DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
"Wow. I'm honored and humbled. For the
third year in a row, I've been selected to be a
minion. Huge thanks to Will Souther who runs
this little investment group and to all the
people that buy shares of the players. It's the
high point of any poker player's year to play in
the WSOP Main Event and to have a seat locked up
in April is thrilling, awesome, and comforting.
Thank you so much everybody!.
Email me for details on my package in events
before the Main Event."
04/22/16] 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
"Today I will
share with you a hand from the $1,111 buy-in
Little One Drop event that took place during the
2015 World Series of Poker. This event attracted
a huge field of 4,555 people. I managed to take
67th place for $7,215, which is always nice.
When playing in a tournament consisting of
mostly amateur players, it is important to steal
lots of pots by making your opponent feel as if
his entire stack is at risk while only risking a
small portion of yours."
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 06/10/16] 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.
"All friendships begin among strangers.
moments ago, a stranger came up to me at the
Rio, here at the 2016 World Series of Poker. He
said some nice things and after exchanging a few
pleasantries, I assumed the short conversation
had run its course.
Then, right as he was
about to leave, he pulled a small piece of paper
out of his pocket and showed me something that I
found quite inspiring. The manís name is Ron
[UPDATED 09/25/15] Shannon Shorr has graduated. That's bad
news for the poker world because he's terrorized the circuit
while also being a full time college student. Now without
distractions, like class every day, the only question is how
quickly will he add to his over 3.2 million dollars in
tournament winnings. You can also read Shannon's blog at
"Hey friends! At 6:34 a.m. local time
Friday I summited the world's largest
free-standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro with
my buddies Jesse and Paul Yaginuma! I consider
it one of my biggest personal achievements and
got so much out of the journey. The idea was
proposed by Jesse and Paul over a year ago. I
initially laughed it off thinking it was an
unattainable goal. I'm really, really, really
glad I looked further into it. A big thank you
to the Yaginumas for being such cool fucking
guys with ambition and a strong desire to live
their lives to the fullest. This reiterates to
me just how essential it is that we all keep an
openmind about everything. Opening one's mind
isn't a process that happens overnight. It's a
matter of being exposed to different people,
things and places. I'll take this platform,
however small it is, to try to express that
through this documentation of my Kilimanjaro
03/08/16] David Mendez grinds online poker at a
time when it's hard to find a game. His
blog centers on his poker both live and online.
"Which is better? I think we all know how I feel
about the matter by now. Some others and myself
are still working out some details but it will
be a heads up poker competition consisting of
two teams, "live" & "online". If you play live
poker in the local circles then I am sure you
know Kenny Milam! Happy to have him as captain
of the "live" team! Once the details have been
agreed on Gulf Coast Poker will be holding a
poll on which team will come out on top so be
sure to go vote! The competition will be held
over 3-4 weeks with one round of competition per
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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"I took a different approach towards kick starting my fitness
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routine, instead I picked up a part time job working
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some significant lifestyle adjustments, but thatís exactly what
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following a thought about changing the way I value time. A
thought that came along while I was lending my friends and
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[UPDATED: 03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale
of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all
hustling on the Coast.
cigarette breath assaulted me as the man in the tattered Red Sox
jacket put his hand on my shoulder, "Hey boss, spare a
dollar..." it hung there not as a question but an instruction. I
couldn't sidestep it or the man. His gently tightening grip,
neither affectionate nor comforting, but oddly somehow both soft
and malevolent made the hairs on my neck stand up. The harsh
cold wind pushed at me, up the darkened street gaining speed
between the concrete buildings. It buttressed me helping the man
stop me on that corner. " [+]
I gave him a steely look, and he inhaled quickly through his
nostrils, "Sorry guy." I tried to wave him off, but his hand
didn't move. I had to look him in the eye.
Quiet, gray blue eyes surprised me, they looked like they still
had the sparkle of youth, maybe a forty years old but his
weathered face told a different story. Craggy, fractured and
leathery ridges told of many more years and hardship born of
living outdoors. Then in a flash, those eyes lost their luster
and bore into m
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JASON (VORHEES) MERCIER TREATING WSOP LIKE CAMP CRYSTAL
The of story of the summer is
Mercier's bracelet bet with Vanessa Selbst. That and other
wagers created a monster this year as Jason Mercier took a
machete to 10k final tables.
Selbst bet he couldn't win three bracelets. She'd win
10k he'd win 1.8 million. Two bracelets and a second place
later had Selbst buy out of her bet.
Mercier who won
422k for first in the 10k horse event, 273k for first in the
2-7 lowball event, and 168k for second in the 10k razz event
incredibly has already won more in his bracelets bets.
He also finished 8th in a 10k Omaha Hi-Lo Split event, 11th
in a smaller Omaha Hi-Lo Split , 26th in a mixed Triple Draw
Event and 30th in 5k NLHE. Probably will be more to
come, as it starts to feel like Friday the 13th everyday for
everybody else in the poker world.
Unlike the other
bloggers we link to, Jason is a little overdue for his
blog-not like he's lacking for material. Fresh blogs
almost everywhere else.
OTHERS IN THE MONEY:
Gooch of Ruston cashed in the Colossus and a 1K No limit
Holdem event. Kevin Eyster of La, LA finished 32nd in the 1k
Top Up Turbo. Andrew Billiard also of Lafayette cashed in
both the 565 PLO event and the Millionaire Maker.
