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DINE ON THE WHALES

 (UPDATED: 12/11/18) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

" Just wanted to say Thank You! to everybody that attended our first ever poker tournament:  Poker Gras.  Think it was a big success.  Definitely looking to continue the positives everybody raved about as well as expand the options a little bit in the future.

Big thank you to Chase Haydel and Harrahs New Orleans for giving us this opportunity and I think they'll agree everybody won after our first time out.  More to come. By the way, check out this article on Chase by Ben Saxton.  Also, feel it's important to highlight the tireless efforts by Chase, Robbie Gertsner, Joella McIntosh, Mel Emnon and Timmy Louie.  As TDs they busted their butts to put together an in house tournament and had everything moving fairly seamlessly.  Not to mention just about every one of them asked me to put the spotlight on the hard work of somebody else.  Humble, smart, hard-working, what more could you ask for? " [+] 

 

LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  2/5/19] Jonathan Little is one of the all time top tournament poker earners.  At 24, he had already eclipsed 4 million dollars in lifetime winnings.  The WPT Season VI player of the year, Jonathan was born in Pensacola Florida and currently operates a poker site, which includes his blogs and videos you can find it here.

"I was recently told about a hand from a $500 buy-in live tournament that illustrates an important concept that many amateur poker players fail to fully understand. With blinds at 500/1,000 with a 100 ante, our Hero raised to 2,500 out of his 50,000 effective stack on the button with Kh-Qc. Only the big blind, a generally tight and extremely straightforward 50 year old man called.
The flop came Qd-9c-5c. The opponent led for 3,600 into the 6,400 pot. "
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NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  2/5/19] Nolan Dalla.com is where you find the wit and wisdom of one of the most well known poker writers in the industry.  His WSOP coverage speaks for itself.  His home blog covers a wide range of topics written with that singular Dalla conviction. 

"If you were able to stay awake for the entire game, you either had better drugs and alcohol or some serious money riding on the passing yardage props.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. What a fucking bore.
A hundred million comatose fans bitching and pissed off royally is what happens when the NFL plows the kiddies with sugar candy for more than a decade in the form of preposterous rules changes entirely designed to help offenses and boost scoring. So, when the occasional game comes out of nowhere and lands on 13-3, itís like sticking a cold plate of raw green beans in front of a screaming infant.
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! We want touchdowns! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! "
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INSIDE WATER

[UPDATED: 2/5/19]  We pick NFL games against the lines posted Tuesday. Sometimes they move by kickoff and we look silly. Sometimes they don't move and we look silly. Either way. You know how football helmets have a sticker that goes "this helmet won't protect your head if your head is inside of it when you smack into another person"? Risking real money on these picks is like that. For entertainment purposes only.r. 

"The referees cost the Saints a spot in the Super Bowl with one of the worst non-calls in NFL history. Yes, this obviously was a missed call and the NFL has actually fined the Rams player for a helmet-to-helmet hit even though it wasnít called. However, what the hell are the Saints doing passing here. The Saints had a first down at the Rams 13 with 1:58 to go. First down pass - incomplete. Second down run - no gain. Third down pass - incomplete (and the aforementioned missed PI call). Fourth down field goal - 1:41 to go, Saints 23-20. If they run the ball 3 times here, they still get the field goal and they give the ball back to the Rams with 15 or so seconds left. Instead, they left 1:41 and allowed the Rams to march right down the field for the game tying field goal. The call didnít help, but it was the play calling that lost the game for the Saints." [+]

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SHORR 'NUFF

[UPDATED  09/25/16] Shannon Shorr has graduated.  That's bad news for the poker world because he's terrorized the circuit while also being a full time college student.  Now without distractions, like class every day, the only question is how quickly will he add to his over 3.2 million dollars in tournament winnings.  You can also read Shannon's blog at his homepage:  http://shannonshorr.com/

"As it pertains to my personal journey, it has been a bit volatile since I last posted. Iíve had some dark times that almost all stem from the rough stretch Iíve endured in my career as a tournament poker professional. I wonít bother complaining here as you most certainly donít wanna hear it. There has been an often-present anxiety due to things not going well financially. It has also been a hit to my ego.
I think Iíve finally worked through it and at peace with it. Iíve been playing poker tournaments for near 11 years now and have experienced the swings of the business first hand. Itís really important to take a step back and gain perspective and ďzoom outĒ as a friend told me this summer. I experienced some depression as a result of things not going well at poker table. An interesting thing happened. I would get upset about tournaments not going well. I would then get really wrapped up in my head and hard on myself FOR getting upset about tournaments not going well."
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Bella Donkey

[06/17/16]  Jennifer Gay is a poker player, poker room supervisor and Ante Up Magazine Poker Columnist local to Tunica, MS. Her blog covers the sometimes personal and always comical reality of a life fully centered around poker in the South.

