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DINE ON THE WHALES

 (UPDATED: 6/1/19) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"I had a few fun hands on day one. Ari Engel was on my right. I had three bet him a few times when I picked up QQ. After the last raise I had the sense he was ready to fight back. He opened. I raised. Chris Bourgeois called from behind. Ari pushed. I repushed and Bourgeois almost beat me to the pot.  His trap with KK working perfectly. Ari had JJ.

 Flop came out in this order J... Q... A. Ari took the lead, then I did. 10 on the turn gave it back to the kings. Queen ball on the river gave me quads in one of the most exciting runouts I've ever played. Later after rebuying Ari took the same seat." [+] 

 

LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  8/22/19] 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.

"Here is a fun video I made with NYC Charity Poker Legend, Andy Frankenberger! We talked about table selection, Charity Events, the WSOP Main Event, and more! Funny enough, Andy bubbled the charity event while I snuck into the money with 1 big blind. Skill game! "" [+]

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NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  8/22/19] 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. 

"“Long before the country was founded, all my ancestors had made their way to the New World,” Roselius said. “One branch of my forebears were Loyalists who defended the Crown against another branch, who fought for American independence. Fortunately for me, they were poor shots.”
Roselius’ parents divorced when he was four. His mother moved her two sons to his adopted hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska where he grew up "
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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 wasn’t 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 didn’t 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. 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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Bella Donkey

[06/17/19]  Jennifer Gay is a poker player, poker room supervisor and Ante Up Magazine Poker Columnist and lives with her husband Stephen and 2 sons in Las Vegas. Her blog covers the sometimes personal and always comical reality of a life fully centered around poker in the South. She is also considered one of most "logical" left leaning political theorist that can debate with the best of them

"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." [+]

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Poker Fiction

[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.
"  [+]


SOCIAL MEDIA CONTESTS:

Alright, we've decide to run our bonus Rookie seat giveaway for a while (maybe two... maybe three... maybe four weeks... we'll see) and still do our weekly seat giveaways.  So if you haven't participated yet... jump in.  This seat is transferable.

Now for this week (and this one only lasts a week)  you can also win a seat into the opening event at Pearl River (starting October 24th).  The 150k Guarantee tournament features an affordable buy-in, a best bag forward format, and bonuses for bagging multiple times.  If you bag twice you win an extra 1k.  You bag three times you win an extra 3k.  That's potentially 4k before the field even gets to the money.

Here's the complete  SCHEDULE.

Go to our FACEBOOK and TWITTER to go get some entries! We will draw a winner from all eligible entries.  You'll notice our contest post will be pinned to the top of our facebook but don't forget to scroll down.

If you are ready to book a room at Pearl River... act fast. 

Talk about inexpensive:
$49 Sunday through Thursday
$69 Friday and Saturday
Must call Poker Room for the rate:  601 663-1040

For those who have played previously look for a free three night weekday mailer with room code (again call Poker Room to redeem).  If you are planning on attending the entire event contact us via facebook DM for possibly even better deals.

Also check out www.pokergras.com for more details about Pearl River and we'll be updating it with other GCP events for this fall including Poker Gras at Harrahs New Orleans November 7th through the 17th.
BEAU RESULTS:

FIELD DAY FOR BARFIELD:

Dr. Andrew Barfield (picture by Eric Harkins Image Masters) of Ocean Springs won 110k for first place in the Beau's Main Event. The $1350 buy-in featured 377 entrants and a prize pool of almost 450k. Yousef Saleh continued his torrid year with another massive score finishing second for 61k. Big congrats to Tim Sanderson who has been crushing the Harrahs Weeklies recently for his third place and 35k payday.

Another of our favorites Hiep Doan finished 4th winning 27k in yet enough deep run at the Beau. Judge Leo Boothe won 23k for 5th. The affable Joe "Rivage" Laro of Opelika, AL earned 23k for fifth. Friend of GCP Skip Gill of Baton Rouge finished 7th winning 15k. Trace Henderson won 7k for 9th.  The picture of the final table is courtesy of Preston McEwen who was cheering on Smyrna, TN's Matt Johnson (8th 11k).

