DINE ON THE WHALES
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
GUEST WRITER BEN SAXTON:
For almost twenty years, Harrahs New Orleans has
offered one of the biggest and most entertaining
poker rooms on the Gulf Coast. I recently
chatted with manager Chase Haydel about an
addition to the weekly tournament schedule, the
return of popular promotions, and his plans for
Before he joined the room in
July 2017, Chase didn't have much experience
with poker. The New Orleans native comes from a
long line of restaurateurs—including Chase's
grandma, Leah, who runs the famous Dooky Chase's
Restaurant. Chase was a dealer at Boomtown
Casino in 1994 before moving with his wife to
Atlanta. When he returned in 2013, he joined
Harrahs New Orleans as a table games supervisor.
Now, as poker room manager, he's focused on
outpacing the competition. "
10/04/18] 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
"POSTED VIDEO BLOG
"One of my
students recently told me about a hand from a
$5/$10 no-limit hold’em cash game that
demonstrates exactly how you should play a
marginal under pair. Although he ended up losing
the pot, he played it great.
loose, splashy player raised to $30 out of his
$1,000 effective stack from first position at a
seven-handed table and our Hero with 10d-10c
elected to 3-bet from second position to $90.
While calling would normally be my default
play because I do not want to get 4-bet off my
hand and there are lots of players yet to act,
when facing a raise from a loose, splashy
player, 3-betting a strong linear range for
value makes a lot of sense because you can
expect him to call with numerous inferior hands,
such as 8-8 and Ah-9h."
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 10/12/18] 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.
"There are other factors which increase
variance. Calling upon the judgment of referees
makes outcomes tougher to predict. The quality
of coaching and quarterbacking also changes,
making results less foreseeable. Running backs
were once the most important players on any
team. Now, running backs are far less
consequential than quarterbacks, receivers, and
even key offensive linemen.
More passes per
game and yards-per-completion have also helped
to spike variance. This makes statistics- and
trend-based handicapping somewhat obsolete.
Higher variance reduces the value of key numbers
and diminishes the effectiveness of teasers.
Then, there’s the longer extra point, creating
more misses — which also deducts the impact of
key numbers. In short, even though we’re only a
month into the schedule, this regular season has
become a clear illustration of wildly
unpredictable results, calling for some
adjustments to handicapping and perhaps even a
shifting focus on the types of bets we make. " [+]
[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.
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
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."
Jennifer Gay is a poker player, poker room supervisor and
Ante Up Magazine Poker Columnist local to
Tunica, MS. Her blog covers the sometimes personal and
always comical reality of a life fully centered around poker in
"Steven has applied himself to his study
and poker coaching to a level I couldn't have
believed possible. Mostly utilizing "Float the
Turn" and watching hours and hours of reviewed
hand histories, he spends his lunch break at
work every day studying in addition to any down
time he has at home. He cut carbs from his diet,
losing 20+ pounds and dropping below 200 for the
first time in a decade, hoping that better
health overall will lead to better stamina and
I am super excited about
his opportunity to play in the main event and
believe he's going to run deep. Hopefully,
really deep. I did the math on it and
approximately $43,000 would pay off every dime
of debt we have and finish the fund for a down
payment on a home. We are on track to hit this
goal by December 2017, but it would be really
nice if he could just knock it out in one big
tournament cash. Plus, if we're bringing home
$43,000 then that means the investors are all
getting a huge return on investment. " [+]
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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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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.
Guarantee Big Blind Ante 25K Starting Stack Main Event
8 through the 11th:
-Last Man and Woman
standing (must make day two) receive crowns as
King AND Queen of Poker
-Book a Room:
Hilton across from Harrahs New Orleans. Go
POKER GRAS MAIN
HAIL KING MIHAIL!
Mihail Karasoulis battled
heads up with David Nicholson for the title of King of Poker
Gras in the first edition of the $580 Big Blind Ante Main
Event. They were the final two of 279 entrants.
