DINE ON THE WHALES
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
Just wanted to say
Thank You! to everybody that attended our first
ever poker tournament:
Think it was a big success. Definitely
looking to continue the positives everybody
raved about as well as expand the options a
little bit in the future.
Big thank you to Chase
Haydel and Harrahs New Orleans for giving us
this opportunity and I think they'll agree
everybody won after our first time out.
More to come. By the way, check out this
on Chase by Ben
SaxtonAlso, feel it's important to highlight the
tireless efforts by Chase, Robbie Gertsner,
Joella McIntosh, Mel Emnon and Timmy Louie.
As TDs they busted their butts to put together
an in house tournament and had everything moving
fairly seamlessly. Not to mention just
about every one of them asked me to put the
spotlight on the hard work of somebody else.
Humble, smart, hard-working, what more could you
ask for? "
12/11/18] Jonathan Little has more tournament winnings than only
a handul of pros. At 24, he had already
eclipsed 4 million dollars in lifetime
winnings . The WPT Season VI player of the year, Jonathan
was born in Pensacola Florida and currently
operates a new poker site, which includes his
blogs and videos you can find it
"POSTED VIDEO BLOG
"In general, you want
to check-raise the flop when you can extract
value from many inferior made hands, when you
can make many superior hands fold, or when your
marginal value hand plays poorly on future
betting rounds, usually because your opponent is
overly aggressive and the board will
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DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 12/12/18] Nolan Dalla.com is where you find the
wit and wisdom of one of the most well known
poker writers in the industry. His WSOP
coverage speaks for itself. His home blog
covers a wide range of topics written
with that singular Dalla conviction.
"Is the glass half full or half empty?
Its all a matter of perspective.
this NFL regular season, I've posted 91 picks
here at my website. I'm slightly above the .500
mark ó with a 44-43-4 record. Total profit to
That's right, four bucks.
suppose things could be much worse. After all, I
could be in the red.
Let's try to build on
last week's disappointment. I should have gone
4-1 but took two really bad beats. Moving on to
Week #14.. " [+]
[UPDATED 09/25/16] Shannon Shorr has graduated. That's bad
news for the poker world because he's terrorized the circuit
while also being a full time college student. Now without
distractions, like class every day, the only question is how
quickly will he add to his over 3.2 million dollars in
tournament winnings. You can also read Shannon's blog at
"As it pertains to my personal journey, it
has been a bit volatile since I last posted.
Iíve had some dark times that almost all stem
from the rough stretch Iíve endured in my career
as a tournament poker professional. I wonít
bother complaining here as you most certainly
donít wanna hear it. There has been an
often-present anxiety due to things not going
well financially. It has also been a hit to my
I think Iíve finally worked through it
and at peace with it. Iíve been playing poker
tournaments for near 11 years now and have
experienced the swings of the business first
hand. Itís really important to take a step back
and gain perspective and ďzoom outĒ as a friend
told me this summer. I experienced some
depression as a result of things not going well
at poker table. An interesting thing happened. I
would get upset about tournaments not going
well. I would then get really wrapped up in my
head and hard on myself FOR getting upset about
tournaments not going well."
Jennifer Gay is a poker player, poker room supervisor and
Ante Up Magazine Poker Columnist local to
Tunica, MS. Her blog covers the sometimes personal and
always comical reality of a life fully centered around poker in
"Steven has applied himself to his study
and poker coaching to a level I couldn't have
believed possible. Mostly utilizing "Float the
Turn" and watching hours and hours of reviewed
hand histories, he spends his lunch break at
work every day studying in addition to any down
time he has at home. He cut carbs from his diet,
losing 20+ pounds and dropping below 200 for the
first time in a decade, hoping that better
health overall will lead to better stamina and
I am super excited about
his opportunity to play in the main event and
believe he's going to run deep. Hopefully,
really deep. I did the math on it and
approximately $43,000 would pay off every dime
of debt we have and finish the fund for a down
payment on a home. We are on track to hit this
goal by December 2017, but it would be really
nice if he could just knock it out in one big
tournament cash. Plus, if we're bringing home
$43,000 then that means the investors are all
getting a huge return on investment. " [+]
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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 didnít join a gym or start a new exercise
routine, instead I picked up a part time job working
construction. Coming from a late night poker schedule this took
some significant lifestyle adjustments, but thatís exactly what
I was looking for. I ended up walking down this path while
following a thought about changing the way I value time. A
thought that came along while I was lending my friends and
family an extra set of hands."
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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.
IP BILOXI WSOP-C MAIN
EVENT CHIP COUNTS:
Circuit Grinder Mike Lech sits atop the leaderboard with
551k after Flights A and B coalesce today.
Campbell (pictured 304k), Jared Ingles (274k), and BJ
McBrayer (236k) bagged top 20 stacks.
210k, Peace Marvel 195k, Jeff Bromberger 182k, Matt Higgins
182k, Ben Thomas 148k, Sley Sanchez 12k, Wayne Solar (118k),
Chris Savage (112k), Judge Leo Boothe (95K), and Tim Burt
(75k) all return to action today.