Happy to see some more familiar names in the money: Charles Carragher of Pensacola, John Templeton of Tampa, FL, Michael Fontenot of Lafayette, Rodney Cosby of River Ridge, LA, Sheryl Strickland of Birmingham, AL, Ben Thomas, Rodney Shows, Brandon Valera, Houston Baker of Tallassee, AL. Three of our faves: Jaron Bailey, Easton Oreman, and Rebecca "Smiley" Campbell unfortunately followed each other to the cashier's cage on tehh final three tables.

Martin Zentner, Kyle Cartwright, Rufus Yates, Steven Rash, Dustin Stewart, Joe "The Pro" Hebert, Ron Marks of Houston, Josiah Burdette of Birmingham, and Wyatt Boothe all cashed too.

JERRY'S BACK:

Jerry "Crusher" Giroir is crushing again having won the Little Monster at the Beau. He pocketed 12.5k for first. Richard "Cowboy" Ward (pictured with Greg Raymer) of Houma, LA finished second for 6.6k. Marianne Brownlee of Laurel, MS won 3.7k for third. Lake Charles' Tomas Teranparedes won 2.9k for fourth.

Warren Barbour of Gulfport (5th 2.5k), Wade Eagan of Wilmer, AL (6th 2k), GCPer on sabbatical Kai Landry of Biloxi (7th 1.6k), John Riola of Biloxi (8th 1.2k), Alexander Debelle of Gulfport (9th 834), and Charles Miller of NOLA (584) made the unofficial final table.  Also cashing Luiz Sa, Peace Marvel, Hanh Nguyen of Biloxi, and James Creel of Bogalusa, LA also cashed in the 300 person field.
HAND/TWEET OF THE WEEK:



WORLD POKER NEWS AND LINKAGE:



A.I. INFLUENCES STOCKS:


Fear of A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) taking over online poker has reduced Morgan Stanley's price targets on The Stars Group and other brands.

SPEAKING OF THE STARS GROUP:

Bloomberg poste The Stars Group's PR piece about their new Apps tied to Fox Sports launching in New Jersey AND Pennsylvania. The free to play APP is nationwide. Go HERE for more.

BETTER LOVE BRAD:

Brad Garret might just invite you to his home game with his Hollywood pals. All you gotta do is join Zynga Poker (for free) and complete some challenges. Not your typical like, share, and comment (those are easy and totally not annoying, right?) challenges... sounds like a lot more to it. Cardschat has the details here.

MAN CONNECTED TO HOUSTON CARD ROOM RAIDS... RAIDED:

Amir Mireskandari, whose address the Houston Chronicle published on twitter, had his house broken into and got ransacked. Even worse he and his wife were home and got zipped tied and told they were going to be killed.  They were not.

Amir, you may remember, formerly worked as a consultant to Houston DA Kim Ogg AND acted as a lobbyist for the local poker clubs. That connection led to the dropping of charges based on conflict of interest. Click2Houston has the details.

BRIT ENTERS $5.50 SATTY BY ACCIDENT RIDES IT TO 59K WIN:

One misclick into the wrong tournament led to a shrug might as well win (which he did) in a $5.50 satellite on Unibet Poker. He then had to play his $55 ticket and... won a $275 ticket. Then he won that which gave him a $1,200 live Main Event seat... which he won for over $59k.

DAN BLIZARIAN GUEST STARS AT BIG DADDY CASINO:

We told you poker was on the upswing in India. Instagram Star (and poker player?) Dan Blizarian (pictured above) traveled there to... be there?  Story HERE.  Yes the casino really is named Big Daddy Casino.
BONUS SOCIAL MEDIA POST IS LIVE!

Pearl River is weeks away.  Keep checking in here on how you can win a seat to play.  As a reminder our Rounders and Rookies seat giveaway going on right now. 

It's free to enter... just share our social media posts (important your follow directions on them) and you can win a TRANSFERABLE rookies seat for our Pearl River Event.  Here's the complete  SCHEDULE.

