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
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? "
1/1/19] 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
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"In general, you want
to check-raise the flop when you can extract
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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 — 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.. " [+]
1/12/19] 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.
"But even though Mahomes had a magic season, this is his first
playoff start. And the Chiefs are favored at home. Not a good
Speaking of history, the Chiefs defense
was historically bad this season. They yielded over 6,400 yards
and over 400 first downs. This was aided by the fact that they
were on the field so much due to the KC offense scoring so
quickly. But the stats are alarming, especially considering how
well the Colts offense has looked.
After a 1-5 start, the
Colts were written off and were being looked at as one of the
[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 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 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
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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.
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
9 Bag on Saturday including Chip Leader Joe Golias with
over 560k...Trace Henderson has 289k in 2nd...3rd is Dan
Howard with 204k...Luther Tran zips up 121k...Mike Monaghan
84k...and then the guy that always runs good in
Biloxi...just crushes tourneys here...no
matter what tourney/event/table/seat he chooses...Kyle
Cartwright with 81k...Good Luck All!!!
8pm on Sun
night we are told the following have nice stacks/heaps
Judge Leo Booth with around 50k...Curtis Terry same...BJ
McBrayer with near 60k...
TAG TEAM BACK AGAIN:
Only the captains listed here for Event 11. Of course, in
the case of Tom Franklin that's a little redundant. People
On Break can tell us the teammates not listed and we'll
correct in the future.
1st: Trace Henderson $3,413
2nd: Tom Franklin $1,896
3rd: Charles White $1,138
4th: Stanley Williams $758
5th: Jerry Giroir $379
NO LIMIT W/ BOUNTIES:
Sandra Brown wins $8,706 for first in Event 10. Adam Day
second for $4601; Craig Flood third $2,860, Scott Sanford
fourth $1,990. 5th through 9th: Justin Sharpe, Rickey
Mosher, Pierce Webster, Bradley Carlson, and Billit Bourton.
J.W. Carter, Edwin Fields and Debbie Charpentier also made
THINKING FAST AND SLOW and BLINK:
We heard several people discussing Thinking Fast and
Slow as a recommendation for poker reading at the
tables during the Heater. While not a Poker Book per se it's
applications for the game are fairly obvious. Many high
stakes players are deep into the content and have been
discussing the ideas of late. Sounds somewhat similiar
but different to another book we've enjoyed: Blink
by Malcom Gladwell. Again, a book with little to
do about poker it at the same time everything to do with it.
here's an article that may
require a second reading after digesting those books and
concepts from PokerNews:
First Instincts vs.
Second Thoughts: A Heads-Up Battle.
Shannon Shorr was one of our first bloggers, and while
he's fallen off on keeping us updated with his poker life
(always a great read) now he's a great listen on CardPlayer.
to hear the latest.
Ben Saxton is one our newest
bloggers. This Thinking Poker podcast updates us on the book
he is writing. Even if as a friend of his, listening to his
immersion in the NOLA poker scene, feels a bit like a
gorilla comprehending a Jane Goodall discussion with her
colleagues :), it's still a lively listen. Looking forward
to reading the final product.
He's certainly already
catalogued a list of colorful personalities.
Hicks won $36k and the title of Deep Stack champion (Event
9) over a talented group of day two players. He bested
bracelet holder Anderson Ireland heads up (19.5k to
Ireland). Lou Campos finished third for 11k and Mack Ham
fourth for 9k. Some familiar names slotted in 5th through
7th: David Chocheles (5th, 7.8k), Larry White (6th, 6.4k)
and Tim Burt (7th, 5k). Ray Curran finished 9th for 2.2k and
Nesrin Can, Barron Whipple, and Doug Young won just under 2k
for 10 through 12th.
Also making the money and final
three tables: Terry Moore, Peter Feriozzi, Tim Repp, Matt
Silva, Luther Tran Mike Monaghan, Prissy Giroir, and Martin
Ray prevailed in Event 8 winning a touch over 10k for first.
Dorian Grant 6k for second and Kevin Cronin 4k for third.
The final nine cashed and also included (in order of 4th -
9th): Paul Chung, Eric Kent, Michael Casey, Rickey Bennett,
Mack Ham, and Le Yi Chi.
HAND OF THE WEEK:
Sometimes the only person you need the "Hollywood" to
work on is your opponent...
