Many of you like to play fantasy poker via the Global Poker Index Fantasy Poker Manager. Here are a few tips for those of you who will be planning on playing some fantasy poker based around the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA).
First of all, it's important to do your research and know who's going to be at this year's PCA. This is the most important factor. If they aren't playing, you can't get points. A good reference is to find the poker pro's Twitter feed and see if they mention anything about going to PCA. Another good source is to look at past PCA festivals and see who has made the trip multiple times. Humans are creatures of habit, and poker players like the frequent similar stops year after year.
Next, know who is riding a hot streak. These players are not only playing very well currently, but they are also ones likely to take some bigger shots in larger events, and there's plenty of that opportunity at PCA. Players like Dan Colman, anyone who made the World Series of Poker November Nine, or the big winners from European Poker Tour Prague and World Poker Tour Five Diamond will need an excuse not to go to PCA. You can check poker databases like Hendon Mob and live reporting here on PokerNews to see who has had recent success.
For example, check out this top 100 ranking of last 12 months for a good start.
Then, look at who has had success in the past at the PCA festival. We recommend checking out our 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure: By the Numbers piece for information on players that cash the most, which nationalities do well, and more.
Furthermore, know who plays all the games. PCA is known to have a very diverse schedule of events, and it's important to know which players play games other than no-limit hold'em.
Lastly, know Team PokerStars Pro. These players are most likely going to be making an appearance at PCA and playing a heavy schedule of events. Players like Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier, and Vanessa Selbst are great fantasy picks because they'll be playing the high buy-ins that have a low number of entrants.