DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
"So I finally tried out this App which
allows you to win tokens and use those tokens
for prizes. Pretty cool format. I played it for
two NFL Games, Cowboys-Eagles and
complemented the game I was watching without
getting in the way. Before the game you answer
about 10 questions regarding the outcome. Quick
to do. Then every change of possession it gives
you about four choices on possible outcomes for
the resulting drive. Had fun predicting the
plays. Very easy to click through. Set it up
with a couple of friends and maybe we did a
little something to make it more interesting.
Definitely will play again.
Feels like you can't edit your picks. Also, some
of the questions are almost misleading. I
answered that I thought the Dallas running backs
would get x amount of yards for the game. I
assumed it was rushing yards, but the category
was receiving. Once it's done it's done. I found
this at the end of the football season. Wish I
had more time to play with it. That said, I'm
sure it'll be up during the playoff games. Maybe
I'll play while at the Heater.
01/01/17] 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
"A 35 year old
guy who I did not know raised to 525 out of his
15,000 stack at 100/200 from middle position.
Everyone folded around to me and I called with
4c-3c from the big blind.
Both calling and
folding are fine options. I strongly suggest
that you learn to profitably call in these
situation because being able to continue with a
wide range of hands will make you much more
difficult to play against compared to if you
only play strong hands in an obvious manner. If
you constantly keep your opponents guessing,
they will make mistakes. If they usually know
where you stand, they will play well. For those
who do not know, you profit when your opponents
make errors. When they play well, you do not
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 01/01/17] 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.
"Today marks the end of the 2016 NFL
regular season. I’ll be cheering for 16 boring,
low-scoring football games.
Give me a
shitload of sacks. Give me a bunch of fumbles
and interceptions. Give me a slew of incomplete
passes. Give me plenty holding penalties. Give
me missed field goals. Give me down after down
of one-yard-gains and a pile of dust. Give me a
heaping pile of gridiron garbage that falls
UNDER the betting total. Give me games where the
stars are the punters. I don’t want scoring. I
want grotesque ugliness on a grand scale. For
UNDER bettors, boredom is beautiful, baby. ." [+]
[UPDATED 09/25/15] 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
"Hey friends! At 6:34 a.m. local time
Friday I summited the world's largest
free-standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro with
my buddies Jesse and Paul Yaginuma! I consider
it one of my biggest personal achievements and
got so much out of the journey. The idea was
proposed by Jesse and Paul over a year ago. I
initially laughed it off thinking it was an
unattainable goal. I'm really, really, really
glad I looked further into it. A big thank you
to the Yaginumas for being such cool fucking
guys with ambition and a strong desire to live
their lives to the fullest. This reiterates to
me just how essential it is that we all keep an
openmind about everything. Opening one's mind
isn't a process that happens overnight. It's a
matter of being exposed to different people,
things and places. I'll take this platform,
however small it is, to try to express that
through this documentation of my Kilimanjaro
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"Which is better? I think we all know how I feel
about the matter by now. Some others and myself
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"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
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I am super excited about
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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
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getting a huge return on investment. " [+]
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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
SPRING POKER CLASSIC TWO 100K
MARCH 23 - APRIL 2:
PEARL RIVER IS DAYS
Looking forward to all the added seats in the satellites and
the twin 100k guarantees. We had a chance to ask
tournament direcotr Paul Dutsch about this event as it draws
Paul, you've been a fixture in poker
on the Gulf Coast for a while now. Tell us what you foresee
for Pearl River resorts and the role poker may play as that
be our 5th event at Pearl River Resorts, each event has been
larger than the previous one. I believe the continued
increase, can be attributed to the value that Pearl River
places on its poker players. Where else adds 4 Seats to its
Main Event Megas, has table side food service in the
tournament area, guarantees the opener, guarantees the main
event, and provides unbelievable hotel rates to its poker
players? The overall experience is hard to beat in todays
HALL WINS "CATE
AND MIKE PLUS HATE" GRUDGE MATCH:
After winning Cate Hall promptly left the casino without
tipping the dealers. Pretty ironic for a social
justice warrior to not even think of the dealers. She
has since instructed them to give her $500 appearence fee
(yeah?) to the dealers. Acccording to most accounts
(we didn't watch) Dentale ran pretty bad and criticized for
playing kind of bad too. However he was said to have
the line of the night when he offered 1k to Hall if she
could show him the tax returns for the 500k a year job she
supposedly quit. (We heard this second hand so don't quote
us on this--maybe it was some one else's one liner after the
SONNIER SO CLOSE
Derrick Sonnier won 11k finishing eighth in the WSOP-C
reentry event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sonnier of New Iberia, LA
bested over 1800 players to make the final table and get
some circuit points. Derrick then jumped into another
tournament and finished in the money of that one (19th).
Jeter Brock is currently still alive in that tournament with
four players to fade.