"Steven has applied himself to his study and poker coaching to a level I couldn't have believed possible. Mostly utilizing "Float the Turn" and watching hours and hours of reviewed hand histories, he spends his lunch break at work every day studying in addition to any down time he has at home. He cut carbs from his diet, losing 20+ pounds and dropping below 200 for the first time in a decade, hoping that better health overall will lead to better stamina and mental clarity.

I am super excited about his opportunity to play in the main event and believe he's going to run deep. Hopefully, really deep. I did the math on it and approximately $43,000 would pay off every dime of debt we have and finish the fund for a down payment on a home. We are on track to hit this goal by December 2017, but it would be really nice if he could just knock it out in one big tournament cash. Plus, if we're bringing home $43,000 then that means the investors are all getting a huge return on investment. " 
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WHO IS DAVID CLARK?

[UPDATED:  03/28/16] David Clark bagged more points than any other at large qualifier on the WSOP this year.  The Texan has been blogging and winning for some time now.

"I took a different approach towards kick starting my fitness goals in January. I didnít join a gym or start a new exercise routine, instead I picked up a part time job working construction. Coming from a late night poker schedule this took some significant lifestyle adjustments, but thatís exactly what I was looking for. I ended up walking down this path while following a thought about changing the way I value time. A thought that came along while I was lending my friends and family an extra set of hands." [+]

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[UPDATED:  08/24/18] PLAYER N scribes a tale of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all hustling on the Coast.

""Look at him," he groused. "Fucking Fish."

I followed Tony's finger and there he was striding out the other the exit, Morty the accountant. His wallet fatter at least for the moment. He lit up a thick cigar self-satisfied in the crisp autum air then leaned on the railing.

"At least, he's not leaving..." I said. Happy to that fact.

Tony mumbled, "Fucking fish, fucking fish! That fucking guy." He pushed out a thick cloud of cigarette smoke into a crowd of mostly women walking into the casino. He got what he wanted: angry glares and a collective admonishment.

He half lurched at them then defiantly mouthed "What? What? What?"

The ladies drew in closer as they neared the door.

"Asshole," one said to another.
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TIERCE TAKES IT:

Bonnie Tierce of Decatur, AL is our lucky Social Media Contest winner for Week 2. She wins a seat into GCP's Pearl River Spring Poker Classic 20k Guarantee on the 20th.

The Decatur native won by liking and sharing our post on Facebook. Matt Bizub's name was drawn as the runner-up in case Bonnie is not able to play the seat.  Bad news Matt as she sounds like she will be there.  She didn't supply us a poker pic but did say her favorite hand is pocket aces even if they sure do get cracked a lot.

If you'd like to win like Matt Doyle (see below) or Bonnie all you have to do is...

1. Be 21

2. Go to @GCPNet on Twitter. Follow the account, like and retweet the social media contest tweet for the week. Congrats you have an entry.

and/or

3. Go to our Facebook page. Like the page. Like that week's social media contest post and share it. (Make your setting public when you share so we can see that you shared it).

Congrats you have another entry (or your first entry depending on #2 :)).

4. Have the random number generator spit out your line number on our spreadsheet.

The posts will go up today. Good luck!

This week's contest is for the $250 Re-entry tournament. You MUST be able to play March 14th (!!!). Please don't enter if you can't play on that date.  The seat is not transferable. If you can't play it will go to our runner-up.
HAND(s) OF THE WEEK:

 
We promised you a bonus hand...  Here's a pivitol hand for a tournament and for a career.  Not to mention some commentary from Jason Mercier.

