Mateos exited the PCA Super High Roller in 3rd place for $1,095,093 as a result of the three-way chop.
Allan Barnes Wins 2023 BSOP Bahamas Main Event
Allan Barnes of Canada outlasted a field of more than 450 participants in the $1,100 buy-in Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) Main Event at the Bahamas – taking home his largest career live cash in a poker tournament of $86,650.
With the achievement, Barnes enters the Top 1000 all-time Canadian live poker tournament prize winners.
PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Stakes Short-Handed Event Results
The PCA has also concluded its high stakes “short-handed” No Limit Hold’em events. Each tournament had a $50,000 buy-in to compete.
6-Handed NLHE 1st place: David Yan – $485,690
7-Handed NLHE 1st place: Conor Beresford – $436,812
8-Handed NLHE 1st place: Jonathan Jaffe – $194,814
2023 PokerStars Players NLHE Championship Begins
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Hot on the heels of a very successful 2023 PCA, the 2023 PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC) is set to kick off today at the Baha Mar resort complex in the Bahamas.
A one-of-a-kind happening with a big time feel, the 2023 PSPC is only the second incarnation of the $25,000 buy-in event that was first run back in 2019. With over 400 Platinum Pass winners slated to take their seats, the total prize pool already exceeds $10 million – and a four-figure player field wouldn’t be surprising.
The inaugural winner of the prestigious PSPC event was Ramon Colillas, who parlayed a Platinum Pass into a $5.1 million victory in January 2019.
While the live action is happening at the Baha Mar resort complex, cash games and side tournaments are being spread 24/7 with poker room cashier options available to attending players at all times.
Poker fans who are unable to make the trip to the Bahamas to rail the action in person this year can catch a large portion of the 2023 PokerStars PCA action as it happens live on the official PokerStars YouTube Channel (on 30-minute delay).
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