(UPDATED: 08/07/15) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"Some of this is simply about perspective. Some pros view the Colossus as really a 2k tournament, having fired four bullets. For them having invested up to $2k and fighting 22,000 entrants they want a bigger upside. Predictably it's the pros and semipros who have been going nuts, while the casual players I've talked to are just as happy to cash, and chase a half million as a whole million. Unless, one of them wins it probably none of them will care if the first place doesn't make a million. Course, for future years a one million dollar first place makes a better sell. The WSOP says the Millionaire Maker is the spot for that. I say if you have 22,000 people in a $565 tournament you need to find room for another spot to give out a million dollars for a nominal buy-in." [+]


[UPDATED  06/07/15] 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.

"Every summer, poker players from all over the world flock to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker. Luckily for the professional players, most of these visitors have little to no chance to actually come away with a big score because they set themselves up to fail from the start. To last the seven weeks at the WSOP you must remain focused and ready to play your “A” game the entire time.
Here are a few tips that will greatly increase your expectation at any tournament series without even mentioning how to technically play poker.."


[UPDATED  08/15/15] 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 poker players owe a debt of gratitude to Jack McClelland, who has dedicated much of his life to the game he loves.
Jack served as tournament director of the World Series of Poker for more than a decade (1988 through 1999). He later ran many of the biggest and most successful events on the World Poker Tour (2002 through 2012). Jack also served as Tournament Director at the Bellagio for many years, until his retirement in 2013. He’s also a devoted poker player. "



[UPDATED  06/01/15] 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 his homepage:  http://shannonshorr.com/

"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 experience:" [+]


[UPDATED  02/15/15] 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.

"Hey everybody, glad to be back for the second time. Let’s talk money! Allow me to be more specific. Let’s talk A LOT of money. Let’s talk about the PEAK of on-line poker since black Friday, here & now! I wanted to get the word out sooner but the end of the year found me on a tremendous heater.

Christmas came a bit early with a 2nd place score in the Winning Poker Network’s (WPN) Sunday $12,500 guarantee for over $2,000. The next day I shipped 1st in the $1,000 rebuy/add-on for over $400. The next day I was able to place 3rd in the $15,000 guarantee for $ 1,750. In that same day I was able to ship 1st in the $2,000 guaranteed 4-max for $500. It was a blast being at the final table of two tournaments SIMULTANEOUSLY! That was a first for me. It didn’t stop there, though."

Bella Donkey

[11/02/14]  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.

"Dear Tony,

I'm sure the last few days have been a blur. To sum up..in the early hours of Halloween morning, you had an accident. I like to think you were speeding through the desert after a night of debauchery, with a beautiful woman on the back of your motorcycle. I'm probably not far off the mark. It didn't end well this time, buddy. On All Saints Day, it was decided that we'd lost you for good. In typical Tony style, you hung around just long enough for the Vikings to lock up a win and Dallas to get smashed by Arizona. I hope whatever is waiting for you on the other side is ready for the force that is Tony Dick. If you get a spare minute, find a way to let me know you made it. If they have Facebook in the afterlife, your wall is a glowing tribute to how many people loved you. Its also the least offensive and most polite your page has been since its inception.  " 




[UPDATED:  03/28/13] 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.

"Rocky road to the Rocky Mountains.

La recently decided she wanted to add the Colorado Black Hawk circuit stop to the schedule. I wasn’t convinced. I was enjoying the beautiful Dallas weather, sleeping in our bed, and getting some much needed exercise. I eventually told her she should go by herself if she wanted to grind, but I didn’t feel like it and I didn’t think there would be much Omaha action for me anyway. She wasn’t very happy about the idea of traveling without me and decided to make a few last minute compromises that would allow me to enjoy the Colorado state of mind while she got on the mtt grind. Once I agreed we got all the travel arrangements sorted quickly and packed for an early morning flight.."


3802 Veterans Blvd in Metairie, La and you can call @504-889-7350

Poker Fiction

[UPDATED:  03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all hustling on the Coast.

"Thick 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
"  [+]



Fish continues his winning ways with 2 recent WPT cashes with the latest on for a quarter million dollar score up north in Montréal 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.


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 tables though.



You can read more about it at www.bigcockpoker.com. Aaron was taken advantage of and proves what a nice guy he is by giving 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.



Remember, 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. November.

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.

Three reg 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 happened.

-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 bittersoutherner.com 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 now.


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 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. 


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 ninth.

*All HPT pics are taken by the Holdem Radio. Thanks Dan Ross and team.


Quick shout out to the HPT Team for running a 1st class event. $15K starting stacks in Megas rocks hard...Great job guys!!!

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 BB
 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 - 78 BB
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).


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 (UPDATED: 04/11/15) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

" Poker wise I have cashed in a few event s since I last blogged. I will highlight them in this blog but keep in mind that they were months ago so my comments will be based off what I remember of the situations…etc. Back in July/August of 2014 I played the Coushatta event and went deep in the preliminary event. I made it down to 2 tables left with about 16-17 players…only person I knew to be a good player left was Dave “Diesel” Nicholson…I was working my 25-30 bigs looking for a good spot. I get it in against a short stack my A-K vs his A-Q…he hits a Queen…I am now down to 12-13 bigs. Very next hand…I look down at QQ…the UTG player on my right with about 30 bigs raised 4-5x the BB….I rip…big stack Asian Kid OTB goes deep in the tank…He’s posturing…I think to myself, “Oh great…hes got KKs or AAs and he is trying to get the UTG guy to stick his all in as well”…He finnnallly rips as well…UTG players says…”I don’t think I can fold these” and calls and shows KK…Asian kid AA…I picked up a little over $2k."[+]


3802 Veterans Blvd in Metairie, La and you can call @504-889-7350


 [UPDATED: 08/20/15] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"As for my poker...I have played about 4 cash sessions over at IP since I last posted. It's been a lot of ups and downs. And the players have mostly been good guys who are nice to play with...mixed in with the occasional annoying player, and the mentally unstable once or twice, which was a real adventure. I knew as I was sitting there that I could write a very long blog post about each cash session, but somehow, as a couple days go by, they just don't seem that newsworthy." [+}


 (UPDATED 11/11/14) 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: 06/01/15] Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an  intriguing approach to  the game: 

"One of my poker buddies is missing. Yes, I happen to know his name (first and last), from which city he hails, and even his college football allegiance. I won't call his name here for his own privacy. I know he reads this blog from time to time and maybe he'll comment and let me (us?) know what's going on.

I've talked to several of our mutual poker acquaintances and they don't know what happened to him either. They all know the same thing I know.........we haven't seen him for quite a while and he was one of the regulars at my home casino.

My buddy's disappearance got me to thinking.........we poker players really don't know a whole lot about each other in general. I know a lot of poker players by their first name only. No idea what their last name is, where they live, or anything about their lives. I call them my "poker buddies" but that's not quite true. I never see any of these guys anywhere other than a poker room. Some of them I play against on a regular basis. Several times a week. But I don't really know them. And, conversely, they don't really know me either.."


 (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 06/07/15] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints football perspective on to GCP.NET.

"Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis are on the warpath.

It has been quite a spectacle to witness.

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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[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 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 being watched"