The heads up action didn't last long as DNich overcame a
chip disadvantage to even the stacks. A chop was decided on,
and a high card decided the champ. Fittingly Mihail
drew a King of Hearts and earned the crown and the title.
Each player earned over 27k.
The final table also
featured Dustin Moore (3rd, 15k), Huey Hulin (4th, 11k), and
Shawn Calvit (5th, over 8k). Our live action and photo
threads on Sunday on our
Facebook page chronicled much of the
bust-outs and some of the action. Many of the big hands
centered on Steve Bierman of New Orleans who finished 6th
for over 6k.
David Pote earned almost 5k for 7th.
Always great to see WSOP bracelet winner Corey Harrison
final table anything as the 8th place finisher's infectious
laugh usually keeps the mood humming. Harrison earned almost
4k. Longtime friend of GCP Todd Skiner of Youngsville, LA
rounded out the final nine earning a little over 3k.
The second nine included Charles Miller and James Nolan
(10th, 11th for $2487), Stan Barre of New Orleans (12th
2487), Kwong Ip (13th $2044), Dale Trosclair (14th $2044)
and Jason Reisenberg (15th $2044). Also, making it to the
final two table and all earning $1700: Danny Doucet, two
from Baton Rouge; Frank Alpandinar and Luiz Sa.
A QUICK THANK YOU!
The feedback on our first ever event has been great with
many citing the structure and the starting chip stack as
highlights. We are grateful to everybody that entered a
tournament and chose our event this weekend. It's a
crowded marketplace and we want to provide the best possible
player friendly events we can. We implore you please
give us as much feedback as possible on the things that
worked and those things that didn't. Email
Huge thanks to those of you like David Rabalais, Danny
Doucette, and Freddie Ardoin, who traveled from far or
changed plans to join us. And we also understand so many of
you wanted to come but couldn't (we'll see you next time).
We at GCP (Gene Dudek and Bill Phillips) are
tremendously grateful for everbody who turned out or
shared/promoted our event. The non stop hard work by
the Harrahs floor staff Robbie Gertsner, Joella Macintosh,
Mel Emnon, Timmie Louie and of course Chase Haydel inspired
us. Also, a great job local dealers and traveling
dealers. Not to mention the spirit of the players in
general. We got some tweaks ahead of us, but from the
Short Deck Tournament to the Big Blind Ante Main to the
Closer we are really happy with the final product.
Now back to the reporting...
KUDOS TO QUEEN
Katie Pansano (pictured above
with Mihail) hung on to a short stack to finish as the first
Queen of Poker Gras for being the last woman standing. She
outlasted Amee Dave and Rebecca "Smiley" Campbell to earn
the title, then survived the bubble and laddered up to 19th.
Great job Katie!
Others that cashed in the top 30
included, Andrew Bulliard, Matt Sirchia, Shep Simmons,
Thomas Barlow, Kris Kent, Randy Gordon, Jonatahn Wiseby,
Jason Anderson, Wayne Neyland and Jerry Giroir.
(pictued with Chase Haydel) of Baton Rouge won first
place late on Sunday night and over 7k for triumphing in the
130 person touranment. He bested Jerry "Crusher" Giroir
heads up (2nd $4501). Steve Meyers placed third for $3247.
Christian Boedding won over $2300 for fourth with Big Phil
Treaudo taking home $1784 for 5th. Cody Yawn, Charles
Miller, Judy LeBlanc, and Mark Bowman rounded out the final
table. Yen Vo of NOLA, Trent Marcell, Mark Barlow, Diana
Timphony, Brian Woodbury and Renee Skinner rounded out the
15 in the money finishers.
Three times we've sounded the
clarion call to the poker masses of an OVER-LAY and three
times folks came out of the woodwork to surpass the
guarantee. One year a Main Event at Pearl River looked a
sure thing to be short after a cancelled day one flight, and
day two jumped with players. A week ago, on Halloween a
misprint guaranteed 20k on a Wednesday and again, Pearl
River overflowed with last second arrivals. That one was all
but guaranteed to be an overlay and smashed it.