CLASSIC POKER SERIES
HOLMES WINS MAIN, CAPTAIN RON DOMINATES SERIES:
Daniel Holmes of Lafayette won the Main
Event and 16k. Blake Barousse also made the final
table. Complete results below.
Captain Ron Hope
(pictured) cashed EVERYTHING. He started with a chop
in the seniors event, proceeded to chop the first PLO
tournament he'd ever played then just missed the final table
after picking up a bundle of bounties in the main.
EVENT 1 250 Seniors NLH
Entries, $28,000 prize pool, Paid 15 places
1st James Lloyd; Houston, Texas, $4213
T-2nd Michael Boyd, $3286
T-2nd Shelton Tate,
T-2nd “Captain” Ronnie Hope,
T-2nd Alton Cain, $3286
7th Ralph Rushing, $1685
9th John Maxwell,
10th Chrisman Bonnell, $843
11th Douglas Justus, $562
Leopoldo Ramos Jr., $562
14th Jerry Stroope,
15th Dennis Leita, $421
Event #2 $175 NLH Mega Satellite
**70 Entries, 14 Seats awarded to the $700 Main Event
Event #3 $250 PLO w/Rebuys
**56 Entries, 59 rebuys, 45 add-ons, $32000 prize pool,
1st Jacob Seale, $5245
T-2nd David Sherman, $5200
Jason Faircloth, $5200
5th “Captain” Ronnie
6th Harold Willis, $3925
7th Alvin Cahee, $2930
Event #4 $700 NLH Main Event w/
**148 Entries, $75000
prize pool PLUS $14800 in Bounties, paid 15 places
1ST Daniel Holmes, $16882
4th Douglas Freiss,
5th Kinney Fitzgerald, $6003
6th Tiffany Gerron, $5253
8th James Beetz, $3752
9th Blake Barousse, $3001
Victor De Los Santos, $2251
Luiz Desa, $1501
Ronnie Hope, $1501
14th Edgar Rodas,
15th Freddie Ardoin, $1126
*Payouts do not include Bounties won
A WEEK TO GO:
We are under a week from the first 100k guarantee at
Pear River's Spring Poker Classic. Outside of Philadelphia,
MS they've gone all in on this event. The schedule is
Want to get outside and explore a
bit? We recently asked Tee to the Green Magazine about the
golf courses at Pearl River and they gave an enthuisastic
thumbs up. So play a bit after playing a bit.
Time to book your room if you
haven't yet as they are going fast.
HALL DENTALE THE GRUDGE MATCH NOBODY WILL ADMIT TO
For two polarizing figures, who
probably garner more dislikes than likes, and a poker
community feigning apathy, there is a lot of twitter
attention, bets being made, and interest for their heads up
match on March 19th.
fans probably have no idea who these two are. Dentale is
most well known for trying to fold a big blind when his
friend was all in for less. Cate Hall received an award for
the best female poker player last year.
Just guessing here, but we believe
more people will be watching hoping to see an outburst or
two than to really watch some poker. It's not often you root
for bad beats and craziness but the only entertainment from
this event will be the two malcontents acting up. If
you are looking to bet Hall is a 1.35 favorite as it stands.
SPEAKING OF LADIES WINNING:
Here's a good write up of the first
female WPT winner Ema Zajmovic. Go
At the GPI
American Poker Awards, Destin's John Holley received acclaim
for leading the country for Hendon Mob worthy cashes for
2016. We counted 52 trips to the cashiers cage (almost once
a week!) He joined Ari Engel (tournament performance
of the year), Maurice Hawkins (Breakout Performance), and
David Peters (GPI POY) in the spotlight for poker
accomplishments. Congrats John!
BIERMAN NO FEAR-MAN:
Steve Bierman finished day 1 of the
Venetian Main 13th in chips. Day 2 he finished third in
chips out of 34 left with 1.1 million. Already in the money
the 34 players came back from a starting field of 676. Andy
Philachack bagged 750k (10th), other notables that made it
through included Jared Jaffee, Sorel Mizzi, Jeff Fielder,
Ravi Raghavan, and Kevin Stammen. Unfortunately the dream
came to an end in 20th place. Bierman won over 7k for his
effort. Great job Steve!
Golden Moon and Silver Star, make up Pearl River resorts.
It's almost smack dab in the middle of the major poker
population centers. Pensacola, New Orleans, Biloxi,
Birmingham, Shreveport, Huntsville, Chattanooga, Atlanta all
reasonable drives away.
Lots to like on the Pearl
River 2017 Spring Poker Classic
Early on at least four satellites with seats added to the
100k Reentry event and the 100k Main Event. Not to
mention four separate flights for each.
is a hole in the schedule this year with one of the big boys
on the coast taking a year off from one of their mainstays,
so it's time to head north... south... west... or east.