Go to our FACEBOOK and TWITTER and if you find our instagram (it's out there) go get some entries! We will draw a winner from all eligible entries.  You'll notice our contest post will be pinned to the top of our facebook but don't forget to scroll down as we'll be putting content up underneath it too (like the latest from the Beau)

If you want to book a room at Pearl River... act fast. 

Talk about inexpensive:
$49 Sunday through Thursday
$69 Friday and Saturday
Must call Poker Room for the rate:  601 663-1040

For those who have played previously look for a free three night weekday mailer with room code (again call Poker Room to redeem).  If you are planning on attending the entire event contact us via facebook DM for possibly even better deals.

Also check out www.pokergras.com for more details about Pearl River and other GCP events for this fall.
LINKAGE:



POKER MAJORS:

What are they? Apparently, the first British Poker Open (according to Poker Central) is one now. Cardschat shares our opinion that calling any tournament a Major (outside the WSOP) is a pretty dubious process... especially in its inaugral year. Well, if you want to call Poker Gras (November 7 - 17th) a major we won't complain about that.

POKER COUPLES:

How's this for a How I Met Your Mother story: we met playing heads up for a WSOP bracelet. Pretty cool and that's potentially what Julien Martini and Kate Hoang (pictured up top) could tell their hypothetical kids one day. Story at Cardplayer.

(For those keeping track... he won the bracelet and she won the ring--yeah cheesy ).

RAZOR RAMON, SCOTT HALL WINS:

Say Hello to the Bad Guy! Actually, 31 Year Old Scott Hall (not the WWE superstar we are told) won 130k and his first WSOPC Gold ring by taking down the Main Event in St. Louis and seems like he's not a bad guy at all. Story at WSOP.

PHIL IVEY'S BACKERS COUNTER:

Always interesting to see who has a piece of who when lawsuits start flying. If you guessed Daniel Jungleman Cates and Illya Trincher had enough of Phil Ivey to file a legal object to the Borgota getting Ivey's winnings you were right. Pokernews has the story.

PHIL IVEY STORY:

Speaking of Phil Ivey here's a golf story involving him, Fred Couples and Adam Scott.

RAIL (AS IN RAILROAD NOT POKER FANS) FOR MOBILE TO NEW ORLEANS:

This is interesting as it will move at about 80 mph, and run from Mobile to Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis, and New Orleans and back. Could have an impact on all the casinos along the way. Al.com has it.

POKER IS TAKING OFF IN INDIA:

You want to know when Poker has arrived in a market when it become its big news about a major scam involving poker debts and a bigwig. Goldman Sachs VP Ashwani Jhunjhunwala is the culprit in this tale.

PENNSLYVANIA GAMBLING:

As mentioned on here before Pennsylvania is proof that for Online Casinos and Online Poker getting state approval is just the first step in bringing a platform to market. It's September... the go live date was July 15th... and still the players have nowhere to point and click a mouse to play legal online poker in PA.

Pokerstars may be coming SOON, Caesers might be in play, and there are a couple of local online casinos but as yet... no poker.
BIG BEAU RIVAGE RECAP:



BEAUCOUP BUCKS IN EVENT #1:

A three way chop saw JW Carter of Jackson, MS (pictured at Pearl River--does he seem to win everything the last couple of years or what?), Greg Peoples of Hoover AL, and Stanley Seelig (bar game standout) of NOLA each win over 46k. Eighth through fourth all won 5 digits themselves.

Michael Lee of Ocala, FL 27,358
Wage Eagan of Mobile, AL 22,680
Zach Smith of GA 18,468
Ruman Meman of FL 13,780

Rounding out the final table Mitch Anderson won $6550 for ninth and Mikey Monaghan of Jackson, MS won $5,614 for 10th.

Jerry Monroe, Will Monkey Souther, and Mo Moeini all made over 4k at the final two tables.

A slew of you cashed in this massive event so check out the update on facebook page for complete details on this and all the Beau events this week.

ROBBIE MATTHEWS IN DA CHOP:

Three players each took 9k and two players 7k in a five way deal of the one day event. Tony Dobyns (TX), Roongsak (GA) and Robbie got the top allotment with Danny Smith of Gulfport and David Poor of Baton Rouge the next cut.