Sunday, our own Closer (a $250 turbo tournament with 30k SS)
also seem fated to fall short of a guarantee and Harrahs New
Orleans ended up being filled to the gills with players.
So... we are self-imposing a moratorium on the word
overlay for at least a year. Although we won't "guarantee"
CHOP-CHOP-CHOP IT UP!
The second nightly chopped up
the money 11 (?) ways. This played like a Saints fan home
game (fittingly enough). Dominic Carallo, Charles Gelvin,
Luiz Sa and Larry Douglas were in on the deal. They played
it out for the three $580 seats and Prissy Giroir, Wayne
Neyland, and Piyush Mittal took them.
COMMANDANT CRUSHER GIROIR WINS AGAIN:
We thought we award Jerry
Giroir a nickname as he's been white hot for well over a
year now. We dubbed him Crusher and one of his friends
suggested Commandant Crusher. Either works for us. He is a
Commandant in poker for sure.
In the first nightly,
no chop as Jerry earned over $1700 for first, Aaron Lipskar
over $1100 for second, Ray Laugha of Chalmete over $500 for
third, and David Chocheles cashed in fourth.
(pictued with TD Robbie Gertsner) seemed to know a little
more than the rest of us in this first time on the Gulf
Coast event. He earned almost 4k and the title of Short Deck
Champ. Chard Tardiff of Slidell finished second for almost
$2500, Corey Harrison third for $1600, and Queen Katie
fourth for $1113. Also, in the money Nathan Lidsay and
Willie Jefferson of New Orleans.
played enjoyed the event and most said they'd play the
format again. Like the Big Blind Ante we have to admit
it's addictive. You get a taste of it you are going to
$250 25K Guarantee... Potential Overlay today at
Top 5 of 24 who bagged.
Jonathan Wisebey 200k
Danny Doucet (pictured) 135k
Blake Baker 117.5K
Mary Ellen Roy, Jerry Giroir, Amee David, Steve Martiny
Randy Gordon, Kip Jones, Jason Anderson, Judy LeBlanc, Mat
Sirchia, Lane LeBlanc, Charles Miller, Stan Barre, and more.
Top 5 of 12 who bagged.
Matt "Peace" Davis 238k
Kris Kent 152k
Katie Pansano 132.5k
Dean Blanchard 118k
Also in the bag, Mihail Karasoulis, Huey Hulin, Dave
Choceheles and others.
Go to our facebook page for
complete list. You can also figure out your table draws
based on our last couple of posts. We should have
payouts up there shortyly after the restart at 11 am.
POKER GRAS IN FULL
SWING...COME ON OUT!!! FINAL EVENT TOMORROW THE $250
"CLOSEOUT" EVENT THAT HAS A $25K GUARANTEE
Friday Field baggers are below.
These folks will join the Thursday baggers for a shot at 1st
place on Sunday...Day 2
Day 2 Baggers below:
Corey Harrison 92k
Frank Alpandinar 86k (pic)
Rounding out Day 2 baggers include...Rebecca "Smiley"
Campbell...James Arruebarrena...Ashly Butler...Andy Bulliard...CJ
Domingue......Ron Franco...David "Diesel" Nicholson...Chad
the "man...the myth...the legend"...Pablo Garcia (pic)
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WHO FOUND A BAG ON
THURSDAY/DAY 1 OF POKERGRAS IN NEW
ORLEANS JOINTLY PUT ON BY HARRAH'S AND GULFCOASTPOKER.NET?
15 RUNNERS ARE HEADING TO DAY 2!!!!
Luis Sa 347k
Dale Trosclair 183k
Christian Helmstetter $177k
Kwong IP $171k
James Nolan $165k
John Cressend $110
We also have Don Dove...Prissy Giroir...Ronnie Hope...Ed
Hord...Robert Wesley...Easton Oreman (pic)...Wayne Neyland....and
many more will bag today on Friday!!!!
