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DINE ON THE WHALE

 (UPDATED: 09/25/17) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"Who is Hurricane27?”

Within the last year, I got asked that question a lot. Make sense I co-own a site devoted to poker on the Gulf Coast, I live outside of New Orleans and suddenly an online account of a player located in Metairie just starts crushing. Also, the community of “crushers” who press buttons is fairly small, somebody should know who this is, but nobody did." [+]

LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  08/25/17] Jonathan Little has more tournament winnings than only a handul of pros.  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 new poker site, which includes his blogs and videos you can find it here.

"Day 1 of the 2017 WSOP Main Event went about as well as possible for me. I correctly assessed most of my opponents’ tendencies and played a strategy designed to take advantage of their mistakes. I called down the overly aggressive players with a wide range and made big folds against the straightforward players when they decided to put a lot of money in the pot. I ended day 1 with four starting stacks, 211,300, which was good for fourth place in my portion of the field going into day 2a.
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NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  08/25/17] 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. 

"When I first heard the Westgate was re-opening their poker room, my initial reaction was — what the hell are they thinking?
 
Poker’s popularity has been flat for quite a while, especially here in Las Vegas where the overall table count has declined and some once-popular rooms have closed their operations entirely.
 
Westgate has boldly decided they’re going to defy all this pessimism and strike out on their own. Poker rooms might be closing down elsewhere, but Westgate is determined to blaze its own trail and become a success, some might say, against the odds.
 
Westgate, which was known for many years as the Las Vegas Hilton (and The International, before that) has experienced a rocky road with poker. The Hilton ran a thriving room back during the 1980’s and even held some big-time poker tournaments. When poker declined in popularity during the 1990’s, the room faded and closed. It remained shuttered for more than a decade.  
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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. I’ve had some dark times that almost all stem from the rough stretch I’ve endured in my career as a tournament poker professional. I won’t bother complaining here as you most certainly don’t 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 I’ve finally worked through it and at peace with it. I’ve been playing poker tournaments for near 11 years now and have experienced the swings of the business first hand. It’s really important to take a step back and gain perspective and “zoom out” 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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OUT OF BOUNDS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL:

3802 Veterans BLVD, Metaire, LA
504.889.7359
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 didn’t 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 that’s 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." [+]

 OUT OF BOUNDS SPORTS BAR AND GRILLE

3802 Veterans Blvd in Metairie, La and you can call @504-889-7350

Poker Fiction

[UPDATED:  03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all hustling on the Coast.

"Thick cigarette breath assaulted me as the man in the tattered Red Sox jacket put his hand on my shoulder, "Hey boss, spare a dollar..." it hung there not as a question but an instruction. I couldn't sidestep it or the man. His gently tightening grip, neither affectionate nor comforting, but oddly somehow both soft and malevolent made the hairs on my neck stand up. The harsh cold wind pushed at me, up the darkened street gaining speed between the concrete buildings. It buttressed me helping the man stop me on that corner.

I gave him a steely look, and he inhaled quickly through his nostrils, "Sorry guy." I tried to wave him off, but his hand didn't move. I had to look him in the eye.

Quiet, gray blue eyes surprised me, they looked like they still had the sparkle of youth, maybe a forty years old but his weathered face told a different story. Craggy, fractured and leathery ridges told of many more years and hardship born of living outdoors. Then in a flash, those eyes lost their luster and bore into m
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MEAN STREETS OF METAIRIE MEN MAKING IT HAPPEN:

HURRICANE 27 AND HURRICANE AFTERMATHS:


Finally got up our profile of Hurricane27 the online kid from Metairie, LA who came out of nowhere, go here. It's been a banner couple of weeks for Metairie players in Biloxi.  Capped off at the Beau Main Event as two more Metairians, Randy Gordon and James Arruebarrena, finished in the top four.

I don't think it's Out of Bounds to say but Metairie's got a pretty good poker scene going on here.  Speaking of Metairie, co-owner of Bernies (see that ad above) Barth Melius, has been doing incredible things in the U.S. Virgin islands in the aftermath of the hurricanes.  Believe the Poker Monkey is working to set up or highlight some ways for us to help the USVI in the coming days.  

