Steve “MrSmokey1” Billirakis is very familiar name from both Full Tilt Pokers and PokerStars big cashgames. He has managed to build very nice stacks at Full Tilt:

He is also playing huge cashgames and tournaments at PokerStars. Last big tournament he entered was the $5.200 freezeout where he earned $50.000 for the win.

PokerStars has established itself as the number 1. pokersite – and has countinued to seek good representatives for the site.

Gavin Griffin and Chad Brown join team PokerStars

One of my all time favourite tournament player Gavin Griffin joined the team – you might know him as the only player to win EPT, WPT and WSOP-titles! He has over $4.500.000 in carreer winnings from tournaments.

Chad Brown is a veteran – already cashing nicely in the 1993 WSOP. His carreer winnings from tournaments top over $2.000.000. He also won the last “World Championship of Online Poker” H.O.R.S.E. event – earning him $223.000.

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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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DanDock21 was running very hot again. He was winning almost all the hands he played in.


He lost a bit before this nice run:

First hand:

Second hand:

Eight hand:

He then proceeded to take more money mostly from Marcus Golser (jumper17) and William Thorson (Froodo) having a stack of over $260.000 at one point!

Huge hand with jumper17 and MrSmokey1 – 148k: