Get ready for the $27m December Festival

Are you ready for the PokerStars December Festival? You better be, it's going to be incredible and action-packed. There's $27,000,000 to be won during the PokerStars December Festival and it kicks off this Sunday (1 December). There's the return of the old favourites - Golden Sit & Go's and Milestone hands - as well as some great new promotions, including the first ever WCOOP Challenge Series ($10,000,000 guaranteed) and December Mission Week. Expect a high-octane run-in to the end of the year!

Check out the highlights below, starting with this weekend's Double Vision Sunday.

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$27m to be won... and it starts this Sunday!

Double Vision Sunday (1 December)
On Sunday, 1 December all the largest weekly guarantees will run twice (double vision, get it?). The Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up, Sunday Kickoff and Sunday Storm will double down with two tournaments apiece so expect a lot of juicy action.

Find out more about... Double Vision Sunday


$500,000 Golden Sit & Go's (2-8 December)
Golden Sit & Go's are back! Each time you're seated to play there's a chance that your sit & go could be made a medal winner.

Bronze: Everyone wins their buy-in back. Freeroll time.
Silver: Everyone wins three times their buy-in and the prize pool is tripled.
Gold: Everyone wins five times their buy-in and the prize pool is multiplied by five!

Find out more about... Golden Sit & Go's


Million Dollar Sundays (8 & 15 December)
The guarantees are going through the roof in December meaning they'll be some incredible amounts of cash to be won. Take a look at the Sunday Million. On 8 December, the Sunday Million will be bolstering its guarantee to an enormous $5,000,000 (up from its usual $1,000,000). That means first-place will be slated for a minimum $475,000 payout! Don't forget that you can satellite in for significantly less than the $215 buy-in, as little as a few dollars or even Frequent Player Points.

8 December
11:00 ET: $215 Sunday Warm-Up, $1,000,000 guarantee
14:30 ET: $215 Sunday Million, $5,000,000 guarantee

15 December
13:30 ET: $11 Sunday Storm, $1,000,000 guarantee
15:30 ET: $530 Sunday 500, $1,000,000 guarantee

Find out more about... Million Dollar Sundays


$500,000 December Mission Week (9 December)
You want entry into $500,000 of quick-fire freerollls? Easy. You just need to pick one of five missions ranging from 'Very Easy' to 'Advanced', bang in the Star Code and score some VPPs. You'll get entry into Mission All-in Shootout freeroll once you tick off your objective. They play out on 16 Dec and you'll be all-in every hand until there's a winner. Now you can see what your variance is really like!

Find out more about... $500,000 December Mission Week


$700,000 Milestone Hands (16 December)
We know you loved the Milestone Hands during the Road to 100 Billion, which ended up with Isidora 'microulis69' Panagiotopoulou winning $103,800, so PokerStars have brought it back. Starting from 00:00 ET on December 16, big cash prizes are going to be dropping down the chimney every million hands (that's any hand which ends '000,000'). The final Milestone Hand will be for big money and everyone else playing at the same level/game will enjoy a chunk of a Stake Share woth a minimum of $100,000.

Remember to keep an eye on the PokerStars lobby's Milestone Hand counter to see just how soon it is until the next money present is up for grabs.

Find out more about... $700,000 Milestone Hands


$10,000,000 WCOOP Challenge Series (20-22 December)
The first ever World Championship of Online Poker Challenge Series takes place 20-22 December, just in time to get some last-minute Xmas present upgrades. Each champ will win not only an eye-watering amount but also a $5,200 ticket into the 2014 WCOOP Main Event and a customized commemorative money clip. It's all about the money clip, of course.

The WCOOP Challenge Series Main Event takes place on 22 December with a huge $3,000,000 guarantee. Get that on your Christmas wishlist now.

Check the full schedule of events... $10,000,000 WCOOP Challenge Series

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