RANDY GORDON WINS IT:

Big congrats to Randy Gordon a contractor from Metairie, LA and a friend of GCP for snapping off the Beau Rivage Main Event. We understand an equity chop between the top four was done so the numbers are a little bit off from what was reported. That said when the deal was made Randy had most of the chips.  First place was to have paid just under 70k from a prize pool of almost 258k.

Matt Silva of Lakewood Ranch, FL got credit for 40k for second and North Carolina's Dean Rutledge is listed as 22k for third. James Arruebarrena, also from Metairie, LA earned over 17k for fourth.

Cliff Chisolm of Collinsville, MS (5th 14k), another FOGCP Paul Hebert (6th 12k), and Tara Snow of Piedmont AL won 3.6k for 9th. Another deep run for her at the Beau. Craig Flood of Austin (7th 8.9k) and Sam Ho of Morrow, GA (8th 5.3k) also made the final table.

Tough field as a slew of familiar names made the money including: Seville Hale, Danny Williams, Michael Benton, Ben Thomas, Caufman Talley, Marcos Palacios, Ashly Butler, and Mihail Karasoulis. Congrats to all that cashed.
PEARL RIVER COMING UP:



In what is becomming a Halloween tradition for Poker players the Pearl River Resorts Ante Up fall tournament returns at the end of October. As always tournament director Paul Dutsch has incentivized the heck out of it. Added seats to the Main Event in megas, guaranteed seats, guaranteed prize pools and a first.  They oare offering you a chance to claim double your tournament  winnings in the October 31st tournament if you take in casino credit.

A genuis idea in our opinion. Think we might enjoy watching the winners that take the casino credit and play their rush in the pit games as much as we'd enjoy the tournament action. They are always good for a twist. We will be mentioning this often in the coming weeks. Rooms, really nice by the way, are inexpensive and table side food makes it a great day, weekend or week long trip. More to come...

BEAU KNOWS POKER, GCP PRELIM WRAP-UP:

KAHSAY MONSTER CHAMP:

The Georgia native can say Kahsay's the champ. Credited with 51k and first place Abraham Kahsay beat a loaded final table. They were: Vincent Pham (2nd 32k), mean streets of Metairie's own Curtis Terry (3rd, 27k and pictured), the man from Theodore, Alabama Sam Bowles (4th 23k), Pensacola native Wayne White (5th, 20k), Talladegian Quintin Elston (6th, 17k), Judge Leo Boothe (7th, 13k), Huey Hulin (8th 10k) and Jeremy Sanders (9th, 8k).

Also cashing Ismael Cabrera, BJ McBrayer, Ty Robinson, Frank Alpandinar, Craig Flood, Jason Anderson, John Walters, Rovert Veazey, David Chocheles, Davy Murrah, Mihail Karasoulis, Easton Oreman, Barron Whipple, Lester "Black Ice" Milligan, and David Nicholson.

PRISSY JUST MISSES:

Ray Luaga of Slidell, LA beat Prissy Grior of Lafayette heads up to win the No Limit Hold'em Event Two. Also at the final table Jeff Sager, Jerry Sumbo and Nesrin Can. Easton Oreman, Nick Graphia and Umut Meraler also cashed.

TROUTMAN KEEPS WINNING:

Fresh off his biggest score (60k win in Tunica) David Troutman caught another first place winning the 6 Max Event 3 tournament. Curtis Terry also made the final table.

SENIORS EVENT:

Benny Champlin, Judge Leo Boothe, Slidell's Thu Nguyen all made the final table of the seniors event. Marc Bray of Ohio won it. "Coach" Ron Held of Metairie cashed, as did Billy McBrayer's (BJ's dad) and James Kizer.

JETER WINS... AGAIN:

Self described min-casher Jeter Brock is making a habit of winning tournaments outright. His third victory in this calendar year came in the Limit Omaha 8 or better event. It's also his 19th cash for the year. 19 cashes, 3 wins, not too shabby.


ALMOST DOUBLE FOR DUSTIN:

Dustin Stewart fresh off a large re-entry WSOP-C victory tried to win a second title in the same week. This time he fell to Joe Clarke in heads up action.  Not sure anybody has won a tournament at both the Beau and IP but Dustin got real close.   Stewart won 2.8k for second place at the Beau's Event 8. His IP victory a couple of days earlier was a little larger as he banked 40k to go with his circuit ring.  In that same event Judy LeBlanc won 13k for 4th, and Thu Tran 6k for 7th.

