DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
"Who is Hurricane27?”
Within the last
year, I got asked that question a lot. Make
sense I co-own a site devoted to poker on the
Gulf Coast, I live outside of New Orleans and
suddenly an online account of a player located
in Metairie just starts crushing. Also, the
community of “crushers” who press buttons is
fairly small, somebody should know who this is,
but nobody did."
08/25/17] 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
"Day 1 of the 2017
WSOP Main Event went about as well as possible
for me. I correctly assessed most of my
opponents’ tendencies and played a strategy
designed to take advantage of their mistakes. I
called down the overly aggressive players with a
wide range and made big folds against the
straightforward players when they decided to put
a lot of money in the pot. I ended day 1 with
four starting stacks, 211,300, which was good
for fourth place in my portion of the field
going into day 2a.
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 08/25/17] 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.
"When I first heard the Westgate was
re-opening their poker room, my initial reaction
was — what the hell are they thinking?
Poker’s popularity has been flat for quite a
while, especially here in Las Vegas where the
overall table count has declined and some
once-popular rooms have closed their operations
Westgate has boldly decided
they’re going to defy all this pessimism and
strike out on their own. Poker rooms might be
closing down elsewhere, but Westgate is
determined to blaze its own trail and become a
success, some might say, against the odds.
Westgate, which was known for many years as the
Las Vegas Hilton (and The International, before
that) has experienced a rocky road with poker.
The Hilton ran a thriving room back during the
1980’s and even held some big-time poker
tournaments. When poker declined in popularity
during the 1990’s, the room faded and closed. It
remained shuttered for more than a decade.
[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."
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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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IS DAVID CLARK?|
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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[UPDATED: 03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale
of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all
hustling on the Coast.
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
MEAN STREETS OF
METAIRIE MEN MAKING IT HAPPEN:
HURRICANE 27 AND HURRICANE
Finally got up our
profile of Hurricane27 the online kid from Metairie, LA who
came out of nowhere, go
It's been a banner couple of weeks for Metairie players in
Biloxi. Capped off at the Beau Main Event as two more
Metairians, Randy Gordon and James Arruebarrena, finished in
the top four.
I don't think it's Out of Bounds to say
but Metairie's got a pretty good poker scene going on here.
Speaking of Metairie, co-owner of Bernies (see that ad
above) Barth Melius, has been doing incredible things in the
U.S. Virgin islands in the aftermath of the hurricanes.
Believe the Poker Monkey is working to set up or highlight
some ways for us to help the USVI in the coming days.
RANDY GORDON WINS IT:
Big congrats to Randy Gordon a
contractor from Metairie, LA and a friend of GCP for
snapping off the Beau Rivage Main Event. We understand an
equity chop between the top four was done so the numbers are
a little bit off from what was reported. That said when the
deal was made Randy had most of the chips. First place
was to have paid just under 70k from a prize pool of almost
Matt Silva of Lakewood
Ranch, FL got credit for 40k for second and North Carolina's
Dean Rutledge is listed as 22k for third. James
Arruebarrena, also from Metairie, LA earned over 17k for
Cliff Chisolm of
Collinsville, MS (5th 14k), another FOGCP Paul Hebert (6th
12k), and Tara Snow of Piedmont AL won 3.6k for 9th. Another
deep run for her at the Beau. Craig Flood of Austin (7th
8.9k) and Sam Ho of Morrow, GA (8th 5.3k) also made the
Tough field as a slew of familiar
names made the money including: Seville Hale, Danny
Williams, Michael Benton, Ben Thomas, Caufman Talley, Marcos
Palacios, Ashly Butler, and Mihail Karasoulis. Congrats to
all that cashed.
PEARL RIVER COMING UP:
In what is becomming a Halloween tradition for Poker
players the Pearl River Resorts Ante Up fall tournament
returns at the end of October. As always tournament director
Paul Dutsch has incentivized the heck out of it. Added seats
to the Main Event in megas, guaranteed seats, guaranteed
prize pools and a first. They oare offering you a
chance to claim double your tournament winnings in the
October 31st tournament if you take in casino credit.