SAGER FINISHES FOURTH:
Jeff Sager continued his torrid
2017 with a final
four appearence at the Rio's WSOPC Reentryevent in Las
Vegas. The Harrahs NOLA reg battled through most of the late
stages of the tournament with short stack. He came to the
final table with the shortest stack and two eliminations
later had the big stack.
Then he ran his pocket Aces
into 88s all in preflop and the 8s got there. But he battled
back again. He outlasted the universe's greatest player
(link) Doug Lee but finally got eliminated when his AQ
didn't improve v. AK. Jeff won 27k for his effort.
DEARDORFF DOES IT:
Former Gulfport native Kristen
Deardorff won the belt at the RunGood Tulsa Main Event and
35k. This marked her first five figure score and poker
series Main Event win. Deardorff won the event when her
pocket 8s binked a set against Greg Jennings AK (all in
SPRING IS COMING:
PEARL RIVER SPRING POKER CLASSIC:
a new mainstay to your Spring calendar. You don't just
have March Madness, Spring Training, and the Masters
to look forward to every year now. Also, a short road
trip to the Spring Poker Classic at Pearl River Resorts.
It's back (and better). Still two 100k Guarantees..
But now, satellites to almost every event and most with
seats added to the prize pool.
Satties to the Main
have already started. Yum.
This year features
Pot Limit Omaha, Big O, Green Chip Bounty,
Deepstack No Limit events. Paul Dutsch and his
crew have put together a great schedule and variety of
events through the Classic.
The opener is $340
Reentry with four flights and the 100k guarantee. If
you are planning on winning their Main Event you better get
here for this because that last two players to win the Main
Event at Pearl River also won the reentry. Chris Davis
<pictured> and Bryne Wilson" we are talking about you.
The Main Event also 100k guaranteed has an $800
buyin and four flights of action. Complete schedule
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HEARTLAND POKER TOUR RESULTS:
In the Boomtown Main Event, we
had a number of friends deep in the tournament and at the
final table. One player we've shared time on the felt
with, and heard good things about Seth Foster, prevailed for
a well deserved title. He bested Allen "the Chainsaw"
Kessler in heads up action when his pocket nines faded
Kessler's speed-checking pocket fives.
almost 60k for the win. He also adds the HPT bracelet to his
WSOPC ring for his trophy case. Kessler pocketed a little
under 40k for second (and 7 points toward the HPT POY race).
Our rooting interests peaked with the 4th place finish of
Jonathan Hart (Jackson, MS) who earned 18k. "Big Phil"
Philip Treaudo of NOLA won 13k for 5th. Jeff Sager, also of
NOLA, won 10.9k for sixth and Jason "Turk" Dursun of Biloxi
won 7.5k for 8th. Great run guys.
Sebesta of Richmond, TX donated all of his 25k for third to
charity. Eugene Cavaceci of Ohio won 9k for seventh, and
Philip Placzek of Houston won 6.5k for ninth.
Doan tussled with big Phil to close out the night before the
final table in a huge pot and ended up 10th. He and Ben
Thomas of Baton Rouge each won 5k. Alex Dmytraczenko of NOLA
and Eugene "Gene D" Dudek of GCP both won 3.7k for 13th and
15th respectively. Even though he probably
wouldn't want us to share it, we will, Gene battled through
illness on day two just to play. His first stop was to
Urgent Care that morning. He put together a great
performance even if he were fully healthy.
Also cashing, Josh Mancuso (14th), Joshua Lowing (Crestview,
FL 18th), John Dollinger (Gulf Breeze 21st), Dan Holmes
(Lafayette 22nd), Steve Meyers (Mandeville, LA 26th), and Ky
McPherson (Austin 27th). Congrats also to Judge Leo Booth,
Blake Barousse, Caufman Talley, and Denis Arnault for the
(Thanks to Dan Ross of
Hold'em Radio for the HPT live
and for the photo above).
Also, want to say a big
thanks to Boomtown Casino, the HPT, the staff and dealers
for putting on a first class event. Not to mention all
the GCP readers who came out to support this first time
effort. It's been a long time coming for New Orleans
to have another Poker tournament and we suspect the HPT will
be back. Looking forward to it Boomtown!
DOAN! MONSTER STACK ON DAY 1A:
(Thanks to Dan Ross of Hold'em Radio for the HPT live
and for the photo of Hiep Doan above).
Day 1A had its share of brutal
bustouts as 60ish players pared down to 9. The most notable
elimination had to be former Main Event champion Greg Raymer
bluffing off a 70bb stack to Hiep Doan just before the end
of the night.
chipleaders clashed for a gigantic pot. Raymer missed and
got it all in on the river applying max pressure. Doan
sitting on pocket Aces made the hero call (at that point for
those stakes it's a hero call even with Aces).
It enabled Doan to bag chip skyscrapers at a total of 564k.
