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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."
8/22/19] 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 is a fun
video I made with NYC Charity Poker Legend, Andy
Frankenberger! We talked about table selection,
Charity Events, the WSOP Main Event, and more!
Funny enough, Andy bubbled the charity event
while I snuck into the money with 1 big blind.
Skill game! ""
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DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
10/01/19] 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.
"Comparatively speaking for those who know their
history, we are in 2002 right now when it comes
to what we once saw happen in poker. Most other
forms of gambling are now dwindling as revenue
shares of overall casino profits or are dead
already. Thereís no future in sucker machines
and idiot games, folks. Sportsbetting, even with
its obvious challenges and small market share,
is going to skyrocket as a manifestation of our
insatiable desire to be in action and interact
with the dynamism of sports through our
collective consciousness. Young people, who will
increasingly become the core market, are going
to be betting on sports, not playing slot reels
and keno. " [+]
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 wasnít 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 didnít help, but it was the play
calling that lost the game for the Saints."
[UPDATED 09/25/16] Shannon Shorr has graduated. That's bad
news for the poker world because he's terrorized the circuit
while also being a full time college student. Now without
distractions, like class every day, the only question is how
quickly will he add to his over 3.2 million dollars in
tournament winnings. You can also read Shannon's blog at
"As it pertains to my personal journey, it
has been a bit volatile since I last posted.
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
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."
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
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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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."
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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
least, he's not leaving..." I said. Happy to that fact.
Tony mumbled, "Fucking fish, fucking
fish! That fucking guy." He pushed out a thick cloud of
cigarette smoke into a crowd of mostly women walking into the
casino. He got what he wanted: angry glares and a collective
He half lurched at them then defiantly mouthed "What? What?
ladies drew in closer as they neared the door.
"Asshole," one said to another.
GULF COAST POKER AWARDS:
PokerNews broke the story: at Poker Gras,
thie year Friday, November 15 we will award the first annual
Gulf Coast Poker
Awards in eight categorie. How did PokerNews get the story
first? We must have a leaker. To see the nominees go
Great write up by Chad Holloway and a ton of locals
deserving of the spotlight. Go to our GCP Facebook
Group to let us know who we missed.
RAT ROUNDERS GOING TO PEARL RIVER:
The Memphis Bar League
River Rat Rounders (see pic above) will be sending at least two rookie's
to our Rookies And Rounders event. Under 10k in
earnings you can still join them. Want to go for free?
We currently have two social media contests going
the Rookie and Rounders post (embedded below):
Also check out the latest
contest pinned atop our
where we give away a $600
POKER GRAS Main Event Seat and a $200 Pearl River Monster Stack seat.
In search of something novel
for your halloween outfit? Why just rely on A.I. to tell you
to 6x pot with a draw when you can utilize it for your
costume choice too. Some of them include:
Sentient Stone, Eight Ball of Wrath, Skunk in a Moose suit,
or A Poker Player in Possession of an Onion (if only it were
a Poker Player Possessed by an Onion). For more choices go
BEATING BOTS HURTS BOTTOM LINE:
Speaking of A.I.. Crackdown on Bots hurts
Hopefully it's only short term.
DEPARTMENT INTERPRETATION OF WIRE ACT TO BE INTERPRETED:
Enforcement and intrepretation of Wire Act has flipped
and flopped as it pertains to online poker depending on some
fairly arbitrary opinions of law enforcement. It's possible
with some cases up for appeal it may be finally and
by the Supreme Court.
HAND OF THE WEEK:
HAND OF THE WEEK:
LOCAL TOURNAMENT NEWS:
tournament that kicks off
at Harrahs, NOLA on
November 7th will feature a best bag forward format. If you
bag twice you'll also win a $600 Main Event seat. Bag
three times and you'll win a $600 Main Event seat AND $900
cold hard cash.
*Okay... We can't guarantee it'll be cold
or hard cash. It
could be soft or warm or it could be hot and crinkly cash. But it
definitely will be cash.
Speaking of BagWow! we got another
one of our dumb goofy videos coming as
soon as next week promoting the BagWow! format at Pearl
River. To whet your appetite it's got something to do with
format? Well everything is one notch better in Pearl River
this fall. The tournament has been moved to a smoke free VIP
room. The guarantee has been bumped up to 150k and then the
bonuses that'll be making you say BagWOW!
starts October 24th with a flight on Thursday, two on Friday
and two more Saturday. Bag once? Good luck on day two!
But... it's a best bag forward format, so might as well bag
twice and get some extra chips. Then you also a earn a 1k
bonus. You want to bag again, you got five flights to play,
so why not. If you do, we'll give you another 3k bonus.
1k + 3k = 4k in bonuses all before you make the money on Day 2!