A genuis idea in our opinion. Think
we might enjoy watching the winners that take the casino
credit and play their rush in the pit games as much as we'd
enjoy the tournament action. They are always good for a
twist. We will be mentioning this often in the coming weeks.
Rooms, really nice by the way, are inexpensive and table
side food makes it a great day, weekend or week long trip.
More to come...
BEAU KNOWS POKER, GCP PRELIM
KAHSAY MONSTER CHAMP:
The Georgia native can say Kahsay's
the champ. Credited with 51k and first place Abraham Kahsay
beat a loaded final table. They were: Vincent Pham (2nd
32k), mean streets of Metairie's own Curtis Terry (3rd, 27k
and pictured), the man from Theodore, Alabama Sam Bowles
(4th 23k), Pensacola native
Wayne White (5th, 20k), Talladegian Quintin Elston (6th,
17k), Judge Leo Boothe (7th, 13k), Huey Hulin (8th 10k) and
Jeremy Sanders (9th, 8k).
Also cashing Ismael Cabrera, BJ
McBrayer, Ty Robinson, Frank Alpandinar, Craig Flood, Jason
Anderson, John Walters, Rovert Veazey, David Chocheles, Davy
Murrah, Mihail Karasoulis, Easton Oreman, Barron Whipple,
Lester "Black Ice" Milligan, and David Nicholson.
PRISSY JUST MISSES:
Ray Luaga of Slidell, LA beat
Prissy Grior of Lafayette heads up to win the No Limit
Hold'em Event Two. Also at the final table Jeff Sager, Jerry
Sumbo and Nesrin Can. Easton Oreman, Nick Graphia and Umut
Meraler also cashed.
TROUTMAN KEEPS WINNING:
Fresh off his biggest score (60k
win in Tunica) David Troutman caught another first place
winning the 6 Max Event 3 tournament. Curtis Terry also made
the final table.
Benny Champlin, Judge Leo Boothe,
Slidell's Thu Nguyen all made the final table of the seniors
event. Marc Bray of Ohio won it. "Coach" Ron Held of
Metairie cashed, as did Billy McBrayer's (BJ's dad) and
JETER WINS... AGAIN:
Self described min-casher Jeter
Brock is making a habit of winning tournaments outright. His
third victory in this calendar year came in the Limit Omaha
8 or better event. It's also his 19th cash for the year. 19
cashes, 3 wins, not too shabby.
ALMOST DOUBLE FOR DUSTIN:
Dustin Stewart fresh off a large
re-entry WSOP-C victory tried to win a second title in the
same week. This time he fell to Joe Clarke in heads up
action. Not sure anybody has won a tournament at both
the Beau and IP but Dustin got real close.
Stewart won 2.8k for second place at the Beau's Event 8. His
IP victory a couple of days earlier was a little larger as
he banked 40k to go with his circuit ring. In that
same event Judy LeBlanc won 13k for 4th, and Thu Tran 6k for
Captain Ronnie Hope floated the
idea of a chop and Captain Chop himself prevailed as the
players in the little monster final table divvied up the
loot. Captain Ron somehow chopped three tournaments in one
24 hour period. Two at the Beau (Event 13) and one all the
way in Kinder Louisiana. Nobody loves it more. Also in the
money Eric Sievers, Don Dove, and Jerry Stumbo.
IP WSOP MAIN EVENT:
The Main Event of the circuit stop
in Biloxi Mississippi concluded last night
and went down to 2 of the best and most notables poker
players in the Region ...for the Natty Seat.