Also cashing Walker Miskelly, John Riola, Matt Stroud, Jaron Bailey, Luiz Sa, Dominic Carollo, and Judy LeBlanc.

MATT SILVA HEADS UP CHAMP:

Matt Silva of Lakewood Ranch, FL and Mo Serry of NY,NY each won $4550 in teh finals of the heads up. Jacob Seale and Keith Ray got 1820 for second. Judy LeBlanc, Robbie Matthews, and Jack Branch cashed in the final eight.

ONE DAY FOUR WAY:


A fourway chop in the Monday One Day was pay day for Chris Stevens, of Guatier, MS, Brian Lee of Pensacola, FL, Joe Laro of Opelike, AL, and Dustin Paulen of Forth Worth, TX who each got over 5k on the day.

NO CHOP IN THE SENIORS:

The seniors not chopping is almost as big a story as Felix Lagasse of Auburn, AL winning 14k for first. Oh... sorry, there was an uneven chop. Ron Held of Metairie got a chunk of it in the fourth spot with 8.7k. Rodney hows and Captain Ron Hope also made the final table.

IRELAND SECOND:


The $500 PLO event featured some crushers late. Jeremy Tinsley won if for over 9k, Anderson Ireland (a WSOP PLO bracelet winner) earned 5.8k for second. Jeremy Gaubert, Hannah Guthrie, and Hiep Doan also cashed.
A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME:



We told you about the double bag bonus, the triple bag bonus (you can win 4k before day 2!!!) AND pumping it to a 150k Guarantee for event one.  Did we mention smoke free poker only VIP room?  No? Okay smoke free VIP room with plenty of projection sized screens for college and NFL football.  That's not even the big news...  Now time for the next unveiling:  the Rounders and Rookies (TM) tournament. 

It's up to each of us to grow this game we love, so to help facilitate that growth we've created a tournament that rewards every Rounder that brings a Rookie (under 10k in Hendon mob earnings) with extra chips.  The Rounders play each other and the Rookies play each other.  Noobs welcome.  You got a friend that's been thinking about playing in a live tournament but doesn't want to play with the likes of you... this is the format for both of you. 

It's not quite time to get into our weekly seat giveaways but thanks to the generosity of Pearl River's Neil Atkinson and TD Paul Dutsch... we are going to start with a bonus seat as soon as Monday.  Details to come but pay attention to how you can win a Rookies seat (transferable if won by a Rounder) in our next social media giveway.
POKER LINKAGE:

*Poker movies can run the gamut from meh to not so meh to Rounders. This once sounds like they might get it more right and less meh than most.

Cardplayer talks about Adam Weinraub's production Walking to Vegas starring Vince Van Patten. Here.

*Football, fantasy football and fall are back. Having a command of poker is important if you are building a football team, not just a fantasy football team, but an honest to goodness real football team.

Huh?

Find out why.

*The guy that dropped trousers during the WSOP Main Event and ended up half naked on a Craps table on the other side of Vegas... Hasn't exactly quietly disappeared. A really disturbing twist in his story at Red Rock over another wild couple of days. Go here for KTNV's story.

*Houston Card Room Prime Social is back open and filing a lawsuit against their law firm after getting raided earlier this year. They are seeking over $1 million in gross negligence.  Here.
REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS:


BEAU RIVAGE:

In the run up to every event at the Beau, Poker Room Manger Henry Garrison gives players two warnings about rooms going fast (see our facebook page). This fall was no different. The first was a heads up the rooms on property were almost all gobbled up.  And just this week, after they were sold out, you were given notice rooms across the street were going fast.

So if you haven't booked yet... you should. Take a look at this schedule. Sounds like there will be big fields as usual.