Again, you will win cash, but no guarantee it'll be cold or
BestBet MAIN STARTS:
Here's is the complete
schedule for BestBet Jacksonville's current tournament
series which includes the 5k WPT Main Event that starts
TWEET OF THE WEEK/HAND OF THE WEEK:
Joey Ingram is dominating our tweets recently but
considering PostleGate has dominated poker content for two
weeks, and he's kind of the authority on it... hard not to
quote him. And at this point in time, is there
anything posted not be
about Mike Postle? So more Postle but wait... there's a twist. It's a hand he loses.
And there's dancing and taunting and more.
LATEST ON POSTLE-ABILITIES:
When did he gain superuser status and his Impostable
super powers? YouTuber Gumpnstein did the work and Joey Ingram
it in this video. Gumpnstein narrowed it down to the first
moment of the cheating. Also, Postle's winnings and absurd win-rate get even more
If you want to hear Postle's take on
the situation. He went on Mike Matasow's podcast.
OWN A PIECE OF POKER
For just under 12 million you can purchase
the gambling den Benny Binion used to hang out at before
opening the Horseshoe in Vegas. Located outside of
has three lakes and 1369 acres.
RUNGOOD BOSSIER RESULTS:
Mykel Comroe first for
over 40k. Dennis Jones second. Mike Sanders and Mark Burford
final table. Judge Leo Boothe, Preston McEwen, Chris Hight,
Wes Gauthier, Matt Stroud, and Shawn Calvit cash.
WALTERS' APPEAL FAILS:
Sports bettor legend Billy Walters lost his appeal on an
insider trading charge. Details
WINS LATEST CONTEST:
player earned his entry in the drawing by sharing our
FACEBOOK post. This week we still have the Rookies and Rounders
ongoing post (scroll down) AND just pinned our latest
You can win your way into the 150k, Best
Bag Forward, 1k bonus for bagging twice, 4k total bonus for
bagging thrice. Earn entries by following the instructions
there and on
GCP TOURNAMENT NEWS:
8 PLAYERS 5 SEATS:
Pearl River Resort's first satellite guaranteed 5 seats to
the 150k Guaranteed Best Bag, Multi-Bag Bonus opening
8 players entered last night and 5 people
won seats. Wow!
The next one is Saturday at 7 pm.
All these guarantee 5 seats.
If you like overlays it's worth the drive.
details on that 150k tournament here:
POKER GRAS SCHEDULE TWEAKS:
Working Man's Special, a multi-flight multi-NIGHT tournament
has been ammended. November 11th at 4pm is Flight A,
November 12th at 4pm is Flight B, and November 13th at...
you guessed it 4 pm is NIGHT Two.
For a $200 buy-in you'll get a nice
structure and be able to make it to work the next day.
The opener a three flight Monster stack will be best bag
forward. We are working on offering a bonus for anybody that
bags all three flights.
Updates to the schedule will
We will start our seat giveaway promotions
for Poker Gras NEXT WEEK.
MORE ON THE IMPOSTLEABLE:
It's always nice to see
major media cover Poker. Unfortunately, most of the
time when they do it's covering a scandal. Scott Van Pelt
distills this scandal expertly...
NEWS AND LINKAGE:
RC DALE WINS HIS WAY TO ROOKIES AND
Congrats to Mobile's RC Dale who won a promotion we ran with
All In Entertainment to earn a seat to Pearl River's Rookie
and Rounders tournament October 27th. We'll see you
Btw, head over to our
FACEBOOK page if you too want to win a Rookies seat. We
have a still running promotion for that. Also this
afternoon we will announce our latest winner AND start yet
another free seat giveaway. Plenty of chances to win
your way into our tournaments at Pearl River featuring TWO
$150k Guarantees! Schedule
FORMER GCP BLOGGER RUNNING GOOD:
Last time Matt Stroud played in Bossier City he won the
RunGood main event for 47k. He returned as a bounty in
another RunGood tournament at the Horseshoe and promptly got
the biggest chunk of the chop. Unfortunately, after the
agreement they played it out for the ring and Timothy
Gilliam prevailed. Stroud pocketed 4k in the $135 buy-in.
Gilliam, Christopher Shaw, and Brandon Gilliam each made
almost 3k. Ben Mintz, Michelle Wolkomir, Mary Fowler, Sean
Hardy and Dennis Baker all cashed.
LEGAL TWIST IN EDGE SORTING:
has the story on Phil Ivey's ongoing battle with Borgata.
Now appealing the 2016 verdict, his lawyers brought up a
case maybe they should have cited in their first trial. Go
FANDUEL, POKERSTARS NOW ONE AND THE SAME:
More on the megrer that Joins Poker Stars/Full Tilt/Sky
Bet with Paddy Power/Betfair. Also means Fox Bet will join
FanDuel in the US. Irish Times has
DRAYMOND GREEN GETS CLOCKED CLEANED BY HO:
Golden State Warrior Draymond Green tried to run a bluff
on Maria Ho. How'd
that work out?