WSOP-C COCONUT BEACH UPDATES:



-Bryan Clark of Pensacola doubled his WSOP-C results (two in Tunica in January) with two 6th place finishes in $400 No Limit Hold'em Events.

-Justin Harvell puts a ring on it for the first time in Event 8. The Nashville pro earned almost 38k for first. Justin Donato and Simon Philip also cashed.

-Philip Hui of San Antonio finished second to Curtis Daye of Hollywood, FL in the High Roller. Daye won 73.5k and Hui 45k.

-Hank Sitton jetted down just in time to finished third in another event. He earned 4.6k for third in Event 12 NL Turbo. David Moses also of Greenville, SC won first place and 10.5k. John Holley finished fifth.

-Three of the hottest players in the region finished at the final Final Table of Coconut Creek (technically the Main is still playing but Event 14 was the final event): Hank Sitton 5th, Don Dove 7th, and Justin Sharpe 8th. Denish Pratt of Olive Branch, MS min-cashed in 12th. Congrats all!

-Sokchheka Pho (pictured way up there) of Memphis, Warren Sheaves of Asheville, and Jason Young (of the Monkey's Minions) are currently battling it out in the main with six left. First place is 243k.

-Cashing the Main: David Sidler of Atlanta (16th 12.4k), Kevin Johnson and James Burns of TN (25th, 26th), Philip Hui and David Bradshaw of Decatur, GA.
 TWEET OF THE WEEK:

Lauren Roberts is the first female to win a US Open tournament.  She took down a 10k event vs. a final table loaded with High Stakes regs:

SITTON SO CLOSE:

Hank Sitton finished third in the Potawtomi WSOP-C Main Event winning over 94k.

Really thought this was going to be the first ring for the player number one all time in tournament earnings for South Carolina.  Still a great run by a player who will be getting his first taste of jewelry sooner rather than later.

Damjan Radanov of Memphis finished 6th for 40k. Also cashing Andy Philachack of Texas, Kevin Eyster of Lafayette, and Josh Turner of St. Louis (128k for second place).
MEMPHIS MAKING IT HAPPEN:



THE FIRST WINNER IS... MATT DOYLE!

Congratulations to Matt Doyle who won our first Social Media Contest for the upcoming Pearl River Spring Poker Classic. He wins a $250 seat for the Re-Entry tournament on March 14th. If for some reason he can't play our first runner up is Darrell Guillory. Sorry, Darrell but it sounds like Matt's going to make it.

If you want to join Matt at the GCP's Pearl River Spring Poker Classic, good news we have more free seats to give away.

This week the prize is a seat in the 20k on the 20th. Please only enter if you can play March 20th.

To enter: Be 21. Go to our facebook page, like the page, like the post with Matt's face on it, share that post. Bam one entry. Then go to twitter. Follow @GCPNet. Like the tweet and share the tweet that talks about this. Bam second entry.

We will announce the next winner next Monday.



SHARPE'S HEATER DOESN'T DULL:

Another Memphis player Justin Sharpe who has gotten a lot of mentions recently on our front page made a deep run in Coconut Creek at the WSOP-C event.

He won just under 41k for third place in the $400 No Limit Hold'em Re-entry event. Bad news for the rest of us, as we are pretty sure he'll be taking his heater to Pearl River in March.
PANHANDLE-ERS IN THE NEWS:

HOLLEY DAY:

John Holley grabbed a 4th place in Event 2 at the WSOP-C in Coconut Creek Florida. He won over 30k for his finish.

Joining him at the final table was fellow Gulf Coaster and panhandle native Simon Philip. The pride of Pensacola finished 7th for 14k.

MIAM JOHN CERNUTO ALL TIME GREAT:


The long playing tournament pro has now cashed more times in Hendon Mob recognized events than anybody else.

The Florida State grad came to poker after being fired as an Air Traffic Controller by President Ronald Reagan when he refused to cross the picket lines of a strike in the 1980s. 490 trips to the cashier's cage later he's in rarefied air all by himself.

He passed Men "The Master" Nguyen currently in second with 489 cashes. Several big names lurk in the top 10 but it's notable after the top two third place is 49 spots back of Miami John. Randy Hollands 441 cashes is 10% less than Johns total.
TJ Cloutier is next with not even 400 cashes at 393. Dan Heimiller, Kathy Liebert, Allen Kessler, Brentr Carter and Robert Turn all make the top ten with 317 to 365 cashes.