We are at a Grand total of 139 runners going into
Saturdays 2 flights...1st Flight is at 11am...2nd flight is
at 4pm. Don't forget we also have a Deepstack/turbo on
Sunday while Day 2 of the Main Event is rolling...$250 buyin
"Closer Tourney" starts at 2pm...Dont forget we also are
running nighlies at 7pm...and running single table SNGs (Sit
and Gos) through the entire tournamnet.
Come on Down and say "Throw me some money Mister!!!!!"
POKER GRAS STARTS
Check out our
page for live updates and pics of our seat giveaway winners
Speaking of winners, below are today's
lucky winners, thanks to Chase Haydel and Harrahs NOLA for
these seats and this promotion. And thanks to all you
on social media who shared and liked our videos, tweets, and
facebook posts. Wish we could have given everybody a
seat. That said we are wishing these twenty a little
more good luck as they play today:
James Bric Allen
As today begins we also want to
recognize the hard work of TDs Robert Gertsner, Mel Emnon,
Joelle McIntosh, and Timmy Louie for all the prep and
planning they put into it. Not to mention the dealers
willing to pull long shifts and make this happen.
9 am $75 Main Event Satellite
11 am Flight A $580 Main Event Big Blind Ante 25k Starting
4 pm $250 Short Deck Tournament
7 pm $150
Nightly with 3 Main Event seats ADDED!!!!
RIVER POKER OPEN... COMPLETE RESULTS:
So our apologies for not getting
everybody up there as it happened been a busy couple of
weeks for us. Great to see the success of so many
FOGCP (friends of GCP) especially the ones we talked into
going (and the ones we actually drove :)).
from top to bottom a stellar event run by Paul Dutsch and
crew. Neal Atkinson at Pearl River resorts pulls out
all the stops with the best food and room comps in the
Southeast. And a great group of players make this a
twice annual junket.
To highight a few players:
Terry Simpson the Main Event winner had a great week final
tabling or winning everything. Hiep Doan (pictured)
and Chris Canan also kept going deep and making the money.
Harinder Chawla had a few nice runs too.
1st Jason Eskridge Rome,
2nd Toby Bell Tallapoosa, GA $3,445
Richard Moats Rome, GA $2,297
4th Grover Faulkner
Tuscaloosa, AL $1,723
5th Jeremy Kimbrell Gordo, AL
6th James Falgout Birmingham, AL $1,340
Daniel Irvine Cape Girardeau, MO $1,148
8th Larry White
Braxton, MS $957
9th Christopher Canan New Orleans, LA
1st Hiep Doan
(pictured above) Marrero, LA $1,606
2nd Terry Simpson
Meridian, MS $964
3rd Christopher Canan New Orleans, LA
Stanton Dalton, GA $5,811
2nd James Davis Jackson, TN
3rd Harinder Chawla Madison, MS $2,093
Larry Barker Ohatchee, AL $1,860
5th Joe Mahar Lacey
Springs, AL $1,628
6th Charles Griffin Florence, AL
7th John Demarco Ocean Springs, MS $1,163
John Williams Meridian, MS $930
9th Yousef Saleh
Meridian, MS $698
10th Danny Penny Pensacola, FL $558
11th Karl Chesser Woodstock,GA $558
12th Paul Leggett
Rockmart, GA $558
13th James Frye Columbus, GA $488
14th Clifford Chisolm Collinsville, AL $488
Lemke Forrest City, AR $488
16th Donald Dove New Orleans,
17th Eric Suloza Greensboro, GA $465
Kelly Boyd Durant, MS $465
- No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack
1st Terry Simpson
Enterprise, AL $3,480
2nd Jerry Giroir Lafayette, LA
3rd Karl Chesser Woodstock, GA $1,479
Doan New Orleans, LA $1,044
5th John Humphries
Taylorsville, GA $609
1. Luke Thames, $1,600
2. Jerry Giroir, $1,000
Sheryl Stickland, $600
4. Randall Sarbey, $200
everybody in the spring. There are some tweaks being
discussed for the re-entry which we think could be very big
for that stop.
