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."
03/08/18] 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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Behind the scenes
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 “X-22.” He often
quacked like a duck at the poker table, usually
after winning a pot. When you heard “quack
quack,” 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.
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
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."
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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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."
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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
PEARL RIVER RESULTS:
accomplished a once in a poker career feat, and something
we've never heard of on his way to winning over 18k in Event
1. Twice during the Pearl River Spring Poker Classic 100k
Re-entry event his chip stack fell to 1 big blind. And
we aren't talking twice within an orbit or within an hour
but two separate times; once on day one and once early in
the money on day two.
The first time he rallied to a
top ten stack that he put in his bag. He had the patience
(he credited to a discussion with a certain online poker
player from Louisiana we recently profiled) to fold a three
big blind stack in the big blind. Then fold his small, then
pay a couple of antes and get it in.
In the money, he
took a hit and almost had to be called back to the table to
survey his crumbs. Again, he won the next hand he played and
again didn't look back. Nearing the final table, fortune
favored the brave again, or as Bierman stated "Guts and
Luck. The secret to my success." His Q10 won a flip v. BJ
McBrayer's pocket 7s. He got there versus David Nicholson
with KQ all in pre v. AK. What a run, Steve. Proud of your
success and we'll add another element to your secret:
Chase Turner of Birmingham, AL walked
away with over 14k for second. Michael Sullivan of Fulton,
MS won over 11k for third. David Nicholson finished 4th for
over 7k. Mac Trelles, with mixed allegiances to 'Bama and to
Baton Rouge won over 6k for 6th. Local Tommy Bishop won over
5k for 7th. Robert Henderson won over 4k for 8th. Chris
Davis, almost won this event of the second time but got
clipped in 8th. Adam Cotant of Birmingham finished 9th.
BJ McBrayer, Shane Lewis of Baton Rouge, William Kent of
Greenwood, MS finished 10-12th earning over $1600. Robert
Donald of Brandon, MS, Robert Harper of Pell City, AL, and
Jonathan Pansano of New Orleans filled out the next pay jump
over $1400. Mike Monaghan (AKA the King of Pearl River
Poker), Chris Lane of Madison, MS and Kevin Jenkins of
Pelham, AL all won over 11k finishing 16th - 18th. Also
cashing: Jordan Phillips, Jeter Brock, David Lee, Wild Bill
Phillips, Tomas Pullens and Robert Parnell.
CODY WINS AND A SNOW DAY:
Cody Stanford won Event #2 at Pearl River and Tara Snow
Event #3. Cody had to topple a loaded final table to win
over 7k. It included Mary Roy and Hiep Doan of New
Orleans, Dustin Stewart of Biloxi, and second place finisher
David McClore of Huntsville ($4500).
COUSHATTA SPRING POKER
Maybe we should call it
Chop-shatta as many of these events got divvied up before
the final table completed.
We see Alvin Grospiron
cashed 3 or 4 tournaments, Ben Mintz continued his comeback
finishing one short of the 5 way chop in the Main, Captain
Ron Hope and Nelson Solar enjoyed the spoils in the Seniors,
and the shootout just called it a day and ended in seven way
$550 NLH Main Event,
entries, Prize Pool $80,304, 20 paid.
6th: Ben Mintz, $4818
7th: Jeff Galloway, $4015
8th: Derek Normand, $3212
9th: Stephen Hart, $2409
10th: Lori Gourley, $2008
11th: Mike Kim, $1606
12th: Alvin Grospiron, $1606
13th: John Barnes, $1205
14th: Kinney Fitzgerald, $1205
15th: Jacob Seale, $1205
16th: Mitchell Bono, $1044
17th: David Ellender Jr., $1044
18th: Lester Jarreau,
19th: Michael Holland, $1044
20th: James Arnaud,
$300 Seniors NLH,
entries, Prize Pool $31,620, 12 paid.
2nd-11th, $2420 each:
Capt. Ronnie Hope
$150 NLH Shootout,
89 entries, Prize
Pool $10,502, 7 paid.
1st-7th, $1500 each.
$250 NLH (one day event),
entries, Prize Pool $22,672, 12 paid.
Tied 1st-2nd, $4100
6th: Brian Hines, $1587
8th: James Thomas, $1134
10th: John Martin, $680
11th: Carl Wilson,
12th: Janice Reynaud, $453
A MARCH MADNESS POKER
MARRIAGE MADE IN PEARL RIVER:
What's better than playing hookey and watching March
Madness? Playing poker while playing hooky while
watching March Madness? Yeah. We think so too.
Our poker playing NCAA watch party will be at Pearl
River Resort. Both events start Thursday. Satty into
the 100k Re-Entry with the first flight that night. If you
miss wake up and repeat on Friday--with more games to watch.
Then two more flights Saturday and more games.
Then Sunday tournaments and even more games to watch.
Go to schedule
Go to bracket
See you there sports fans/poker players.
LEGAL POKER NEWS:
Whah-huh? Out of nowhere apparently there are bills in
place to advance legal online poker. Even better the idea of
allowing every parish to decide.
Thanks to state senator
Danny Martiny who filed a bill with a goal of a public
referendum (YES, PLEASE!). Apathetic and indifferent to
politics? Maybe it's time to register to vote or to drop
your state representatives a barage of emails, letters,
texts, phone calls, and snap chats to let them know this is
indeed a good idea.
to read more. To read the Bill, SLS 18RS-421, go
21 IS A
WINNING POKER HAND?
apparently a popular con in Bali involves getting rich or
retired Australians to play a poker game where they convince
them they have an unbeatable hand only for them to fly home
(yes, to Australia) to get more money to put on the hand
(table stakes do not apply when you are trying to empty
somebody's bank account). Possibly he made multiple flights.