HOPE FLOATS:

Captain Ronnie Hope floated the idea of a chop and Captain Chop himself prevailed as the players in the little monster final table divvied up the loot. Captain Ron somehow chopped three tournaments in one 24 hour period. Two at the Beau (Event 13) and one all the way in Kinder Louisiana. Nobody loves it more. Also in the money Eric Sievers, Don Dove, and Jerry Stumbo.
IP WSOP MAIN EVENT:

The Main Event of the circuit stop in Biloxi Mississippi concluded last night and went down to 2 of the best and most notables poker players in the Region ...for the Natty Seat.

We say the Natty seat as it is our understanding that their was an "even" heads up deal made that left Kyle Cartwright and TK Miles playing for the Seat to the yearly Circuit National Championship event presumably worth $10k as that is what it takes to buy in... if you don't win your way into the tourney. That goes to show you how much respect both players have for their opponents as chopping is seldom...if ever... in either players poker "Bag of Tricks".

 

Cartwright wound up locking up the Natty seat and adding to his impressive poker resume and his gambling "lore/legend" of running better than the "Queen of Sheba". Anyone that follows him on twitter sees that at "$125 a rip" ...kid seems to cant lose at slots.

LOCALS CASHING IP MAIN:

We also have a few locals that hit the payout cage:

Leo Boothe takes 3rd for over $53k...Kevin Benoit from Redstick takes 4th for right under $40k...circuit regular Bob Beck gets 6th...Jason "J-Bird" Bergeron(pic) from Houma takes 12th for a shy under $9k...and the guy that paves a trail to the payout cage Danny Doucet from Opelousas takes $5100...and also cashing at $5100...we round it out with "the man...the myth...the legend"...Jeter Brock.

Good luck to those in the Beau Main Event...more updates and results coming.

 

BILOXI IN HIGH GEAR WITH POKER EVERYWHERE:

Lots of Locals are rocking and rolling on the coast as Biloxi Poker Players and residence sigh a huge relief Irma didnt ruin the "Poker Party" on the coast.

FOCUSING ON THE LOCALS:

1st person we want to highlight is Easton Oremon who is on the biggest heater of the crew. Easton got 12th place in the IP 6 max for $810...min cashed the Beau id event Sunday...cashed the 250gtd at the IP for a little over $1000...and then he chops the nightly 4 ways for over $1500...but lost a heads up battle for the Main Event seat.

Next up is Steve Bierman who can put just about anyone on tilt in the south with his anti Trump rhetoric ...and props. I overheard a guy telling his buddy ,"Man...that table started talking politics and some liberal put whole table on tilt"...lol...that's our Steve

Anyhow...he has 22 points toward the Casino Championship...he got 7th in a $365 after making Final Table for $1488...min cash in 250k multiday re-entry without coming back for day 2. 

Jeff Sager is also on a nice run with a 32nd in the re-entry at IP for $1150...and then he chopped the one day Beau event 6 ways for $3475

Keep up the good work guys!!!!

 

NEWS FROM THE COAST:

POKER PALOOZA IS BACK ON THE BILOXI COAST:


Once again the Beau Rivage and the IP will offer tournaments concurrently starting this week.  Should be a lot to choose from and a ton of players in town.  We will be there for much of the week.



BEAU RIVAGE OFFERS 250K MONSTER EVENT AND $1350 MAIN EVENT:

The $355 buy-in Monster stack will deliver four flights starting Friday September 8th at Noon. Three Flights; B (Friday 6:00 pm), C (Saturday noon) and D (Saturday 6:00 pm) will follow and we expect the atomosphere to be electric as usual.  Escalating level lengths of 30 minutes, 45 minutes and 60 minutes promise a tournament with a lot of play when it matters.

They've packed the rest of the week in the lead up to their Main Event with variety. PLO, Big O, 6 Max, Limit Omaha, Deep Stack, Little Monster are just some of the events preceding the $1350 No Limit Hold'em Main Event.  Here is the complete schedule.