Good Luck to
everybody still in it.
IP BILOXI WSOP-C
MUNROE THE TRUE MONSTER:
Gavin Munroe of Gautier, MS prevailed in the Monster
Stack tournament after amassing a monster stack in the money
and runing over the field. Munroe's first ring came with
$26,278 too. Not bad for the local dealer. Five
Georgia players made the final table: Regina Ham 2nd (16k),
Dell Taylor 4th (8.8k), James Bankston (5th 6.6k), Mack Ham
(7th 3.9k) and Ismal Cabrera (8th 3.1k).
table also featured Donald Crabtree of TN finished third for
11k, Austin Reilly of Gulf Shores 6th for 5k and Brent
Siebenkittle of D'Iberville for 9th 2.4k.
players 45 were paid. Those earning over 1k included Ben
Thomas, Martin Zentner, Homer Borque (Port Barre, LA), and
"Cigar" Joey Wideman.
Also in the money: Simon Philip
(Pensacola), Danny Doucet, JW Carter, "Wild" Bill Phillips,
Ben Mintz, Andrew Dykeman (Jacksonville), Prissy Giroir,
Brandon Semmes (Monroe, LA), David Nicholson, and Steve
Scott Brewster of Covington, LA pipped Luther Tran of Bayou
La Batre heads up won win 21k. Tran earned 12k for second.
Trace Henderson won 9k for third. Bob Beck of Santa Rosa
Beach won 7k for fourth.
Rober Elliott (AL), Terry
Moore (AL), Charles Holler (TX), Dylan Ziglar (Holden, LA),
and Corey Harrison also final tabled the $600 Big Blind Ante
event. "Cigar" Joey Wideman and Joe "The Pro" Hebert also
made the money.
IP BILOXI WSOP-C
SLEY SANCHEZ WINS:
player Sley Sanchez topped Event 5, winning the $400 6
Handed No Limit Hold'em tournament. He overcame a massive
chip disadvantage to Hamid Izadi to earn more than 13k for
Izadi made $8,488 for second. Trace Henderson
won a little over 6k for third. Terry Moore (4.4k for
fourth), Nolan Burton (3.2k for fifth) and Sean Small (2.3k
for sixth) rounded out the final table.
Tim Burt, Ray
Curran, Michael Monaghan, Captain Tom Franklin, Ronald
Hines, Tony Higgins, Judy Leblanc, and Philip Braswell all
made the money too.
SILVA KO's PLO FIELD:
Charlotte, NC native Matt Silva won 8.4k for first in
Event 6. He beat resident PLO expert Matt Lansdon heads up
for the ring. Landson earned 5.2k for second. Circuit regs
Kennii Nguyen, Warren Sheaves, and Scott Cooper all made the
final table. Luis "El Chopo" Tablas of Metairie also cashed.
HEBERT ALMOST THERE:
Joe "The Pro" Hebert (pictured) came up just short in the
$400 one day Event 7. He
second for 8.3k to Russell Sullivan of South Carolina. Joe's
travel buddy and recent ring winner Ben Thomas
finished third for 6k (putting him in contention for Casino
Champion). Eric Salazar of Greensboro North Carolina won
4.4k for fourth.
A few of our local favorites also
made the final table. Chirs Canan earned 3.2k for fifth,
Michael Monaghan 2.4k for sixth, and Peace Marvel 1.9k for
Braden Robinson and Sheila Boyne both of
Louisiana rounded out the final table. JW Carter of Jackson,
Michael Lins of Bay Minette, FL, and Tomas Teran of Welsh,
LA all made the money.
RED STICK SUNDAY AT
Baton Rouge invaded
Biloxi and left with all the spoils on a glorious Sunday.
Three champs crowned and all three ring winners came from
Red Stick. What a day for the Red Stick grinders.
Sometimes you play a tournament and you just feel a player
is fated to win. Devine intervention or just a good run of
cards and an ability to rake big pots. Debra Irvine wasn't
falling for bluffs and steadily got max value for her hands
so no wonder she took her first ring in the re-entry event.
She earned 44k for first (her second final table of the
series) and left Biloxi's own Greg Whitworth to settle for
27k and second place. Two other accomplished players took
third (Corey Harrison 20k) and fourth (Mike Monaghan 15k).
Rory O'Brien of Prairieville, LA won 11k for fifth.
Donald Davis of Braxton, MS (7th touch under 7k), and JW
Carter of Jackson, MS (9th 4.4k) also made the final table.
Other locals in the final three tables included Andrew
Moon (12th 3.6k), Sley Shanchez (13th 3k), Ken Christopher
(15th 3k), Judge Leo Boothe (16th 2.5k), Steve Bierman
(19th), Eric Lefort the day 1 chipleader (20th), Derek
Normand (23rd), Wild Bill Phillips (25th) and Luther Tran
Also cashing on Day 2: Tim Burt, Morty Davis,
Trace Henderson, Ronald Inman, Saeed Nia, Dale Trosclair,
Chester Baughan, Robert henderson, Renee Skinner, Brandon
Semmes and Thuy Djedjos.