We say the Natty seat as it is our understanding that
their was an "even" heads up deal made that left Kyle
Cartwright and TK Miles playing for the Seat to the yearly
Circuit National Championship event presumably worth $10k as
that is what it takes to buy in... if you don't win your way
into the tourney. That goes to show you how much respect
both players have for their opponents as chopping is
seldom...if ever... in either players poker "Bag of Tricks".
Cartwright wound up locking up the Natty seat and adding
to his impressive poker resume and his gambling
"lore/legend" of running better than the "Queen of Sheba".
Anyone that follows him on twitter sees that at "$125 a rip"
...kid seems to cant lose at slots.
LOCALS CASHING IP
We also have a few locals that hit the payout cage:
Leo Boothe takes 3rd for over $53k...Kevin Benoit from
Redstick takes 4th for right under $40k...circuit regular
Bob Beck gets 6th...Jason "J-Bird" Bergeron(pic) from Houma
takes 12th for a shy under $9k...and the guy that paves a
trail to the payout cage Danny Doucet from Opelousas takes
$5100...and also cashing at $5100...we round it out with
"the man...the myth...the legend"...Jeter Brock.
Good luck to those in the Beau Main Event...more updates
and results coming.
BILOXI IN HIGH GEAR
WITH POKER EVERYWHERE:
Locals are rocking and
rolling on the coast as Biloxi Poker Players and residence
sigh a huge relief Irma didnt ruin the "Poker Party" on the
FOCUSING ON THE LOCALS:
1st person we want to highlight is Easton Oremon who is
on the biggest heater
the crew. Easton got 12th place in the IP 6 max for
$810...min cashed the Beau id event Sunday...cashed the
250gtd at the IP for a little over $1000...and then he chops
the nightly 4 ways for over $1500...but lost a heads up
battle for the Main Event seat.
Next up is Steve Bierman who can put just about anyone on
tilt in the south with his anti Trump rhetoric ...and props.
I overheard a guy telling his buddy
,"Man...that table started talking politics and some liberal
put whole table on tilt"...lol...that's our Steve
Anyhow...he has 22 points toward the Casino
Championship...he got 7th in a $365 after making Final Table
for $1488...min cash in 250k multiday re-entry without
coming back for day 2.
Jeff Sager is also on a nice run with a 32nd in the
re-entry at IP for $1150...and then he chopped the one day
Beau event 6 ways for $3475
Keep up the good work guys!!!!
NEWS FROM THE COAST:
POKER PALOOZA IS BACK ON THE BILOXI COAST:
Once again the Beau Rivage and the IP will offer
tournaments concurrently starting this week. Should be
a lot to choose from and a ton of players in town. We
will be there for much of the week.
OFFERS 250K MONSTER EVENT AND $1350 MAIN EVENT:
The $355 buy-in Monster stack will deliver four flights
starting Friday September 8th at Noon. Three Flights; B
(Friday 6:00 pm), C (Saturday noon) and D (Saturday 6:00 pm)
will follow and we expect the atomosphere to be electric as
usual. Escalating level lengths of 30 minutes, 45
minutes and 60 minutes promise a tournament with a lot of
play when it matters.
They've packed the rest of the
week in the lead up to their Main Event with variety. PLO,
Big O, 6 Max, Limit Omaha, Deep Stack, Little Monster are
just some of the events preceding the $1350 No Limit Hold'em
is the complete schedule.
DJ ALEXANDER DEEP FOR HOUSTON IN
For some the storyline of the WPT Legends of Poker final
table centered around the Poker Brat Phil Hellmuth. Would he
win his first WPT title? Not for us. For those
of you who have played with DJ Alexander you'll probably
remember him being a humble player who carried himself with
class that belied his fiercenes. At least that's what
one of us at GCP thought as he felted us in a WSOPC event
(he won). So, it came as no surprise that he pledged
5% of his winnings to his hometown of Houston's recovery
It would be tough sledding to finish first
considering the lineup of cash pro Art Papzyan, Phil
Hellmuth, JC Tran and Marvin Rettenmaier shared the final
table. Alas, Alexander bowed out in 4th winning 161k. Good
game and well played. Here's Poker Central's
Oh and Phil went out second to Papzyan.