3RD IN 2-7 DRAW LOWBALL NL
Gulfport's favorite son won 38k
in yet another deep run for Captain Tom. Seems every year
he's good for at least one deep bracelet run. He also
cashed in a 2500 Triple Draw Event.
One of the good guys
Charles Carragher of Pensacola, captured a little run good
on his way to 105k and a fourth place finish in a 1k No
Limit Hold'em Event. People were sweating all over the
coasts. Great job!
FISH 8TH, 8TH:
Darryll Fish won 42k for his eighth place
finish in the 2500 NLHE eventh. Sonny Franco of Biloix
finished 17th for just under 16k. Second cash of the
series for Sonny who also placed in the 565 PLO event.
You know who else cashed that event?
won 20k for his eighth place finish in the 565 PLO event.
Also cashing, Ken Kemple and Leif Force of Tallahassee, and
Will Benson of Mobile.
who spends a lot of time at the Beau Rivage got his biggest
score of his poker career by finishing third to win 513k.
This was his third score of the summer at the WSOP. Mo
Moeini won 25k by finishing 43rd. Also in the money
Thu Tran who won 17k for his 56th place finish.
HEBERT ALMOST THERE:
Joe Hebert finished 19th in the 1k NLHE event. Hebert
won just under 10k . Also in the money (again) Kevin Eyster
of Lafayette, LA who added almost 8k to his career earinngs.
PLO AND 2K NLHE WINNERS:
Three current and former Nola
grinders Eric Vogel, Andrew Liporace and Ryan Lenaghan all
made a little scratcch in Event 19. Nick Vita of Walls, MS,
also cashed. LaDarren Banks of Tuscaloosa, AL and John Dolan
both had five digit scores in Event 23.
Don Wertz of New
Olreans went deep in the Millionaire Maker. He finished
higher than other local cashers Dan Weaver (Lake Charles),
Caufman Tally (Lafayette) and Sean McElroy (Leesville, LA).
The Investment group has finalized it's five players.
Congrats to our own Wild Bill Phillips, Stephen Pique, Dr.
Laura Langley-Crafton, Robert Harwell, and Christian
Iacabellis who will be representing the minions this year at
the Main Event.
A huge thanks to Will Souther who
makes this happen and to all the investors. If you'd like to
support the minions or wear a T-Shirt with this logo let us
know and we'll put you in touch with the Monkey himself.. A
few shares left and plenty of gear.
WSOP-C NEW ORLEANS
John Durio of Metairie, LA (pictured) won his second ring
and 16k by beating Andrew Rust of Scott, LA to finish out
the turbo. Rust won just under 10k. Hank Sitton of
Greenvile, SC finished third for 7k. Ben Saxton and Brandon
Guillory also cashed.
Dejuante Alexander of Houston, TX won the final event
finishing ahead of circuit masters Chris Carey, Corey
Waaland, My Nguyen, Brandon Guillory and Jonathan Hilton who
WSOP-C NEW ORLEANS
HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS
David Hubbard of Angleton, TX and Jake Dollinger of Gulf
Breeze, FL battled it out for the 235k top prize, with
Hubbard prevailing. Dollinger (pictured) won 145k for
second. David Diaz of Memphis, TN won 79k for 4th place.
David Slaughter of Leland, NC finished 5th, won 60k and
cinched up the casino championship with the finish.
Blake Barousse of Lafayette, LA earned 22k for ninth.
Barousse was one of many locals we sweated deep into this
Great job also to Jason Anderson of Kenner,
and Alex Wood of New Orleans who finished in the top 15. Tim
TK Miles revisited his former hometown to
16th just ahead of Marrero's Bach Vu. Kyle Cousans of
Metairie, Stve McCluskey of Oxford, Kyle Lewis of Minden, LA
and Caufman Talley of Lafayette all made the top thirty. 81
players cashed. Also, in that number David Chocheles, Hank
Sitton, Brian Senie, Paul Hebert, Hiep Doan, Debra Irvine,
Jonathan Poche, Tim Burt, Jospeh Lovoy, Derek Siess, and
WSOP-C NEW ORLEANS
Jonny Landredth of Lanett, AL beat
Timothy Miles heads up to win 88k in the high roller. Miles
won 54k for second. Landreth won his second circuit ring
with a cooler heads up. Miles KQ flopped top pair but
Landreth's 95 flopped the other two on a board of K95. It
held. Jeff Bromberger of NOLA place third for 38k. John
Dolan and Michael Sanders also cashed in the top 12.
580 in the 504:
Janet Fitzgerald won her second
ring of the season beating a loaded field. She won almost
30k. William Thomas of Converse, LA had to settle for second
and almost 19k. Brennan Benglis added to his charge at the
Casino Champion with a 5th place finish for the Lake Charles
player. Also cashing Mary Roy of NOLA (6th), Robbie Matthews
of Baton Rouge (7th), Jeff Densen and Edward Copain of NOLA,
Phil Weinberg of Gulfport, Wild Bill Phillips and Larry
WSOP-C NEW ORLEANS
High Roller time and Main Event. The Circuit Main Event
starts today and is a 2 day starting event with every player
getting 2 bullets per day to fire. There will also be 2
$365 post-liminary ring events...one on Saturday afternoon
and one on Sunday afternoon.
are the notables still in the High Roller with Joe Kuether
leading the pack with close to 200k...Tim "TK" Miles (pic)
sits 4th in chips with around 165k....John Dolan is right
behind him with around 132k...Maurice Hawkins next...and
then Josh "dahjinerat" Mancuso with close to 125k. Other
notables include Michael Sanders...Jonathan Poche (pic
below)...Loni Harwood and
HOWARD LEDERER APOLOGIZES
You can read all about it at
Cardplayer.com. Our feelings...(cue up Charlie Browns
Teachers voice) ..."Whaaaa wwwhoooommm...whhoo...whhomp...womp"
...if you want to read through the lines...he wants to play
the world series this year without being hassled...why not
get KidPoker to be a little critical but still
forgiving...please forgive me for becoming a billionaire on
the backs of cheating poker players out of their
money....Good luck with that one.