BESTBET SUMMER WARM UP:

Ryan "Thunder" Dunn of Tallahassee won the Main Event in Jacksonville pocketing 68k. Also at his final table David Jackson (5th 11.9k). Go to PokerNews for the results here:

HINKLES RUNING GOOD:

Blair and Mason Hinkle (Uncle Ron) final tabled the Run Good Main Event. Blair prevailed winning over 35k for first. Uncle Ron finished 6th when Blair called his shove with A2 and made a pair of Aces to beat the pocket pair of his brother.  Strong showing.
VIDEOS OF THE WEEK:

150K GUARANTEE!


Next month Gulf Coast Poker returns to Pearl River. We haven't made our official video yet but here's a slideshow with a Teaser for the opening event.



Big news: Guarantee has been pumped up to $150k. It'll be best bag forward with a 1k double bag bonus (bag twice and you win) and new this year a 3k triple bag bonus. Bag thrice and you get the 1k + the 3k for 4k total... all before day two!  We got a lot of other cool improvements in store for ya'll and creative twists on the tournament experience.  

COREY BINKS:

Corey Waaland released a video from his time in NOLA with a lot of local making cameos. What up Piyush and Michael Fontenot. Think Cory captures the fun of playing in NOLA pretty well.



Should be just as fun come Poker Gras.  Cough, cough Main Event $600 November 15th.  (btw, here's Part One).

EAT AND BE MERRY:


Speaking of Poker Gras, that's your excuse to come visit NOLA especially if you really want to make a foodie trip of it. The Simpsons and this pair from Europe nail the amazing food options in the city. Pretty impressive.  Caution you will be very hungry after this video and if you don't live near here I suspect you might head over to your favorite airline reservations website to book your trip for November.

TWEET OF THE WEEK:

TWO OF THE WORLD'S BEST FINAL TABLE EPT HIGHROLLER:

Not much of a headline but they aren't two of the world's best poker players.  No, two of the best soccer players.  Barcelona soccer stars Gerard Pique and Arturo Vidal plopped down the 25k (Euros) and entered the EPT high roller. They proceeded to both make the final table; Pique finished second and Vidal fifth for combined winnings over 500k.

Sporting News gives more detail here.
LINKAGE AND HAND(S) OF THE WEEK:

A few fun ones...

 
-What's life on the road like? Sounds spicy. Spicier than even Shawn Spicer's first press conference. The dealer behind Card Player's Dealer Chick column dishes on what dealers get up to. Here.

-Pennsylvanians cheered the legalization of online poker. Unfortunately, even when it's legal sometimes it's hard to implement. Tight Poker discusses it here.

-Resort fees... somehow it's possible that Vegas casinos are raising them again.  W...T... F... (way too (many) fees) $45... crazy.  USAToday.

-Lots of blogs updated... including some by Ben Saxton, Will Souther, and Jonathan Little.

TWEET OF THE WEEK (okay it's a bad hand too)...


SUMMER SERIES WRAP-UP:


ZENTNER HAT TRICK FOR FIRST, HARRAHS AWARDS BUBBLE BOY:

After a four way chop in the Main Event, Martin Zentner high carded it for the winner's photo and the Gulf Coast Poker.NET hat and patch. We supplied some gear as Harrahs generously awarded the bubble boy a $600 seat to the November Gulf Coast Poker.NET Poker Gras Main Event. Insuring all 22 returning players won something with 21 cashing.

Congrats to Martin, Umut Meraler, Henry "Skip" Gill, Charles Bartlett, and who each won around 9k in the chop.

The remaining cashers:

5 Eric Wilkinson 3,443.00
6 Lee Thibodaux 2,822.00
7 Jared Ingles 2,450.00
8 Stephen Hastins 2,109.00
9 Charlene Smith 1,737.00
10 Jamie Grantham 1,426.00
11 Robert Brown 1,426.00
12 Charles Miller 1,426.00
13 Gebriel Rosamano 1,147.00
14 Stephen Bierman 1,147.00
15 Priscilla Giroir 1,147.00
16 Bertrand Fos 930.00
17 Ronald Held 930.00
18 James Burke 930.00
19 Christopher Dupuy 775.00
20 Randy Gordon 775.00
21 Piyush Mittal 775.00

TURBO RESULTS:

David Babsmer and Jaron Bailey chopped the finale of the Summer Series heads up each winning north of 4k. Randy Gordon was the only player to bust the Main Event in the money and repeat it in the late edition.