P.S.... look at the aformentioned John Holley who we see all the way up in 34th spot all time with 248 cashes.
TWEET OF THE WEEK/HAND OF THE WEEK?

Besides the Check Your Privilege commentary of Griffen Benger, this is a gem of a hand exposing the decision making process of Matt Berkey.  (Okay, we'll probably post another hand or tweet later this week as we are kind of cheating you here by doubling up).

Is the player that loses the hand wrong? Do you see why it could be the wrong result but the right thinking?


POKER NEWS:

HOW YOU LIKE THESE APPLES:

Just a quick plug for our poker playing friends at Mr. Apple.  If you  haven't tried one yet you don't know what you are missing.  They deliver and at this time of year would make a great and unique Valentines Day Gift. Go HERE for more details.

PLAYERS REACT TO WSOP SCHEDULE:

Interesting Poker News video here.  Think they cover the full sprectrum with insight from Tiffany Michelle, Martin Jacobsen and David Tuchman.  Not suprisingly, Tuchman sees both sides perhaps the best.

RUN IT ONCE:

The online site created by Phil Galfond launched online February 6th for real money action. While it feels forever ago Galfond made his bold assertion he was going to join the market place with his spin on poker he's finally realized his vision.

Quick highlights... splash the pot promotions, visual cues from avatars, rewarding players who stream play, and a prohibition on third party tracking software. For more go here.

And just a reminder... we still can't play on any of these sites, but if you haven't to visit Canada or parts of Europe give it a run.
PEARL RIVER SOCIAL MEDIA SEAT GIVEAWAY STARTS TODAY:

Okay, here are the details. We will be giving away one seat per week into the March 14th - 24th Gulf Coast Poker.NET's Pearl River Spring Classic tournament.

Go ahead and bookmark this SCHEDULE now.

This week we have some assignments to be eligible to win a seat in Event 1, the 100K Re-entry.  The tournament has a reduced buy-in, and added a fifth flight. It features a starting stack of 15k (up from 10k) and is a best bag forward format that rewards anybody who bags multiple times a 1k bonus for doing so.

You can be eligible to win seat by doing one of the following:

You must be 21.

Retweet and Like @GCPNet's tweet about the Seat Giveaway. One Entry:  TWITTER.

Like and Share GCP's Facebook post about this Seat Giveaway. One Entry:  FACEBOOK.  You must also Like our page (it's assumed but probably needs to be stated)

Please don't enter this week's contest if you can't play March 14th.  The seat is not transferable so we will have to pull another name if you win and can't play.

We will pull from them list of eligible entries on Monday. We will give away another seat next week.
TWEET OF THE WEEK:

POKER PLAYER NARROWLY MISSES OUT ON NFL H.O.F.


The former Patriot Richard Seymour got close but didn't officially make Canton. He did, however, get to see his Patriots win another Super Bowl. This is news for many of you who boycotted the game. Don't worry you didn't miss much. Maybe the worst Super Bowl ever--which the NFL kind of deserved.
LINKAGE:

BUBBLE HALLUCINATIONS AND MORE: Poker players Rich Altati and Rory Young wagered Altati couldn't last 30 days in pitch black. While we know Young eventually bought out of the wager on day 20 for 62.4k we had yet to hear from Altati about his experience until now. For The Win quotes and links to an interview with Darren Rovell of the Action Network. Some interesting nuggets here.

POLICE OFFICER GETS SENTENCED FOR PLAYING IN PRIVATE GAME: Did he obstruct justice and lie to the feds or can he just not remember details from three years prior accurately? Interesting case...
 More details from CardsChatNews about the case and the charges here.

SAVAGE STORIES: Noted Tour Director Matt Savage knows how to spin a yarn. This podcast covers almost everything from Men Nguyen, Phill Hellmuth and how he almost ruined the most famous poker bluff in history (Moneymaker/Farha). Go to Cardplayer.

