And some early bank can definitely put you in the right frame of mind to make good poker decisions every time you play. It can also give you a bit of leeway to make a few mistakes (e.g. drunken multi-tabling, say) as the year goes by.
Whatever the case, now's the time to get ahead, get in a good headspace for the coming year, steel yourself for the inevitable bad beats to come, and make strides towards some reasonable and achievable financial results.
A good place to start: any of these PokerListings promos - all of which could go a long way to getting your '08 off on the right foot.
1) $5,000 sign-up bonus at Betfair Poker plus $15k EPT freeroll
That's not a typo. Europe's fastest growing poker room, Betfair Poker, has a huge soft spot for PokerListings players right now, offering up a pretty much unprecedented up to $5,000 bonus at 100% match for players who sign up via PokerListings link in January.
Players have until Feb. 28 to collect the max. bonus, with payments of $10 for every 400 Betfair points. The bonus is in play from your first hand, so it's definitely a possibility to max it out if you're a high-action player. Sign up with promotional code PL5000 before Jan. 31 to be eligible.
Also new for PokerListings players at Betfair: a $15,000 European Poker Tour freeroll for an expenses-paid prize package to any event on the European Poker Tour, plus private monthly $2,500 cash freerolls.
If you haven't taken a spin at Betfair lately, you'll be pretty impressed with a lot of new features - new lobby filters for low/medium/high-stakes games, different table colors for mtts, sit-and-gos and cash games and new identifiers for slow-speed (beginner) tables and turbo tables, among other things.
They also now have $4 million in guaranteed tournament prize pools every month and a new Sunday $100k, so plenty of chances to make some coin before word gets around and the sharks come trolling.
More details here.
2) 120 free Sunday Million seats at Poker Stars
Not a typo either.
All PokerListings players (new or existing) who earn 100 FPPs at Stars in January will get entry to a Feb. 10 freeroll with 20 Sunday Million seats up for grabs.
PokerListings players with 500 FPPs in January will get a ticket into a Feb. 17 freeroll where 100 more Sunday Million seats will be given out.
If you're a frequent Stars player, you'll know that's over $25k in Sunday Million buy-ins, and pretty much a lock for good players to score a free seat to the biggest weekly guaranteed tournament on the Web.
Get a few breaks in the Sunday Million too, and who knows how far your year will go.
More details here.
Same set up as last year's popular freeroll series, with another $60k+ already in the offing.
Weekly $3,000 cash freerolls run every Saturday for all players, new and existing, signed up at Full Tilt through a PokerListings.com link. Only requirement is 150 points Thurs.-Wed. each week.
Another $37.5k is also up for grabs in three $12,500 WPT "Winner's Choice" tournaments.
Only 300 Full Tilt Points the previous month for entry; qualifying deadline is Wed. before each freeroll. Next dates are Jan. 20, Feb. 10 and Mar. 16.
The first few months of the year are already pretty lucrative for PokerListings players at Pacific Poker, with over $100k on the table including $75,000 in exclusive WSOP 2008 packages.
Dates for the WSOP freerolls are still to come, but 50 comp points will be all you'll need, with the first freeroll planned for February.
In the meantime, check out the private $12k EPT San Remo satellite.
Earn 40 Pacific Poker points Jan. 1-Mar. 1 to qualify; winner takes a $10,000 package to the EPT main event in San Remo, Italy plus there will be a deep cash prize pool from position two down.
Also in the interim: monthly $5,000 cash freerolls, with just 20 comp points to qualify, and a private $5,000 football freeroll Jan. 31, with the winner taking an all-expenses-paid package including VIP seats to the Sevilla FC - FC Barcelona match Feb. 10. Only 15 points to qualify for that one.
Last but not least, PokerListings players have at least one more shot at an all-expenses-paid package to the PartyPoker Million VI cruise, the first-ever on the Mediterranean, with stops in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Croatia.
$13k Freeroll goes March 8, 2008, exclusively for PokerListings players, with just 250 Party Points between Jan. 1 and March 1, 2008, to qualify.