Jure Slavic sits in second with 177k (not good at
math but looks like under a third of Hiep's total). Stephen
Hastings bagged the short stack with 69.5k. Colossus
champion Ben Keeline bagged 174k. Also headed to day 2,
Robert Geith, Ed Sebesta, James Cain, Ky MacPherson, and
Two more flights to be played. $1100 buy-in Friday
and Saturday at 2 pm. Still time to jump in one of the
satellites being played to get in on the cheap. They
have a couple Friday and one in the am Saturday.
Anticipating 200 to 300 players in this for a juicy prize
pool. Also, Sunday is another bounty tournament with a
FULL MOON OVER BOOMTOWN:
Moon chopped the reentry event with Christopher Minton of
Alvin, TX. Both players got a bit over 22k for their
Dunn of Katy, TX earned 11k for third.
making the final table good buds Ashly Butler and James
Arruebarrena. Butler got the bragging rights with a 4th
place finish for just under 8k and Arruebarrena won 3.8k for
seventh. Jovan Williams of Gretna LA won 3.1k for 8th.
Stephen OFlarity of Slidell, just missed the final table
winning over 2k for 10th. Joey Wideman, another local
rounder won 2k for 11th.
locals and friends of GCP also cashed including Pablo
Garcia-Salas of Baton Rouge, Nicholas Graphia, Philip
Weinberg of Gulfport, Logan Hewett of Basile, LA, Jeff Sager
of NOLA, Robbie Matthews (Baton Rouge), Chris Dupuy (Baton
Rouge), John Durio and Denis Arnaut (Metairie), Chris
Baudean of NOLA, Steve Meyers of Mandeville, Lacey Coffey of
Biloxi, John Anderson of Dulac, Hiep Doan of Marroero, John
Weems of Denham Springs, Josh Mancuso of Mandeville, Ian
Crozier of Metaire, Jerry Giroir and Bruce Solieau of
In a very young seniors field we
saw a chop at the final table with 10 players getting 2k
each. Some of those young seniors who went home with
20 $100 bills; Pat McNamara, Todd Skinner (pictured with his
wife and fellow poker player Renee), Jerry Giroir, Robbie
Matthews, Ron Held, and Bruce Little. Robert Veazey, Stephen
Hastings, Erik Sturm of Katy, TX, and James Whitaker of
Destrehan also split the spoils.
NLHE with Bounties tournament also went to the chopping
block. Nick Prejeant of Mandeville won 1500 after the chop.
Doug Claybrook of Vidor, TX, John Emmet of NOLA, Mike
Monaghan of Yazoo City, MS, Philip Treaudo of NOLA and Lucas
Cuccia of Metairie all got a little over 1k in the deal.
Wayne Krantz of Terrytown won $500 for seventh.
BEERS ON HIM AS BIERMAN WINS AGAIN:
second seniors event got chopped a little different than the
first. Steve Bierman won almost 3k for first. Then seven
players each won a little under 1k. Captain Ron Hope
orchastrated the deal and shared in the spoils with Kenneth
Hughes, Lise Vige and Richard Miller all of Baton Rouge.
Rozan Pitre of Cut Off, LA, David Coolman of Harvey and Tom
JOnes of New Bruanfels, TX also got in the chop. Ambrose
Brown of Destrehan, LA won 380 for 9th.
BOOMTOWN STARTS THURSDAY, WSOPC
BOOMTOWN ALL IN WITH HPT
We had a chance to speak with
Larry Barrett about the upcoming (THURSDAY 26th!) Heartland
Poker Tour event. Hard not to get excited with the effort
Boomtown is putting into this event. Read the full
IS THE THING FOR JETER BROCK:
Jeter Brock, one of the good guys
in poker, always there with a wry and witty remark, no
matter the beat he's just taken, finally got the ring he's
long deserved. He quipped to
, "serial-min casher finally wins a ring," because... of
course he did. The humble grinder just as humble in victory
Big congrats from GCP to Jeter!
Very happy for you.
HOLLEY NEEDS A SECOND HAND FOR
RINGS AFTER VICTORY:
John Holley, another good guy,
won his sixth ring. The Destin pro prevailed in Event 7 to
win just north of 15k. Austin Reilly of Gulf Shores, AL fell
in 7th. David Knuckles of Merfeesboro, TN going for his
second ring of the series went down in 5th. In the end only
the competitive family man from Destin was left with chips.
KING OF CHOCTAW:
Hinkle won the massive Choctaw Circuit Main Event winning
375k in the process. Marco Palacios was one of many Texans
to cash. The Austin native finished 54th joining Bob Talbot
at the cashier's cage. Brennan Benglis of Lake Charles,
David Baker and Steve Bierman also cashed.
CASHING IN TUNICA:
Congrats to Tim Burt, Captain Ronnie Hope, Josh Lowing, Tom
Doussan, Ed Chevallier, Tai Cao, and the slew of Gulf
Coasters who have cashed so far.
