2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure: By the Numbers
Over the 11-year history of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), thousands of poker players have taken part in the poker action. Here are some interesting statistical tidbits about the PCA. All numbers are courtesy of information compiled via the Hendon Mob database.
There have been a total of 25,420 entrants in PCA side events with prize pools totaling $38,959,359. Four $100,000 Super High Roller events have taken place, one each year since 2011, with a total of 157 entrants (and some reentries) creating prize pools totaling $18,036,300.
Since 2009, there has been a $25,000 High Roller each year, with 783 total entrants creating prize pools of combining to $21,709,000.
Make no mistake about it, though, the PCA Main Event is the big attraction. There have been a total of 11,005 entrants over the 11-year history of the PCA, allowing for a staggering $99,024,518 in prize money. That means this year the PCA Main Event see the event top $100,000,000 in total prize money given out.
All told, there have been a total of 37,365 entrants with $177,729,177 in prize money awarded. Outside of the World Series of Poker in the summer, so single live poker festival comes close. If the WSOP is poker's Super Bowl, the PCA is the NBA Finals.
The PCA is truly an international affair. A total of 79 countries have had players cashing with the United States the clear leader with 1,977 in-the-money finishes.
Here's a look at the top 10 countries with the most cashes:
No player has ever won three events at PCA, but nine players have won two. They are as follows:
|Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier||France|
|Harrison Gimbel||United States|
|John Dibella||United States|
|Mike Gorodinsky||United States|
|Scott Seiver||United States|
|Shawn Buchanan||United States|
Eleven players have cashed seven or more times, with Victor Ramdin and Shannon Shorr leading the way with eight cashes apiece:
|Victor Ramdin||United States||8|
|Shannon Shorr||United States||8|
|Chris Klodnicki||United States||7|
|Darren Elias||United States||7|
|Jeff Gross||United States||7|
|Kerry Shears||United States||7|
There have been a total of 34 seven-figure scores at PCA, with the biggest payout in history being the $3,000,000 won by Poorya Nazari for his Main Event victory in the 2009. There have also been a total (including the 34 aforementioned scores) of 240 six-figure paydays. Nazari is also the all-time money leader at PCA, and the top 10 overall is as follows:
|4||Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier||$2,457,340|