BIG BROTHER WINNER LOWBALLED ON KELLY MINKIN TATOO: A former winner of the Big Brother show agreed to get Kelly Minkin and her twitter handle tatooed to his leg. All he got was a measly 1k. Measly? The guy that paid the 1k, super-rich poker afficianado Bill Perkins, once paid Jeff Gross 550k to get a rainbow tatooed on his back. Details here.

LITTLE'S WEEKLY POKER HAND: With Harrahs adding a weekly bounty tournament... here's some insight on late hand from the final table of a Bounty. Also features Lon McCaran playing.
HAND(s) OF THE WEEK:

Nothing is quite as fun in cash games as getting crushed then running it up. Here's how one guy went from Busto to Robusto.


BIG NEWS:

We promised a big announcement and does it get bigger than this?

Maybe not for us. March 14th through the 24th will be an official Gulf Coast Poker.NET tournament series at Pearl River.

What can you expect?

Our Big Blind Ante player friendly Main Event structure. We got more compliments about that than anything else at Poker Gras and we are taking it on the road. Players have told us they want a lot of play. Check. Value for a bigger buy-in. Check. Fun. Check.

Deep starting stack, ease of the Big Blind, adopting a small blind ante when short handed, and plenty of play? Check, check, and check again.  All in a 100k Guaranteed tournament.

Also, we will be featuring TD Paul Dutsch's brilliant idea to up the starting stack on the re-entry and drop the price a bit to smash the opening weekend's 100k guarantee. Bag the first flight?  Now you can shoot to bag bigger in another flight? You'll get a 1k bonus for each additional bag and get to move the best bag forward.

Again.. for $250 there are now FIVE flights to chose from, a 15k starting stack, and 1k bonuses!

Midweek marks the return of the 20k guarantee on Wednesday that did big numbers on Halloween in the fall and a Thursday tournament that has us licking our lips.

Thurday there will be NINE(!) Main Event Seats added to that deep stack tournament.

And let's not forget our sweet sixteen monday heads up bracket tournament.  First 16 to register get to vie for the chance to be called heads up King!

And of course, as always the room deals and food comps and all the player friendly services (more on that to come... maybe even a silly video) that makes Pearl River a great stop.

We also pledge to not forget our "Keep Poker Fun!" mantra and will be doing a ton of updates and pics even for the smaller events. Friends and family want to follow? We'll make it happen.

We look forward to seeing all our poker playing friends in March and ramping up the fun.

Details coming soon about seat giveaways every week in the lead up to this event. Stay tuned to our social media pages for that.

If you are already sold.. contact us now about rooms.
WSOP-C TUNICA WRAP UP

CARTWRIGHT WINS 8TH

Kyle Cartwright won his 8th ring in the WSOP-C Tunica Main Event. Probably even more impressive than nearly 200k payday it also marked his 4th WSOP-C Main Event win. While 7 players have more rings overall we are not sure anybody else has 4 Main Event rings.

As usual Tunica was good to Gulf Coasters this year and that didnt end when the Main Event started. Familiar names and locals littered the leaderboard and then marked a steady stream to the pay out cage.

Johnny Landreth of Lanett Alabama finished third for 90k. Damjan Radanov of Memphis earned almost 40k for sixth. Metairie's Joe "The Pro" Hebert finished 8th for 23k.

Michael Sanders of Arkansas (9th 18.5k), BJ McBrayer (10th, 15k), Michael Monaghan (11th, 15k), and Sley Sanchez of NOLA (19th, 8.3k) all made the top 20.

Matt Colvin (now of Dallas, 25th), Mike Cordell (Little Rock, 27th) and Donald Dove (NOLA, 29th) each made more than 5k.

Trace Henderson, Cody Stanford, Bob Beck, Kevin Eyster, Ben Thomas, Judge Leo Boothe (Ferriday, LA), Denise Pratt (Olive Branch, MS), Matt Higgins, and Peace Marvel (LA) all cashed.  

Justin Sharpe (pictured) also made the money and went for 10th in the final double stack event.  This has been a torrid last few months for Justin.  Two firsts, seven top tens and twelve cashes total for the Memphis rounder all in our region.

