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DINE ON THE WHALES

 (UPDATED: 12/11/18) Wild 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:  Poker Gras.  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 article on Chase by Ben Saxton.  Also, 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? " [+] 

 

LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  4/9/19] 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.

"The reason I am adamantly against using card protectors is because they introduce one more physical element that can give off information about the strength of your hand. I have spotted countless tells due to people using their card protectors in different manners based on their handís strength.

The most extreme example of this that I have ever seen took place at a final table I was commentating on. One of the players would put one chip on top of his hand if it was bad, a few chips if it was decent, and a stack of 20 chips if it was premium. I couldnít believe it. Eventually, one of his opponents figured out what was going on and picked him apart. Poker is an easy game when your opponent announces the rough value of his hand" [+]

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NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  2/5/19] 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. 

"If you were able to stay awake for the entire game, you either had better drugs and alcohol or some serious money riding on the passing yardage props.
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. What a fucking bore.
A hundred million comatose fans bitching and pissed off royally is what happens when the NFL plows the kiddies with sugar candy for more than a decade in the form of preposterous rules changes entirely designed to help offenses and boost scoring. So, when the occasional game comes out of nowhere and lands on 13-3, itís like sticking a cold plate of raw green beans in front of a screaming infant.
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! We want touchdowns! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! "
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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 wasnít 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 didnít 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. 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 ego.
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."
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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 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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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.
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WSOP-C Satellites every Thursday starting at 10am:
Rake Free!
Seats Added!
Social Media seat giveaway going on now!  Go to Facebook and Twitter

HARRAHS NOLA FREE SEATS:

SINGLE TABLE SATTY INSANITY:

A great promotion is getting even better... You thought adding a $400 seat to a rake free $170 sit 'n go (winner gets a $1700 Main Event seat) was generous? Now, in an effort to get their rake free $40 (one $400 seat winner) and $80 (two $400 seat winners) single table satellites bumping Chase Haydel has added a free $250 seat to both. This circuit event has numerous $250 buy-in events including a Short Deck tournament, two senior events, and a massive ring event. The deals keep getting better.

SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY:

We about to announce the first winner of our $400 social media seat giveaway. To be eligible to win you must be 21, must have a valid Total Rewards card, and be able to play the seat you win (if not we will award to the second name we draw). Fear not, as soon as we do we will restart the contest to award another winner. Oh and we will also have some gear for second and third place winners.  To earn entries do the following:

On our FACEBOOK:

1. Like our page.

2. Find the Social Media Contest post, like it and share it. Make sure your sharing settings are on Public so we can see that you shared to give you an entry.

AND/OR..

VIA TWITTER:

1. Follow @GCPNet

2. Find the Social Media Contest tweet. Like it and retweet it.

Future contests might require a reply with a gif, or joke or picture, so make sure you read the directions before liking and sharing.
TWEET OF THE WEEK!


Here's that link:  https://www.twitch.tv/BorgataAC
WSOP-C GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP UPDATE:

So the last stop for points chasers is Harrahs New Orleans May ninth.  You might have heard that we are giving away free seats to this event.  You might want to book mark the link at the bottom of this update as it will have everybody in contention for a seat to the global championship (pssst... some of these players may have reason to play very differently than normally).  The top 50 players (and all the casino champs and Main Event winners at each stop) qualify for the Global Championship at Cherokee in August. 



In the safe zone: at the very top is the talented and likable Hamid Izadi (pictured) of Atlanta who has cashed 21 times for almost 200k this season. Hank Sitton is in fifth place with 15 cashes for over 150k. Andrew Kelsall of Florida has 13 cashes for over 118k in the 16th spot.

In the let's see how things shake out zone:  Justin Sharper of Memphis is in 35th spot with over 96k and winnings and 195 points. Kevin Eyster of Lafayette is currently in (barely) with 175 points in the 48th spot. Austin Reilly is currently the first one out with 170 points.  Blake Whittington has 160 points in 54th. Justin Harvell of Tennessee has 152.5 points in 60th. Sean Small 137.5 points in 72nd. Lakisha Slaughter has 122.5 points in 86th spot and Charles Johnson sits 100th with 112.5 points.

Just outside the top 100 and in the got some work to do zone: Michael Monaghan, Damjan Radanov, Schulyer Thorton, Steve Bierman, Joe Hebert, Jeff Trudeau, Cody Stanford, Sley Sanchez, Curtis Terry, Steve Nusrallah, and Trace Henderson.

