Holiday spirit hits online poker rooms

Steve Jelinek
Find a little Christmas cheer at the poker table.

'Tis the season for giving and sharing, and some of the top online poker rooms are getting in the spirit with special holiday events for players.

Whether you're looking for a leaderboard challenge, guaranteed tournaments, holiday bonuses or more, there's a poker site out there with a deal for you. Here's what we've found among the top 10 poker sites we have listed here at

Titan Poker

VIP Players at Titan Poker have the chance to participate in the poker site's Christmas Challenge for a shot at an extra $30,000 in prizes.

The Christmas Challenge runs Dec. 17-24. During that time players who are VIP Silver and above can accumulate points to earn entry into the Christmas Challenge Tournament, where $30,000 will be given away.

Depending on your VIP Level, players will have to meet certain points targets to qualify. The Christmas Challenge points targets are:

  • VIP Silver - 1,250 Points
  • VIP Gold - 2,500 Points
  • VIP Platinum - 5,000 Points
  • VIP Titanium - 10,000 Points
  • VIP Diamond - 20,000 Points

The players who meet those targets will be able to play in the Christmas Challenge Tournament Dec. 26 at Titan Poker.

For more information about this and other promotions at the poker site, visit Titan Poker.

Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker is celebrating the holiday season with two promotions. The first is the Holiday $100k, giving players a chance to win money in two different $100k guaranteed events.

The first $100k is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. ET Dec. 27, and the second will be Dec. 28 at 3:15 p.m. ET.

Players can buy in directly to the events for 2,000 Full Tilt Points or satellite their way in for as little as 50 Full Tilt Points.

The poker site will also be hosting multiple daily freerolls to get into the Holiday $100k's, at 40 minutes past every hour until Dec. 27.

This is a chance for players to turn their player points into real money at Full Tilt Poker.

The poker site is also offering up faster ways to earn those player points during the holiday season with its 3Xmas Happy Hour promotion.

Full Tilt Poker players can play during any regularly scheduled Happy Hour from Dec. 21 through Jan. 1 and earn triple the Full Tilt Points. The eligible Happy Hour games will have a smiley face in the "Players" column of the Full Tilt Poker lobby.

The poker site will also offer extended hours on certain days, so that players will be able to earn trip points for three times longer than usual.

Those days will be Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Full Tilt Points can be used for various merchandise such as clothing, electronics, books, DVDs and more from the poker site. They can also be used for certain tournament entries, such as the Holiday $100k events.

For more information about these and other deals offered by the poker site, visit Titan Poker.


Santa may bring presents on just one day in December, but UltimateBet is dishing out rewards to players every day of the month this year.

The poker site is offering a different deal each day Dec. 1-31. Players just need to check out the Deal of the Day calendar to see what's up for grabs.

On Dec. 1, UltimateBet kicked off its days of deals with a $1,000 new depositor freeroll. Since then it has offered deals such as an iPod Giveaway for 500 UltimatePoints buy-in, a tourney points sprint, an Omaha cash-game points sprint and much more.

To check out all the deals and what they have on offer today, head to Titan Poker.


Points mean presents for players at PartyPoker this month. Between Dec. 15 and Dec. 28 players can collect points to move up the prize ladder at the poker site. The more points, the higher you climb and the bigger the reward becomes.

As players progress to a new level, they'll be asked if they want to take the prize associated with it or if they would prefer to take a secondary prize and continue working up the ladder for bigger prizes.

The prizes up for grabs are:

Points Prize Secondary Prize
11-25 Entry to $5,000 tournament Entry to $2,000 tournament
26-60 Entry to $15,000 tournament Entry to $8,000 tournament
51 or more Entry to $30,000 tournament

Members of PartyPoker Palladium Lounge will also be eligible for special prizes. Check the Web site to find out what they are.

PartyPoker is also offering up a special gift for players on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25. On those days from 12 noon to 9:59 p.m. ET, players will earn double the PartyPoints on real-money tables.

The points won't count toward the Great Gift Giveaway, but they can be used to buy items from the PartyPoints store.

For more information and to join in the fun, visit Titan Poker.

Carbon Poker

Carbon Poker may be pulling up the rear in this list, but it is certainly not the site with the fewest holiday specials for poker players. This holiday season players can join in the Xmas Scavenger Hunt or Secret Santa SnGs for extra cash and prizes.

The Xmas Scavenger Hunt gives players the opportunity to win up to 25 different Christmas bonus prizes by working through a list of 25 tasks.

The trick is to complete each task in order to receive the prizes. For instance, to win gift number 11 on the list, tasks 1-10 plus 11 must all be completed to earn the prize.

The task list is as follows:

Task Prize
1. Find the Secret Santa Smiley Instant 25%
2. 5,000 CPs $5
3. Win a hand with Mr. and Mrs. Claus $5
4. 10,000 CPs $5
5. 15,000 CPs $5
6. Play a Secret Santa SnG Accolade
7. 20,000 CPs $10
8. 25,000 CPs $10
9. 30,000 CPs $10
10. Win one Secret Santa SnG Accolade
11. 35,000 CPs $25
12. 40,000 CPs $25
13. 45,000 CPs $50
14. 50,000 CPs $50
15. Win two Secret Santa SnGs Accolade
16. 75,000 CPs $100
17. 100,000 CPs $500
18. 150,000 CPs $700
19. 200,000 CPs $1,000
20. Win three Secret Santa SnGs Accolade
21. 250,000 CPs $1,000
22. 300,000 CPs $1,500
23. 400,000 CPs $2,500
24. 500,000 CPs $5,000
25. 1 million CPs $12,500 seat

Secret Santa SnGs are one of the items on the scavenger hunt list, but they're also a great holiday bonus on their own.

The sit-and-gos involved in the Secret Santa are top secret and players won't even know they're in one until they are registered for the tournament and all the players are seated. Those players that do stumble across one will have some surprises waiting for them.

The Secret Santa SnGs will have a Christmas theme once the tournament begins. They'll get to enjoy Xmas smilies, a festive deck and special accolades for multiple Secret Santa SnG winners.

For more information about these and other promotions at the poker site, visit Titan Poker.

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