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DINE ON THE WHALES

 (UPDATED: 6/1/19) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"I had a few fun hands on day one. Ari Engel was on my right. I had three bet him a few times when I picked up QQ. After the last raise I had the sense he was ready to fight back. He opened. I raised. Chris Bourgeois called from behind. Ari pushed. I repushed and Bourgeois almost beat me to the pot.  His trap with KK working perfectly. Ari had JJ.

 Flop came out in this order J... Q... A. Ari took the lead, then I did. 10 on the turn gave it back to the kings. Queen ball on the river gave me quads in one of the most exciting runouts I've ever played. Later after rebuying Ari took the same seat." [+] 

 

LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  5/11/19] Jonathan Little is one of the all time top tournament poker earners.  At 24, he had already eclipsed 4 million dollars in lifetime winnings.  The WPT Season VI player of the year, Jonathan was born in Pensacola Florida and currently operates a poker site, which includes his blogs and videos you can find it here.

"If you only win pots when you have the best hand, you will not win significant money in poker. The idea of playing tight and straightforward only works if your opponents are really bad. To become a consistent winner, you must steal pots that don’t belong to you while developing an aggressive image that will actually get you paid off when you have the nuts."" [+]

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NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  5/9/19] Nolan Dalla.com is where you find the wit and wisdom of one of the most well known poker writers in the industry.  His WSOP coverage speaks for itself.  His home blog covers a wide range of topics written with that singular Dalla conviction. 

"Gary also worked as an executive for the World Series of Poker — not because he needed the extra workload, nor the immense responsibilities that went along with an additional full-time job. He worked for the WSOP — and did so from 2004 through 2008, the period now regarded as “the poker boom” — simply because he loved the game and respected its players. He was there during the critical transition between past and present when the WSOP grew from a smoky backroom corral into an internationally-televised spectacle. " [+]

INSIDE WATER

[UPDATED: 2/5/19]  We pick NFL games against the lines posted Tuesday. Sometimes they move by kickoff and we look silly. Sometimes they don't move and we look silly. Either way. You know how football helmets have a sticker that goes "this helmet won't protect your head if your head is inside of it when you smack into another person"? Risking real money on these picks is like that. For entertainment purposes only.r. 

"The referees cost the Saints a spot in the Super Bowl with one of the worst non-calls in NFL history. Yes, this obviously was a missed call and the NFL has actually fined the Rams player for a helmet-to-helmet hit even though it wasn’t called. However, what the hell are the Saints doing passing here. The Saints had a first down at the Rams 13 with 1:58 to go. First down pass - incomplete. Second down run - no gain. Third down pass - incomplete (and the aforementioned missed PI call). Fourth down field goal - 1:41 to go, Saints 23-20. If they run the ball 3 times here, they still get the field goal and they give the ball back to the Rams with 15 or so seconds left. Instead, they left 1:41 and allowed the Rams to march right down the field for the game tying field goal. The call didn’t help, but it was the play calling that lost the game for the Saints." [+]

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SHORR 'NUFF

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

"As it pertains to my personal journey, it has been a bit volatile since I last posted. 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 ego.
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."
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Bella Donkey

[06/17/19]  Jennifer Gay is a poker player, poker room supervisor and Ante Up Magazine Poker Columnist and lives with her husband Stephen and 2 sons in Las Vegas. Her blog covers the sometimes personal and always comical reality of a life fully centered around poker in the South. She is also considered one of most "logical" left leaning political theorist that can debate with the best of them

"Steven has applied himself to his study and poker coaching to a level I couldn't have believed possible. Mostly utilizing "Float the Turn" and watching hours and hours of reviewed hand histories, he spends his lunch break at work every day studying in addition to any down time he has at home. He cut carbs from his diet, losing 20+ pounds and dropping below 200 for the first time in a decade, hoping that better health overall will lead to better stamina and mental clarity.