RIVER POKER OPEN
1. Terry Simpson, Enterprise, Miss. $24,135
2. David Bradshaw, Atlanta, Ga., $22,272
3. Lakisha Slaughter, Atlanta, Ga., $10,848
4. Corey Harrison, Birmingham, Ala., $9,643
5. J.W. Carter, Jackson, Miss., $8,438
6. Don Dove, New Orleans, La., $7,232
7. Lester “Black Ice” Milligan, Brighton, Ala., $6,027
8. Donnie Phan, Nashville, Tenn., $4,821
9. Alan “Tank” Downey, Piedmont, Ala., $3,616
10. Joel Doney, $2,893
11. Robert Henderson, $2,893
12. Harinder Chawla, $2,893
13. Karl Chesser, $2,531
14. Matt Davidson, $2,531
15. Jay Bishop, $2,531
16. Tara Snow, $2,411
17. David Huwe, $2,411
18. Charles Johnson, $2,411
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POKER GRAS VIDEO STARS
Speaking of stars of
our video short; three cashed within hours of one another.
Jeff Sager and Steve Bierman went to Tahoe and got WSOP-C
results. Sager min-cashed the reentry and Bierman just
final tabled a $400 event. Not to be outdone Chris
"Literary" Canan made back to back final tables in Pearl
River. See their star turns again:
PEARL RIVER POKER OPEN
FALL SNOW IN PEARL
We are happy to report
that Tara Snow of Tuscaloosa, AL won 26k for first place in
the 387 entrant Event #1 100k Guarantee Re-Entry. Randall
Smith of Silvercreek, GA was credited for second place and
14k. Gerald Beard of Boaz, AL (3rd $9,315), James Arnold of
Vaiden, MS (4th $8,193), Adam Cotant of Birmingham, AL (5th
$7,070), Ralph Reed of Meridian, MS (6th $5,948), Matthew Smith
of Prattville, AL (7th $4,826), Danyon Rose of Anniston, AL
(8th $3,704), and Clinton Carney of Philadelphia, MS (9th
$2,581) made up the final table.
Also in the money;
James "Mousey" Davis, Jerry Giroir, BJ McBrayer, Will Bean,
David Lee, Ronnie Hope, Morgan Hayes, Cody Stanford, and
Michael Monaghan. Congrats to all who cashed.
BRIC THE SENIORS:
Usually when you brick a tournament or say the turn you
missed or whiffed. When James Bric Allen (pictured) of
Walker, LA "Brics" a tournament he wins it.
heads up split with Paul Legget of Rockmark, GA, Bric Allan
got the first place photo. Larry Downer of Borden Springs,
AL took third. Just as we felt about Tara above we are
very happy to report Bric's accomplishment. Both have
weathered some challenges recently and it's nice to see when
good people attain good results.
CHOP IT UP!
Event three finished in a five way chop. Jimmy Milsaps
of Canton, GA got first place credit. Though Marshall
Bailey, Michael Talley, Prissy Giroir and Teddy Simpson all
shared in the spoils.
HAND/VIDEO OF THE WEEK
So you are going
have some fun and play the
Poker Gras short deck event?
Here's a broadcast of this action heavy game to whet your
about video games taking over the world and not leaving any
(young) millenials and the next generation left to
Popular video game
Red Dead Redemption 2
which takes place in the Old West offers Hold'em within the
game. Not completely authentic as they didn't play Hold'em
and used a shorter deck back then, but still this is a EV+
thing for the game (of poker)
-Who is stealing
your Crypto and Cheating at online poker?
The North Koreans.
-Who wouldn't want to combine Chess and Poker... but
Warren Sheaves creates
-Why can't you talk
in a hand and how does it involve winning a car?
Steve Zolotow talks about
-Everybody thinks they are
great at Poker. Some are, some are slightly deluded, some
are heavily deluded. and some are so bad they don't know any
better (you know who they are). But why?
The Dunning Kruger Effect
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Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
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
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
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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!"
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 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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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
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