Already qualified via Casino Champ or Main Event win: Ben Thomas, Kyle Cartwright, Heather Alcorn, and Jake Bazely.

*Note sometimes there is a lag in the points totals. With a lot of these names recently/currently cashing in Cherokee (see below) it's possible  these rankings have already shifted drastically. Go here to keep up.
WSOP-C CHEROKEE UPDATE:

HAWK SOARS FOR 12TH TIME:

Maurice Hawkins won his 12th Circuit ring in the $600 big blind ante event at Cherokee tying him with Valentin Vornicu for first all time. Hawkins closed out the 7th final table on this years circuit he made (out of only 11 events played). The West Palm Beach pro earned over 44k for first.

LaVann Williams (pictured) formerly of Birmingham, AL (now of Atlanta) won over 27k for second place. Matt Higgins of Chattanooga won over 4k for 9th place.

HIGGINS AGAIN:

On the very day that he won his first circuit ring, Matt Higgins won his second. Only 10 more ten more years at this rate to tie Maurice Hawkins. The Chattanooga pro won over 33k in the $600 Pot-Limit Omaha event. Damjan Radanov of Memphis won almost 5k for 7th place and Irene Carey of Nothr Carolina finished in 12th place (she cashed four times at Cherokee for almost 30k in winnings).

KIZZIRE OKAY IN SECOND:

Harold Kizzire of Birmingham, AL won 58k in the $400 No Limit Hold'em Monster Stack event. Zuheir Daniel of Bluffton (for real?) South Carolina won first place and 94k. Robbie Beck of Houston, TX won 25k for fifth place. Blake Whittington of Jacksonville, FL, Austin Reilly of Gulf Shores, AL, Simon Philip of Pensacola, FL, William Anderson of Chattanooga, TN, Leif Force of Tallahassee, Trace Henderson of Laurel, MS, Jeremy Eyer of Gulfport, MS, Nick Bowen of Pensacola, FL, Alex Jacob and David Sidler of Atlanta, GA all cashed.
HANDs OF THE WEEK:

 
PEARL RIVER RESULTS AND WRAP-UP:

Pictured is our Main Event Winner (and last woman standing Tara Snow).  You'll notice she is wearing our "In the Money Bling Beads" and custom LWS crown.  Complete results are posted on Hendon Mob here.

Also check out our dedicated blog which covered all the action and tons of photos of the event here.

We want to extend a giant thank you to Neal Atkinson, Denise Dahl and every one at Pearl River Resorts, including the staff and dealers at the Golden Moon and Silver Star.  Also, huge thank to all the traveling dealers, registration, and team of floors led by Paul Dutsch that allowed us to pull off a succcessful tournament series.  What a top tier crew and class act one and all.  Thank ya'll!

Year over year we did over 100% better than the same stop previously. We smashed records with 828 players in the Re-entry event and had more players in the Main for that price point then any other Main Event. We made every guarantee and received a ton of great feedback.  So, no surprise we are excited to get back there in October.

Simply our pleasure and joy to work with such great people, and most importantly we want to thank each and every one of you that put your hard earned money into our tournament series. So many of you made the trip, told your friends, and came down to compete on the felt.  Gulf Coast Poker and our partners are so grateful to you the players who come out and support us.  We hope it was as fun for you to play as it was for us to promote.

As mentioned we will be back again in October and hope for ever bigger fields, prize pools, and entertainment.

Sneak peak at the smoke free tournament room we are getting moved to...


GREAT READS:

-The story of the Million dollar poker game at Live on The Bike.  LA Times.

-Ten years ago, wow that was quick, this song was number one and poker was peaking. This video had it all, Beats headphones, bwin (a European Poker site) advertising on the felt, and beautiful people playing the game. It wasn't Lady Gaga's first hit but arguably a star was born (see what we did there) with this smash hit:



-Kevin Hart and Antonio Esfandiari's boxing match is getting closer. Some surprises... it's still undetermined if it will be filmed and if so ifthe film will be released (though a film crew will be there... huh?), Esfandiari is a 35 to 1 dog (wow!), that and more at Cardplayer.

-More on the sports bettor who had a shot to win 300k if Texas Tech won. BroBible.

