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As November comes to an end, many of us prepare for the inevitable, “It’s December already?!” Meanwhile, PokerStars has already launched its Christmas Festival to get poker players in the holiday spirit with more than $5 million to be awarded through the end of the year.

Freeroll Festivities

Most poker players are happy to see freerolls on their favorite online poker site, but a tournament with a $1 million prize pool makes every player want a seat.

Action for the $1 Million Freeroll is already underway and offers chances to win seats through November 29. Daily challenges are available, and players simply need to opt in through the Challenge Window. They will automatically be registered for the next daily All-In Shootout qualifier, which puts every player all-in automatically for a wild ride. Players need not even be paying attention to the tournament to win, as the top 8,192 players will be awarded freeroll seats.

For those who miss that deadline, there are special daily challenges on November 30 and December 1 to win tickets to the Last Chance Skill Qualifier on December 1.

The $1 Million Freeroll will then take place at 14:04ET on December 1 for qualified players only. The total prize pool will be $1 million, with $10K guaranteed for the winner.

December Calendar is Full

The above-mentioned freeroll officially kicks off the Christmas Calendar promotion, which runs through December 25. This particular part of the Christmas Festival boasts of $2 million in prizes and bonuses with something offered every single day.

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The first day is the $1 Million Freeroll, obviously, and every subsequent day will offer something new, such as various challenges, freerolls, giveaways, bonuses, and even some favorite games like Spin & Gos and CardHunt. Players need only initiate their participation in the Challenge Window.

One of the activities is already leaked, as December 11 will offer a first-ever MicroMillions Marathon day. There will be 25 events in all, with the finale pegged as a $22 buy-in tournament with a massive $1 million guarantee.

What’s Better Than the Sunday Million?

The answer to that question is in the event scheduled for December 26: the $2M Monday Million.

Since Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, PokerStars chose to move the tournament to the following day … with a bonus. To accommodate for the change in scheduling, the special event will be the Monday Million with a boosted $2 million guaranteed prize pool. And the first place prize is promised to be at least $200K.

Players can buy in as they normally do for the Sunday Million, with their $215 buy-ins, or they can get in on the plethora of satellites running for as little as $1, which will be running throughout the month of December. Win that seat and come back at 14:30ET on December 26 for the Monday Million.

Never a Dull Moment

The Christmas Festival will be running for six weeks, giving players something for every day to finish out the year. But keep in mind that other promotions are still running as well.

Through December 4, there are still $10 Spin & Gos running multiple times per day to send players to the PokerStars Championship Bahamas in January. By playing a $10 Spin & Go, the spinner has a chance to hit the top tier, which means a chance to play for a $10,565 prize package, which includes travel, hotel accommodations, expenses, and a seat into the $5K PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event beginning on January 8.

And speaking of Spin & Gos, the 2X Challenge is still running in celebration of PokerStars’ two-year anniversary of the Spin & Go. Players have a chance to receive a 2X multiplier that can lead to an instant top prize of $20K for just a few minutes of poker action.

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Jennifer Newell

Jennifer has been a freelance writer in the poker industry for a decade. She left a full-time job with the World Poker Tour to tell the stories of poker. She now lives in St. Louis, writes about poker while pursuing other varied interests, and speaks her mind on Twitter… a lot.