DJ ALEXANDER DEEP FOR HOUSTON IN WPT:



For some the storyline of the WPT Legends of Poker final table centered around the Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth. Would he win his first WPT title?  Not for us.  For those of you who have played with DJ Alexander you'll probably remember him being a humble player who carried himself with class that belied his fiercenes.  At least that's what one of us at GCP thought as he felted us in a WSOPC event (he won).  So, it came as no surprise that he pledged 5% of his winnings to his hometown of Houston's recovery efforts.

It would be tough sledding to finish first considering the lineup of cash pro Art Papzyan, Phil Hellmuth, JC Tran and Marvin Rettenmaier shared the final table. Alas, Alexander bowed out in 4th winning 161k. Good game and well played. Here's Poker Central's write-up. Oh and Phil went out second to Papzyan.

MORE EFFORTS TO HELP FROM POKER PLAYERS:

Whether its Will Souther turning his home into a drop off depot for supplies for the Harvey victims or Oren Zweig loading up a van to take to Texas, we've had plenty of reasons to be proud to be poker players recently.  All those donating, time, money, and supplies we thank you.  Believe some in the Cajun Navy are poker players too.  Read one story of Baton Rouge native (and poker player) Cameron Ainsworth buying a boat just to go save people.  What an effort by so many of you and what a great reflection of our community by everybody helping out.
MORE TRAGEDY:

As we mentioned on our Facebook page, Saturday we sadly lost another one of our own; Beau Rivage dealer and poker player Bobby Harrington. An example of a class act at and away from the tables. The incredible response and mourning of his passing shows what an influence he had on all those he touched and how much he will be missed. Our condolences to his family, and to his wide group of friends including the Beau Rivage staff and regular players. This came as a shock to all of us and it just won't be the same without him.

Also, we want to extend our thoughts and prayers to another friend of GCP, Bobbie Bailey.  This has been a rough month for our community.
SOMBER NEWS:

HURRICANE HARVEY:

Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers obviously go out to our family and friends dealing with Hurricane Harvey and its after effects.  It's been scary to see so many parallels to Hurricane Katrina and other devestating storms we've endured.  Even worse there appear to be some unique and horrific new challenges unfolding.  That said have to feel proud for so many in the poker community rallying to aid those in need.  Whether it's Collosus winner and Texan Cord Garcia and Houston pro Ray Henson rescuing people, (a couple of the many players to do so), or it's the folks in Mississippi and Louisiana looking to repay the previous generoisty and charity of those now affected by organizing aid. Stay strong Texas and Louisiana.

REMEMBERING TOM BECNEL:

(Thanks to Ben Saxton for writing these words and our apologies for not getting this up sooner).

The Gulf Coast poker community lost one of its dear members this month. Tom Becnel, a New Orleans resident and poker player for all of his life, passed away on August 17th. He was eighty years old. A fourth-generation citrus and vegetable farmer, Tom worked as a city bus driver, an insurance salesman, a trawler, an oil man, an operator at Chevron Oronite, a bulldozer operator, and a Plaquemines Parish drainage pump operator. He loved being with his family, gardening, cooking,and—as many of us know—sitting around a card table.

In October 2004, Tom won two tournaments in Reno in one week: the $200 Fall Pot of Gold Tournament (for $15,309) and the $2,500 Main Event (for $56,779). He would go on to accumulate almost $200,000 in live cashes.More importantly, he earned the friendship and respect of his fellow players. Darrell Guillory, a veteran dealer at Harrah's, was inspired to play tournament poker when he saw Tom at a 2006 final table in Biloxi. “I watched him, studied him, and imitated him,” Darrell said. “I then used what I had learned to make an incredible run at the IP.

When Mr. Tom came up to me at the final table and I asked him what I needed to do to win the tournament, he replied with a straight face: ‘Be the last one with all the chips.’ Then he cracked a smile and told me to just keep doing what I was doing. He told me that I must be doing something right to make it thisfar. He was a man of little words but a strong presence, he will be missed. RIP MR. BECNEL.”