HAND OF THE WEEK:

RAMPING UP TO WSOP CIRCUIT HARRAHS NOLA:

We begin our social media seat giveaways on April 9th.  Poker Room Manager Chase Haydel has been nice enough to reward the readers of this site and supporters of poker on the coast with the chance to win $400 WSOP Circuit seats. You will not want to miss the chance to win one simply for liking and sharing posts on our facebook account and @GCPNet on twitter.  Go ahead and start following now so you don't miss it.  Schedule here.

WIN FREE SEATS THURSDAY:

Do you like no rake? How about overlays? How about free seats? We  wanted to give everybody a heads up about an awesome opportunity every Thursday in the lead up to the event. No rake (!) single table satellites. And if you play the $170 (winner gets 1700 Main Event seat)Ö they throw in a completely free $400 circuit event seat to second place! Thanks once again to Chase Haydel for this promotion. They put the locals and the regs first at Harrahs.  See you there.

$40 buy in = $400 WSOP seat
$1,000 starting stack
10 minute levels

$80 buy in = (2) $400 WSOP seat
$1,500 starting stack
12 minute levels

$170 buy in = $1700 Main event seat and a $400 WSOP seat
$2,000 starting stack
15 minute levels 

PEARL RIVER FRESH UPDATES HERE AT LINK:

PEARL RIVER SPRING POKER CLASSIC BROUGHT TO YOU BY GULFCOASTPOKER.NET UPDATES HERE:

Come on down for a GREAT Event put on by Paul and Team...When you get to Philly, MS there are 2 things that are a must eat. Ask around about the "PowWow Burger"...and they also serve Williams Brother Bacon in the Casino. They hand cut it right in front of you. One of the oldest true General Store left...The fresh bacon is to die for!

 

 

John Holley bags the chip lead in Flight A with a hefty 250k...Peace Marvel zips 140k (pic)...Steve Bierman and Tara Snow also bag up.

 Other notable in the house... Don Dove,  JW Carter, "Mousey," Judge Leo Boothe, Captain Tom Franklin, Trent Anthony, Stephen Parnell, Wayne Solar and William Stanford. Also seen lurking around today; Allen Tate, Jerry Giroir, David Lee, and David Chocheles.

Also good to See "Trucker" Kenny Milam and Prissy sharing a table


 

VIDEO OF THE WEEK AND SPECIAL BONUS GIVEAWAY:

So sounds like a ton of you are coming this weekend for the re-entry. With the 1k Bonus for bagging multiple bags why wouldn't you? Rooms have been going quickly.  Book now if you haven't yet. 
Also we have some things up our sleeve if you make day two (hint... it's St. Patricks Day).

In appreciation of this huge response and in partnership with Tournament Director Paul Dutsch (not the guy in the awesome video below) we will be giving away one more bonus seat (we are still awaiting word back from last week's winner and will announce him when we have it).

This is for the 20k guarantee on the 20th. You can gain up to three entries for this contest with the winner to be drawn next week.  You can one entry in each of the following ways:

1. Like and share the video on our FACEBOOK page. You also must like our facebook page.  Please make sure your settings are set to Public so we can verify you shared it.

2. Like and retweet the video on TWITTER. You also must follow our @GCPNet account.

 
3. Like it and subscribe to us on our YouTube site.

If any of your handles on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube are not obviously you... send us a DM letting us know who you are.

Remember you must be 21 and able to play on the 20th. Prizes are not transferable and if you can't play we will pass it along to the second person we draw (incidentally Ephrium Shelton is on deck behind Timothy Moore).
MORE FOR MOORE:

Congrats to Timothy Moore who won our latest social media seat giveaway into GulfCoastPoker.NET's Pearl River Spring Poker Classic. If you'd like to join him and our other winners in the 100k Guarantee March 14th to kick off the series all you have to do is like our facebook page, like our social media post and share the post.

We will randomly draw a winner from all eligible entrants. Gain an additional entry by following @GCPNet on twitter, liking the social media giveaway tweet and retweeting. Lots of value this series including NINE (!) Seats to the Main Event added to March 21st tournament.

Timothy previously final tabled the Main Event here in 2017 and predicts great things this March.
EYSTER WINS RING:

The Lafayete, LA native won 40k and his fourth circuit ring. He went to the Bike to get it in a $1125 buy-in event. He wasn't the only bracelet winner or multi-ring winner in a toug field.

He's all but locked up a seat in this years global championship with his seventh cash and fourth final table of the season. This is his third final table in $1125 No Limit Hold'em events.

