We're not saying you should take advantage of the world's best sign-up deals to escape your family's company. We're just saying there are a few things to consider before you make your decision.
1. The Chat Box
If your family's anything like mine there's a good chance Christmas festivities will degenerate into petty insults at some point during the holidays. The great thing about online poker is it gives you a safe and relatively anonymous way to vent your frustration at opening yet another package of tube socks.
Instead of letting your family have it, why not verbally dismantle a 16-year-old in Norway while he/she relieves you of a few buy-ins?
2. Your Mother-in-Law Doesn't Know How to Use the Internet
Chances are if you're having the extended clan over for a few days of family fun you'll be forced to spend some of that time with the dreaded mother-in-law. She may have uncanny skills for pointing out your faults but, lucky for you, she was born in the horse-and-buggy days and therefore thinks the Internet is some sort of heathen-created black magic.
Sitting safely at the virtual felt while locked in the basement will ensure a MIL-free holiday, as long as you plan ahead and stock up on all the essentials - because the wife might not let you out of the basement until well into the new year.
3. You Don't Have to Wear Pants
Even though not every family member adheres to the pants-on rule during the holidays, especially after Christmas dinner (Grandpa, I'm looking in your direction), there is the constant pressure of conformity forcing you to "fit in" by wearing pants, no matter how much more comfortable it would be without them.
At the online poker table no one knows if you're wearing pants. Take the opportunity to bask in all your pantless glory. You might not get another chance.
4. Eggnog Makes You Lucky
A recent study published by the Eggnog Commission has confirmed that high levels of 'nog can have inexplicable effects on the outcome of gambling activities. It's unclear whether the egg or the nog is the active ingredient, but the addition of alcohol has been shown to further increase the consumer's luck.
Our advice is stock up on eggnog. Lay in some rum, or if you're feeling adventurous, some Kahlúa and vodka for that holiday-themed White Russian, also called an eggnog Kalashnikov.
5. Bad Beats Aren't As Bad
We've all had plenty of time to get used to having aces cracked by kings and nut flushes run down by full houses, but few of us have enough experience reacting to bad beats of the gifting variety. Picture the scene: you're examining a present that looks suspiciously like a PlayStation 3.
You're feverishly tearing off the wrapping, looking forward to the hours of gaming fun to come and then ... tube socks.
The moral? Stick to what you know. Consign yourself to the bad beats you're sure to take at the tables.
If you do decide to choose poker this holiday, make sure you take advantage of our exclusive sign-up bonuses and give it a shot!
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