Congrats to Davon Hayes 3rd ($1920), Bill Flippen 4th ($1280), Carl McClendon 5th ($640), Randy Gordon 6th, and Joe Dougherty 7th who all cashed. Heard a deal was worked out for the bubble boy Dominic Carollo to also get a piece of the pie.

TATE TAKES ONE BOUNTY TOURNEY CRESSEND WINS OTHER:

John Cressend (pictured) won $1170 for the Friday bounty tournament and A LOT of $50 bounties. Michael Vernace finished second for $780.

Event # 4 on Friday night had a little bigger field with these payouts:
1 James Tate 2,430.00
2 David Bansmer 1,620.00
3 Carlos Saenz 810.00
4 Joseph Wang 540.00
MISSISSIPPI POKER:

BEAU BOOKINGS:

We posted on our Facebook page a link to the Beau's September schedule and booking info. Go here (and like us while you are there as we definitely put up some other content you don't see here).
As always looks like a good one. Rooms are going fast, so get 'em while they got 'em.

KEATHLEY WINS RUN GOOD TUNICA:

Tiffany Keathley won $48k after a whirlwind day. She had to come behind in a three way pot with pocket 10s vs. Jacks and Aces by rivering a straight. The Jacks flopped a set.
Walker Miskelly, the last man standing, for the GCP Pearl River event in March, made another final final table here. Results below:

1 Tiffany Keathley $48,796
2 Adam Byars $41,776
3 Bill Latta $33,692
4 Tim Harris $28,439
5 Dennis Thurman $24,890
6 Walker Miskelly $11,028
7 Sean Guidry $9,480
8 Stuart Breakstone $7,742
9 Justin Kelley $6,162

Justin Harvell, Dan Lowery, BJ McBrayer, Hamid Izadi, Connie Rice, David Lee, JW Carter, Cody Stanford, Tyler Burke, Chris Hight, Chico Pho, Rob Lemke were among those that cashed.

DAY ONE SUMMER SERIES RESULTS:

 

RE-ENTRY:

Four players return from flight A.  They will join up with those that bag B today and C Saturday.

 

Charles Bartlett - 380,000

Chris Dupuy - 216,000

Martin Zentner - 179,000

Piyush Mittal - 100,000 (pictured)

 

5PM Bounty:

 

Peace Marvel 1st - $2,175

Richard Zeichik 2nd - $1305

Sheila Wynn 3rd - $870

 

Scroll down for schedule...

SUMMER SERIES STARTS:

HARRAHDISE NOW!

Flight A of the Harrahs NOLA summer series starts today at 11 am. There will be three flights, today, Friday and Saturday, then the combined field will join up Sunday to play for the big money.

Also, $250 Bounty Tournaments every night and a Sunday capper deepstack Turbo event.

Structures HERE.

 

Harrah’s New Orleans

Summer Series

Date

Time

Event

Event

Buy In

Thursday,

August 15, 2019

11AM

1A

No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry

$400

 

5PM

2

No-Limit Hold'em Bounty

$250

Friday,

August 16, 2019

11AM

1B

No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry

$400

 

5PM

3

No-Limit Hold'em Bounty

$250

Saturday,

August 17, 2019

11AM

1C

No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry

$400

 

5PM

4

No-Limit Hold'em Bounty

$250

Sunday,

August 18, 2019

11AM

Day 2

Event #1 Day 2 Re-Start

Day 2

 

2PM

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NLH Monster Stack Turbo

$250

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BUBBLE BURSTS, THEN BURSTS AGAIN:

You are in a poker tournament they announce the bubble has burst and you are in the money. A few hands later... eh, no so fast. Then you get 56 big blinds into the middle with top full house, only to lose to quads.  Here's a pat on your back on the way out.

Has to be won of the most painful stone cold bubbles we've heard about. To read more details on this poker horror story at Cardplayer.