The first ever Heartland Poker Tour stop in
New Orleans is almost upon us. Starts on the 26th with
the first flight of a 100k guarantee. Want some more good
news, they are giving away a seat into a satellite.
Want to win your way in for free?
for the HPT giveaway. Hearing very good buzz about this
event. We will see you there!
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER RESULTS:
MLK DAY A SNOW DAY IN THE MAIN:
Snow of Tuscaloosa, AL bested Kyle Cartwright and John
Dollinger after returning from a late night to play for the
Million Dollar Heater Main Event title and 150k to first.
Considering the career resumes of the three players it's not
a slight to Tara to say the underdog won.
Dollinger went down first winning 50k for third, and
then the mighty Cartwright fell next winning just under 79k.
night previous, local legend and motel mogul Moe Moeini was
the last to fall winning 36k. A slew of traveling pros made
the money, with Seth Berger, Jacob Bazeley, and Aaron Massey
reaching the final table. Houston Baker of Tallahassee (6th)
and Joe Laro of Opelika, AL (8th) also final tabled winning
22k and 13k respectively.
Dolan, BJ McBrayer, Tom Franklin, Jerry Giroir, Seville Hale
and Josh Lowing were locals that made the final two tables.
Steve Bierman and Will "Monkey" Souther both busted just shy
of the money.
Nussrallah a balla again. Steve Nussrallah of Alpharetta, GA
won 5.8k for first place in the $1100 Mini-Main. He beat
Ryan Campbell of Sebastian, FL heads up. Robert Gunter of
Salem, AL finished 3rd.
Prejean of Mandeville, LA won the event and 5.2k for first.
Andrew Rust of Scott, LA finished in second for 2.7k.
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
seniors event Tom Knower (pictured) of Metairie, LA
prevailed over a loaded final table. Knower earned over 20k.
"Fast" Lane Leblanc of New Iberia finished ninth. Henry Bord
of Gadsden, AL went out 6th and then the fireworks happened.
Our hearts ache for Paul Hebert of Pierre Part, LA the 5th
place finisher. Paul played one of the stranger hands in
recent memory. Having recnetly borrowed somebody's
headphones Paul got to the river in a multiway pot with a
flush. He bet a second player called and a third
player shuffled his chips for some time and finally
announced he was all in.
After a lengthy "tank" the clock
was called on Hebert. They counted it down and then mucked
his hand. Hebert due to his headphones had no idea the
clock had been called on him or that the other player had
acted by saying "all in." Hebert assumed the clock was for
the other player.
Rumor has it Hebert would have
eliminated or crippled the other two players and had almost
all the chips left. Instead, he was now crippled
and busted soon after. Captain Ron Hope
finished 4th and also missed a couple of pay jumps due to
this crazy hand.
Trudeau of Orlando best Dustin Stewart heads up to win the 6
Max tournament. Trudeau earned a smidge under 8k for his
efforts. Terry Moore of Mobile, Lacey Coffey of Biloxi,
Heath Pender of Hoover, AL, and Gladys Corbin of Sylacauga,
AL all made the final table. Kirk Adams, William Scarsdale,
Keith Ray, and Edwin Kenny all cashed.
Stewart might have lost in heads up play in the 6 Max, but
he prevailed in the Monster Stack tournament winning 28k.
Craig Boyd of Biloxi, finished second for 15k. Gladys Corbin
of Sylacauga, AL added to her Heater winnings with 9k for
Bellanger of Thibodaux, LA won 7k for 4th. Robert Harwell
earned 3.9k for 7th. Jerry Giroir of Lafayette, LA won 2.9k
for 8th and Brian Mock of Metairie, LA won a touch under 2k
who of local players also cashed: Seville Hale, Rebecca
Campbell, Charles Carragher, Jeremy Eyer, Barron Whipple,
Luther Tran, Grechen Holzhauser, Ken Christopher, Jerry
Stumbo, Mike Horchoff, Tom Franklin and Larry White.
Meyvis of Melrose, MA won 17.777k for first in the Little
Monster. He beat Milwood Motley of Columbus, GA (2nd 9.8k),
Hanh Nguyen D'iverville, MS (4th 4.4k), Terry Moore Mobile,
AL (6th 3.1k), "Grizzled" Sam Grizzle (7th 2.5k), Reese
Vines of Cantonment, FL (8th), and Nick Bowen of Pensacola
(9th) at the final table.
Doan, Mike Horchoff, Josh Palmer, and Ken Christopher were
also among the "In The Money" players who just missed the
final table. Prissy Giroir, Judge Leo Booth, Juoe Hevert,
Clint Yates, D. Joan Brown, also cashed.
Mapes of Miramar Beach, FL won 3.7k for first in the PLO
event. He had to get by Matt Lansdon of D'Iberville (3rd),
Shawn Thomas of Tallahassee, FL (4th), Josh Mancuso (5th),
and Milton FL's Peter Feriozzi to prevail.
