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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."
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 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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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
Roselius’ parents divorced when he
was four. His mother moved her two sons to his
adopted hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska where he
grew up " [+]
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."
[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
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
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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IS DAVID CLARK?|
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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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
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
He half lurched at them then defiantly mouthed "What? What?
ladies drew in closer as they neared the door.
"Asshole," one said to another.
LINKAGE AND HAND(S) OF
A few fun ones...
-What's life on the road like? Sounds spicy. Spicier than
Shawn Spicer's first press conference. The dealer behind Card
Player's Dealer Chick column dishes on what dealers get up
-Pennsylvanians cheered the legalization of online
poker. Unfortunately, even when it's legal sometimes it's
hard to implement. Tight Poker discusses it
-Resort fees... somehow it's possible that Vegas casinos
are raising them again. W...T... F... (way too (many)
fees) $45... crazy.
-Lots of blogs updated... including some by Ben Saxton,
Will Souther, and Jonathan Little.
TWEET OF THE WEEK (okay it's a bad hand
SUMMER SERIES WRAP-UP:
ZENTNER HAT TRICK FOR FIRST, HARRAHS AWARDS
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
Charlene Smith 1,737.00
10 Jamie Grantham 1,426.00
Robert Brown 1,426.00
12 Charles Miller 1,426.00
Gebriel Rosamano 1,147.00
14 Stephen Bierman 1,147.00
15 Priscilla Giroir 1,147.00
16 Bertrand Fos 930.00
Ronald Held 930.00
18 James Burke 930.00
Christopher Dupuy 775.00
20 Randy Gordon 775.00
Piyush Mittal 775.00
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.
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
John Cressend (pictured) won
$1170 for the Friday bounty tournament and A LOT of $50
Michael Vernace finished second for $780.
Event # 4
on Friday night had a little bigger field with these
1 James Tate 2,430.00
2 David Bansmer
3 Carlos Saenz 810.00
4 Joseph Wang 540.00
We posted on our Facebook page a link to the Beau's
September schedule and booking info. Go
(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
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.
1 Tiffany Keathley $48,796
3 Bill Latta $33,692
4 Tim Harris
5 Dennis Thurman $24,890
6 Walker Miskelly
7 Sean Guidry $9,480
8 Stuart Breakstone
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:
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)
Peace Marvel 1st - $2,175
Richard Zeichik 2nd - $1305
Sheila Wynn 3rd - $870
Scroll down for schedule...
SUMMER SERIES STARTS:
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
Also, $250 Bounty Tournaments every night
and a Sunday capper deepstack Turbo event.
Harrah’s New Orleans
August 15, 2019
No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry
No-Limit Hold'em Bounty
August 16, 2019
No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry
No-Limit Hold'em Bounty
August 17, 2019
No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry
No-Limit Hold'em Bounty
August 18, 2019
Event #1 Day 2 Re-Start
NLH Monster Stack Turbo
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BAD FOR POKER LINKS:
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
BOROVETZ BORROWED WITHOUT PAYING ONE TIME
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
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.
misses an opportunity to bash poker and here's their
from a couple of weeks ago.
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.
remainder of the payouts:
4 Shomari Williams $10,250
Sley Sanchez $7,653
6 Kip Jones $6,286
7 Judge Leo
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.
For more news that no
longer qualifies as the latest, because... it's no longer
recent, follow the link below...
ARCHIVED NEWS BLOTTER CENTER>>>
Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
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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THE POKER MONKEY
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.!" [+}
FACES IN THE CROWD
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."
10/12/18] CORY is Harrhas NOLA cash player who has moved to
Vegas to take his shot there. The Vlog chronicles his
"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.
vlog started in pursuit of a PokerStars contest but Cory expects
to keep blogging in the future. Track his progress on
on his YouTube channel. Good stuff."
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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