Lafarrah Weeks was one of a
couple of players to cash twice in the same event.
RED STICK SUNDAY AT
THE IP PT. 2:
Matthews picked up his first ring in the seniors event and
just like all seniors events he plays seemed like he started
with a big stack and just kept adding to it. Robbie won 9.6k
for first and Baton Rouge's second ring on the day.
Bill Dehart of Metairie won just under 6k for second. Bill
Flippen of Kenner took fifth, with Kenny Milam adding
another final table to his resume. Also cashing JL Cutrer,
Davon Hayes and Mark Holmes.
THOMAS TAKES IT:
Thomas can no longer be considered one of the better players
on the Coast without a ring. FIrst place in the $400 one day
event ended that distinction.
The Baton Rouge rounder
won 12.6k and bested Paul Sokoloff heads up (Sokoloff was in
search of his second ring of the series). Matt Davis (also
of Baton Rouge), Luiz Sa, and Lafarrah Weeks also cashed.
Today the first event will be spread at the IP's WSOP-C
event. This is a stop that has returned to the coast, albeit
in a different calendar slot. Lots of history there for
players in our footprint. They get us started with a $250
ring event. If you are interesting in adding to the history
we have the all time cashers and winners at the IP to know
what you gotta do to crack those top tens...
mentioned this guy recently for winning a ton more money,
but did you know he's first place all time in earnings at the IP?
1st Kyle Cartwright $ 249,352
2nd Timothy Miles $
3rd Mohammad Moeini $ 169,871
Monroe $ 144,756
5th Caufman Talley III $ 136,768
6th Chris Savage $ 129,023
7th Martin Zentner $ 114,400
8th Tom Franklin $ 112,808
9th Travis Lutes $ 95,253
10th William Phillips $ 86,381
In terms of number
of cashes it's another familiar name sitting way above
1st William Souther 30
3rd Timothy Burt 15
4th William Phillips 13
6th Barron Whipple 12
8th William Jeter
8th Danny Doucet 11
8th David Nicholson 11
8th Robert Harwell 11
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Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
some time to sit down and bang out a new blog pre-wsop. We just
finished with the New Orleans Circuit event and everyone is
getting geared up for wsop in Vegas. I am unsure if I will be
heading out this year as Ivy is now 8 years old and he is at
that "cool age" and we have alot planned for the summer...we
Played a few events in New Orleans including the $1650 Main
Event. I wasnt happy with how I played ...but then again I will
always find fault with my play unless I win...lol.
Its an exciting time to be in poker as the laws may be changing
soon, and online poker may come back in full force. GCP has been
a mainstay for poker on the Gulf Coast and we hope to take
advantage of the second coming to bring GCP to more computers in
the future and gain more readers. Bill and I want to take the
time to thank everyone who has came back for the stories and
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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:
"I kept searching. Then thought...shit...guess I better
click on RESULTS...and pray that I don't see his name there.
And....there it was. 226th. Michael Schneider. $42,980. Had he
made it just ONE more spot...to 225th...it would have paid
another $7k. OUCH!"
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 NFLís Arthur Blank-led
compensation committee finally rewarded Roger Goodell with a
$200M contract extension.
Goodellís contract came after
months of bad blood and threats of litigation from Jerry Jones,
who had obstructed the formalities. Blank eventually won this
power struggle between two of the NFLís most influential owners,
and delivered Goodell his new contract.."
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10/21/14] THE POKER BAT is an online player from Northern
Louisiana who is trying out blogging to help him with his game.
Bat will delve into hand scenarios and discuss issues facing
today's online player.
"From his poker blind, the Bat watched Kai magnificently wade
through that minefield of Q10 loving princesses and get to heads
up action. Heads up action in a ladies tournamentÖ creepy smile,
creepy wink, creepy nudge (somebody needs to design that
emoticon). There the Bat hears some of the exiled ladies
talking. One of them a brutish looking tight end for an Canadian
Football League team tells the others, if Kai wins heís not
getting out of the parking lot with the pendant.
This got the Bat picking his nose, actually, the Bat was already
knuckle deep, this got the Bat thinking, about poor Kai getting
jumped in the parking lot. So taking stock of the future mob,
the Bat envisioned the scene if he won:
Kai exits the elevator, with the Ted Nugent muzak fading away as
he walks into the IP garage, a car skids out in the distance,
but this floor of the garage is empty except for Kaiís car (a
vintage Aston Matin) parked by itself overlooking the beauty of
the bay of biloxi. As Kai, walks sipping from his shaken not
stirred victory martini, the lone light above his car flickers
rapidly and turns off, turning the garage to shadow. Dripping
water echoes loudly and Kai canít help but shake the idea heís
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