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
BJ McBrayer leads all going back
to day 2 with over $164k in chips:
poker players will be celebrating MLK at The Beau grinding
fighting for a $150k top prize twirling up top. For those
that didnt make the cut there is a one day $200 event today.
These chip counts below represent the "Real Main"...not the
"Mini Main" that jumped off at 4pm yesterday for an $1100
"Monkey" Souther 78k
Brian Senie 82k
Jacob Bazeley 18k
Ashley Butler 29k
Kyle Cartwright 110k (pic)
John Dolan 66.6k
"Capt" Tom Franklin
Jerry Giroir 46k
Robert Harwell 33k
Mike Horchoff 24k
Aaron Massey 51k
Tim "TK" Miles 95k
Jeff Sager 28k
Seville Hale 80k
Steve Bierman 106k
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
Lisa Price of Olive Branch, MS
won Event 2, a No Limit Hold'em one day event. Price won a
little over 18k for first. Philip Weinberg, Alex Dmytrazenko
of NOLA, Ronnie George, Bobbi Bailey, Ken Christopher, Lee
Jones and Joshua Floyd all made the money.
Matt Lansdon (pictured) has a
habit of winning Omaha tournaments at the Beau. He did it
again besting Doub Saab in heads up action to take 9.3k.
Charles Witherspoon, Will "Monkey" Souther, John Holly and
Ocean Springs Paul Campo alll made the money in the Omaha 8
or better event.
Speaking of habits Jerry Giroir
has a habit of making final tables. Spoiler alert
he'll make our next update too. Craig Boyd of Biloxi won
first place and a touch over 10k. Also in the money Prissy
Giroir, Ken Allison, Tom Franklin, Tony Dobyns and Vance
Silva all cashed too.
Peter Feriozzi of Milton, FL won
the Big O tournament. He earned 4.4k for first. Michael
Harrison, James Henderson, Terry Moore and Michael Ferguson
of Shreveport all joined him in the money.
two weeks out from the first Heartland Poker Tour stop in
New Orleans. For those of you still with a bankroll after
the Heater plenty of options to reinvest.
For those of you without a bankroll, we got good news!
They are giving away a seat into a satellite.
Want to win your way in for free?
for the HPT giveaway. Hearing very good buzz about this
event. We will see you there!
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER MASSIVE REENTRY RESULTS:
2800 entrants. Almost 800k in the prize pool. Definitely an
8 way chop.
Conner of New Orleans (pictured above), Ramsey Shawaa of
Pass Christian, Tim Burt of D'Iberville, Dimitry Agracho of
Delray Beach, FL, Thu Tran of Biloxi, MS, Holly Meliet of
Baton Rouge, and Hiep Doan of New Orleans came to an
agreement and split up the loot.
Treaudo of NOLA finished 9th. Chris Canan of New Orleans
made it to 11th. Great job everyone. Complete results
We would have posted more but with 200+ cashing we just
don't have the space.
A MOOMOO, A MONKEY, A
BATMAN, AN ANGRY BIRD, AND A BACKWARDS WIG ALL MADE THE
FIRST FLIGHTS OF THE 600K REENTRY A SHOW:
We'll drop some pictures in this
spot right here in the coming days, but even if you ran bad
on day one hard not to enjoy the sights of the first event.
GCP blogger Will "Poker Monkey" Souther made his long
awaited return to the Beau Rivage. Kenny "Mega Master"
Milam honored his Arkansas-LSU bet with Charlie Gelvin by
playing in a dress (or a moo-moo whatever that is--looked
like a dress to us). Joe Hebert dressed as Batman and
arrived with his friend John Durio who came as an Angry
Bird. Joe Phelps sitting near Kenny Milam sported a
backwards wig as Milam went with a lady's wig. Check
back for photos. Also if you got some good ones send
them to us. Thanks.
STARTS AT THE BEAU:
HEATER ignites Friday Jan 6th. The four flight reentry event
starts at 11am. You will be able to renter each flight
within the first four levels. At the end of the flight you
will be in the money. We have second hand word that means on
Friday you will be
guaranteed ~ $500. Let's say you have one chip or not many,
they will allow you to forfeit your chips and enter another
flight. Sounds like you'll get $500 for the min-cash for
Friday forfeits. Curious to see exactly how this plays out.
Always fun to cash
the same tournament twice.
to structures, schedule of qualifiers and lay of the land
for the HPT's first event in New Orleans. Some other things
jump out at us. Two senior guarantee events, a bounty
tournament, and plenty of ways to get into their main event.
idea of traveling local to play poker is too convienent for
you. Perhaps, you need a break from the cold. The Pokerstars
Championships commences in the Bahamas. No longer part of
the defunct European Poker Tour, Pokerstars is attempting to
totally rebrand the event. Which means the name PokerStars
Carribbean Adventure has also been put in mothballs.