I am super excited about his opportunity to play in the main event and believe he's going to run deep. Hopefully, really deep. I did the math on it and approximately $43,000 would pay off every dime of debt we have and finish the fund for a down payment on a home. We are on track to hit this goal by December 2017, but it would be really nice if he could just knock it out in one big tournament cash. Plus, if we're bringing home $43,000 then that means the investors are all getting a huge return on investment. " 
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WHO IS DAVID CLARK?

[UPDATED:  03/28/16] David Clark bagged more points than any other at large qualifier on the WSOP this year.  The Texan has been blogging and winning for some time now.

"I took a different approach towards kick starting my fitness goals in January. I 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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Poker Fiction

[UPDATED:  08/24/18] PLAYER N scribes a tale of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all hustling on the Coast.

""Look at him," he groused. "Fucking Fish."

I followed Tony's finger and there he was striding out the other the exit, Morty the accountant. His wallet fatter at least for the moment. He lit up a thick cigar self-satisfied in the crisp autum air then leaned on the railing.

"At least, he's not leaving..." I said. Happy to that fact.

Tony mumbled, "Fucking fish, fucking fish! That fucking guy." He pushed out a thick cloud of cigarette smoke into a crowd of mostly women walking into the casino. He got what he wanted: angry glares and a collective admonishment.

He half lurched at them then defiantly mouthed "What? What? What?"

The ladies drew in closer as they neared the door.

"Asshole," one said to another.
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HARRAHS NOLA JULY NIGHT SIZZLERS:



The Harrahs New Orleans poker room has added some promotions for the month of July. We will put up complete details when we get them but here's a taste:

For cash players, a big promo: $500 high hand.

Tournament players will have another pm option with a Wednesday night bounty tournament at six o'clock. For those of you who pull a long day mid-week in the room it gets even better. If you play the am bounty tournament your buy-in is only $125 at night as your bounty chip is free. That's $25 off.

Tournament schedule: Monday night at 6 pm $130 buy-in. Wednesday Bounty tournaments at 11 am and 6 pm $150. Saturday 11 am $130.
WSOP 19

AS GOOD AS IT GETS FOR GOOCH:



The Texan won a bracelet in the WSOP.com Online No Limit Hold'em Double Stack Event. He earned 241k. Sweet redemption for "TheBigGift" who only a couple of weeks ago finished as the runner up in another online bracelet event ($600 PLO). This time he was the last man with chips having beaten the other 921 entrants.  He's pictured above at a Seminole Hard Rock Event.

Sean Legendre of Metaire, as per usual in an online event, cashed. As he did in the $500 Online Turbo. Also in the money Mike Horchoff and Shannon Shorr.

EYSTER ELITE IN THIRTEENTH:

The 10k Pot-Limit Omaha 8 Handed Event featured some of the best in the game and Kevin Eyster of Lafayette, LA was there until almost the very end. He won 45k for his finish. It's not a PLO event unless David Halpern is somewhere in the money. The NOLA attorney earned just under 20k for 41st. 518 players in the field and over one million went to first place Dash Dudley.

TALLEY'S RALLY FALLS SHORT, BAMA BOYS MAKING NOISE:

Caufman Talley of... Lafayette, LA (they must be able to play some poker in God's Country) finished 11th in the $800 No Limit Hold'em Deepstack 8 Handed Event. A huge field of 3,758 entries got whittled down to the final table today and Caufman just missed but won just under 25k. Jordan Rich, Cliff Mathtews, Johnny Kampis, and Jeremy Walker all of Alabama all made the top 100. David Walters, also of Alabama, also cashed.

TEAM SKINNERS THE WINNERS:

Todd and Renee Skinner of... Lafayette, LA earned a three way chop for all the loot in the Goliath's Tag Team Switch Event. Todd final tabled the first annual Poker Gras Main Event this past fall. Congrats to two of the nicest on the coast. Well deserved.