MORE EFFORTS TO HELP FROM POKER
Whether its Will
Souther turning his home into a drop off depot for supplies
for the Harvey victims or Oren Zweig loading up a van to
take to Texas, we've had plenty of reasons to be proud to be
poker players recently. All those donating, time,
money, and supplies we thank you. Believe some in the
Cajun Navy are poker players too. Read one story of
Baton Rouge native (and poker player) Cameron Ainsworth
buying a boat just to go save people. What an effort
by so many of you and what a great reflection of our
community by everybody helping out.
As we mentioned on our Facebook page, Saturday we sadly lost
another one of our own; Beau Rivage dealer and poker player
Bobby Harrington. An example of a class act at and away from
the tables. The incredible response and mourning of his
passing shows what an influence he had on all those he
touched and how much he will be missed. Our condolences to
his family, and to his wide group of friends including the
Beau Rivage staff and regular players. This came as a shock
to all of us and it just won't be the same without him.
Also, we want to extend our thoughts and prayers to
another friend of GCP, Bobbie Bailey. This has been a
rough month for our community.
Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers obviously go out to
our family and friends dealing with Hurricane Harvey and its
after effects. It's been scary to see so many
parallels to Hurricane Katrina and other devestating storms
we've endured. Even worse there appear to be some
unique and horrific new challenges unfolding. That
said have to feel proud for so many in the poker community
rallying to aid those in need. Whether it's Collosus
winner and Texan Cord Garcia and Houston pro Ray Henson
rescuing people, (a couple of the many players to do so), or it's the folks in Mississippi and
Louisiana looking to repay the previous generoisty and
charity of those now affected by organizing aid. Stay strong
Texas and Louisiana.
(Thanks to Ben Saxton
for writing these words and our apologies for not getting
this up sooner).
The Gulf Coast poker community lost
one of its dear members this month. Tom Becnel, a New
Orleans resident and poker player for all of his life,
passed away on August 17th. He was eighty years old. A
fourth-generation citrus and vegetable farmer, Tom worked as
a city bus driver, an insurance salesman, a trawler, an oil
man, an operator at Chevron Oronite, a bulldozer operator,
and a Plaquemines Parish drainage pump operator. He loved
being with his family, gardening, cooking,and—as many of us
know—sitting around a card table.
In October 2004,
Tom won two tournaments in Reno in one week: the $200 Fall
Pot of Gold Tournament (for $15,309) and the $2,500 Main
Event (for $56,779). He would go on to accumulate almost
$200,000 in live cashes.More importantly, he earned the
friendship and respect of his fellow players. Darrell
Guillory, a veteran dealer at Harrah's, was inspired to play
tournament poker when he saw Tom at a 2006 final table in
Biloxi. “I watched him, studied him, and imitated him,”
Darrell said. “I then used what I had learned to make an
incredible run at the IP.
When Mr. Tom came up to me
at the final table and I asked him what I needed to do to
win the tournament, he replied with a straight face: ‘Be the
last one with all the chips.’ Then he cracked a smile and
told me to just keep doing what I was doing. He told me that
I must be doing something right to make it thisfar. He was a
man of little words but a strong presence, he will be
missed. RIP MR. BECNEL.”
In the words of Mike
Groetsch, a regular at Harrah's, "Tom was the grumpiest old
nice guy that Iever met in a poker room. Sounds like an
oxymoron but it is so very true. He would even smile when he
was complaining. I have known him since the poker days at
the Grand Casino in Biloxi in the 1990s. He was an excellent
poker player who never gave his chips away. He was also
devoted to his girlfriend/significant other Barbara and
treated her like a queen. We will miss Tom dearly but he is
now with the others who went All-In and traveled to the
LINKS FOR YOUR
for Molly's Game dropped. It's the movie about the
high stakes Hollywood game hosted by Toby Maguire.