WSOP-C NEW ORLEANS
Lots of WSOPC updates from NOLA to come. Been
too busy playing to do much updating. Quick good runs and
congrats to all the heroes.
Chris Sheffield wins the
Monster stack going Back to Back. Also cashing at the Final
Table My Nguyen, Jeff Sager, Richard Sinclair, and Ronnie
Hope. Bill Flippen, Blake Barrouse, Lester Naquin, and Tai
Cao also in the money.
Brandon Guillory won the Six Max
event beating John Dolan heads up. Johnathan Hart, Joe
Phelps and John Holly also cashed.
2nd in event 5 behind Jeff Trudeau of Orlando. Jerry Ard
also at the final table. Tai Cao and Jonathan Hilton
Steve Bierman finished 5th in the 1200+ player
reentry event. Philip Leblanc, Cory Waaland, John Holley,
David Nicholson, Brandon Guillory, Maurice Hawkins, Jerry
Monroe, Jerry Grioir, Paul Herbert, Jude David, Fred Sigur,
David Chocheles, Austin Bursavich, Jeff Sager, Caufman
Talley, Ben Thomas, Mike Horchoff, Jeter Brock, Linda
Fredericks, BJ McBrayer, Jerrard Parfait, Don Dove, Joey
Wideman, and Danny Dorcey all cashed.
OPEN LETTER TO
GOVERNOR OF LOUISIANA
*Poker players please feel free to write something
You have a tough
job ahead of you and I wish you well on it. I also offer a
solution to one of your biggest problems. You are dealing
with inherited budget issues and I know the TOPS program has
been heavily debated. Why not utilize a (recently) forgotten
Louisiana creation from long past to save our children's
futures. As a parent and a professional poker player I think
Louisiana is missing a golden opportunity to legitimize a
game that is ubiquitous in this state. Yet, for some reason
the birthplace of poker doesn't allow its citizens to play
it on their computers at home. Even worse right now it
represents a revenue stream that our government ignores that
could be put toward helping our children.
know poker, invented and played on the riverboats of New
Orleans, currently is illegal to play online. I co-own Gulf
Coast Poker.NET and I can tell you first hand how many
casual and devoted players would flock to the game if given
the chance and the state's seal of approval to play safely
at home. Please legalize online poker, regulate it, tax it
and use that money for something useful like saving TOPs.
We'd be happy to meet with you and discuss these matter. In
the same vein, please consider using Daily Fantasy Sports,
another game of skill, as an area to consider for potential
I hope you entertain this idea seriously.
It's that time of year. Once again the Poker Monkey is
offering three (?), four (?), five or six (?) players the
chance to participate in the WSOP Main Event. He's
already announced one player and mentioned a couple of other
candidates. (Good luck GeneD!).
like to submit your name for consideration, vouch for
someone else or want to invest in shares of the players go
to his blog (over there on the right) and find out how.
Last year one player made it all the way to 222.
Two of the other Minions from last year recently took
down big scores. Michael Bratovich won his second
circuit ring and Seville Hale took third in an event last
week. Monk has an eye for talent that's for sure.
LINKS AND CRAZINESS:
MIKE DENTALE AND LILLY KILETTO ACCUSED OF
You see a lot of weird things in
megas, especially as the buble nears. However, you
rarely see a player all in and an opponent try to muck pre
flop. That's just what happened when it folded to
Kiletto in the small blind during a 25k Super High Roller
Mega at the Seminole Hard Rock. She put in the
reaminder of her chips, which totaled less than the big
blind. Mike Dentale, the big blind, declared fold twice and
threw his cards to the muck. Chaos predictably ensued.
A 2+2 thread started by a player at the table describes the
here. It gets good when Dentale
joins the fray to defend himself and WPT star Mukul also
BLOGGY BLOGGY BLOGS:
Anderson is always an interesting read. After a year
off from blogging he popped back in to fill everybody in on
what's been going on. It's a brave and raw post.
If you didn't root for him before you probably will now.
to read more.
Not really a blog per se but over on
our facebook page we have a link to all the summer's
tournaments in Las Vegas during the WSOP. Give us a
like while you are
"CD" CHRIS HARRIS DOES THE DOUBLE:
didn't chop this time instead the Alabama attorney took down
first in the Pearl River Spring Poker Classic Main Event.
Harris ran pure on his way to the crown. If they had a
casino champ he would have won that too. Jeter Brock
had almost as good a week cashing in the two biggest payout
events. Congrats to all that cashed including the many
friends of GCP that made the trip. For complete
results of all the events head
here, and while you are on our facebook
page please like us. It makes us feel better about
PEARL RIVER SPRING
CHRIS DAVIS WINS EVENT 1:
Davis sat on a mountain of
chips as Captain Ron Hope navigated the choppy waters. When
the good captain had finished the discussion eight players
divvied up the bountry with Davis getting credit for first
place and getting a lion's share of the money. Hope, Brock
Jeter, and Corey Harrison all got significant pieces
themselves. Congrats to all the
pirates players that cashed and chopped.
