Christmas might be a time for giving and for spending time with loved ones, but let's be honest, there are only so many turkey sandwiches and mice pies you can eat, only so many times you can split the kids up from fighting over a board game and you can only stomach so many Christmas-related films.
One way to escape the madness is to head to the casino and play some live poker if you can find somewhere that is open that is. Most venues are, rightly, closed on Christmas day, but we've found a trio of places that are open during those days between Christmas and New Year which most of us et to have off from work.
Head to the Rainbow Casino in Bristol between December 26 and December 28 and you'll be able to play for a share of at least £10,000 in the Rainbow Bristol Xmas 10K. The buy-in is £50+£5 and for that affordable sum you receive 25,000 chips, play to a 30-minute clock and get to battle for a £10,000 prize pool.
Rainbow Bristol Xmas 10K Schedule
|Fri 26 Dec||17:00||£50+£5 NL Hold'em Day 1a|
|Sat 27 Dec||13:00||£50+£5 NL Hold'em Day 1b|
|Sat 27 Dec||19:00||£50+£5 NL Hold'em Day 1c|
|Sun 28 Dec||13:00||No Limit Hold'em Day 2|
Those of you who are north of the border should head to the Genting Club Edinburgh for the £30,000 guaranteed Christmas Cracker. Taking place between Saturday 27 December and Monday 29 December and costing £185+£15 to enter, the Christmas Cracker is one of the most popular festive tournaments in the UK. Last year, 282 players turned out for it and wed expect a similar field this time around, despite an increased buy-in.
Christmas Cracker Schedule
|Sat 27 Dec||16:00||£185+£15 Main Event Day 1a|
|Sun 28 Dec||16:00||£185+£15 Main Event Day 1b|
|Mon 29 Dec||16:00||Main Event Day 2|
Last, but not least, is the ever-popular Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham. The staff at DTD are having a well-deserved rest on December 24 and 25 before reopening on Boxing Day with two events.
The larger of these events is the £30,000 Guaranteed Big Game. December 26 sees Day 1c take place at 8:00 p.m. costing £100+£10 to enter. Here, players receive 50,000 tournament chips and play to a 30-minute clock.
Also taking place at 8:00 p.m. on December 26 is the £20+£5 XXL 20 Monster and its £5,000 guaranteed prize pool, which gives you the chance to pay for Little Johnny's new PlayStation 4 for the prize of a trip to McDonald's!
Dusk Till Dawn Christmas Schedule
|Fri 26 Dec||20:00||£100+£10 Big Game Day 1c|
|Fri 26 Dec||20:00||£20+£5 XXL 20 Monster|
|Sat 27 Dec||20:00||£100+£10 Big Game Day 1d|
|Sat 27 Dec||20:00||£20+£5 XXL 20 Monster|
|Sun 28 Dec||12:00||£100+£10 Big Game Day 1d|
|Sun 28 Dec||15:00||Big Game Final Day|
|Sun 28 Dec||20:00||£20+£5 XXL 20 Monster|
If you know of other casinos or poker rooms that are hosting a decent Christmas tournament please do post it in the comments box below so your fellow PokerNews readers can find out about it.