HANDS OF THE WEEK:
has been the conversation of the week on Twitter, our
and messageboards everywhere. Mike Postle, often seen in his
Ole Miss hat on the Stones stream and with a connection to
Tunica poker, has been accused of cheating. Many think he
possibly hacked the RFID or somehow received signals about
the hands as they played out. Doug Polk wraps it up pretty
well with some hand analysis.
TWEET OF THE
Want some persuasive evidence...
CAN ANYBODY BE TRUSTED?
want to still believe in Heros? Let's watch a great poker
player make a great river decision on a live stream without
staring at his crotch, playing with his hat, and not winning
at an impostleable rate?
is your man...
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:
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
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
"Been formulating ideas in my head to write about over the
past month or two. Had an "interesting" day of poker at the Beau
a few weeks back that had me inspired to put pen to paper, as it
were. Sometimes, especially in poker, you see things that simply
deserve to be shared with someone...ANYONE!
One thing I know that I never did...or rather HAVEN'T done
yet...is share the cool details of my trip to Scotland and
London that preceded my trip out to Vegas for this year's
eventual disappointing WSOP event. I have to confess...I find
myself, the older I get...getting more and more private and
unwilling to share personal details that in the past I was
always fairly eager to share.!" [+}
FACES IN THE CROWD
8/1/19] BEN SAXTON is writing a poker book based on the
Gulf Coast scene. Here is an archive of interviews and
features of poker players from all over but with a spotlight
mostly on our locals.
"Since the twentieth century the basic rules of chemistry have
been written down. But like chess or poker, you can quickly
grasp the rules but spend a lifetime learning to play the game.
We model materials like solvers are used in poker ó we simulate
the physical system with certain approximations to ascertain
what the optimal behavior of a material might be. We compare
with experiments ó like seeing how the poker simulation works in
a live poker setting. We draw conclusions and seek better
strategies to make better materials."
NOVEMBER 7 - 17
HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS
10/12/18] CORY is Harrhas NOLA cash player who has moved to
Vegas to take his shot there. The Vlog chronicles his
"Cory's first few blogs have included appearences by Drew Brees
(okay kind of a drive by), Daniel Negreanu (not a drive by at
all), and an Harrahs NOLA reg many of you may recognize.
vlog started in pursuit of a PokerStars contest but Cory expects
to keep blogging in the future. Track his progress on
on his YouTube channel. Good stuff."
MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY|
11/11/15) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker
players in the world. Why wouldn't you read his blog?
"I'm back home in Florida, relaxing for most of November before
heading back out for more tournaments in December. Now that the
NBA season is underway, I'm taking advantage of the time off to
watch some hoops, including following how my Miami Heat are
going to do without LeBron James this year.
I actually just took a trip up to Charlotte, North Carolina to
watch the Heat play the Hornets a few days ago. A friend of mine
has courtside tickets and invited me to come up because he knows
how big of a Heat fan I am. I've wanted to sit courtside for a
Heat game for quite some time so was really excited to
experience it for the first time. We sat right next to the
Hornets bench, so hearing the interaction between the players
and the coaches was pretty awesome. It was one of the most fun
things I've ever done and I can't wait to do it again.."[+]
Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an intriguing
approach to the game:
"This is a "True Confessions" blog. My confession is that I
don't always pay attention to everything that is happening. I
suspect that we all are guilty at times but I KNOW that I
It usually happens when you put your
opponent on a straight draw after the flop and concentrate so
fully on what cards would complete his straight and whether they
fall that you miss the board flushing or you put him on a heart
flush draw and concentrate so completely on whether or not
another heart falls that you fail to notice the board
A similar but different lapse happened to me
the other day."
new title but the same blog,
Goondingy or Big Smoove and pure aggression on the felt examines
live poker action:
"Greetings and salutations! I did it, I played a bit of poker! I
met my buddy Wild Bill at Lauberge Casino in Baton Rouge to play
the $100 tournament and follow up with some cash games. I got to
the last three tables before I busted. Had to play like a nit,
could not catch anything and when I raised most folks folded.
We got there before the tournament started and were instant
alternates, something about a supervisor not being on the floor
to help open up another table, but after about 30 minutes they
opened a table and about 30 more minutes later I was called to
action. Played very tight and just observed, I wanted to get my
feel for the game back and it took a very long time. I picked up
blinds where it was necessary had one scare where a gentleman
chased me to the river and folded on my river bet but my
downfall hand was pocket jacks in the cut-off, I believe the
blinds were 1k 2k with a $100 ante. " [+]
[UPDATED 01/01/18] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"How's this for a
couple of days of bullshit?
A day before the Saints
played the Falcons on December 7th, the 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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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
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