Christmas Festival to pay out more than $10 million

Yes, yes, we know. It's barely November. Christmas and all the high holidays are still weeks away. But, listen...even if you're not ready to hear holiday songs, even if you don't already have tinsel hanging from your tree, even if you're not roasting chestnuts over an open fire...you like money, don't you?

Between now and the end of the year, PokerStars' Christmas festival will be paying out $10 million in prizes. Need to get some Christmas shopping done early? A few (or a few hundred thousand) extra bucks can't hurt.

Wanna know more? Keep reading.


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Ready to be festive? Here you go.

DAILY DOUBLE JACKPOT

Starting November 16, PokerStars will run the Daily Double Jackpot tournament series. In all, you'll have access to 84 tournaments over two weeks. That's six each day on this schedule:

• $1.10 DAILY DOUBLE 1 - 13:00 (Mon-Sat $5k GTD / Sun $10k GTD)
• $1.10 DAILY DOUBLE 2 - 13:00 (Mon-Sat $5k GTD / Sun $10k GTD)
• $11 DAILY DOUBLE 1 - 14:00 ET (Mon-Sat $50k GTD / Sun $125k GTD)
• $11 DAILY DOUBLE 2 - 14:00 ET (Mon-Sat $50k GTD / Sun $125k GTD)
• $55 DAILY DOUBLE 1 - 15:00 ET (Mon-Sat $75kGTD / Sun $250k GTD)
• $55 DAILY DOUBLE 2 - 15:00 ET (Mon-Sat $75kGTD / Sun $250k GTD)

Why play them all? Well, PokerStars has kicked in a big incentive. Anyone who wins two Daily Double tourneys at the same buy-in level will win a $1 million jackpot. What's more, tickets to the $250k Sunday events will be randomly added to all tournaments from Monday until Saturday. On Sundays tickets to the $5 Million Sunday Million will be randomly awarded.

CHRISTMAS CALENDAR

Think of this as an advent calendar stuffed full of money. From December 1-25 you can enjoy the Christmas Calendar. Check out the Challenges window in the PokerStars lobby. Each day, you can open a new door and see what's inside. Over the course of the 25 days, PokerStars will give away $2 million in Milestone Hands, Golden Sit & Go's, Spin & Go Challenges, Zoom Challenges, PCA Package Giveaways, special tournaments, bonuses and much more.


$5M GTD SUNDAY MILLION

If you ever opened up a bunch of small gifts and then found your one HUGE gift of the year...that's what this is. At the end of the Christmas Festival, PokerStars will run a special $5 million guaranteed Sunday Million on December 27 at 14:30 ET, featuring a $215 buy-in and minimum first prize of $500,000. Online satellites to the event are running around the clock and start December 1 from just $1.

How's that sound for a holiday season. Need more information? Go check out the PokerStars Christmas Festival home page.


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