All I want for Christmas is pocket rockets served with a rainbow flop. Winning the 10th Anniversary Sunday Million or a ticket to the PCA. Have the PokerStars Team Pro ladies been naughty or nice? And what do they want for Christmas and for the New Year?

It’s that time of year when we all share something in common, despite our religious persuasions. It doesn’t matter if it’s Christmas or Hanukkah, we all come together with the people we love and reflect on what has been.

Yes, those charming Christmas carols are already jingling through our head uncontrollably on repeat. The Aussies are preparing to throw some seafood on the BBQ in the soaring heat down under, while those in London are cozy inside with mulled wine and fires roaring.

It’s time to step under the mistletoe with some of the ladies of Team PokerStars Pro and reveal their Christmas wishes, memories, and their New Year’s resolutions.

What is the one thing you want most for Christmas?

Vanessa Rousso: Giving makes me happiest…so I hope to be able to make my loved ones happy with some creative gifts!

Liv Boeree: To be around my family and go skiing! Not too worried about presents.

Vanessa Selbst: I’ve never really gotten any Christmas gifts since I’m Jewish, but I’ve spent the last two Christmases with families who do celebrate, and I just like the tradition and the feeling of a house full of family spending time together.

Celina Lin: To spend it with the people I love! But also looking forward to the PokerStars 10th Anniversary Sunday Million with a guaranteed prize pool of $10 million on the 18th of December. That would make me extra happy to share a possible first prize of $2 million with my family and friends.

Fatima Moreira de Melo: I’m not big on Christmas. I would rather go on a holiday.

What is your most memorable Christmas present/moment?

Vanessa R: Skiing with my family in Utah over the holidays a few years ago!


Vanessa Rousso

Liv: When the dog ate half of the turkey that was meant to feed 15 people.

Celina: Running to the tree for presents on Christmas day always my favorite! You’re never too old to receive and open presents!

What will be your New Year’s Resolution for 2012?

Vanessa R: I’ve always worked really hard, so 2012 is going to be about making sure I work hard AND play hard!!!

Liv: Win more tournaments, close on an apartment, and work out a lot more.

Vanessa S: My New Year’s Resolution is easy–play more poker and get better at mixed games. I’ll be finishing law school in early January, right before the PCA, and moving to London until the WSOP so that I can play more online. I’m excited to finally have enough time in between tournaments to dedicate to improving my game since I won’t have to study for school in my spare time.

Celina: I have been feeling more motivated to work on my poker game, especially cash games and mixed games. Poker is always evolving, with bigger and better tournaments coming to PokerStars Macau. I really want to be able to hold another trophy in my hand the coming year.

Fatima: I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. If I really want to change something, I just do it there and then. Why wait until New Years?


Fatima Moreira de Melo

Where and how will you be spending your holidays?

Vanessa R: Christmas in south Florida with family and New Years skiing with some friends!

Liv: I’ll be spending the first half of it with my family in the UK then I’m flying out to join Kevin’s family in Idaho to go skiing!

Vanessa S: I’ll be spending my holidays bouncing around visiting families. First I have a family Chanukah celebration in New York City, and then I’m going to Albany to be with my girlfriend’s family. We’re also doing a weekend getaway in a cabin in the Berkshires with some friends. In reality though, most of that time I’ll be studying for finals…which might be the lamest answer anyone can give, but I can’t lie. (Okay, I only lie at the poker tables!)

Celina: I am currently in Melbourne for a very warm Christmas. I’m looking forward to a boat trip and Christmas dinner with my family this year since I’ve missed a few Christmases in the past due to my hectic traveling schedule.

Fatima: At home with family, but afterwards I’ll be going to the PCA and that’s what I’m really looking forward to during the holidays.


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