Lots of stars in this one. Could be good?
-Sometimes we post stories that are "good" for poker
and sometimes we post stories that are "bad" for poker. We
often point out that whenever a criminal is arrested and has
any connection to poker, poker shares the headline with the
crime. Rarely does it share the headline with the hero. This
time we have two stories. One good and one terrible for
Let's go good first and the Pensacola News
Journal's account of John Langevin's win at the Scarlet
Pearl. Yes, poker prominently shares the headline with John
with good reads. Go
to read. (And... yes, we posted it on our
facebook page too, but not everybody does social media. For
those of you who do and haven't liked us yet, you are
missing content like this go to our
Then, there is this story... ugh. It can only be
called bad for poker. Poker dominates the headline
because... ugh... just read it for yourself. Go
-Table selection is something a lot of people talk
about, but outside of looking for one or two "spots" how do
you determine what a good table is? Chuck Blount has
RUNGOOD TUNICA AND
KING OF THE HILL:
David Troutman won the event for
58k. The former accountant and now cash game player beat a
loaded final table. Somehow Kyle Cartwright didn't hit
on his way to second place and 36k. Tupleo, MS native Cody
Stanford finished third winning over 24k for his biggest
live score of his career. Tim Burt placed fifth
Phil Hellmuth won the made for TV King of the Hill
special earning 200k in the process and another bullet point
in his tournament poker resume. The live pro beat two
young online grinders on Poker Night in America to take the
fictitious sounding title and the very real WWE style belt.
If you prefer your news old school style go
for the wrapup. If you prefer Vloggers and the new
to be at a minimum mildly entertained and for some chuckles.
WSOP CIRCUIT EVENT
MERCIER, REICHARD FINAL TABLE
Once upon a time this
was called the National Championship. Once upon a time Jason
Mercier used to blog fairly often and Josh Reichard was one
of Monkey's Minions. Things have changed a bit since then.
The now Global Championship is down to a TV final table of 6
(are we the only ones that prefers telecasts starting at 9).
International Alexander Lakhov is the chipleader with
Mercier and Reichard having their work cut out for them in
4th and 5th spots. Caufman Talley of Lafayette, LA just
missed finishing in 11th place for 20k.
HARWELL CASHING AGAIN:
Robert Harwell (pictured above),
also of Monkey's Minions fame, finished 7th in the big
reentry tournament winning 21k. He started day two on tough
table that included Steve "No Fear in" Bierman who managed
an in the money finish. John Holley of Destin finished 63rd in the
giant field. Due to the unusual format PJ Horrigan of New
Orleans cashed twice. PJ then added 14th in event 6 to add
to his growing number of circuit points.
HPT VICKSBURG, BEAU
RIVAGE 75K, SCARLET PEARL RE-ENTRY:
FREDDIE ARDOIN GETS IT DONE:
Vicksburg held their HPT event
which featured a final three of some well known names from
the coast. Freddie Ardoin (pictured) won almost 43k for
first. Judge Leo Boothe won close to 27k for second and BJ
McBrayer won a little over 16k for third.
Freddie's second win and is by far his biggest cash. Corey
Harrison, Thomas Doussan, and Chris Lane also made a trip to
the cashier's cage in the two day event.
BRIC ALLEN, JOHN CRESSEND AND 4
OTHERS CHOP THE BEAU:
We don't have exact details for how
the Beau Rivage's 75k event wrapped up but we know they
chopped 5 or 6 ways. First got ~17k and everybody else a
little over 10k. Bric Allen of Baton Rouge and John Cressend
of Metairie were in on the spoils. If you have the
complete details shoot them over.
CAP'N RON DOUBLE
At least one player cashed in two
tournaments on the same day in two different casions.
Captain Ron Hope played until his chips ran out at the Beau
Rivage and then made it back to the Scarlet Pearl for their
restart. He made money in both tournaments.