SENIORS GOES TO TEMPLE:
Charles Temple triumped in Event 7, winning 23k for
first in the seniors event. Complete results below but a
couple of shouts out for good runs by friends of GCP; Janice
Randall for making the final table (8th) and Bill Flippen in
2nd John Davis $12,627
3rd Han Kim
4th Richard Long $5,524
5th Grant Hart $4,735
6th Suzanne Miller $3,946
7th On Kim $3,157
Janice Randall $2,368
9th Patricia Darby $1,578
Herman Stewart $1,105
11th James McFall $1,105
Sandra Brown $1,105
13th George Elias $947
Thomas Booker $947
15th Mike Kingham $947
17th Paul Price $789
19th Douglas Young $631
20th Judge Leo
21th William Flippen $631
22nd Louis Lee
23rd Richard Palter $631
24th Kelly Bennett
25th Robert Olinda $631
26th Henry Gill $631
27th Bill Eggerton $63
THAN OKAY IN LIMIT OMAHA:
bested Robert Rourke to win the Limit Omaha Event 6th and
earned 5.6k to go with the bragging rights. Rourke won 3.3k
for second. The final nine cahed in the 75 entran 17k prize
pool. 3rd through 9th in order: Maury Barrett, Rebecca
Montague, Chris Stevens, Dean Rutledge, Dennie Lindsay,
Cynthia Allen, and Brent Siebenkittel.
PLATINUM PASS WINNER
PREVAILS IN BAHAMAS:
The 25k PokerStars Player Championship, with all their
satellite winners and freebie winners, arguably slotted
itself into contention just behind the Main Event and maybe
the WPT 5 Diamond as one of the ephremal poker "majors." A
huge groundswell of hype, a huge prize pool, and a ton of
elite players certainly elevated it this year to a new level
Ramon Colillas of Spain won a 30k valued
Platinum Pass and turned that into $5.1 million dollars. He
was one of 320 (out of over 1,000 total players) to get a
The final table started with a cooler as
day one chip leader Talal Shakerchi got it in with Aces v.
AsQs. By the turn any Jack or spade would win it for his
opponent Julien Martini. A spade came. As you can
scroll down and see for yourself in an earlier hand of the
week AA v. AQ may well have been the hand matchup of that
that winall the way to heads up action and a 2:1 chip lead
over Colillas. He got bad beat/coolered himself to give the
His flopped a flush couldn't fade a
backdoored full house that started with a measley pair of
queens on the flop for Colillas.
Martini had to
settle for just under 3 million. We are sure he'll be fine.
TWEET OF THE WEEK:
DUPUY MAKES IT LOOK EASY:
Defending heads up champion Jeremy
Eyer (if winning the Fall Event qualifies as defending and
why not since it's the only recent previous heads up event
in the South) had a shot to go back to back. Eyer (pictured)
played Dupuy in the semi-finals in the fall but instead of
doubling his victories, Dupuy evened the scoreline winning a
title of his own. Dupuy earned over 6k for first. The final
four included GCP's Wild Bill Phillips and Justin Donato.
1st Chris Dupuy $6,242
Jeremy Eyer $3,425
3rd Bill Phillips $2,015
Justin Donato $2,015
5th Alcides Gomez $806
Hamid Izadi $806
7th Brandon Marks $806
Christopher Smith $806
9th Matthew Silva $403
Daniel Doucet $403
11th John Dolan $403
13th Charles Doumitt $403
Remedios Patalinghug $403
15th Jeromy Bynum $403
16th John Magnetta $403
Charles Campos took the $300 No Limit Event 5 title by
beating Michael Casey two handed. Campos won almost 12k
while Casey pocket 6.5k. The top 18 cashed in the 152
Entrant and $36k prize pool. Several familiar names in the
money including Lane LeBlanc, Blake Whittington and John
Cressend. Complete results below:
1st Charles Campos
2nd Michael Casey $6,556
3rd Adel Jo $3,602
4th Brian James $2,882
5th Walter Mitchell $2,161
6th Scotter Clark $1,801
7th Daniel Pinney $1,441
8th Blake Whittington $1,081
9th Lane Leblanc $720
10th Holly Meliet $504
11th Keith Mullen $504
12th Donna Cain $504
13th Marvin Crawford $432
Sherman Westmoreland $432
15th Mohamed Serry $432
16th John Cressend $360
17th Jay McDonald $360
Russ Gould $360
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
EVENTS 1 THRU 3:
Event #1 $600k guaranteed. 2763 runners. 1st Place was
William Stanford for north of $92k...Jon Hemingway next in
2nd scoring $54k...Tara Snow takes 5th for over
$33k...behind her is Heip Doan
(pic) who scoped over $25k
Other notables: Barth Melius
got 16th for $6700...Dustin Stewart 20th for over
$5500...King of "PokerGras" Mihail Karasoulis and the guy
that 2nd place to Mihail ...David "Diesel" Nicholson both
came in 23rd/24th ...and both took home $5500 as well
Event#2 $300 buyin with 318 players...Shawn Calvit wins and
$22k...Bill Joyner 2nd for $12k...Mo Serry 3rd for
$6700...Jerry Monroe 20th and min cash
Event #3 $300
buyin "Big O" with 120 players...winner was Remedious
Patalinghug...2nd place was JW Smith for $5000...3rd was
Rebecca Montaque for $3000...Bobby Washington $2000
Good Luck to
everybody still in it.