And then the retiree loses it all.
farfetched to be true? It's actually worse, and yes, the
retiree had "21" but little did he know that loses to...
everything (?) in Bali poker. Go
to see how a man lost 200k in poker with "21" to
figure this out for yourself.
PPA CONSIDERS ADDING SPORTS
The great news
in Louisiana this week withstanding, it's interesting
that the PPA is now ready to put their considerable
legislative influence behind sports betting too. Not content
with just adding online poker in New Jersey, Nevada,
Delaware and soon to be Pennsylvania after a decade's worth
the PPA would now like to expand Sports Betting
into at least, what one other state, maybe two?
Clearly tackling sporst betting legalization is an
interesting pivot, and while this might expand their
donation pool, what if anything does this help with the
mandate of the Poker Players Alliance? Despite the sarcasm
above, (sorry) we remain advocates of the purpose of the
organization. And while we think they need to tweak (or
completely restructure) their efforts not sure this is the
best line. Considering the PPA needs money yesterday,
and is in a bad way, it is what it is, a possible last ditch
effort to stay solvent. More details
"YOU ARE GOING TO REGRET THAT FOR A LONG TIME:"
That's what Joe McKeehan said after the hand
completed. Can you make that play?
Thanks to Ben Saxton for these words:
Soni Tran, 29, passed away late last Friday night in a
car accident. He had two children, Sophie and Aaden, with
his wife Vanessa.
Originally from Denver, Soni moved
to Thibodaux in his teens. When he turned eighteen, he
enrolled at the Universal Technical Institute in Houston. He
spent most of his twenties as a mechanic in Dallas and
Ever since his time in Houston,
poker had been a part of Soni"s life. In 2016, he started
playing for a living. He loved the game and appreciated
that, with it, he could support his family. “He was a good
poker player,”Sonis friend Kwong Ip said. "But he was,
by far, a better father and husband.”
always took Sophie and Aaden wherever they wanted to go. He
drove them to the park, to Chuck E. Cheeses, to dance
recital, to martial arts practice. More than anything else,
he loved spending time with his family.
has set up a Venmo account to help with funeral expenses and
with Sophie and Aaden's future. If you'd like to donate,
please send contributions through Venmo to For-Soni-Tran.
LINKS AND MORE:
PEARL RIVER'S STRUCTURES:
Some of you are quite astute at
breaking down a tournament structure and even base your
strategy on the ratio of blinds to antes or other important
inflection points so prepare to have at it. Pearl
River's Spring Poker Classic starts March 15th. Go
for the schedule. Go
for the structures. Enjoy, bring a calculator, get your geek
MOBIL SHELL CHOP AND WSOP SATTY RESULTS:
We understand "Angry" John Durio,
Chris "Loose" Canan (pictured), John Cressend, and Dave
Gordon chopped up the good money in a monthly tournament.
Meanwhile, Andy Simpson of Baton Rouge beat Randy
Gordon heads up to win a WSOP seat. Bill Merrit, Lance
Campione and Jeff Densen all in the mix at the end and took
home a little something something.
VIRGE ON THE VERGE:
Steve Lawrence aka Virge a long time friend of GCP and a
one time much traveled poker grinder has found a new
vocation. Now he stands up to a corporate bully. It
seems some of the guardrails that line our interstates may
hurt you more than they protect you. Lives have been
lost and nobody has stood up for the little guy until Virge
did. Here's a great
of what Virge has been up to since he quit taking your
stacks in the cash games of the coast.
SHAQ'S TREE SHACK:
Shaquille O'Neal wanted a tree
house because why not? Where else would a 7 footer want to
go but in the trees. And, what would he want to do there?
Obviously... play poker.
ignore for a second that it looks like it's a tiny table
with tiny chairs in a tiny space (could be off on the scale)
of it)... it's kind of cool that a giant kid wants a giant
kid house to do giant kid things. Also, has a dart
got to figure he's pretty
decent at darts as he can just lean over and touch the
SONI TRAN PASSED:
Harrahs NOLA Poker Reg Soni Tran
died this week in a car accident. We will have some words
from Ben Saxton in the coming days and a way you can
donate to his family, too.
had to deal with a number of deaths and close scares this
year. Wish we didn't have to make posts like this especially
in the wake of tragedy. Our thoughts go out to his family
and friends. He definitely will be missed.
WSOP-C RIO, LAS VEGAS
FEAR THE BIER:
Steve Bierman finishes fourth in
$2200 WSOP-C High Roller to all but lock up his seat in the
Global Championship. Playing a loaded field and stellar
final table Bierman almost prevailed. Course we told
you a few days ago he'd cash again.
Lonnie Harwood (72k) of New York
beat former November Niner Joe Cheong (45k) heads up after
Georgia Ankush Mandavia (32k) went out third. We told
you it was loaded. Two other gulf coasters also made
the final table. Phue Nguyen of
Atlanta finished 5th for 17k. Pearland, TX's Viet Vo earned
6k for ninth.
In the Main Event Boris Kasabov of
Houston, TX finished third for 118k. Mike Horchoff of River
Ridge, LA and Brennan Benglis of Lake Charles also cashed
the Main Event.
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recent, follow the link below...
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Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
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"[+]
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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 NFL’s Arthur Blank-led
compensation committee finally rewarded Roger Goodell with a
$200M contract extension.
Goodell’s 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 NFL’s 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 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
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