2012 tournament year ready to kick-off Thursday

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jan 05, 2012 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

There hasn’t been a major live poker tournament since before the Christmas weekend, when the World Poker Tour wrapped-up their 2011 schedule with the WPT Venice and the Epic Poker League hosted their 3rd Main Event of the year. Now that the holidays and festivities of ringing in the New Year are over, the poker world is ready to get back at it, and the first stop in 2012 will be the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), one of the most prestigious tournaments in the poker world.

Joining the PCA in kicking-off the 2012 poker tournament schedule are a number of other major tournament series around the globe, including the 2012 WSOP Circuit Series at the Bike and the inaugural World Poker Tour (WPT) Ireland Main Event.

Following the first wave of major tournaments is another wave of poker majors, including the Aussie Millions, the WSOP Circuit Series Choctaw, and the 2012 WPT LA Poker Classic. Any way you slice it the tournament schedule in the early part of January is going to bed fast and furious!

The PCA will be the one tournament in that first grouping that attracts the big names in the poker world –from there they will move on to the Aussie Millions. The 2012 PCA begins on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 and runs the 14th of January, hosting a total of 41 poker tournaments over the 10-day tournament series.

The highlight will of course be the PCA Main Event, which has turned into one of the richest prizes awarded in the poker world each year, but this year the PCA will kick-off with another prestigious tournament, the $100k Super-High-Roller tournament.

Last Year the PCA Super-High-Roller tournament was won by Eugene Katchalov, who defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up for the title. Katchalov used the momentum from his Super-High-Roller win to go on to capture his first WSOP bracelet in the summer, and lock-up the BLUFF Magazine Player of the Year award in the process.

The $10,000 Main Event of the 2010 PCA was a thrilling affair, ending with Galen Hall taking-down the hyper-aggressive Chris Oliver in heads-up action –Hall is credited with one of the best lay-downs in recent history when he managed to fold a losing straight against Oliver to keep his tournament hopes alive.

After the PCA, the Aussie Millions will dominate the poker headlines, hosting its own $10,000 Main event as well as a $100k Super-High-Roller and a $250,000 Super-High-Roller tournament for the second straight year.

In 2010 it was the Sam Trickett and Erik Seidel show in the Super-High-Roller events (both players going on to have two of the best years in tournament poker history), while Aussie native Tyrone Krost captured the coveted main Event title.

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