Who is your favourite poker player? Many would say Daniel Negreanu without a doubt. Negreanu is one of the most liked poker players not only by railbirds but also by fellow poker players. He is also one of the most successful players ever in both tournament and cash-games. PokerStars did a nice job by recruiting him a while ago.


Daniel has been getting lots of attention in televised tournaments and invites to all of the greatest poker shows – like a permanent residence at the High Staker Poker-series. He also uses a lot of time to play at PokerStars, last Sunday he played again at the High Stakes Showdown and won it.


Tournament winnings worth $10.000.000  

Negreanu has managed to win almost ten millions from live tournaments – on top of that he is an excellent cash game player both live and online. He is also known for his comments and articles about tournaments and the way hands were played. His writings are regularly published in poker magazines and internet sites. He has also made a book about poker.

After signing with PokerStars he has been very active with the site. Playing tournaments as well as the big games – we have seen him playing regularly at the $100/200 No-limit tables. And on top of that he is also very friendly to the railbirds, chatting and always sharing things about his life. Not to forget winning the High Stakes Showdown from time to time. Last week he faced very tough opponents like Chris Lee “Genius28″ and Isaac Haxton “philivey2694“.

Daniel is also very active with blogging, you can read his latest blog and report from the High Stakes Showdown here.

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PokerStars has been known best for its tournaments – the best structures, biggest prizepools and more players than anywhere else! PokerStars Sunday Million has become the most respected and precious tournament every week.

But nowadays you can find also huge cashgames going on at the No-limit tables – for example games with $100/200 blinds have been running hot lately. To watch the games you can download the PokerStars software here and enjoy also the deposit bonus!

We saw a session with Isaac Baron “westmenloAA”, Cole South “cts687”, Steve Billirakis “MrSmokey1”, “alexeimartov”, Eric Liu “p3achy_keen”, Chris Lee “Genius28”, Brian Hastings “USDtinger 88”, Matt Marafioti “ADZ124” and “muchbetter”.

Chris “Genius28” Lee – also known from Full Tilts biggest games:


The game was very loose and aggressive – $20.000 buy-ins flying around!

The first interesting hand was when the flop was Qd 2c Tc. The turn brought 2s and all the money went in.

“muchbetter”: Qh Ts
“MrSmokey1”: Qs Qc

Steve Billirakis won the $40.000 pot. Known also from his live tournament success:

Next huge hand had the flop of: 5s Qh 9h with 5 players in. “Genius28:lle” bet 2,8k. “Ca_dreamin” raised to 7,8k and “westmenloAA” pushed all-in for 21,6k. “ADZ124” and “Genius28” called. “Ca_dreamin” was holdin top-two pairs and the speculation started:

Ca_dreamin: wow
Ca_dreamin: SHould I fold top 2?
westmenloAA: lol this is riddic
alexeimartov: wow
Ca_dreamin: only 4 outs

Finally “Ca_dreamin” folded.
Turn brought 7c and river 6s. “westmenloAA” showed 55 taking down the pot worth of $69.000.

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Phil Ivey faced first Chris Lee “Genius28” at the heads-up no-limit Texas Hold’em table with $300/600 blinds. Lee seemed to be tilting – having just lost big amounts playing at PokerStars. Ivey ended up winning $200.000 from the tilted Lee.

The biggest hand of the session:

The hand that ended the games:

Genius28: gg not my night tongiht

The next opponent was Tom Dwan “durrrr” – Ivey being the better player this time. Phil won $65.000 at the Ivey Thunderdome table.

The biggest pot – all the money went in on the flop (this hand ended the match):


Other interesting hands:

We haven’t seen LarsLuzak playing at Full Tilt Poker for a long time… what happened?


Sami told that he had a bad downswing and lost all the money he had on the account. And that he can’t find a reason to make a new deposit. Why?

Basically the main reason is that nobody wants to play him heads-up and all the bigger no-limit ring-games are mostly dead. And he decided to take a looooong vacation and travel to Thailand for a month.

But now on February we have seen him play under the LrsLzk nickname at MicroGaming network couple of sessions. Those ones not going too well – he has lost already $50.000 in those sessions.

LarsLuzak lists the best NL-players online:

1. Patrik Antonius “FinddaGrind”

-Patrik has always been the toughest opponent for Kelopuro. Sami considers Patrik as a action player – you never know what’s going to happen against him… anything is possible! Patrik is also very hard to read.

2. Phil Galfond “OMGClayAiken”

-Galfond is totally different kind of player, much more solid than Patrik. Its hard to take advantage from him, but he is not a weak player.. very good at catching bluffs.

Phil Ivey and Chris Lee (Genius28) are both very tough – Sami thinks that Ivey is better in other forms of the game and Lee is excellent at making thin value bets.

Other excellent players Sami mentions are Urindanger and trex313, but he wouldn’t put them into top5.

Yesterday Patrik Antonius (FinddaGrind) was busy at the Full Tilt tables.


He was playing some action packed pot-limit Omaha with Ziigmund (Ilari Sahamies) and winning around $140.000.

Then he played few sessions of no-limit Texas. In the first one he faced luckexpress10 (some rumors telling he might be Johnny Lodden?) and booked a $90.000 win.

Patrik drawing out on luckexpress10:

Then he played Chris Lee (Genius28) and managed to win another $200.000! There were a few big hands played:

-87k pot for Antonius where both players went all-in on the flop of AcJc2s and Lee had AT against Antonius A2

-80k pot for Antonius where he made a runner-runner flush holding only the bottom pair on the flop

-80k pot for Antonius when they both went all-in on turn board showing 8522 Lee holding 89 and Antonius 8T

We haven’t seen David Benyamine playing NL Texas for a while since he had a bad $2 milj. downswing at the gamebenyamine_chris_lee.jpg.

But now we have witnessed a couple of sessions against Genius28 (Chris Lee) and Benyamine has won both of them – booking winnings around $200.000. The hand in the pic just ended the last session – the money went in on the turn when Genius28 pushed it all-in.

There were some huge pots developed between Chris Lee (Genius28) and Patrik Antonius (FinddaGrind) at the $200/400 NL Texas table with $40.000 max. buy-in. At some point it looked pretty nice for Lee:


Lucky river for Genius28? – 175k pot:

Bad bad river for Antonius again – 97k pot:

But later Antonius got a bit back into the game thru this hand:

Huge bluff by Lee – 154k pot:

In the end Lee booked winnings for a bit over $100k.

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