DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
"First, if you want to really protect the
amateur you give him the penalty. You press it
into his head the importance of his relative
hand strength and being able to read the board
correctly. This will be the best thing for him
as he'll learn from it and maybe not repeat the
Second, let's just dismiss the
idea completely of scaring the amateur away.
It's so patently false, that a guy who makes the
commitment to play even his first tournament is
simply going to give up, because of the
embarrassment of getting a penalty. You chase
away exactly zero people. And if I'm wrong and
you chase away even 1 person they are so fragile
any way something else in that same tournament
might have set them off."
04/12/18] 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
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DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 03/06/18] 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.
"Paul Magriel died yesterday.
Most poker players likely remember Paul from his
disheveled appearance and quirky behavior. At
times, it seemed like he was from a different
planet. His nickname was ďX-22.Ē He often
quacked like a duck at the poker table, usually
after winning a pot. When you heard ďquack
quack,Ē you knew Paul was in the room.
Fittingly, his favorite Hold'em hand was pocket
deuces, otherwise known as a pair of ducks.
What most people probably don't know is the
fascinating story of Paul's life decades before
he became a regular poker player." [+]
[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
"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
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."
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
"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
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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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: 03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale
of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all
hustling on the Coast.
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
MAY WSOP-C NEW ORLEANS CLICK PIC FOR SCHEDULE
LOCALS WIN RINGS:
We will have a huge update in the next couple of days
but we want to first acknowledge some locals who earned
rings this past week. All three of these victors
beat other locals to get them. We'll give their
events the respect the deserve but to tide you over here are
New Orleans own Donald Dove;
Raymond Curran of Ocean Springs;
and Terry Melancon of Breaux Bridge,
SEAT GIVEAWAY WINNERS:
STILL A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE WSOP-C SEAT!
Every night this week the $135 buy-in tournament has one
Main Event seat added to the prize pool.
Satellites start later this week but treat these small
fields as you own satellite, win some money in the process and have a shot
at playing for some huge money this weekend. Every
night at 7pm
SOCIAL MEDIA CHAMPS:
a look at two of our winners: Jamar
Butler and Jacque Gremillion won seats in our giveaway and
played the reentry this weekend. Todd Cowan who cashed
the reentry is pictured further below in our recap of that
Thanks to you guys for rocking the patch. Two more
winners to play this week.
Also, huge thanks to the Poker Room manager Chase Haydel
who helped us put this promotion together. He has been
making things happen this year since taking over in NOLA.
He's put players first and we are grateful to have
him. To be honest we are pretty lucky on the coast
with all the guys running the poker rooms here and he's been
an outstanding addition to the group.
HAND OF THE WEEK:
This hand from Alec Torelli and Daniel Negreanu illustrate
the relevance of blockers even in Hold'em. Always
great to see the gears working in Negreanu's head as he
talks you through what he's thinking. He figures out
his value bet has become something else and Torelli is
turned into a wet noodle of Daniel's shaping in this hand.
WSOP AND ESPORTS?
The Rio Pavillion room will host the WSOP ESPORTS
Tournament this summer. Players in town for the WSOP can
also play some video games during the festival. The
partnership with UMG offers 1.9 million players in their
database a good reason for going to Vegas during the WSOP.
WSOP-C NOLA REENTRY:
VALENTINE ON MOTHERS DAY:
Val Vornicu topped the field on his way to his 11th circuit
ring breaking a dead-lock with Maurice Hawkins for 1st all
time in rings won. With 1340 entries, Val also earned
64k (nice bankroll boost before the WSOP). Interestingly,
enough Val found himself in New Orleans chasing points for
the Global Championship and took a different strategy to the
final table. Laddering up. Sometimes you ladder all
the way to first.
Jonathan Hilton, who's demeanor is
markedly different from VV, finished third. We'd say
nice guys don't finish first but the Chattanooga pro won a
National Championship in New Orleans for a huge chunk of his
earnings. 28k is a a pretty decent consolation prize.
Local, Clinton Boynes of Mandeville finished second for 39k.
We were pulling hardest for friend of GCP Joe Hebert
(pictured above) at the final table but he bowed out 7th for
10k. Holly Meliet of Baton Rouge won almost 7k for 9th.
Cigar Joey finished 11tth for 5.7k. Nick Rodrigue of
Chalmette, earned 4.8k for 13th. Ken Christopher won
4.1k for 16th. Luis Tablas earned 3.5k for 21st.
Rhodes of Houma (23rd), Jared Wiley of NOLA (25th) David
Nicholosn (26th), Teddy Conner (27th), Kris Kent of Slidell
(28th), JP Kolb of Youngsville, LA (29th) Heather
Reese of Gulf Breeze (30th) and Kyle Barnett of Metairie
(32nd) all made over 2k for thier runs.
