2014 Recap and start of the New Year with PCA 2015

  • Today is the unofficial New Year of Poker that traditionally is kicked off by the PCA. But before PokerStars' festival takes over the world, let's look at the 2014. What were the most impressive 2014 moments for you?

  • PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is one of the most awaited poker festivals of the year. And it starts today. But before it does, we want to recap the year.

    It's been a long and winding year for poker, wasn't it? . Lots of struggles, massive records, plenty of rising stars and short-falls.

    These are the most significant events and trends of 2014:

    • Rise and Fall of U.S. Online Poker

    Last year was not significant for U.S. online poker. That's putting it mildly. Delaware struggles, Nevada struggles. They did sign an agreement to share player pools that may provide a boost but we'll yet to see when that happens.

    There's a third state that has legal online poker - New Jersey. However, things are pretty slow there too. To be honest, New Jersey's market saw last three months of the year in decline.

    The worst thing is that the future doesn't seem that much brighter. At least in 2015.

    • Victoria Coren-Mitchell - first EPT two-timer champion

    A lovely lady, very funny, adorable, skilled poker player. There are so many good words to describe Victoria Coren-Mitchell.

    An ex-Pokerstars pro that recently left the company was the big winner at EPT San Remo last year and became the first player to win two EPT's.

    Congratulations!

    • Amaya domination

    For a small fee of $4.9b. Amaya Gaming purchased PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and associated brands (for example, EPT) . This may allow the company to enter U.S. online market that previous owner Rational Group had struggled with.

    To far we saw casino games introduced, rake increased, sponsored pros cut, VIP rewards changed. One might wonder what awaits in 2015.

    • Colman - controversial and largely successful

    He's controversial but if anyone could experience the run Daniel Colman had in 2014, they wouldn't think twice. An established online poker pro won $1m. The Big One One Drop, EPT Grand Final, Seminole Hard Rock Open, finished numerous final tables raking over $22 million. In one year!

    He also refused to talk with the media after his big wins or would make a statement, raising lots of discussions. One of which was calling 13 WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth spineless and cancer to the world.

    Now that's a statement.

    • Letting go of poker pros

    Poker has been changing. The proof of that, poker sites no longer consider having sponsored pros as means of attracting new players. That resulted in a bleak trend for professionals. PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Ultimate Poker all were among poker rooms that let go of their sponsored poker players.

    Jason Somerville, Joe Cada, Viktor Blom, Gus Hansen, you name it.

    And recently, the bunch were joined by partypoker that after 5 years ended their contract with poker presenter Kara Scott.

    How about Martin Jacobson winning WSOP Main Event? Or Phil Ivey's legal battles? The death of Johannes Strassmann?

    What were your biggest poker moments in 2014?

    PCA launches today

    With only hours to go, everyone’s ready. Dealers, players, tournament staff. It’s going to be another great festival. We guarantee! Last year, poker pro Mike McDonald almost captured the first 2-time EPT winner title only to lose to a new kid on a block, Dominik Panka.

    And who can forget the impressive run of Roger Teska?

    Today PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will kick off with a Super High Roller event while live coverage of the $10,000 Main Event will start on January 10.

    You can watch PCA coverage live here.