Psst... Overlay Alert... Overlay Alert... The Main Event
has started with the first of four flights beginning at noon
today. Tonight will be flight B at 6 and tomorrow flights C
and D. The first flight had a little under thirty players.
If the next three flights have the same attendence
there will be a HUGE overlay. They need 200 players to make
their 150k guarantee. If you got plans on Saturday you might
want to change them. Just a heads up. Buy-in is only $810.
See you tomorrow poker players. Click
for more details.
LITTLE BEST WPT
GCP blogger and Pensacola's favorite son
won the WPT brackets for best WPT player ever. Not
since the minions were decided by clicks have so many people
voted for a poker award. Little bested Phil Ivy in
heads up voting after dispatching Barry Greenstein in the
semi-finals. Speaking of Minions you might want to
check out Bella Donkey's blog. Look left and scroll
HARRISON GIMBEL WINS AGAIN:
the WPT Rolling Thunder event and 275K. The 25 year
old adds his name to the fancy WPT trophy and prevented
Moshin Charania from joining an elite list of three time WPT
winners. Another big win for the Alabma native who
burst on the poker scene as a 19 year old winning the PCAS.
MONKEYS MINIONS AND VEGAS HEIST:
Poker Monkey gives details about how to be a Minion and how
to invest in the Minions ahead of this years WSOP.
Also, Nola Dalla has a heist story. Check out the
BOT BEATS GO CHAMPION:
What's this got to do with poker? A lot. Go is
an ancient game that is so complicated Nature magazine
foolishly said this it would be years before a computer
would compete with a human. Months later a bot beat
the best player in the world 4 games to 1. Using a new
type of AI the bot develops strategies by playing it self
milions and millions of times to improve.
Go, the complexites of poker have long been touted as a
reason a bot won't beat a human anytime soon. We say
the writing is on the wall. Here's a pokernews article
about the latest innovations in poker bots
SPRING POKER CLASSIC:
news out of Pearl River, for those yearning for a Spring
Poker tournament especially in light of the cancellation of
the big one on the coast. April 1st to April 10th two
big guarantees book end a week's worth of poker play.
The main event has a 150k guarantee AND gives you free round
of golf at Dancing Rabbit. Cheap room rates (866)
447.3275. Complete tournament information
Friday April 1st, the first of four $340 flights begins
at noon (100k guarantee) with the second at 6. On
Saturday two more flights. Sunday the merge and two
more tournaments at 2 and 7. All week there are two
tournaments per day, one super satellite to the main, and
starting Wednesday April 6th, a mega at 8 in additon to it.
We'll be there, having enjoyed their last Ante Up
tournament. We can testify three things, they ran a
first class event, the rooms were nice and new, and the
quality of play lends itself to um... profitablity. In
short you don't want to miss this one.
LOCALS DEEP IN WSOPC
are in order for Jeff Sager, Steve Bierman and Paul Hebert.
The threesome all went deep in the WSOP-C event at Bally's
in Las Vegas. The Main Event had a 1 Million
with first place over 323k and the massive field (1200+
players) that brings with it.
New Orleans resident like Bierman, went the deepest cashing
for almost 8k when he busted in 31st place. This comes on
the heels of a deep run last week at the Venetian where he
finished 9th winning over 5k. That was another giant
Hebert of Pierre Point cracked the top 100, finishing 92nd
winninig almost $3500. Bierman made the money but busted in
128th for a min cash (his second of the series).
MINKIN MAKING MILLIONS:
Kelly Minkin won
best female poker player in the World at the American Poker
Awards. Yes, there is such a thing. And no, you can not
nominate your best friend for Donkey of the year. Minkin had
a tremenduous year including last woman standing in the 2015
WSOP Main Event. This award is even more impressive
considering it's been under lock and key as Vanessa Selbst
had won it four years running. Interview
BLOGGERS ARE BACK:
left we got Nolan Dalla dialing it up with topical looks at
politics sports and poker. The Poker Monkey himself
is back having posted a few times this year. Also,
checking in Davy, David Mendez, Jonathan Little and others.
LITTLE BIT OF
BEAU RIVAGE 50K
As these things tend to do, this
event ended up in a chop. Jeff Sager of New Orleans rode a
short stack until the deal. Officially Donald Rolfe's big
stack gets credit for the win. Clarence Pinkard earned
second place and Charles Bailey finished third. Also in the
money Mo Moeini (does the Beau run a tournament he doesn't
cash in?), Wild Bill Phillips, Patrick Eskandar, John Lowden
and Shaun Johnston.
Khait, a poker pro, is the latest contestant on Survivor a
game show that requires matching wits and social game with
players labeled Beauty (she's grouped in this category),
Brains (check) and Brawn. Short of Daniel Negreanu
becoming an American citizen (supposedly the only hold up
for his involvement), this may be the last chance for a
poker pro to win one of these things.
BRIC ALLEN DOESN'T BRICK:
out to Walker, LA's James "Bric" Allen who finished an
impressive 18th in the monster field at the WPT Deepstacks
in Hollywood Florida. He earned over 10k for his deep
run in a feild loaded with pros.
JAKE DANIELS WINS MAIN
After a three way chop between
Tripp Kirk and B.J. McBrayer Jake Daniels earned first place
and the trophy. The PGA Sales professional weathered a short
stack at the final table
until he caught his rush and
chipped up. With over 300k in the prize pool at the time of
the chop it's likely all three players earned close to six
What a loaded final table it was with David
Chocheles finishing fourth for 40k, Caufman Talley who took
a couple of beats to finish 5th for 30k, and Josh Palmer who
finisihed sixth for 25k. Scott Weinberg ended in eighth for
Coming just shy of the final table included
Gulf Coasters David Nicholson, Stephen Bierman, Herb Kelso,
and Robert Gunter.
bracelet winner Corey Harrison was in on the chop with David
Busby getting credit for the title. GCP's Wild Bill made the
final table for a min cash.