Curran of Ocean Springs, Jerry Ard of Monticello, MS, Sean
Sinclair of Mobile, our own Wild Bill Phillips (one of a
only a couple of players who cashed multiple times in this
event), and Skip Gill of Baton Rouge all made over $1500.
Also cashing: Ron Germany and Andrew Brinkley of
Georgia, Trace Henderson of Laurel, MS, our Social media
contest winner Todd Cowan (pictured) of Metairie, LA, Kamond
Mitchell of NOLA, Shawn Calvit of Lafayette, Ian Crozier of
Metairie, Steve Bierman, Chris Dupuy of Baton Rouge, Curtis
Terry, Mo Moeini, Marco Lemus of Vicksburg, Corey Dukes of
Slidell, Chris Baudean of NOLA, Rory Obrien of Prairieville,
LA, Daniel Sheynin of NOLA, and Don Shipley of Baton Rouge.
HARRAHS NOLA CIRCUIT:
Congrats to the winners of our Social Media seat
giveaway! We are very happy for Jamar Butler, Jacque
Gremillion, Todd Cowen, Simi Mittal, and Matt Bizub who will
all be playing this week. Would be great if they could
turn a social media share into a ring!
Harrahs for providing the seats for this promotion.
Looking at a potentially huge turn out for this first
weekend and beyond.
For more circuit information head
The Global Championship will take place after the WSOP
at next year's first circuit stop in Cherokee North
Carolina. To qualify the top 50 in points earned for this
circuit year freeroll the 10k buy-in Event. Here's an
update on some regional notables in the hunt:
guys are safely in: Chris Conrad, Kevin Eyster, TK Miles,
Stephen Nusrallah, and Jason Gooch.
Those with MAYBE
some work to do, but maybe already secured enough: Steve
Bierman (36th, 180 points), Chris Carey (37th, 180 points),
Woody Moore (39th, 175 points) and Jonathan Tamayo (40th,
Those who should be sweating it and
will probably have to cash in NOLA: Maurice Hawkins (46th,
165), Michael Cooper (48th 162.5) and Jonathan Hilton 50th
Some familiar names are just outside the top
50 and will likely be in NOLA for the final stop to try and
get in. They include 53rd Ari Engel, 54th Valentin Vornicu,
58th Mark Fink and 62nd Allen Kessler.
players in the top 100 include William Anderson, Russ Head,
Ben Keeline, Janet Fitzgerald, John Holley, Bob Beck, Cody
Stanford, and David Lee.
The next 100 is led by Danny
Doucet (101, 115 points), Cory Waaland, Michael Sanders, and
William "Jeter" Brock.
Good Luck to all of ya'll
getting after it!
save the world by playing No Limit Hold'em? No, we are not
spoiling the Infinity War, though perhaps we are spoiling
one of its sequels. Interesting plot device... a game of No
Limit Hold'em to save the universe. What player would
you want to decide your fate?
to see what Avenger writers chose. Does the
Avengers playing poker sound too far fetched for the big
screen? Considering Marvel has long employed a
rotating poker game between it's heroes to strengthen the
mesh of the shared universe, maybe not. Perhaps it's
really only a matter of time before we see Bruce Banner
going all Hulk after taking a bad beat or getting
Banner: "I've always want to say
something like this... HULK FLUSH!"
Thor: That's a
great hand... (looks skyward) Odin why have you
...Hahahaha, of course you haven't!
Alas, Banner that last Queen made me a House that is Full.
Iron Man: Not cool, not co...
Hulk: Hulk Smash!
HEY OH! PAY-O VAYO:
WSOP Main Event runner-up Gordon Vayo has sued
Pokerstars claiming they defrauded him ~700k for a 2017
SCOOP tournament win. In short, Vayo alledges the site
encourages Americans to play in Canada and Mexico and in
other countries where poker is legal, only to turn around
and deny payment when they win bigon the pretenses that it's
not veriable they played the tournament abroad. In essence,
Vayo alledges if Stars can doubt he was where he says was
they turn around and keep the money.
It is possible
to play on a Virtual Private Network but Vayo denies he did
this. Also, interesting Stars credited the money to Vayo's
account and he continued to play on the site, but only when
he tried to cash out did PokerStars claim it's possible he
didn't play the tournament outside the U.S. Even worse to
the day he filed suit against them PokerStars has been
advertising the SCOOP with his image and touting him as a
winner (without letting him keep his winnings).
HAND OF THE WEEK!
SOCIAL MEDIA WSOPC SEAT GIVEAWAY:
Here's all the details....
You have two (err... three, errr... four) options...
Like us on
FACEBOOK here. You also have to
share the pinned social media WSOP-C
seat giveaway post on your page.
Then direct message
us your name as it appears on your total rewards card and
your Harrahs Total Rewards #.