RUNGOOD TUNICA CHOPS IT UP:

Yousef Saleh took the victory and the Snowbound Pass. He earned 32k. Chris Brewington earned 40k for second place (interesting deal) with Slim Therrell (also 32k), Faris Brooks and Edward Allen ($19k each) also chopping.

Kyle Cartwright busted sixth just before the deal and made 9k. Also in the money Chad Justice, David Lee, Rose Cooney, Jared Henderson, and our man Mike Monaghan. Speaking of Kyle...

TWEET OF THE WEEK:


GLOSECLOSE CLOSES IN ON SEAT:

Paul Burke Gloseclose of Gulfport, MS is our lucky Social Media Contest winner for Week 3. He wins a seat into GCP's Pearl River Spring Poker Classic 100k Guarantee on the 14th.

Paul won by liking and sharing our post on Facebook. Debra Irvine's name was drawn as the runner-up in case Paul is not able to play the seat. 

If you'd like to win like Matt Doyle, Bonnie Tierce (see below) or Paul all you have to do is...

1. Be 21

2. Go to @GCPNet on TWITTER Follow the account, like and retweet the social media contest tweet for the week. Congrats you have an entry.

and/or

3. Go to our FACEBOOK page. Like the page. Like that week's social media contest post and share it. (Make your setting public when you share so we can see that you shared it).

4. Have the random number generator spit out your line number on our spreadsheet.

The posts will go up today. Good luck!

This week's contest is for the $250 Re-entry tournament. You MUST be able to play March 14th (!!!). Please don't enter if you can't play on that date.  The seat is not transferable. If you can't play it will go to our runner-up.
BATTLE FOR ATLANTA II:



BRADSHAW WINS:

The final table included some of Atlanta's best professional players who duked it out for the championship belt and bragging rights. Oh, they also were contending for a piece of the 35k prize pool.  When it was all said and done it came down to two Davids who are both Goliaths in poker. 

David Bradshaw pipped David Aker heads up. Bradshaw earned a touch over 10k and Aker pocketed over $7200. Lakisha Slaughter won 5k for third and Charles Johnson 4th for over 3.6k. We told you it was loaded final table.
WSOP-C RIO UPDATE:

--Kristen Deardorff (pictured) cashed Event #11 NLHE Monster stack along with Hank Sitton(... again), Ankush Mandavia (Kennessaw, GA), Russ Head, Ben Thomas, Brandon Owens (Gulf Shores, AL), Julio Novo, and Forrest Raleigh (Lawrenceville, GA).  You might remember Kristen from her in the money Main Event run as one of Monkey's Minions.  Speaking of which he has a fresh blog about just that...

-Andrew Kelsall (4th 8.3k) of Tampa and Michael Rack of Jackson, MS (6th 4.8k) final table the $250 Re-Entry tournament.

-Thomas Hudson of Mooringsport, LA finished 12th in the $400 NLHE Event #2. He won $1,450 in his first WSOP brand cash.

-John Thrasher (get used to this name) of Atlanta and Gerald Inman of Vestavia, AL both cashed the $600 NLHE Event #3.

-Ronald Timbes of Pensacola Beach finished 14th in the seniors event $250 NLHE Event #4.

-Event #6 featured three Georgians in the money: Christina Read of Sugar Hill ($5762 for 4th), John Thrasher of Atlanta, and Steven Disney of Duluth. Maxx Dansky of Nashville (5th $4302) also made a run and James Duke of Houston cashed.

-Hank Sitton cashing at the Vegas stop too. Another final table for Hammering Hank (5th $5548) in Event #8 $600 NLHE Bounty. Robert Hankins, Julio Novo (FL), John Thrasher (11th $1663) and John Galler (Lebanon, TN 8th $2575).
 
ROUNDERS RELATED "OF THE WEEKS":

HAND OF  THE WEEK:

In the comments section of a much discussed tweet we saw Doug Polk analyse a pivitol hand from the movie.

Always informative, even when dealing with a fictional hand.



Why a Rounders theme you might ask?  Well, they just relased the complete original screenplay...

TWEET OF THE WEEK:


LINKS AND NEWS:

WILLIE NELSON POKER SHARP:

Willie Nelson has a home poker game with odd rules and he generally crushes it. Jack Johnson who wrote a song "Willie Got Me Stoned and Took All My Money" elaborates on it here: 



Victims of Nelson including the acting Wilson brother, Matthew McCoughney, and Woody Harrelson, not to mention all the all time country greats Nelson pals around with.