MONKEY HOLDING TWO CARDS:
Will Souther found himself in a familiar spot.
Staring at a camera and holding two cards after winning a
poker tournament. He has a knack for this kind of
thing. Congrats on winning the Sacrlett Pearl's Ante
Wait a second... where
are his cards... he's getting rusty.
WSOP MAIN EVENT
BLUMSTEIN PICKS A FINE TIME TO RUN GOOD:
Scott Blumstein, a young New Jersey
26 year old pro, beat young Pennsylvania online pro Daniel
Ott. The Garden state native won 8.15 million for first
while Ott had to settle for 4.7 million for second. Their
previous live cashes at WSOP events? Blumstein $0. Ott
$3,656 with two small cashes this year.
win Blumstein requested a picture with the effervescent
Prissy Grior (above).
Third place went to frenchman
Bejamin Pollak who earned 3.5 million. The cheerful Brit
John Hesp won 3 million for fourth; another frenchman
Antoine Saout won 2 million for fifth, and Bryan Piccioli
won 1.675 for sixth. Damian Salas finished seventh, Jack
Sinclair 8th, and Ben Lamb 9th.
For more news that no
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recent, follow the link below...
ARCHIVED NEWS BLOTTER CENTER>>>
Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
anyone still reading this blog…I am in New Orleans now waiting
to play the final post-lim and final circuit event of the
season. Congrats to Wild Bill for making it to day 2 along with
a host of other friends (you know who you are). I whiffed the
1st couple of tournaments last weekend, and I had a funeral
party to go to for my Aunt Linda last Saturday so I had to skip
most of the weekend. I’m in sales and our EOM (End of Month for
non salesfolks) was last Friday 5/20…so I also had my hands tied
a little during the week. The plan was to play some megas and if
I didn’t satty into the High Roller or the Main Event to fire
bullets at the last 2 post-lims to try to win a ring. Today at
3pm will be the final chance for anyone to win a ring this
season and before the actual WSOP"[+]
THE POKER MONKEY
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
"In other words? A really, really great opportunity for
them to make a good first impression. I would say on the poker
end...they are doing a really good job this week. They seem to
have added just enough over flow tables to accommodate the
number of players who showed up. Anyone that has had to go in as
an alternate, hasn't had to wait very long. Unlike some casinos,
they didn't tie up a bunch of tables spreading cash game to the
detriment of players waiting to get in the tourney...and
frankly, that might just have more to do with them not really
having a solid cash game clientele, more than anything. But
nonetheless, its nice to see all 8 tables plus the five outside
the poker room, being used strictly for tournaments."
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:
"Disclaimer: My home casino is the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. I play
there more than all other venues combined.
Like a lot of
you, I have played in quite a few tournament series in numerous
locations including WSOP and WPT events but I want to take this
opportunity to applaud the Beau Rivage for the excellence of
their tournament series and for the courteous and professional
way that these tournament series are run.
The Gulf Coast
Poker Championship started last week. I arrived early on Friday
for the start of their opening "Monster Stack" event. I was
greeted by the tournament director, several officials of the
tournament, a couple of dealers and, of course, numerous
players. I was also welcomed by several of the Beau poker room
staff, including the director of poker operations. I received
numerous handshakes and even several hugs."
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 08/25/17] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"A few weeks before the
2017 season starts, the Saints have shown us a few things.
Michael Thomas is on the verge of greatness. The backup
centers can't snap the ball. Will Lutz is going all Great Dane
with it. The Ingram-Peterson-Kamara crew looks fun as hell, if
not downright daunting. Tommylee Lewis might just render the
Brandin Cooks' departure moot. Ted Ginn still can't catch.
Marcus Williams looks every bit the ballhawk the Saints have
long been without.
And then there are the injuries.
Significant injuries. "
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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
BLOGGER REID GILBERT'S BOOK. GO