Follow us on
the social media WSOP seat giveaway tweet. Then direct
message us your name as it appears on your total rewards
card and your Harrahs Total Rewards #.
both and get two entries.
Do both, get two
entries and download Harrahs Total Rewards App and enter for
a chance to win a seat there too.
The drawing for $365 seats takes place Sunday, May 6th in
Harrahs NOLA poker room. You do not have to be present to
win. Your seat will be credited to your TR account. We will
contact you to
see which $365 event you would like to play.
direct messages must be received by 11:59:59 pm Friday,
You must be 21 to enter and must play your
(non-transferable) seat at this May's circuit event.
Good luck all.
The WSOP-C Main Event came down to a table full of
accomplished players. Dylan Wilkerson prevailed to win just
under 300k by beating Erick Lindgren heads up. Lindgren won
181k for second making him and probably at least a handful
of people a little bit happier.
A couple of Gulf
Coast transplants got there too. TK Miles won
77k for 5th (aka End Boss) and Gabe Costner (pictured)
tapped into the universe to mine the lucky fluctations in
the quantum field with Venus rising to win 46k for 7th.
Great to see both at another big time final table.
Just behind them a who's who of circuit grinders.
Jonathan Hilton (10th), Robert Hankins (12th), Chris Conrad
(15th), Kyle Cartwright (16th), Rahul Deevara (19th),
William Brock (20th), and Ben Keeline (23rd) all won over
10k. Jason Gooch, John Dollinger (who earlier won a
ring), and Josh Arieh banked just under 10k.
cashing Jeremy Eyer, Thanh Vu, Tim Burt, matt Graham, Jeff
Trudeau, Robert Harwell, Justin Harvell, David Slaughter,
and Joe Cheong (somebody chasing points?).
HAND OF THE WEEK:
No guts(hot) no glory...
WSOP CIRCUIT EVENT
Million in Guarantees and over 15k in added money
for the Harrahs New Orleans WSOP-Circuit event. It all
starts Thursday, May 10th with the 200k Guarantee Re-Entry
event. The four flights for that event begin at 11am
on Thursday, continue 11 am and 4 pm Friday and conclude
with an 11am Saturday.
On Wednesday they are
guaranteeing 100k in the $365 Monster Stack Re-Entry.
Thursday the high roller also boasts a 100k Guarantee on the
The Main Event starts the 18th with a
750k guarantee. The four flights are 11am, and 4pm both on
Friday and Saturday.
HIGGINS FOR THE
Former Pearl River Re-Entry champion Matthew Higgins won
another Re-entry, this time in Cherokee, earning a WSOP
Circuit ring and over 100k. He only had to beat 2607 players
to take the title. The Chattanooga rounder bested Narimaan
Ahmadi of Alpharetta heads up. Ahmadi won 63k for second.
Harold Kizzire of Birmingham finished 17th.
PLAYER POOLS SHARED:
Three out of fifty states now offer online poker and all
three will not be able to compete against one another on
WSOP.com. Players fromNew Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware will
be able to battle one another legally any time they fire up
their computer screen.
There is movement afoot
(scroll down for our link to Louisiana bill by Danny
Martiny) for the Gulf Coast to join the party. If you have a
moment shoot your local representative an email to support
HAND OF THE WEEK:
SEMINOLE HARD ROCK
Jonathan Poche added to his
hot run with another big score finishing second to crypto
hedge fund manager Pete Walsworth at the Seminole Hard Rock.
The 5k No Limit Hold'Em tournament only had 98 entrants, but
when the price of admission is 5k the prize pool builds
A bit of the a cooler/bad beat on the
final hand. Poche flopped top two with 87 on an 874 board.
He check raised Walsworth who made the call. Poche pushed on
the turn when a 5 hit. Walsworth almost beat him into the
pot holding 64 having flopped a pair and a gut shot that got
there. Shane Lewis of Baton Rouge also made a couple of deep
runs at the Seminole series.
He's still listed as a New Orleanian, he's also been a
Pensacolian, but hard to know where this rambling man lives
now. Regardless he won the SHRPO 1 Million GTD High Roller
winning another 370k. Congrats to him and move over Keith
Lehr this will move Brandon up to second all time in
money won for Louisiana.
For more news that no
longer qualifies as the latest, because... it's no longer
recent, follow the link below...
ARCHIVED NEWS BLOTTER CENTER>>>
Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
anyone still reading this blogÖI 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. Iím in sales and our EOM (End of Month for
non salesfolks) was last Friday 5/20Öso I also had my hands tied
a little during the week. The plan was to play some megas and if
I didnít 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"[+]
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THE POKER MONKEY
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."
MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY|
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.."[+]
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
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
A similar but different lapse happened to me
the other day."
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. " [+]
[UPDATED 01/01/18] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
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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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
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