UPDATE:

Rebecca Campbell's run in the ladies event stopped at 18th place. She won almost 6k. Great job!
WSOP 2019 LADIES EVENT #47 DOWN TO 43 WITH $167,000 TWIRLING UP TOP:

POSSIBLE RUN FOR REBECCA "SMILEY" CAMPBELL IN LADIES EVENT:

Friend of GCP and an avid player in all the events down here on the coast, Rebecca will give them hell today no doubt. She hails from Baton Rouge...and got her nickname ...well...because she is friendly and is always "smiling". 

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LETS GO SMILEY!!!!!!!!!!

 

WSOP 2019...LOCALS MAKING A RUN IN EVENT #34 $1000 "DOUBLE STACK"

ON TO DAY 3 WITH 359 HOPEFUL SOULS SHOOTING FOR THE WRISTWEAR AND THE $687K THAT WILL ACCOMPANY IT:

Circuit/Online star Ari Engel with a top 10 stack sitting 8th in chips...Texas Player Seth Foster sitswith the most chips among the Gulf Coasters still at #42 with north of a million in chips...next is Jared "Bearbuck" Ingles(pic) at #70 with just south of a million...

Next New Orleans player Torrey Riley(pic) in #82 spot...Tomas Paredes fron Jennings, LA in the 123 spot...


Harrah's New Orleans poker rooms own Steve "CorvetteSteve" Bierman and Chris "LooseCannon" Canan are both lurking in the early to mid 200s...its our understanding that these 2 are also roommates our in Vegas...and it would be an interesting "HeadsUp" dual if they could pull it off

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!

 
WSOP 19:

POSSIBLE RUN FOR MILES IN MARATHON:

Former NOLA player and Gulf Coast crusher, Timothy Miles, is still alive in the Marathon. As the players enter day four, he's one of 16 still with chips. A little bit on the short side but more than enough to do damage. He's got over a million and the chipleader is only a little above three. Continued good luck TK!

SONG SHIPS IT:

Not a Gulf Coaster by any stretch of the imagination, however, the Connecticut pro Stephen Song recently came to the WSOP-C NOLA and left his mark. Super nice kid who can smash an MTT. His first bracelet of likely many came with an over 300k payday. Congrats to one of the nice guys.

SENIORS LIVE ANOTHER DAY:

A ways to go to the money but after 5917 players started in this years 1k Seniors event the field has been quartered and then some. To our surprise the baggers do no consist of exclusively Floridians and Arizonians. We won't go through all the players that bagged but a few caught our eye: Robert Israel of Harahan, LA, Larry Cochran and Charles Speights of Hattiesburg, MS and Steve Bierman of NOLA bagged above average chips.

Others who bagged include: Judy Rhodes of Houma; Thomas Doussan of Metairie; John Dubard of Tallahassee; Peter Mullin of Diamondhead, MS; Kenny Milam; Neil Drake of Gainesville, FL; John Landman of Olive Branch, MS; Rodney Hobbs of Ardmore, AL; Prissy Giroir; Chris Martin of Pride, LA; Charlie Gelvin of Meraux, LA; James Rudnick of Tallahassee; Deric Williams of Harvey, LA; Kelley Slay of Jacksonville; Johnny Landreth of Lanett, AL; Bruce Kingsdorf of Mandeville, LA; and Anthony Boswell of NOLA.
LOOKING FOR SWEATS?

Sales are brisk in anticipation of this year's Main Event with the annual Monkey's Minions team getting together.  If you want a chance to sweat a great squad there is still time to get a piece of Monkey's Minions. Of the players announced so far, 4 out 5 played the Big 50 and 4 for 4 cashed the Big 50.  It seems Jason Bond, Jerry Giroir, Kristen Deardorff, and Easton Oreman, the fifth Minion who finshed 35th in the 28,000 person field all proved they can navigate giant tournaments. Go to THE POKER MONKEY for more details.
HAND OF THE WEEK:

Just wow...