BOROVETZ BORROWED WITHOUT PAYING ONE TIME TOO MANY:

The former well known 2 + 2 poster, Michael Borovetz aka PSUMike, has been running an airport scam for years now and relying on the generosity of strangers to get him out a fake trouble. Claiming to be stranded he always borrows money with the promise to pay back and never does. The 44 year old has pulled this stunt in 13 states. Finally he got picked up in Detroit, as apparently he's run out of connecting hubs to travel to where he's not wanted at. Also, it appears he's yet to kicke his Pai Gow addiction. Story here.

MARCHINGTON UK'S GOLD-EN BOY:

Not since Main Event winner Jaime Gold had to fight with his partner for his winnings has a deal gone sour after the Main Event final table attracted such attention. Nick Marchington and a staking group are embroiled in a lawsuit that doesn't make either party look good.
Deadspin never misses an opportunity to bash poker and here's their article from a couple of weeks ago.
HPT VICKSBURG:



NO ORDINARY JOE: SALEH WINS, BAILEY SECOND:


Yousef Saleh (pictured front center) led the entire time at the HPT Vicksburg final table and earned 36.8k for first. Jaron Bailey (direct left of Yousef) took second winning 22.9k. CT Hoffecker won 13.9k for third.

The remainder of the payouts:
4 Shomari Williams $10,250
5 Sley Sanchez $7,653
6 Kip Jones $6,286
7 Judge Leo Boothe $5,535
8 BJ McBrayer $4,851
9 JW Carter $4,100

Congrats to all who cashed. 
STROUD PROUD TO TAKE FIRST IN ICM CHOP:

Matt Stroud ran good in Run Good's Souther Poker Open in Bossier City at the Horseshoe Casino. Stroud took the biggest share of the prize pool winning almost 48k for first. The final six players divvied up the loot with Jeremy Tinsley winning almost 41k for second. In the chop, Huey Hulin won 34k for third, Nate Wheeler 33k for fourth, Ben Markway earned just over 29k for fifth and Robert Provine over 24k for sixth.

The rest of the final table payouts include Stuart McMahen over 11k for seventh, Time Harris 9k for 8th, and Mike Vardeman 7k for 9th.
According to PokerNews Stroud's best bit of "RunGood" came 11 handed when he shoved over an open and Huey Hulin's call. The opener, Richard Morris, called. Huey had Stroud outchipped but relunctantly folded QQ. Stroud had 99 and would have lost if Huey called.

Ben Mintz, Seth Foster, Jacob Seale, Shawn Calvit, Wes Gauthier (13th 4.7k) and Keith Lehr (12th 5.8k) all cashed.

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 POKER IS WAR

(UPDATED: 5/13/19) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"Ok...looks like I will get to fire at a few tourneys this week in New Orleans for the last circuit event event before the chaos in Vegas kicks off and the World Series of Poker.....

Been watching that whole twitter feud/fiasco with Kid Poker and Shaun Deeb. I watched the entire Joey "ChicagoJoey" Ingram podcast where they discussed this and a slew of other topics...2 hours worth."
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 [UPDATED: 07/11/19] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"People have come to really look forward to this team I started in 2014. It has really kind of taken on a "Make a Wish Foundation for Poker Players," as well as poker investors. People who love to have some skin in the game...but otherwise wouldn't have a chance to...are able to jump on my self-created bandwagon, and follow the action as the team comes together all throughout May, June and the first week of July when sales are the most brisk as we race to fill out the roster. Then they sit back...and watch the countless updates on the Facebook page...leaving one encouraging comment after another. It's an army that is about 250-300 strong...and throughout that experience, friendships are born.!" [+}

POKER FACES IN THE CROWD

[UPDATED: 8/1/19]  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.

"Since the twentieth century the basic rules of chemistry have been written down. But like chess or poker, you can quickly grasp the rules but spend a lifetime learning to play the game. We model materials like solvers are used in poker — we simulate the physical system with certain approximations to ascertain what the optimal behavior of a material might be. We compare with experiments — like seeing how the poker simulation works in a live poker setting. We draw conclusions and seek better strategies to make better materials." [+]


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NOVEMBER 7 - 17

HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS

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." [+]

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 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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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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