In the words of Mike Groetsch, a regular at Harrah's, "Tom was the grumpiest old nice guy that Iever met in a poker room. Sounds like an oxymoron but it is so very true. He would even smile when he was complaining. I have known him since the poker days at the Grand Casino in Biloxi in the 1990s. He was an excellent poker player who never gave his chips away. He was also devoted to his girlfriend/significant other Barbara and treated her like a queen. We will miss Tom dearly but he is now with the others who went All-In and traveled to the other side."
LINKS FOR YOUR CLICKING PLEASURE:

-The trailer for Molly's Game dropped.  It's the movie about the high stakes Hollywood game hosted by Toby Maguire.  Lots of stars in this one.  Could be good?



-Sometimes we post stories that are "good" for poker and sometimes we post stories that are "bad" for poker. We often point out that whenever a criminal is arrested and has any connection to poker, poker shares the headline with the crime. Rarely does it share the headline with the hero. This time we have two stories. One good and one terrible for poker.

Let's go good first and the Pensacola News Journal's account of John Langevin's win at the Scarlet Pearl. Yes, poker prominently shares the headline with John with good reads.  Go here to read.  (And...  yes, we posted it on our facebook page too, but not everybody does social media. For those of you who do and haven't liked us yet, you are missing content like this go to our FACEBOOK).

Then, there is this story... ugh. It can only be called bad for poker. Poker dominates the headline because... ugh... just read it for yourself.  Go here

-Table selection is something a lot of people talk about, but outside of looking for one or two "spots" how do you determine what a good table is?  Chuck Blount has some pointers here.
RUNGOOD TUNICA AND KING OF THE HILL:

David Troutman won the event for 58k. The former accountant and now cash game player beat a loaded final table.  Somehow Kyle Cartwright didn't hit a royal flush on his way to second place and 36k. Tupleo, MS native Cody Stanford finished third winning over 24k for his biggest live score of his career.  Tim Burt placed fifth winning 12.8k.

PHIL'S HILL:

Phil Hellmuth won the made for TV King of the Hill special earning 200k in the process and another bullet point in his tournament poker resume.  The live pro beat two young online grinders on Poker Night in America to take the fictitious sounding title and the very real WWE style belt.  If you prefer your news old school style go here for the wrapup.  If you prefer Vloggers and the new school go here to be at a minimum mildly entertained and for some chuckles. 
WSOP CIRCUIT EVENT CHEROKEE:

MERCIER, REICHARD FINAL TABLE GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP:

Once upon a time this was called the National Championship. Once upon a time Jason Mercier used to blog fairly often and Josh Reichard was one of Monkey's Minions. Things have changed a bit since then. The now Global Championship is down to a TV final table of 6 (are we the only ones that prefers telecasts starting at 9). International Alexander Lakhov is the chipleader with Mercier and Reichard having their work cut out for them in 4th and 5th spots. Caufman Talley of Lafayette, LA just missed finishing in 11th place for 20k.

BIERMAN, HORRIGAN, HARWELL CASHING AGAIN:

Robert Harwell (pictured above), also of Monkey's Minions fame, finished 7th in the big reentry tournament winning 21k. He started day two on tough table that included Steve "No Fear in" Bierman who managed an in the money finish. John Holley of Destin finished 63rd in the giant field. Due to the unusual format PJ Horrigan of New Orleans cashed twice. PJ then added 14th in event 6 to add to his growing number of circuit points.
HPT VICKSBURG, BEAU RIVAGE 75K, SCARLET PEARL RE-ENTRY:

FREDDIE ARDOIN GETS IT DONE:


Vicksburg held their HPT event which featured a final three of some well known names from the coast. Freddie Ardoin (pictured) won almost 43k for first. Judge Leo Boothe won close to 27k for second and BJ McBrayer won a little over 16k for third.

This marks Freddie's second win and is by far his biggest cash. Corey Harrison, Thomas Doussan, and Chris Lane also made a trip to the cashier's cage in the two day event.

BRIC ALLEN, JOHN CRESSEND AND 4 OTHERS CHOP THE BEAU:

We don't have exact details for how the Beau Rivage's 75k event wrapped up but we know they chopped 5 or 6 ways. First got ~17k and everybody else a little over 10k. Bric Allen of Baton Rouge and John Cressend of Metairie were in on the spoils.  If you have the complete details shoot them over.