V DAY FOR VIDMER:

Antony Vidmer, now of Nashville, won his first ring in the $400 Big Blind Ante Event. The screenwriter and director of High Roller: The Stu Unger Story won over 21k for first. Seth Forster and James Kizer also found the money.
TUNICA TIDBITS:



EVENT #5: SIX HANDED

Jeremy Eyer of Gulfport won 19.6k and his first WSP ring in the prestigious 6 max event. He bested 220 players. Congrats Jeremy we suspect it is the first of many rings (despite mostly playing online). Ed Chevallier of Mary, LA won 1.1k for 12th. Sley Sanchez and Tim Burt added to their WSOP-C cashes.

EVENT #6: PLO

Matt Higgins, Mack Ham, Terry Moore and Warren Sheaves all cashed the $400 152 entrant event. Carl Masters of Clarksville, TN won first place and 13.5k after beating Chris Conrad heads up.

EVENT #7: EIGHT-HANDED

Cody Stanford made another run at a ring but finished 5th for almost 7k. Ben Thomas 12th (more circuit points), Terry Moore 16th, Blake Whittington 20th. Min-cashing the 311 player event: Jeremy Eyer, Stephen Bierman, and Chris Moneymaker.

EVENT #8: MONSTER STACK

Ray Curran bagged a 10th best stack out of 30 remaining players in the 561 player field. Dustin Stewart also returns with chips and an eye on another ring. 185k in the prize pool on the $400 buy-in with first paying north of 38k. Good luck today.
TUNICA TIDBITS:

EVENT #1 DOUBLE STACK
William "Cody" Stanford finished third for a little over 12k in the 372 entrant $400 NLHE event. Nice run Cody. Also cashing Lacey Coffey and Douglas Cox.

EVENT #2: RE-ENTRY

Ben Thomas of Baton Rouge finished 16th out of 1211 players in the $400 buy-in event. Ben earned a little over 2700. JW Carter of Jackson, Cody Stanford, William Anderson, Jeter Brock, and Kyle Cartwright cashed.

EVENT 3#: ONE DAY

Joe "The Pro" Hebert of Metaire slid into a min-cash in the one day event. Barry Schultz finished 9th for almost 2k and cashed the seniors event.



EVENT #4: BIG BLIND ANTE

Nolan Burton of Pleasant Grove, AL took the ring and almost 20k for first. Burton now has two rings after winning one in 2013 at the IP Biloxi. Tara Snow and Sean Sinclair both cashed the 239 player $400 event. Tara made a touch over 1k.
BEAU RIVAGE MAIN EVENT RESULTS:

ALL SMILES:

Congrats to "Smiley" Sexton who beat Trace Henderson heads up to win the Million Dollar Heater Main Event.

We heard two decisive hands gave the title to Sexton. He cracked Trace's pocket Aces with pocket 8s to take the chip lead and then coolered Trace's AK with pocket Aces of his own.

Congrats to all who cashed.

1st Edmund Sexton, Jr. $105,282
2nd Trace Henderson $60,762
3rd Joe Golias $35,106
4th Bryan Clark $27,559
5th Lacey Coffey $23,786
6th Maxwell Young $20,013
7th Benjamin Diebold $15,863
8th Dustin Stewart $10,565
9th Jared Eskandari $9,433
10th Daniel Howard $8,678
11th Judge Leo Boothe $8,678
12th Donald Dove $8,678
13th Kyle Cartwright $7,923
14th Aaron Lasater $7,923
15th Michael Monaghan $7,923
16th Luther Tran $6,414
17th Zachary Ainsworth $6,414
T-18th
Ray McIntosh $4,000
Jason Gladden $4,000
Ashly Butler $4,000
Hai Nguyen $4,000
Jerry Monroe $4,000
Huayi Zhens $4,000

As always a first class tournament. Thanks to Henry Garrison, Derrick Dillman, Paul Dutsch and all the hard working staff and dealers.

We've heard they are already considering tweaks to the Main Event structure and listening to player suggestions to keep bettering and refining this amazing event.

And a special shout out to Don Dove, who upon busting the Main, jumped into the final one day tournament and took second. (We don't have complete results for that yet, but will post when we do). Well done Don!
MORE BEAU RESULTS:

CARD SHARPE

Justin Sharpe earned 8.6k for first place in the $200 NLH 8 Max event. He bested 192 other entrants to in Event 12. Joseph Welch second for 4.6k.