HAND OF THE WEEK:
Let's set the stage a bit... getting close to the bubble
in the 25k buy-in PokerStars championship. The girl in
the hand won a free seat to this tournament. Would
you, could you, press the fold button?
NEW BLOGGAGE HERE:
Ben Saxton, now a permenant New Orleans native (we think),
writes in-depth profiles of poker players and industry
figures on both a national and local scale.
long linked to many of these and have been meaning to add
him to our blog roll for some time.
where he archives the stories he writes for 2 + 2 with a lot
of features on folks from our neck of the woods. You'll find
him slotted in on the right side of the site.
Chris Sirras writes an NFL handicapping blog,
Inside Water, which is equal
parts funny and informative. Again, we intended to add him
to our roll much earlier, and since it's the end of the NFL
season why not now?
Yeah, our timing is terrible.
Just the playoffs to go. That said, if we put him here now,
no way we miss him next year. You will find him
on the left side of the site.
MORE HOLIDAY READING:
Wharton's website gives a very deep synopsis about a
book that features a fictional poker playing Wharton
graduate written by a
real life Wharton graduate and Hedge Fund Pioneer Jerrold
Fine. This looks like a great read and can you beat the title Make Me Even and I'll
Never Gamble Again? This is heavy on the poker and
shows a direct line between the financial markets and the
game we play. The article also features a podcast interview
with the author. Go
for more. And click the photo to buy if you appreciate our
rec. We might make a few pennies lol.
EXHAUSTIVE YEAR IN REVIEW:
planned to do a little write up (still might) about the
biggest stories in poker (with a slant toward the coast) but
ESPN and Bernard Lee did an excellent job wrapping up 18
news items that featured prominently in 2018 so check that
out first. Go
Lee Davy on CalvinAryre.com wrote
up his five favorite poker victories of the year. Not
surprisingly this one is a little heavy on "the industry" of
Roger Federer apparently sought help to learn how to keep a
poker face. The idea being his opponent would have less
information to do battle with. Anybody else or any
other pro athletes looking for a coach on keeping it in? We
will be happy to help contact us. Article
RED DEAD POKER BOTS:
This guy can't stop playing poker on a video game against
the artifical players. Maybe there is still hope for
online poker in the A.I. Age (at least for the site
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
In honor of the
MDH starting this weekend (SCHEDULE)
we've compiled Hendon Mob's top ten lists for the venue.
The top ten cashers is loaded with familir local names but
you'll notice the all time money winner's list has a
different complection altogether. That's because the
Beau used to host a 10k buy-in WPT event which generated
giant prize pools and skewed that list entirely. Don't
see your name well click the links below to see the complete
1st Tom Franklin 34
2nd Billy McBrayer 27
3rd Mohammad Moeini 24
4th Timothy Burt 22
Hiep Doan 17
5th Jeremy Eyer 17
5th Jerry Ard 17
8th Nesrin Can 16
8th Seville Hale 16
8th Mark Wilds 16
1st Allen Carter $ 1,218,471
2nd William Edler $
3rd Hoyt Corkins $ 732,854
Kuzmin $ 601,606
5th Robert Suer $ 501,082
Smith $ 476,528
7th Jonathan Kantor $ 436,391
John Dolan $ 430,308
9th David Robbins Jr $ 415,417
10th Mark Rose $ 377,873
More money winners
First off Merry
Christmas and Hapy Holidays from GCP to you and your family.