WSOP 19:

THIBODAUX 1/3 MILLIONAIRE:

Josh Thibodaux busted fifth winning 350k in the Millionaire Maker. A wild final table started with Cory Albertson of Austin (second in chips) flopping the nut flush draw vs. the chipleader who pushed with a lesser draw.  See video above. The magic card hit and Kazuki Ikeuchi suddenly had all the chips.

Meanwhile, Thibodaux then chipped up to second in chips only to lose his tournament life in a spot where he put the chipleader to the test. Unfortunately, Ikeuchi had it.

After that the story was all John Gorsuch who had fallen to just two big blinds. He shoved blind made two pair and doubled under the gun. Next hand he got pocket 9s in the big blind and tripled up. The  unlikely comeback didn't stop as he rode the momentum to an outright win. Gorsuch won 1.344 million and Ikeuchi of Tokyo 830k.

An intrepid GCP reporter got this pic of Thibodaux by the pool at the NOLA house near the Rio after the tournament. What a run!  Congrats!

CAPTAIN TOM PULLS IT OUT; BACK AT WSOP FINALE TABLE:

Tom Franklin of Gulfport, battled back all the youngsters in the $600 PLO Deepstack event until the former bracelet winner was back at a WSOP final table.  He settled for a 7th place finish winning 28k. Blake Barousse finished in the money.

They are already in day two of another PLO event and getting close to the money. Barousse also bagged that as did David Halpern, Jacob Seale, Dee Banks of Tuscaloosa, Blake Whittington, and James Sievers.

MARATHON STILL HAS MILES LEFT:

This tournament keeps going. 52 players remain and are deeper in the money after Day Three and TK Miles is still among them. Prize pool is 2.5 million.
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MUSSO'S NEAR MISS:

Vincent Musso of Birmingham, AL finished second in the 10k No Limit 2-7 Lowball Event. He won 156k for second after falling to Jim Bechtel heads up for the bracelet. Bechtel earned 253k for first. Russo is a bit (and we use the word bit sarcastically) of a specialist in 2-7 Lowball.

His first two WSOP cashes were in the same event in 1978 and 1979 (third each time) but that only paid 15k. Fast forward to 2009 (his next WSOP cash) he took 6th in the same event. 11th in 2010. The only variation 27th in 2015's $1500 price point for the same game. Yes, six cashes over 41 years all in just No Limit 2-7 Lowball.

To be fair to him, he has cashed a couple of non WSOP and non 2-7 Lowball tournaments including a victory in Razz in 1979 for 75k.

MILLIONAIRE MAKER DOWN TO SIX:

Josh Thibodaux, on such a heater they named his home town after him; Thibodaux, is still alive among six players with a shot at becoming a millionaire. The HEATER is real! This tournament has pared away over 8,800 players to get to this point. Fourth in chips, Thibodaux is looking up at Cory Albertson of Austin, TX (2nd in chips with 57 million). Good luck today Josh!

The next payout is 266k after that it gets a bit absurd considering they bought in for $1500. 350k, 464k, 619k, 830k, and 1.3 million. Day Three chipleader Josh Reichard went out 9th for 122k. Keith Lehr and Stephen Nussrallah had to settle for 75k (13th and 14th respectively).

MILES IN MARATHON:

Timothy "TK" Miles sits third in chips headed back to day three essentially on the money bubble. 188 return with 163 getting paid. First place will win 477k and a min cash in the $2620 buy-in event will be $3928.

MORE:

Tim Burt pulled in a cash in the Stud tournament. Kwong IP has a medium stack coming back to day two of the 1k. Jerry Giroir, Robert Cote and John Dolan bagged in the same event.
WSOP 19 PLO CRUSHERS:


GG: GOOCH IN SECOND PLACE:


Jason Gooch won 85.5k for his second place finish in the $600 PLO 6-Handed Event 24. Kevin Eyster won 2.6k for 45th. Bobby Toye of Baton Rouge, a long ago GCP blogger, finished 88th for 1.7k. Paul Chung of Jacksonville earned 1.7k for 85th. 1216 players competed in Event 24 that featured a 656k prizepool.