They are offering 92 events over... nine days. An umlimited
reentry super higher roller with 100k buy-in, a 25k
highroller series, and plenty more big bankroll curiosities
dot the schedule. Guessing only a few of you will be
booking travel to this one this year.
Alan Cramer from Beaumont, TX
takes the "Cheese" in Kinder last weekend:
up in Kinder fired their last Tourney series during the
Holiday week between Christmas and New Years. They ran
multiple Day 1's for this one with the Day 2 being last
Friday on the 12/30. At the end of then day Alan Cramer from
Beaumont, TX took the score and headed back across the state
line. Alan won $13k+ for 1st place...other winners are
Desmond Scott $7726
Lain Mann $5410
Brennan Benglis $4230
Homer Hinson $3090
Dona Tacone $2300
Others who came away with a cash
12: Frank Nabors
15. Jeremy Tinsley $1150
20. Gerald Miller $960
23. Robert Cole $770
30. Bruce Souileau $580
Local Poker Couple and friends of
GCP Jerry and Prissy Girior both score a min-cash for close
check out a great article written by Ben Saxton about local
Poker Player Ashley Butler:
The Heartland Poker Tour is
coming to New Orleans. We hope this becomes a
permanent stop on the schedule. Looks like there is
going to be a lot of reasonable buyins and some big prize
pools. Really excited Larry Barrett and the good
folks at Boomtown are bringing the well regarded HPT to add
to the options for tournament poker players in the region.
Here's the schedule on the Heartland Poker Tour
Boomtown is on the West Bank, a short 10 to 15 minute
drive, uber ride or taxi from the French Quarter. They have
a $20 million hotel that opened in 2015 with suites and a
fitness center. During the tournament they are offering
rooms Sunday-Thursday for $59 a night and $89 for Friday and
Saturday night. Calll 504.366.7711 to book.
tournaments and promotions can be found
They include freeroll tournaments, splash the pots, high
hands, Aces cracked and more.
A BANG, AND A BOOM TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2017:
wishes all of our readers the best possible close to the
year. We hope you've enjoyed the holidays and if you got the
chance to spend them with your family, we hoped you
Great things to come after the first.
The New Year starts out with a BANG as the Million Dollar
Heater commences at the Beau Rivage. The massive multiflight
reentry event is a low buyin bankroll booster. Big time cash
up top in that first event and a lot of action and variety
through the Main Event on the schedule. See our
facebook for the complete schedule. Go
here and give
us a like while there.
of New Orleans is a new player has come to the table and
there will be a big tournament at the end of the month.
Hint: Heartland Poker Tour. Double Hint: BOOM-town! We'll
have their schedule up and more details in the coming days.
YEAR END LINK DUMP:
Trump not Sheldon Adelson's chump? That's the hope in the
online poker world. There is a chance the new President,
despite his Vice-President elect's draconian stance on the
matter, may be open to online poker and online gaming. It's
a business he explored getting into himself recently and he
used to host the U.S. Poker Championship at his Taj Mahal (a
one time "major" tournament on the calendar). He's also had
close ties to poker and poker players on his shows in the
Pokernews tackles the speculation of where he will come down
on this issue
While on the subject of Trump, let's not
forget he delivered the ultimate slow roll to Annie Duke in
the finals of Celebrity Apprentice, which is in retrospect
given her involvement in numerous poker scandals is SUPER
schedule has been fully released but here's some information
generally about the World Series next summer. Go to
for more on the information that has been released.
in the year we relayed a story about Mike Dentale trying to
fold when his opponent (a friend) was all-in for less than
his big blind. Seems like he's just one of those guys who
"attracts" drama as now he's in a twitter beef with fellow
social media hot taker Cate Hall. The end result? A heads-up
grudge match to be televised on Poker Night in America.
If you got some time to kill and
are interested in how things got heated head over to
2+2 for the
DON'T BEAT THE CASINOS AT THEIR OWN GAME:
federal judge has ruled against Phil Ivey in his edge
sorting case. He and his companion will have to pay back
nearly ten million to the Borgata. The debate can be made
whether or not what he did constituted cheating, but what
has to be troubling to "professional gamblers" was the
wording of the decision affirming that any time a gambler
gains an edge on the casino they are basically voiding a
contract with the casino.
In effect the contract a gambler
affirms when he steps foot inside a casino is that he will
be playing at a disadvantage to the house and agrees to lose
money either slowly or quickly. If you gain any sort of
edge, you void the contract, and they don't have to pay you.
Do the permutations in your head, and you can see the
Pandora's Box of defenses this could open up to benefit the
house not paying out.
Perhaps, the most interesting
aspect of this story, despite Phil Ivey being involved, is
his companion "Kelly" Cheung Yin Sun's devotion to getting
revenge on the casinos, leading her to find and exploit a defect
in the cards. Go
here for those details.