Matt Davidson won 18k for first. Chip Ervin
finished third for 5.5k. Also in the money Stephen
Nusrallah, Mike Schneider, and Frank Alpandinar.
Carpenter won the $355 Omaha 8 or Better event for 8k.
Warren Sheaves finished 4th.
(pictured above) won 10k for his first place finish.
Jerry Giroir finished fifth for another cash at the Beau
congratulations to Beverly Herrington who won 5k and first
place in the $250 PLO event. She beat Joshua Lowing in
heads up play.
Tony Pitre outlasted David Brooks to win 15k for first place
in the seniors event. Brooks earned 8.7k for second.
Also in the money Philip Phillips, John Riola and William
(pictured above left) bested a loaded final eight to
win 6k for first. Ray Parker (2nd 3.9k), Jerry Giroir
(third 2.5k) and BJ McBrayer 7th. Can's victory in the
$400 + $55 with bounties event was her first ever title.
Bobby Lovette won 7.4k for first place in the $245 PLO
event. Eric Kaplan won 3.9k for second and Joshua
Lowing 2.4k for third. Anthony Vidmer and Charles
Hubbard also cashed.
Charles Leroi waged war with David Trager in heads up play
to win 19k in the 1K Hold 'em event. David Nicholson
and Hiep Doan also cashed.
Ray Parker outlasted Teddy Conner
to win first place in the $355 No Limit Hold 'em event and
9k. Great job to FOGCP Teddy who won 4.7k for second.
Also cashing Josh Palmer.
Jeremy Gaubert (pictured above right) simply is a beast he
shows up every now and then to win like one out of two
tournaments he registers. This time it was the 1k
turbo. He earned 11k. John Dollinger took second
(6.5k), and Ryan Van Sanford third for 3.9k.
MILLION DOLLAR HEATER
Steve Bierman recently began
making a name for himself at the tables. His
vociferousness and fun attitude attracted a lot of
attention. Now he's busy making money at the tables.
After cashing in a series of WSOPC Main Events he just
bagged his biggest score of the year with a 42k payday at
the Beau Rivage re-entry event. Bierman finished
third in the event.
His signature hand came with
three tables left when as the chipleader he and the player
second in chips mixed it up. Preflop Bierman called
from the big blind. They saw K7x hit the board.
Check, check. Another 7 hit the turn. Bierman
bet small his opponent raised small. Steve shrugged
and said "Sir, if you got a full house I guess you deserve
my chips," and shoved for mountains. He was snapped
called by Kings full. Bierman showed pocket 7s.
David Lee of Memphis, another live wire at the table won
the event for 82k. Kevin Hazzard had his aces cracked
on the final hand to win 50k for second. Tom Cannon
won 33k for fourth and Mo Moeini won 29k for fifth.
Also cashing were Mike Horchoff (11th) 7.5k, Hiep Doan,
Stephen Orf, Heather Reese, Ashly Butler, Robert Quin, BJ
McBrayer, David Chocheles, Darrell Guillory, Jeter Brock,
Larry Williamson, Ronnie Hope, Jason Lipscomb,
Kip Jones, John Hart, Brock Gary, Michael Schneider, Joe
Hebert, and Kwong IP.
ROCK SOLID GUARANTEES:
Two guarantees in the opening weekend. One the
Beau Rivage would have a 500k prize pool for a $355
tournament--which the smashed. Two, Darryll "Da Rock"
Guillory talked a good game and the People's champion
delivered he played one bullet in the reentry event and he
cashed. Congrats for backing up the smack.
FINALLY DA ROCK RETURNS TO POKER:
There are not many people who we
would honor a request to talk smack before a tournament.
It's usually win the tournament, make a deep run or cash
then you get the coverage. There's an order to things.
That said, Darrel Guillory who achieved fame post Katrina on
ESPN's coverage of an WSOP-C NOLA televised Main Event, has
a couple of advantages over most people.
1. He's a
former GCP blogger. That helps. 2.
deals to us and he's been talking about his triumphant
return to poker for a long... long... time. In fact,
every time he pitches the cards he's told us he's deserving
of a write up. He's been taking a sabbatical from the
game and he's coming back hoping to make an impact.
That said, don't think he just a card pitcher, as he's had a
lot of success playing tournaments. Most notably he
owned a WPT IP Biloxi series with multiple deep runs and at
least three final tables back when that event used to pack
He's been telling us he needs to
give the general public a courtesy warning that's he gunning
for the title in the re-entry and the Main Event. So,
you have been warned. Best of luck to you too, Darrell
"The Rock" Guillory glad to have you back on this side of
BEAU RIVAGE MILLION DOLLAR HEATER ALMOST HERE!
Friday with a 500k guarantee they'll likely smash again.
Three flights for $355. The Main Event also has a 500k
guarantee. There's a little for everybody. Two
1k buy-in events and multiple $250 buy-ins plus their
nightlies and inexpensive satellites. Should be
another great event.
WPT FIVE DIAMOND
KEVIN EYSTER AND THE NUMBERS:
According to Hendon Mob, Kevin Eyster is the number one
earning player in Louisiana. He's 125th in the United States
all time and 200th worldwide. The Lafayette, LA player moved
up the rankings considerably and now has over 4 million in
live earnings and another 3.5 million in online winnings.