CAP'N RON DOUBLE DIPS:

At least one player cashed in two tournaments on the same day in two different casions. Captain Ron Hope played until his chips ran out at the Beau Rivage and then made it back to the Scarlet Pearl for their restart. He made money in both tournaments.

MONKEY HOLDING TWO CARDS:

Will Souther found himself in a familiar spot.  Staring at a camera and holding two cards after winning a poker tournament.  He has a knack for this kind of thing.  Congrats on winning the Sacrlett Pearl's Ante Only tournament. 

Wait a second...  where are his cards...  he's getting rusty.
WSOP MAIN EVENT CHAMPION BLUMSTEIN:


BLUMSTEIN PICKS A FINE TIME TO RUN GOOD:


Scott Blumstein, a young New Jersey 26 year old pro, beat young Pennsylvania online pro Daniel Ott. The Garden state native won 8.15 million for first while Ott had to settle for 4.7 million for second. Their previous live cashes at WSOP events?  Blumstein $0. Ott $3,656 with two small cashes this year.

After his win Blumstein requested a picture with the effervescent Prissy Grior (above).

Third place went to frenchman Bejamin Pollak who earned 3.5 million. The cheerful Brit John Hesp won 3 million for fourth; another frenchman Antoine Saout won 2 million for fifth, and Bryan Piccioli won 1.675 for sixth. Damian Salas finished seventh, Jack Sinclair 8th, and Ben Lamb 9th.

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 POKER IS WAR

 (UPDATED: 05/15/17) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"Hello anyone still reading this blog…I am in New Orleans now waiting to play the final post-lim and final circuit event of the season. Congrats to Wild Bill for making it to day 2 along with a host of other friends (you know who you are). I whiffed the 1st couple of tournaments last weekend, and I had a funeral party to go to for my Aunt Linda last Saturday so I had to skip most of the weekend. I’m in sales and our EOM (End of Month for non salesfolks) was last Friday 5/20…so I also had my hands tied a little during the week. The plan was to play some megas and if I didn’t satty into the High Roller or the Main Event to fire bullets at the last 2 post-lims to try to win a ring. Today at 3pm will be the final chance for anyone to win a ring this season and before the actual WSOP"[+]

THE POKER MONKEY

 [UPDATED: 08/25/17] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"In other words? A really, really great opportunity for them to make a good first impression. I would say on the poker end...they are doing a really good job this week. They seem to have added just enough over flow tables to accommodate the number of players who showed up. Anyone that has had to go in as an alternate, hasn't had to wait very long. Unlike some casinos, they didn't tie up a bunch of tables spreading cash game to the detriment of players waiting to get in the tourney...and frankly, that might just have more to do with them not really having a solid cash game clientele, more than anything. But nonetheless, its nice to see all 8 tables plus the five outside the poker room, being used strictly for tournaments." [+}

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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: 10/06/16] Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an  intriguing approach to  the game: 

"Disclaimer: My home casino is the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. I play there more than all other venues combined.

Like a lot of you, I have played in quite a few tournament series in numerous locations including WSOP and WPT events but I want to take this opportunity to applaud the Beau Rivage for the excellence of their tournament series and for the courteous and professional way that these tournament series are run.

The Gulf Coast Poker Championship started last week. I arrived early on Friday for the start of their opening "Monster Stack" event. I was greeted by the tournament director, several officials of the tournament, a couple of dealers and, of course, numerous players. I was also welcomed by several of the Beau poker room staff, including the director of poker operations. I received numerous handshakes and even several hugs."
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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 08/25/17] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints football perspective on to GCP.NET.

"A few weeks before the 2017 season starts, the Saints have shown us a few things.

Michael Thomas is on the verge of greatness. The backup centers can't snap the ball. Will Lutz is going all Great Dane with it. The Ingram-Peterson-Kamara crew looks fun as hell, if not downright daunting. Tommylee Lewis might just render the Brandin Cooks' departure moot. Ted Ginn still can't catch. Marcus Williams looks every bit the ballhawk the Saints have long been without.

And then there are the injuries. Significant injuries.  "
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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 tournament… 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 he’s 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 Kai’s 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 can’t help but shake the idea he’s being watched"
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