THE HEATER IS ALMOST
Highlights from schedule the Beau Rivage's biggest poker
event of the year:
No Limit Hold'Em reentry event has two flights Friday Jan.
6, and two flights Saturday Jan. 7. With a 600k guaranteed
prize pool this will be a monster turnout. Expect them to
smash the guarantee as they always seem to do.
look out for the seniors 50k guarantee, a Monster Stack 50k
guarantee (with two flights), a four flight Little Monster
event, and then a 300k $2700 Main Event with two flights.
PEARL RIVER MAIN
WILSON WINS... AGAIN:
Pearl River Main Event came down to three players and a
familiar script. Last go around Chris "CD" Davis, a diehard
Bama fan, won the Reentry event and then got a double by
taking the Main Event after a chop. Chris Davis just missed
the final table, but fellow Bama fan Bryne Wilson checked
all those boxes (having won the reentry) to accomplish the
Wilson who won the Ante Up
magazine cover and an entry into their Championship event
humbly deferred to his two competitors even in victory.
After a long final table the three way action stalled.
Certainly, the accomplishments of Jeremy "The Chemist"
Gaubert and Russ Head seemed to indicate one of them would
prevail. However, after an even money chop was offered by
the chipleader, with Wilson getting the lagniappes ,the
three struck a deal.
Wilson, Tuscaloosa, AL $22,280
Jeremy Gaubert, Thibodeaux, LA
Russ Head, Rome, GA $22,279
Jonathan Wisbey, New Orleans, LA
Robbie Matthews, Baton Rouge, LA
Ralph Reid, Meridian, MS $7,906
Lyle Walker, Baton Rouge, LA
B.J. McBrayer, Tuscaloosa, AL
Chip Ervin, Tuscaloosa, AL $3,594
James “Mousey” Davis, Jackson, TN
Charles Davis $2,731
12. Perry Brown, Brandon, MS
13. Chris Canan, New Orleans, LA
14. Jonathan Hart, Jackson, MS
15. Chris Davis, New Orleans, LA
16. Anne Champlain, Jonesville,
17. Barry Schultz, Arlington, TN
18. Curtis Miller, Houston, TX
19. Richard Jentzsch, Norris, TN
20. Dilsad Mergler, Baton Rouge,
21. Amanda Hayes, Jackson, MS
22. Brook Swink, Columbus, MS
23. Thuy Djedjos, Jackson, MS
24. Steve Bierman, New Orleans,
25. Cody Pack, Cartersville, GA
26. Jerry Giroir, Lafayette, LA
27. David Chocheles, New Orleans,
that was going one, the final one day event wrapped up with
RIVER POKER OPEN - Ante Up Poker Tour
Event #9 - No-Limit Hold'em
Prize Pool: $6,440
1. Epheium Shelton, Ridgland, MS
2. Lemuel Nix, Sylycaugha, AL,
3. Tara Snow, Piedmont, AL,
4. Lee Breeland, Canton, MS
5. Christopher Torres, New
Orleans, LA $426
6. Jerry Girioir, Lafayette, LA
always, a first class event run by Tournament Director Paul
Dutsch, his crew and Pearl River Resorts. See you guys in
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ARCHIVED NEWS BLOTTER CENTER>>>
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"[+]
THE POKER MONKEY
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
16th. That's three and a half months. The period of time since
I've last posted here. Very un-Monkeylike of me, I know. I
actually wrote half a blog post in October...but never got back
to it to finish it, and now, its just totally out of date. So
this seems like an excellent time to put up one more post for
what some, has been a very traumatic year.
calendar called 2016 The Year of The Monkey. And for me,
personally...it was an exceptionally positive year. Bought a
house. Paid off a car. Played very little poker. Staked some
players, some successful, some not. Took lots of vacations with
my girls. Went to a lot of Bama games, and even a Seahawks game.
Had lots of family come and visit us, with more still on the
way. And as I sit here in my hotel at the Marriot Marquis
Atlanta...where the Alabama football team happens to be
staying...I look out over the city from our 24th floor room,
cold and dreary outside...and contemplate what today may hold,
and what 2017 may provide us as well.."
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:
"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."
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 12/16/15] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"Sean Payton and Mickey
Loomis are on the warpath.
It has been quite a spectacle
In the three days since Free Agency
commenced, the Saints have operated at a dizzying, furious pace.
First the blockbuster: Graham and a 4th for Unger and a 1st.
Then in quick succession: Grubbs for a 5th. Browner. Spiller.
Stills for a 3rd and Ellerbe. Keenan Lewis's future as a Saint
hanging in the balance.
There were also the recent
departures of Pierre Thomas, Curtis Lofton, and Corey White; the
restructures/paycuts for Bunkley, Colston, and Hawthorne; the
re-signing of Ramon Humber; and, of course, the contract
extension for Mark Ingram. "
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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
BLOGGER REID GILBERT'S BOOK. GO