Also at the final table: Simon Phillip, Mo Serry, Ronnie Hope and Jerry Giroir. Mike Benton, Baylie Kull, Danny Doucet, Stevphen Tindle, and Greg "Fossilman" Raymer all cashed.

LITTLE MONSTER

Mack Ham takes 11.3k first place after beating Chris Adams heads up. Adams earned 6k for second. Baylie Kull (2.2k), Corey Harrison (1.9k), Wade Smith, Charles Westbrook, Charlene Smith and Hanh Nguyen all made the final table.

Also in the money for Day Two Rene Skinner, Ronnie Bryant, Gerald Rodrigues, Mo Moeini, Chris Dupuy, and Charles Sanders.
GAVIN SMITH PASSES:

Lots of sadness and fond recollections today for a beloved player who became a star during the poker boom. Smith rode the highs and lows of being a professional gambler. 

For some of us, via his Poker Road podcasts, his voice narrated our view into a true professional poker career.  Smith was the type of person  live poker needs more of today, and specifically a person far too young to leave us.

As Nolan Dalla noted (see his blog for a tribute) one of his defining characteristics  was that he was the same guy if he was flush with cash from a major tournament win as he was deep into make up and debt.

Our thoughts go out to his family and his friends.  That's a lot of friends as accounts of his his impact and loss seem to number in the 1000s on social media.

For more news that no longer qualifies as the latest, because... it's no longer recent, follow the link below...

MOST RECENT  OLD NEWS

ARCHIVED NEWS BLOTTER CENTER>>>

AND MORE

 POKER IS WAR/a>

 (UPDATED: 1/30/19) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"I finally got some time so I figured I would bust out a Blog right quick.

Whats been happening...Hmmmm. I have found some time to play a little poker over the past couple of weeks. I been playing once or twice a week in a weekly tournament either at Coushatta or Harrahs. I wasnt able to play the Heater at the Beau as I had work commitments. I planned on firing a couple of shells at the WSOP Circuit they ran Tunica last week...but could not get up there.

I plan on playing more poker in the near future...My son is now 9 years and I will be able to start to try to play more.

Lots of good things coming up with GCP and Poker Gras...we are getting some traction on multiple fronts and you sill be seeing some big news coming soon."
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THE POKER MONKEY

 [UPDATED: 01/30/19] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"Why aren't I going to TODAY'S game, none of you are asking? Well, that WAS the original plan. However, we have this little thing called "The Heater" going on at the Beau Rivage...and this weekend is the Main Event. I played yesterday, with the hopes of bagging up some chips...then going to today's game vs the Eagles...then coming back on Monday and going for a big win. Scrub all that. I'll just be honest...I've made a couple bad plays this week. However, I am also running incredibly bad. Three times, after being card dead for an eternity...I picked up QQ with a raise behind me...and shoved all in, only to run into AA. And of course, I never hit a queen there. But oh! The third guy? He tells me..."you're good, don't worry, I've already lost with aces TWICE today to queens." As soon as he said that? I knew I would NEVER in a million years hit a queen. I was right. REBUY!!"

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POKER FACES IN THE CROWD

[UPDATED: 2/5/19]  BEN SAXTON is writing a poker book based on the Gulf Coast scene.  Here is an archive of interviews and features of poker players from all over but with a spotlight mostly on our locals.

"Strolling through the Rios Amazon Room, ESPN commentator Norman Chad spotted a player wearing a gray horseshoe mustache, a white button-down, and an MT TRUCK SERVICE hat. Each time the man left his seatóhe was deep in the 2015 WSOP Main Eventóother players, dealers, floormen, and railbirds wished him well. Puzzled, Chad walked over. "Excuse me,Ēhe said. "Everyone here knows you. Who are you?Ē
Kenny Milam smiled and said, ďIm the best-known unknown player in the country.Ē"
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VLOG CORY PANSANO

[UPDATED: 10/12/18]  CORY is Harrhas NOLA cash player who has moved to Vegas to take his shot there.  The Vlog chronicles his efforts. 

"Cory's first few blogs have included appearences by Drew Brees (okay kind of a drive by), Daniel Negreanu (not a drive by at all), and an Harrahs NOLA reg many of you may recognize. 