How did he accomplish that? Well, he just had his biggest
score of his life winning first for 1.5 million at the WPT 5
Diamond Poker Classic.
With 639 Entries he took home
almost a quarter of the over 6 million dollar prize pool.
Darryll Fish, who also just had one of his biggest scores
taking second in another WPT event cashed 15th. Andy
Pilachack (TX) and Harrison Gimbel (AL) also made the final
18. John Dolan cashed in 25th.
PICTURE SAYS A THOUSAND WORDS:
Morgan Sager spends a good amount
of time stacking people in cash games. Turns out she's also
a talented artist. She also makes some tasty chocolate
covered pretzels--she's a rennaissance woman. If you
are interested in your own poker painting contact us through
facebook page and we'll put you in
touch with Morgan. While you are there like us. Don't
be a scrooge with your facebook likes. Just hit a
thumbs up. Easier than checking the nuts out of
BOVADA REWARDS ANONYMOUS PLAYER:
One of the perks of Bovada is you
can play online in anonymity. We got this pic of somebody
taking down a large score with a straight flush as the
wining hand. We know he's a Gulf Coaster and that's all
we're saying. Great job anonymous.
HIALEAH PARK SCANDAL AFTERMATH:
Apparently, the poker room in Hialeah Park Casino Miami,
FL had a lot of... ahem.. shennigans. Well, after the
efforts of local players, a lengthy 2 + 2 thread, and some
social media attention brought to the problem, they cleared
house. Read all about it
CHRIS TORRES FINISHES THIRD:
NOLA reg Chris Torres is used to making the final table in
the Harrahs weeklies. He felt right at home when he found
himself playing for a slightly higher pay out. This time he
had to settle for third but 22k is quite a bit more than the
weeklies pay. Great job Chris. (Picture from
if you don't recognize him that beard is long gone).
Tepen, a RunGood pro, took top prize winning 54k after
beating Tim Woodson (2nd 33k) in heads up action. Some more
locals rounded out the final table. Chris Savage of Baton
Rouge won 15k for fourth, Patrick Eskandar of Biloxi 11k for
fifth, Mike Horchoff on New Orleans 7 for seventh and BJ
McBrayer 4k for 10th. Also making the final two tables Grant
Gibbs, Ben Thomas, Corey Harrisson and David Weinstein.
more friends of GCP cashed including Frank Alpandinar,Ms.
Joan Rhodes, Joey Wideman, Moton Davis and Steve Bierman.
Great showing by everyone.
MARK HOLMES, LYNN
MORRIS AND GCPer CHOP WSOP SATELLITE:
Pensacola racetrack reg Lynn Morris, Northshore's Mark
Holmes, and one of the guys that owns this site chopped up
the moolah in the WSOP Satty. RunGood pro Bernard Lee
finished just outside the chop. Photos courtesy of
WSOP MAIN EVENT SATTY:
CHANCE TO RUN GOOD
Just because you
didn't run good in the RunGood Cup doesn't mean your
pokering options at Harrahsdise are over. Today,
Sunday morning 12.13.15 they'll be running a WSOP Main Event
Satellite. With all the folks in town for the big
tournament they could have a huge prize pool for this one.
Buyin only $250, rebuys and add-ons $100.
ON TO DAY TWO RUNGOOD:
Day 1C ended with
Russell Sartin sitting on the most chips (216k).
Andrew Bulliard, BJ McBrayer, Grant Gibbs, Steve Bierman,
and Allan Farber all finished with over 100k. Also
joining them in the merge will be Paul Hebert (80k), Michael
Kmetz (72k), Ben Thomas (69k), David Weinstein, Mike
Horchoff, Morton Davis, and Joey Wideman.
-ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT
Everybody will be looking up at Tim Wood(er)son who bagged
the most chips in all Day ones with 359k on Day 1B.
Local Harrahs weekly reg Chris Torres also has a ton of
chips finishing with 244k on Day 1A. Ray Henson
(and his two million in poker winnings) finished not far
behind on that day with 203k.
With nearly half the
field to be eliminated before the money hits and a ton of
local pros, beasts and badasses it should be a lively and
fun early start. Good luck to all
the friends of GCP still alive in the event.
IN FULL SWING:
LAST DAY TO GET IN ON THE ACTION
Come on out to Harrah's in New Orleans as it look like the
RunGood series has busted the Guarantee bubble...and they
may double the $100,000 if enough people show up. You will
win a bunch of money ...but also this cool Trophy/Cup
Some of the Notable/Locals coming back on Sunday for Day
2 now are:
Day 1: Jeremy
Gaubert 89,000...Joan Rhodes 78,000...Did Not Report (GCPs
own Bill "Wild Bill" Phillips) at 48,000...Damon Landry
Day 2: Jacob "Nocko"
Naquin 165,000...Rob Quin with 114,000...Ryan Tepen 102,000
(we ripped the pic of the RunGood cup off Ryan's Twitter
feed)...Bach "B" Vu at 68,500 (pic)...David
Chocheles at 65,000...Frank Alpandinar has 48,000
-ALEX MASEK EXTENDS HIS CIRCUIT RINGWEAR TO 9...HAS 1
LEFT TO COVER BOTH OF HIS HANDS:
We dont think there is much left to say here...This is very
impressive considering the mine fields in the circuit...lets
also note that he got 2nd place behind Loni Harwood in last
years Circuit Championship. If you get a chance to watch
that on TV...you will see how good this guys really is
'DFISH" FISH CONTINUES GREAT 2015:
Fish continues his winning ways with 2 recent WPT cashes
with the latest on for a quarter million dollar score up
north in Montrťal Canada. Fish finished 2nd behind Jarod
Mahoney who got his 1st 6 digit score. Fish posted a
humbling facebook post after his 2nd place finish. This was
his 3rd 6 digit score this year as he final tabled the
National Championship and shipped the Main Event
down in Florida to get in the Natty. We wanted to to say
Congrats Fish...we remember playing with him when he lived
in Casinos on the Gulf Coast pre-black Friday. We also
believe this is only the beginning and he has to be on the
list of great players without a bracelet...we are confident
he will be scratched off that list soon.
