Tell me when it's over

PS Women logo.jpgIt's the time of year when thoughts turn to holiday feasts, presents, and travel plans. In our daydreams we see family gatherings around the fireplace snuggled into warm blankets with hot chocolate and photo albums. We see our extended family gathered around a dining table as a peaceful haze of love and kindness envelops us. We see it all so clearly . . . for maybe a minute. And then reality sets in.

There will be the inevitable discussions over where to have the dinner and what to bring. There will be arguments over how to make the dressing and cook the turkey, not to mention how many desserts one family can really eat. Are seven pies and five cakes too many for ten people? And then there's Uncle Bob who always brings a grocery store pumpkin pie that just gets thrown out. Should we tell him not to bother? And Aunt Hilda's contribution will be a half gallon of syrupy eggnog and a bottle of whisky. Can we tell her to cease and desist? And then there's Cousin John who gets totally pickled before the table is even set. Will he be banished again this year for groping the cooks in the kitchen? The travel plans get more expensive every year and the flight delays longer. The photo albums always bring back fond memories however, except for the ones we would rather forget-- does mom really have to have that picture of our ex in there? And speaking of pictures, before dinner and before our bellies look too fat from all the feasting we take the annual one of all of us together.

And as we should, we take a moment to truly give thanks for the opportunity to have our family all gathered together. There are hugs all around and we are grateful for those moments and for each other, and even for the silly arguments and excessive planning. But by the time we finally gather around the table with a glass of wine (or three) we are grateful--grateful that it's almost over and we can go home and take a nap.

And so it goes. And that is why many of us turn our thoughts to post-holiday holidays around this time.

Forget all the cooking and cleaning and awkward conversations. Forget the stress and hassle. Extended family get-togethers are great in a masochistic kind of way, but now it's time to have some fun. Pack your swimsuit and your flip flops and dig out that passport that you haven't used since that trip to Mexico a few years ago. Go buy some new sunglasses and a cute cocktail dress for a great party. You might even start working on your spray tan if you're brave.


Come January, it's time to join PokerStars Women Live PCA event for four fun-filled days and nights of white sand beaches, lazy rivers, and a poker festival that offers enough challenges for even the most amped-up souls. It's held at the lavish Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and it is the biggest PokerStars event and party of the year. And if you've mostly recovered from the holidays, you can even bring the family if you like. There is enough to do at the Atlantis to keep even the snarkiest of teenagers from getting bored. And with a casino and over twenty bars and restaurants on property for the adults, along with a host of water sports available, there might even be Facebook and Twitter lapses--except for those of us covering the event. We will keep everyone informed about what's going on, and if you make the final table, you can be assured your name will be all over it!

A few women have already won their seats to the event that runs from January 12-15. The package includes the $1,100 PokerStars Women Live tournament buy-in, hotel accommodations, and expense money. For more information see the PokerStars Women Live PCA Promotion page for satellite times and package details. There is even a daily freeroll that gets you into the weekly final. Inma06 did just that last week as she parlayed her freeroll satellite win into a free PokerStars Women Live package worth $3,250! The tournaments can be found on the PokerStars client under Events/PCA/Cash Satellites.

I could tell you more, but I think these pictures and videos sum it up pretty well, so I'm going to let them do the talking here. And if you still want more, see the recent post about things to do at the PCA at:

Looking forward to seeing you and your flip flops in January at the Atlantis!

Rebekah Mercer
@PokerStars in PS Women