PLO DEEP STACKERS:

215 players bagged out of the 387 already in the money from a starting field of 2577. Qiong Chen of Jacksonville bagged 900k for a top ten stack. Captain Tom Franklin of Gulfport put 398k away for today. Jared Ingles of Dry Prong, LA bagged 222k. Blake Barousse has 180k returning and Thanhlong Nguyen of Hattiesburg 114k.

Those that cashed but didn't bag include: Damjan Radanov and Milos Knezevic of Memphis; Phu Nguyen of Atlanta; Rick Asen and Yi Li of Jacksonville; and Kristopher Tate, Jonathan Summers, Luiz Alvarez and Robert Ford of Houston.

HIGGINS WINS PLO DAILY DEEPSTACK:

Matt Higgins of New Orleans, Chattanooga and now Rossville, GA won the first ever PLO Daily Deepstack tournament for 11.3k! Congrats to Matt--as it is always cool to win the first of anything.
WSOP 19 HOLD 'EM 'ERs:

MMs:

Former Monkey Minion (and now an 11 time ring winner) Josh Reichard is the chipleader in the Millionaire Maker headed into day 4 with over 20 million. Speaking of the minions congrats to Easton Oreman as his selection as the fifth minion this year. Scroll down to see how you can invest in his Main Event run (and to see his Big Fifty run).

Thirty-four players of 8809 remain in the Millionaire Maker field. Still some local/regional interests with Cory Albertson of Austin 3rd in chips with 15.1 million; Stephen Nusrallah of Alpharetta, GA in 7th with 9.9 million; Keith Lehr (pictured and on aheater) 11th in chips with 6.7 million; and Josh Thibodaux (speaking of heaters) with 3 million.

Yesterday's cashers include; James Sievers 7.6k for 168th, Ben Ma 7.6k for 181st, Joel Doney with 7.6k for 182nd, Taylor Caroll 7.6k for 198th, and Ben Thomas 7.6k for 212th. Andrew Jernigan of Destin, FL made 6.6k for 263rd.

DOUBLE STACKERS:

Jacob Corda of Birmingham won 11.3k for finishing 29th in the 1k Double Stack No Limit Hold'em Event 22. 11 remain in that massive 3253 person field. Blake Whittington of Jacksonville or Chattanooga finished 41st for 9.2k. Hiep Doan made 5.2k for his 70th place finish and Michel Farnsworth won 3.7k for 90th.

MARATHONERS:

466 players bagged out of 947 Entries. With stacks that deep not a lot of bust outs. Brian Cospolich of River Ridge, LA, James Ainsworth, David Jackson, Tony Miles, Jeff Trudeau, Jackson White and Robbie Beck of Houston, Zia Khosravi and Ping Liu of Austin, Andrew Jernigan of Destin, and Florian Duta of Birmingham all return.

DAILY DEEP STACK:

A shout out to David Chocheles who took second in one of these for almost 16k.  He then came home to bubble, along with our own Wild Bill Phillips, a WSOP satellite.  Mike Monaghan and John Cressend won the seats and join John Gibbons, Andy Simpson and Bruce Little as qualifiers to the Main Event.
WSOP 19:

LOUISIANIANS CRUSHED IT IN MILLIONAIRE:

James Sievers of Monroe leads a parade of poker players bagging from Louisiana with 1.43 million headed to day three of the Millionaire Maker. Josh Thibodaux continues his torrid streak with 1.191 million. Others that bagged: Tyler Carroll of Shreveport has 1.134; Keith Lehr 976k; Joel Doney (pictured), now of NOLA 670k; Ben Thomas of Baton Rouge 518k. There are 309 players left of 8809 entries. Ben Ma of Northport, AL with 964k is also alive.