-COUSHATTA ALSO HOSTING WINTER POKER CLASSIC
For those of you who are coming to New Orleans play the Run
Good event...there is another Poker tourney running from the
9th thru the 13 at Coushatta Casino in Kinder. Its about a 2
1/2 hour drive from New Orleans and the Main Event on the
12th (Saturday) is a straight $1000 buy-in ($930 +
$70). They will cap the event as they only have so many
-AARON MASSEY OUTS DWYTE PILGRIM FOR BEING A SCAM ARTIST
You can read more about it at www.bigcockpoker.com. Aaron
was taken advantage of and proves what a nice guy he is by
Dwyte every opportunity to "try to make it right". From what
we read...offered payment plans...asked for anything to show
good faith...etc. Our big question is what was the exact
story about the IRS seizing his money and why would Dwyte
not provide some sort of proof of this. This is the kind of
story that people never fade...oh well.
NOVEMBER POKER NEWS:
Remember Milam Owns November:
Over the weekend,
Harrahs New Orleans hosted their monthly WSOP Main Event
satellite tournament. The winner of that same tournament the
last two Novembers is one man Kenny "The Mega Master" Milam.
Well, looks like Kenny gets a new nickname now. Call him Mr.
Milam won the tournament for a third year
in a row. This time he had to settle for a bundle of cash as
they finished just shy of the 10k needed for the Main Event
seat. Last year, Mr. November parlayed his seat into a near
top 200 finish. Pretty sure he'll figure out a way to get
back to Vegas and into the Main Event.
players also finished in the money: Dr. Ivan, Chris T., and
Katie Pasano. Congrats to all of you.
-November 9 Now November 3:
Tonights telecast will show the final three players battle
to down to one and crown the 2015 WSOP Champion. Out of an
abundance of caution we won't spoil that outcome for you.
But really... we are a pseudo poker news site. Do you really
think we won't mention it?
Okay, stop reading now...
Chipleader Joe McKeehen will
battle Neil Blumenfield and Josh Beckley tonight for the
bracelet. Mckeehan has so many chips they had to reinforce
the other side of the table to keep it from toppling (*Not
true). He's also been playing almost mistake free as he's
continued to chip up. It's rare for a player to enter the
final tale with the most chips and then leave with all of
them. McKeehen might be a good bet to buck the trend.
For part of the telecasts, it's felt like everybody else is
only playing for second. That said, stranger things have
-December Days to Remember at Harrahs NOLA:
Right now, Harrahs is giving away a seat with every
weekly tournament (Wednesdays and Saturadays at 11AM), to
the Run Good Cup. The $675 buy-in will have multiple day
ones and a 100k guarantee (believe action starts 12.10 and
runs to to 12.13). Many of the regs have already won seats.
Since the most you can win is one, there should be a
big incentive to make the final table and strike a deal.
Also, of note for players in town for the RunGood Cup
there is discussion of holding the WSOP Mega on 12/13 to
have a huge prize pool. And, the preceding weekend there is
16,750 freeroll for Harrahs players. Contact the poker room
for more details.
-SWAT Team Shoot Out:
Over at the
there is an excellent story about a shoot out at a
Greenville, SC home game. Great writing and great
content. Do yourself a favor and read part 1 right
AND PENSACOLA 50Ks:
TRAN WINS 12.5K FOR FIRST AT BEAU:
Tran, a Mobile, AL rounder battled through stiff competition
to win the October 50k. Robert Smith of Milton, FL won 6.75k
for second and Larry Little of Pensacola, FL won 4.5k for
third. Ken St. Pierre of LaPlace, LA won 4k for fourth.
Captain Tom Franklin and fellow local Shaun Johnston
finished 5th (3.5k) and 6th (3k). Congrats to Alex Wood and
Don Dove of New Orleans who both cashed.
-SEVILLE HALE WINS IN PENSACOLA:
Seville Hale took the top spot at the Greyhound Track in
their 50k monthly event. The Pensacola phenom won 14k.
Also in the money, finishing an impressive third, friend of
GCP Michael Kmetz who won 7k for his run.
PELTON GETS IT RIGHT: WINS ALL THE CHIPS AND POCKETS
Once upon a time Chan Pelton had to forfeit a poker title by
shopping for a souvenir by taking a large denomination chip
off the table. This time he won 42k after beating Elby
Tyson of Wesson, MS (26k) heads up. Schuyler
Thornton's attempt at the rare North Mississippi double
finished with his third place elimination (17k). Judge
Leo Boothe won almost 13k for fourth. Clay Henry of
Many, LA won 8k for sixth. Diamond Dave Chocheles
flopped a flush but his opponent turned a boat and he had to
settle for 5k and eighth place. Ronald Bown won 5k for
*All HPT pics are taken by the Holdem Radio.