 The vlog started in pursuit of a PokerStars contest but Cory expects to keep blogging in the future. Track his progress on www.corypansano.com or on his YouTube channel.  Good stuff." [+]

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JASON MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY

 (UPDATED 11/11/15) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker players in the world.  Why wouldn't you read his blog? 

"I'm back home in Florida, relaxing for most of November before heading back out for more tournaments in December. Now that the NBA season is underway, I'm taking advantage of the time off to watch some hoops, including following how my Miami Heat are going to do without LeBron James this year.

I actually just took a trip up to Charlotte, North Carolina to watch the Heat play the Hornets a few days ago. A friend of mine has courtside tickets and invited me to come up because he knows how big of a Heat fan I am. I've wanted to sit courtside for a Heat game for quite some time so was really excited to experience it for the first time. We sat right next to the Hornets bench, so hearing the interaction between the players and the coaches was pretty awesome. It was one of the most fun things I've ever done and I can't wait to do it again.."
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RIVER POKER

 [UPDATED: 01/01/18] Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an  intriguing approach to  the game: 

"This is a "True Confessions" blog. My confession is that I don't always pay attention to everything that is happening. I suspect that we all are guilty at times but I KNOW that I certainly am.

It usually happens when you put your opponent on a straight draw after the flop and concentrate so fully on what cards would complete his straight and whether they fall that you miss the board flushing or you put him on a heart flush draw and concentrate so completely on whether or not another heart falls that you fail to notice the board straightening.
A similar but different lapse happened to me the other day."
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RECOGNIZE AND REACT

 (UPDATED 01/14/15) A new title but the same blog, Goondingy or Big Smoove and pure aggression on the felt examines live poker action:

"Greetings and salutations! I did it, I played a bit of poker! I met my buddy Wild Bill at Lauberge Casino in Baton Rouge to play the $100 tournament and follow up with some cash games. I got to the last three tables before I busted. Had to play like a nit, could not catch anything and when I raised most folks folded.
We got there before the tournament started and were instant alternates, something about a supervisor not being on the floor to help open up another table, but after about 30 minutes they opened a table and about 30 more minutes later I was called to action. Played very tight and just observed, I wanted to get my feel for the game back and it took a very long time. I picked up blinds where it was necessary had one scare where a gentleman chased me to the river and folded on my river bet but my downfall hand was pocket jacks in the cut-off, I believe the blinds were 1k 2k with a $100 ante. "
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SAINTS WIN

[UPDATED 01/01/18] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints football perspective on to GCP.NET.

"How's this for a couple of days of bullshit?

A day before the Saints played the Falcons on December 7th, the NFLís Arthur Blank-led compensation committee finally rewarded Roger Goodell with a $200M contract extension.

Goodellís contract came after months of bad blood and threats of litigation from Jerry Jones, who had obstructed the formalities. Blank eventually won this power struggle between two of the NFLís most influential owners, and delivered Goodell his new contract.."
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POKERBAT

[UPDATED: 10/21/14]  THE POKER BAT is an online player from Northern Louisiana who is trying out blogging to help him with his game.  Bat will delve into hand scenarios and discuss issues facing today's online player. 

"From his poker blind, the Bat watched Kai magnificently wade through that minefield of Q10 loving princesses and get to heads up action. Heads up action in a ladies tournamentÖ creepy smile, creepy wink, creepy nudge (somebody needs to design that emoticon). There the Bat hears some of the exiled ladies talking. One of them a brutish looking tight end for an Canadian Football League team tells the others, if Kai wins heís not getting out of the parking lot with the pendant.

This got the Bat picking his nose, actually, the Bat was already knuckle deep, this got the Bat thinking, about poor Kai getting jumped in the parking lot. So taking stock of the future mob, the Bat envisioned the scene if he won:

Kai exits the elevator, with the Ted Nugent muzak fading away as he walks into the IP garage, a car skids out in the distance, but this floor of the garage is empty except for Kaiís car (a vintage Aston Matin) parked by itself overlooking the beauty of the bay of biloxi. As Kai, walks sipping from his shaken not stirred victory martini, the lone light above his car flickers rapidly and turns off, turning the garage to shadow. Dripping water echoes loudly and Kai canít help but shake the idea heís being watched"
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