1322 CASHERS:

There were also a chunk of other players that cashed but didn't bag including: Sean Legendre, Metairie $5.8k; Kip Jones, Denham Springs 5.8k; Josh Palmer 5.1k; Yousef Saleh, Meridian, MS 4.1k; Judy Leblanc, New Iberia, LA 3.38k; PJ Horrigan, NOLA, 2.8k; Caroll Domangue, Houma, LA 2.5k; Mike Horchoff, NOLA 2.4k; and Jeff Sager, NOLA 2.24k.

GARCIA, LEHR 3RD AND 4TH:

Cord Garcia of Houston, TX and Keith Lehr of Bossier City each won $73,333 after losing their 10k semi final heads up matches in event 15. The tournament attracted 112 players.

1k DOUBLE STACK:

Trey Brabham of Mississipi bagged 468k. Baggers from Louisiana include: Michael Farnsworth, Shreveport 373k; Core Johnson, Youngsville, LA 329k; and Hiep Doan, Marrero 238k.

Baggers from Alabama include: Antonio Cabanas, Auburn 510k; Tony Scott, Vestavia 226k; Christopher Mitchell, Birmingham 221k; and best name in the field Zelong Dong, Vestavia AL 131k;
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OREMAN PADDLES THROUGH BIG FIFTY:



Easton Oreman, one of our favorite Harrahs NOLA regs and featured in Ben Saxton's latest Two Plus Two write up beat over 28,336 people out of 28,371 to finish 35th. Despite coming in as a short stack on Day 4 Easton chipped up fairly quickly and got to taste some of the good money cashing for 35k on a $500 buy-in. Hard to do especially without winning the event. But harder yet is being one of a few to beat 28,000+ people in a poker tournament. Hard to undersell what an acomplishment this is. This is Easton's largest cash and comes on the heels of his previous largest cash a second place finish in New Orleans. Another weird stat, the $500 buy-in is the largest buy-in he's ever cashed... despite winning over 100k in just a couple of years.

Also really deep San Antonio's Jesse Solano (21st 42k), Jason Oloughin of Sarasota (27th, 42.7k), and Jonathan Sanchez of Hollywood, FL (43rd, 27k). Austin's Tim Gray (79th 12.2k) led a slew of Texans to the cashiers cage including Luis Vazques, Lawrence Bradt, Jason Baldrige, Mike Parekh, Alexander Mendoza, Kurt Duggan, Clayton Saliba, Angela Charles, Jacob Wilson, Cory Albertson, Hien Tieu, Therese Fults, Pedro Rios and Joeseph Skinner with all cashing well over 5k. Kathy Mckay of Huntsville, AL won 7.1k for 141st. Josh Thibodaux who recently beat Easton heads up for a ring cashed over 5k as did Metairie's Sean Legendre.

LOOKING FOR SWEATS?

Last year Easton attacked the Main Event as part of the Monkey's Minions.  If you want a chance to sweat a great squad there is still time to get a piece of Monkey's Minions. Of the players announced so far, 3 out 4 played the Big 50 and 3 for 3 cashed the Big 50 (Jason Bond, Jerry Giroir and Kristen Deardorff).  Go to THE POKER MONKEY for more details.

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 POKER IS WAR

(UPDATED: 5/13/19) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"Ok...looks like I will get to fire at a few tourneys this week in New Orleans for the last circuit event event before the chaos in Vegas kicks off and the World Series of Poker.....

