The moment you've been waiting for! PokerStars released the 2019 PCA schedule for their annual poker fiesta at Atlantis Casino and Resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. This year's affair will have 41 events including the first-ever Players Championship. The hype train has been running at full speed for the inaugural 2019 PSPC and we've got some of the heady details for you including specifics behind the little things like shot clocks and Big Blind Antes.
Let's start from the top! The 2019 PCA begins on January 5. The festivities will kick off with a special PSPC satellite.
The $25K PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) will begin on January 6 and run for the duration of that week. The PSPC final table is scheduled for January 10.
Let's not forget about the PCA Main Event! The anchor event has a $10,300 buy-in and runs from January 11 through January 16.
The $100K Super High Roller will be a three-day affair starting on January 10 and the finale will go down on January 12.
Lastly, the PCA National begins on January 9 and lasts two days.
The lowest buy-in is $330 for a Turbo single-day event. There's also a bunch of $550 buy-in events.
For a complete schedule of events, head over to PokerStars.
2019 PCA KEY DATES
2019 Players Championship
For the nitty gritty on the PSPC, check out this post by Danny McDonagh where he dishes on all of the decisions that PokerStars made based on player polls and a roundtable discussion with five players: Maria Konnikova, Daniel Dvoress, David Peters, Shaun Deeb and Dragos Trofimov.
But here's a cheat sheet for the post.
- 1. The PSPC will start nine-handed and move to 8-handed as soon as humanly possible (at the start of Day 2 the latest).
- 2. The majority of players favored an 8-hour day instead of 10.
- 3. The 8-hour day will not include a dinner break. I should add that I've attended the PCA several times and the resort legit operates on "island time" which means there's no rush for anything, which is problematic if you're covering/working the PCA or playing in it. Alas, the players voted on a dinner break. Looks like they made a compromise and will skip a break on the opening days.
- 4. For payouts, 15% of the pool will be in the money. The PSPC will have an additional 20 players ITM.
- 5. Depending on the number of players, first place will pay out anywhere between 16.8% and 17.5%. If there's 900+, then first place will get 16.8% or approximately $3.8 million.
- 6. Shot clocks will be introduced at the money or sometime late on Day 2.
- 7. Say hello to Big Blind Antes to speed up the process.
- 8. Starting stack is 300 BB with one-hour levels.