Some links to read...
STATE OF KENTUCKY
LOSES SHADY MONEY GRAB:
The state of
Kentucky sued Pokerstars for the money its residents lost
when the site was illegally operating prior to Black Friday.
So kind of the bluegrass legislators to redistribute the
losses to their aggrieved citizens? Well... not exactly.
Kentucky wanted solely to drain Poker stars of the funds
to add to their own coffers and not to make their citizens
whole at all. On appeal the court agreed with PokerStars
that Kentucky which was using a loophole (of sorts) in its
own law solely to basically profit off its citizen's
gambling losses. Pretty much the exact opposite of the point
of the law.
for all the details.
PRO SOCCER PLAYER ALMOST MATCHES YEARLY
SALARY IN WPT EVENT:
Brent Kallman of
the Minnesota United makes 85k as an MLS soccer player. He
won 62k over four days at The WPT's Seminole Rock 'N Roll
Open. He has no plans to change professions but definitely
has a pretty good side hustle.
RESTRUCTURES TO PIVOT TO ESPORTS:
new company is looking to hold live eSports events, develop
an online sSports platform, trade under Nasdaq symbol AESE
and to expand its player base by a factor of almost 10.
Maybe some will join in on the poker?
interesting that Bwin sold the WPT for around 30 million in
just 2015 and this transaction was reported to be 150
million. Gulp! Go
for more details.
AUTHOR USES POKER
Caroline Hulse has written a
book, The Adults, about two new couples, half of
each are an ex couple, spending a holiday together. She says
that she modeled a lot of the inevitably painful
interactions based on players in high stress poker
situations. "There's lots of times in poker where you what
the sensible thing is to do, but you don't actually want to
do it. And I think there's lots situations like that in life
laws seems to be changing, Michigan recently joined the
online poker should be legal states, and those reading the
tea leaves believe more dominoes will tumble any day now. So
is a poker boom coming? Ed Miller suggests a surge is around
the corner: Go to
WSOP 50TH ANNIVERSARY TO FEATURE RAKE
$500 Buy-in will be rake
free and feature a $5 Million guaranteed prize pool to kick
off the half century honoring event. The massive amount of
rebuys will not be rake free so it's possible the WSOP will
still make more than first place money for this years
version of the Collosus. However, like almost every event
they are featuring more chips and this looks to have a lot
more play than last years coin-flipping contest. Got
WSOP.com for more details on the new schedule.
IP WSOP-C WRAP UP:
MEMPHIS' KEVIN JOHNSON WINS MAIN AND BEN
THOMAS CASINO CHAMP:
Kevin Johnson beat
Luke Graham heads up to win 127k in the IP Main Event.
Graham earned 78k. Ben Thomas of Baton Rouge made it all the
way to fourth place in the Main Event and locked up a seat
in the Global Championship as Casino Champion. Not only that
but he also pocket 42.6k for his finish.
Higgins finished third for 57k. Johnny Landreth (6th 24k)
and BJ McBrayer (9th 12k) also made the final table.
IN THE MONEY:
of Baton Rouge (16th 6.6k), Peace Marvel of Pearl River, LA
(17th 6.6k), Michael Lech (Alma Ark, 18th 6.6k), Jared
Ingles (20th 5.5k), Randy Gordon, Rebeca Campbell, Sley
Sanchez and Jeffrey Bromberger all cashed.
of Baton Rouge didn't have a ring a week earlier, now he has
two. He swept the senior events after winning over 7k for
first place in Seniors Event #2. Mickel Brien of New Orleans
followed up his winning of a Bad Beat jackpot at the Gold
Nugget for 25k with a fourth place finish. Hank Sitton Kenny
Milam, and Ron Held also cashed. So too, Thu Nguyen and
Charles Windham of Slidell.
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!"
FACES IN THE CROWD
1/1/19] 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.
"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 seat—he was deep in the 2015 WSOP Main Event—other players,
dealers, floormen, and railbirds wished him well. Puzzled, Chad
walked over. "Excuse me,”he said. "Everyone here knows you. Who
Kenny Milam smiled and said, “Im the best-known
unknown player in the country.”"
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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