Thanks Dan Ross and team.
THORNTON BACK AT FINAL TABLE WITH HPT (HEARTLAND POKER) EVENT IN VICKSBURG:
Quick shout out to the HPT Team for running a 1st class
event. $15K starting stacks in Megas rocks hard...Great job
We want to wish everyone God Luck but we have "vested
intrest" in Dave Chocheles Pictured below. Chan Pelton and
Old School Pool Player from Mid Mississippi Elby Tyson
pictured below. Elby's been know to have lots of "gamble" on
both sides the felt...Billiards and Poker.
Your Main Event TV Table for Monday looks like this
Seat 1 - Robert Williamson III - Houston, TX - 521,000 - 65
Seat 2 - Elby Tyson, Jr. - Wesson, MS - 190,000 - 24 BB
Seat 3 - Ron Brown - Sunset, LA - 104,000 - 13 BB
Seat 4 - Larry Wells - Anahuac, TX - 311,000 - 39 BB
Seat 5 - David Chocheles - New Orleans, LA - 242,000 - 30 BB
Seat 6 - Judge Leo Boothe - Ferriday, LA - 568,000 - 71 BB
Seat 7 - Chan Pelton - College Station, TX - 451,000 - 56 BB
Seat 8 - Schuyler Thornton - Corpus Christi, TX - 621,000 -
Seat 9 - Clay Henry - Many, LA - 110,000 - 14 BB
Cards go in the air Monday at Noon, the LiveStream 30
minutes after cards go in the air.
(All Pics are
taken by the Holdem Radio. Thanks Dan Ross and team).
For more news that no
longer qualifies as the latest, because... it's no longer
recent, follow the link below...
ARCHIVED NEWS BLOTTER CENTER>>>
Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
anyone still reading this blogÖI am in New Orleans now waiting
to play the final post-lim and final circuit event of the
season. Congrats to Wild Bill for making it to day 2 along with
a host of other friends (you know who you are). I whiffed the
1st couple of tournaments last weekend, and I had a funeral
party to go to for my Aunt Linda last Saturday so I had to skip
most of the weekend. Iím in sales and our EOM (End of Month for
non salesfolks) was last Friday 5/20Öso I also had my hands tied
a little during the week. The plan was to play some megas and if
I didnít satty into the High Roller or the Main Event to fire
bullets at the last 2 post-lims to try to win a ring. Today at
3pm will be the final chance for anyone to win a ring this
season and before the actual WSOP"[+]
THE POKER MONKEY
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
I know...get OFF me! It's been 8 days since this was determined.
Hey! The people who absolutely wanted to know-KNOW! The rest of
you curiosity seekers just aren't very good at digging,
I've been busy. Yesterday, in fact, I was
getting an eye exam, my eyes dilated; to see if I am a candidate
for Lasik surgery. Had that done? It's very aggravating, as you
walk around for 24 hours unable to focus on anything, nor able
to go into the bright light. So we'll consider yesterday a lost
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:
"I have a question. I don't have an answer, just a
question. As I've earlier stated, if you're looking for
professional poker advice you might want to go to a professional
poker player's blog. Here you'll only get "food for thought".
Last week I was eliminated from tournaments on successive
days in exactly the same manner. Almost the exact fall of the
cards. The first question you're surely asking is: "Didn't you
learn from your mistake the first time?" Well, here's the
quandary: Did I make a mistake by repeating my strategy. Was it
poor strategy or just poor results? I'll give you some of the
details and you can make your own decision. Remember this exact
scenario played out on successive days.."
new title but the same blog,
Goondingy or Big Smoove and pure aggression on the felt examines
live poker action:
"Greetings and salutations! I did it, I played a bit of poker! I
met my buddy Wild Bill at Lauberge Casino in Baton Rouge to play
the $100 tournament and follow up with some cash games. I got to
the last three tables before I busted. Had to play like a nit,
could not catch anything and when I raised most folks folded.
We got there before the tournament started and were instant
alternates, something about a supervisor not being on the floor
to help open up another table, but after about 30 minutes they
opened a table and about 30 more minutes later I was called to
action. Played very tight and just observed, I wanted to get my
feel for the game back and it took a very long time. I picked up
blinds where it was necessary had one scare where a gentleman
chased me to the river and folded on my river bet but my
downfall hand was pocket jacks in the cut-off, I believe the
blinds were 1k 2k with a $100 ante. " [+]
[UPDATED 12/16/15] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"Sean Payton and Mickey
Loomis are on the warpath.
It has been quite a spectacle
In the three days since Free Agency
commenced, the Saints have operated at a dizzying, furious pace.
First the blockbuster: Graham and a 4th for Unger and a 1st.
Then in quick succession: Grubbs for a 5th. Browner. Spiller.
Stills for a 3rd and Ellerbe. Keenan Lewis's future as a Saint
hanging in the balance.
There were also the recent
departures of Pierre Thomas, Curtis Lofton, and Corey White; the
restructures/paycuts for Bunkley, Colston, and Hawthorne; the
re-signing of Ramon Humber; and, of course, the contract
extension for Mark Ingram. "
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10/21/14] THE POKER BAT is an online player from Northern
Louisiana who is trying out blogging to help him with his game.
Bat will delve into hand scenarios and discuss issues facing
today's online player.
"From his poker blind, the Bat watched Kai magnificently wade
through that minefield of Q10 loving princesses and get to heads
up action. Heads up action in a ladies 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
BLOGGER REID GILBERT'S BOOK. GO