Been watching that whole twitter feud/fiasco with Kid Poker and Shaun Deeb. I watched the entire Joey "ChicagoJoey" Ingram podcast where they discussed this and a slew of other topics...2 hours worth."
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THE POKER MONKEY

 [UPDATED: 05/11/19] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"Mike is one of the nicest guy's I've ever known in the game, and truly appreciates not just the opportunity, but the support he gets from all the other players and investors. He's been great about giving back feedback and keeping everyone in the loop. His run of success over the last decade on the tournament circuit is well-known by most who have toiled on the circuit themselves. He's about as well-liked and well-respected as any player I've ever known. Having him represent not just me, but all of us...is an absolute thrill! I know he will give us all another fantastic "sweat" this summer!" [+}

POKER FACES IN THE CROWD

[UPDATED: 5/11/19]  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 are you?”
Kenny Milam smiled and said, “Im the best-known unknown player in the country.”"
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POKER GRAS 2018:

RESULTS::  POKER GRAS 

VLOG CORY PANSANO

[UPDATED: 10/12/18]  CORY is Harrhas NOLA cash player who has moved to Vegas to take his shot there.  The Vlog chronicles his efforts. 

"Cory's first few blogs have included appearences by Drew Brees (okay kind of a drive by), Daniel Negreanu (not a drive by at all), and an Harrahs NOLA reg many of you may recognize. 

 The vlog started in pursuit of a PokerStars contest but Cory expects to keep blogging in the future. Track his progress on www.corypansano.com or on his YouTube channel.  Good stuff." [+]

JASON MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY

 (UPDATED 11/11/15) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker players in the world.  Why wouldn't you read his blog? 

"I'm back home in Florida, relaxing for most of November before heading back out for more tournaments in December. Now that the NBA season is underway, I'm taking advantage of the time off to watch some hoops, including following how my Miami Heat are going to do without LeBron James this year.

I actually just took a trip up to Charlotte, North Carolina to watch the Heat play the Hornets a few days ago. A friend of mine has courtside tickets and invited me to come up because he knows how big of a Heat fan I am. I've wanted to sit courtside for a Heat game for quite some time so was really excited to experience it for the first time. We sat right next to the Hornets bench, so hearing the interaction between the players and the coaches was pretty awesome. It was one of the most fun things I've ever done and I can't wait to do it again.."
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RIVER POKER

 [UPDATED: 01/01/18] Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an  intriguing approach to  the game: 

"This is a "True Confessions" blog. My confession is that I don't always pay attention to everything that is happening. I suspect that we all are guilty at times but I KNOW that I certainly am.

It usually happens when you put your opponent on a straight draw after the flop and concentrate so fully on what cards would complete his straight and whether they fall that you miss the board flushing or you put him on a heart flush draw and concentrate so completely on whether or not another heart falls that you fail to notice the board straightening.
A similar but different lapse happened to me the other day."
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RECOGNIZE AND REACT

 (UPDATED 01/14/15) A new title but the same blog, Goondingy or Big Smoove and pure aggression on the felt examines live poker action:

"Greetings and salutations! I did it, I played a bit of poker! I met my buddy Wild Bill at Lauberge Casino in Baton Rouge to play the $100 tournament and follow up with some cash games. I got to the last three tables before I busted. Had to play like a nit, could not catch anything and when I raised most folks folded.
We got there before the tournament started and were instant alternates, something about a supervisor not being on the floor to help open up another table, but after about 30 minutes they opened a table and about 30 more minutes later I was called to action. Played very tight and just observed, I wanted to get my feel for the game back and it took a very long time. I picked up blinds where it was necessary had one scare where a gentleman chased me to the river and folded on my river bet but my downfall hand was pocket jacks in the cut-off, I believe the blinds were 1k 2k with a $100 ante. "
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SAINTS WIN

[UPDATED 01/01/18] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints football perspective on to GCP.NET.

"How's this for a couple of days of bullshit?

A day before the Saints played the Falcons on December 7th, the 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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POKERBAT

[UPDATED: 10/21/14]  THE POKER BAT is an online player from Northern Louisiana who is trying out blogging to help him with his game.  Bat will delve into hand scenarios and discuss issues facing today's online player. 

"From his poker blind, the Bat watched Kai magnificently wade through that minefield of Q10 loving princesses and get to heads up action. Heads up action in a ladies 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"
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