POKER JEOPARDY CHAMP:

Alex Jacob former poker pro, and sort of a Jeopardy pro, is playing currently on the shows All Star Games which honors the 35 seasons of the show. Here's all the details about the format.

ADAMS SECOND IN US OPEN 8 GAME MIX:

One time Gulf Coaster Brandon Adams finished second in the 25k buy-in 8 Game Mix at the US Open. He won 150k and was pipped at the end by Nick Schulman. He finished with three cashes in the series for over 314k. That was good for fifth in the overall standings.

IVEY LOSES COURT CASES AND IVEY ROOM NAME:

The Aria, nine years after naming their room after Phil Ivey, has renamed it to Table 1. Players always called to ask if Table 1 had a game so it seemed fitting. The Aria denies that it had anything to do with Ivey's legal trouble from edge sorting in Baccaret.

MASSEY STIRS THE POT:

On our FACEBOOK page we are talking about Aaron Massey's twitter comments. Essentially "I don't want your congrats after busting a poker tournament."
TIERCE TAKES IT:

Bonnie Tierce of Decatur, AL is our lucky Social Media Contest winner for Week 2. She wins a seat into GCP's Pearl River Spring Poker Classic 20k Guarantee on the 20th.

The Decatur native won by liking and sharing our post on Facebook. Matt Bizub's name was drawn as the runner-up in case Bonnie is not able to play the seat.  Bad news Matt as she sounds like she will be there.  She didn't supply us a poker pic but did say her favorite hand is pocket aces even if they sure do get cracked a lot.

If you'd like to win like Matt Doyle (see below) or Bonnie all you have to do is...

1. Be 21

2. Go to @GCPNet on Twitter. Follow the account, like and retweet the social media contest tweet for the week. Congrats you have an entry.

and/or

3. Go to our Facebook page. Like the page. Like that week's social media contest post and share it. (Make your setting public when you share so we can see that you shared it).

Congrats you have another entry (or your first entry depending on #2 :)).

4. Have the random number generator spit out your line number on our spreadsheet.

The posts will go up today. Good luck!

This week's contest is for the $250 Re-entry tournament. You MUST be able to play March 14th (!!!). Please don't enter if you can't play on that date.  The seat is not transferable. If you can't play it will go to our runner-up.
HAND(s) OF THE WEEK:

 
We promised you a bonus hand...  Here's a pivitol hand for a tournament and for a career.  Not to mention some commentary from Jason Mercier.

For more news that no longer qualifies as the latest, because... it's no longer recent, follow the link below...

MOST RECENT  OLD NEWS

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 POKER IS WAR

(UPDATED: 1/30/19) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"I finally got some time so I figured I would bust out a Blog right quick.

Whats been happening...Hmmmm. I have found some time to play a little poker over the past couple of weeks. I been playing once or twice a week in a weekly tournament either at Coushatta or Harrahs. I wasnt able to play the Heater at the Beau as I had work commitments. I planned on firing a couple of shells at the WSOP Circuit they ran Tunica last week...but could not get up there.

I plan on playing more poker in the near future...My son is now 9 years and I will be able to start to try to play more.

Lots of good things coming up with GCP and Poker Gras...we are getting some traction on multiple fronts and you sill be seeing some big news coming soon."
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THE POKER MONKEY

 [UPDATED: 02/25/19] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"I've played very little since then. Been keeping busy with stuff outside of poker. Traveled out to California to watch the Tide get slammed by Clemson in the Championship game. Found out from the wife that I was on TV for a pretty fair amount of time during the 4th quarter, when I was heavily into the Coors Light and the mourning had begun! This morning, for the first time...I pulled the game up on my DVR and watched it. I got to the end of the 1st quarter...with Alabama leading 16-14, and was like, "You know what? I've seen enough!" [+}

POKER FACES IN THE CROWD

[UPDATED: 4/5/19]  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.

"Strolling through the Rios Amazon Room, ESPN commentator Norman Chad spotted a player wearing a gray horseshoe mustache, a white button-down, and an MT TRUCK SERVICE hat. Each time the man left his seatóhe was deep in the 2015 WSOP Main Eventóother players, dealers, floormen, and railbirds wished him well. Puzzled, Chad walked over. "Excuse me,Ēhe said. "Everyone here knows you. Who are you?Ē
Kenny Milam smiled and said, ďIm the best-known unknown player in the country.Ē"
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POKER GRAS 2018:

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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." [+]

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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 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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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 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 being watched"
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