(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 SaxtonAlso, feel it's important to highlight the tireless efforts by Chase, Robbie Gertsner, Joella McIntosh, Mel Emnon and Timmy Louie.  As TDs they busted their butts to put together an in house tournament and had everything moving fairly seamlessly.  Not to mention just about every one of them asked me to put the spotlight on the hard work of somebody else.  Humble, smart, hard-working, what more could you ask for? " [+] 



[UPDATED  12/11/18] Jonathan Little has more tournament winnings than only a handul of pros.  At 24, he had already eclipsed 4 million dollars in lifetime winnings .  The WPT Season VI player of the year, Jonathan was born in Pensacola Florida and currently operates a new poker site, which includes his blogs and videos you can find it here.


"In general, you want to check-raise the flop when you can extract value from many inferior made hands, when you can make many superior hands fold, or when your marginal value hand plays poorly on future betting rounds, usually because your opponent is overly aggressive and the board will significantly change.." [+]

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[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.
So far this NFL regular season, I've posted 91 picks here at my website. I'm slightly above the .500 mark ó with a 44-43-4 record. Total profit to date: $4.
That's right, four bucks.
I suppose things could be much worse. After all, I could be in the red.
Let's try to build on last week's disappointment. I should have gone 4-1 but took two really bad beats. Moving on to Week #14.. "



[UPDATED  09/25/16] Shannon Shorr has graduated.  That's bad news for the poker world because he's terrorized the circuit while also being a full time college student.  Now without distractions, like class every day, the only question is how quickly will he add to his over 3.2 million dollars in tournament winnings.  You can also read Shannon's blog at 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."

Bella Donkey

[06/17/16]  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 the South.

"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. " 




[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." [+]


4445 Veterans Blvd in Metairie, La and you can call @504-889-7350

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.
"  [+]



Circuit Grinder Mike Lech sits atop the leaderboard with 551k after Flights A and B coalesce today.

Rebecca Campbell (pictured 304k), Jared Ingles (274k), and BJ McBrayer (236k) bagged top 20 stacks.

Randy Gordon 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.


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).

The final 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.

With 362 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 Bierman.


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.


New Orleans 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 first.

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.


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.


Joe "The Pro" Hebert (pictured) came up just short in the $400 one day Event 7. He finished 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 seventh.

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.

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 (29th).

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.


Robbie 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.


Ben 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...

We just 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 $ 194,911
3rd Mohammad Moeini $ 169,871
4th Jerry 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 everybody else:

1st William Souther 30
2nd Tom Franklin 22
3rd Timothy Burt 15
4th Gregory Whitworth 13
4th William Phillips 13
6th Bertel Ladner 12
6th Barron Whipple 12
8th William Jeter Brock 11
8th Danny Doucet 11
8th David Nicholson 11
8th Robert Harwell 11

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 (UPDATED: 8/24/18) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"Had 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 will see.

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 blogs."


4445 Veterans BLVD, Metaire, LA



 [UPDATED: 08/24/18] 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!"



[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." [+]



 (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.."


 [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."


 (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. "


[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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[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"