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DINE ON THE WHALES

 (UPDATED: 08/24/18) Wild 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 the future.

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 restaurateursóincluding 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. 
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LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  08/24/18] 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 here.

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NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  08/24/18] 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. 

"In January 1971, I made my first-ever sports wager.


I remember the game all too well because it was my first loser. I lost $1.


I've been chasing that lost buck ever since, trying to get even.


Forty-seven years later, and a few nights ago, I attended a party with a motley group of professional sports bettors. We were discussing the biggest and craziest sports bets weíd ever made. As you might imagine, there were some really great stories. I wish I could write about them, but the stories belong to some sharps who are pretty well known in the gambling business, including people you may have heard of, and I donít want to blow anyoneís cover or reputation. So instead, Iím writing todayís column entirely on my own.
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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. 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 ego.
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."
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[06/17/16]  Jennifer Gay is a poker player, poker room supervisor and Ante Up Magazine Poker Columnist local to Tunica, MS. Her blog covers the sometimes personal and always comical reality of a life fully centered around poker in the South.

"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 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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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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Check out the Ben Saxton's profile of Harrahs poker room at DINE ON THE WHALES.

BURT FIRST AT BEAU:

For a while there it looked like this installment of the Beau's fall tournament was Jerry's World as Jerry Giroir took first in the Re-entry and then almost topped the Monster Stack. But apparently, Tim Burt had other plans as he put his stamp on this week with a little bit of one upmanship.

Burt took just a hair less than Giroir in the re-entry chop and followed that up with the first place title in the main event.

This one brought 375 entrants for a $447k prize pool with first credited for 103k. Congrats Tim always happy for you. The final table featured a couple other Friends of GCP in second place finisher Hiep Doan of Marrero (59k), Don Dove of NOLA (6th 18k), Nick Langsford of Kenner, LA (7th 14k), and our pal Frank Alpandinar of Baton Rouge (9th 6.5k).

Ray Curran continued his hot form with a 10th place finish just under 5k. Also cashing out at that amount Trace Henderson (12th), Randy Gordon (16th), and Rebecca Campbell (17th). Shout out to Gabe Costner for his 20th place finish winning over 3.6k.

That's a wrap on this event but as always a first class production by Henry Garrison, Derek Dill, and Paul Dutsch (hey look at that the ever gracious Tim Burt included them all in his winners shot above).  Also, a shout out to all the other staff at the Beau that ran everything so seamlessly all week.

Looking forward to the Heater in January!
BEAU RESULTS:

DAVIS WINS IT:
The Event 8, 50k Guaranteed Monster Stack finished with a familiar face in the top three. Jerry Giroir fresh off his win in the 300k Guarantee rentry finished 2nd. Starr Valdez finished 3rd.

The final table also included (4th through 9th): Pablo Garcia (Baton Rouge), Jason DeBenedetto (Baton Rouge), Saleem Delawall (Tucker, GA), Hanh Nguyen (D'Iberville, MS), Will Souther (Monkeyville, MS) and Vafa Kamali (Hattiesburg).
Jeff Densen followed up his win with another cash and was joined by familiar names Steve Bierman, Chris Canan, Wayne Neyland, Sley Sanchez, Antony Vidmer, Anthony Graphia, Herb Tascott and Stephen Hastings at the cage.

CHRIS STEVENS FIRST IN EVENT 9:

The Gautier, MS native outlasted Jonny Craig of Texas heads up to win just over $8800. Craig earned 4.6k. With 12 spots paid Clay Henry of Many, LA, and Charlene Smith of Metairie, were the only other two over 2k.
Prissy Giroir, Jason Bullock, and Stanley Williams all cashed too.

HAYWARD OMAHA CHAMP:

Hayward Rigano of Kilgore, TX beat Danny Zaccaro of Mobile heads up to win the title in Event 10 and earn over 5k for first. James Carter of Pensacola, Mark Pharo of Birmingham, William Lest of Cautier, Bret Atiyeh of Oxford, AL and Bernice Ranum of Fort Walton were the other cashers.

SERRY-IOUSLY MO SERRY WINS 8 MAX :

New York, New York's Mo Serry took place in the 8 Max tournament for a little over 12k.  Rober Smith of Lexington, AL second for $6750. Terry Moore of Mobile won 4.2k The final table  featured Seville Hale (4th), Frank Alpandinar (5th), Teddy Conner (6th), Chris Dupuy (7th), David Vajnar (8th) and David Nicholson (9th).

Also cashing double ring winner and Non-Donkey John Durio, Bob Beck, Donna Reid, Carl Guillot, Andrew Brinkley, Rebecca Campbell, and Wayne Neyland.
BEAU RESULTS:

DENSEN DOES IT:

New Orleans' own Jeff Densen prevailed in Event #4 at the Beau Rivage. Well deserved and one we saw coming as Jeff has steadily improved his game the last couple of years. He bested Herman Shumaker of Brandon, MS heads up to win just under 10k.

Shumaker took home 5.1K. Phong Phan from Biloxi earned 3.2k for third. Donna Reid of Meridian, MS won 2.2k for 4th. Stan Barre of New Orleans and Frank Alpandinar of Baton Rouge also cashed.



EYER EDGES SAGER:

The Heads-up tournament climaxed with heads up match between two relative young guns.  A fittingly finale to an event that proved to be a resounding success. Three out of four the first round matchups we highlighted were some of the last to finish. Rounds two and three had compelling matchups of their own. When the sweet sixteen had finished it left eight skilled players to battle it out.

Stephen House of Milton, FL, Keith Ray of Hurley, MS, Seville Hale of Pensacola and Easton Oreman of Metairie all won $607 but fell short of the final four.

Bric Allen and Chris Dupruy of Baton Rouge both earned $1820 for making the semis. Eyer (right side of photo) prevailed winning bragging rights over New Orleans' Jeff Sager and the other 63 players in the bracket. They each won over 4k.

SENIORS DRAWS 267 PLAYERS:

Shannon Corey of Pensacola beat Marc Fisher of Lafayette winning 18k and 10k respectively. Ronny Aden of Pope, MS third for 5.6k. Louisianans filled out 5th through 8th with Dean Rutledge, Dan Prejean, Arthur Derbes, Robbie Matthews and John Welsh all making more than $1800. Ron Franco, Tom Franklin, and George Elias were among the 27 who cashed.

SEALED IT:

Jacob Seale of Lumberton, TX won 13k for first in Event 7's PLO event. Morton Davis of Pensacola (4k for 4th), William Pappas of Mandeville, and Jason Gladden of Oceans Springs all cashed too.
MO' FROM THE BEAU:

THREEWAY CHOP WITH JERRY ATOP THE REENTRY!

Big congrats to Jerry Giroir, Tim Burt and Dustin Paulen of Fort Worth Texas. Jerry and Tim got the most (both over 50k) with Jerry getting a touch more and the victory photo.

Also at the final table Beau Rivage crusher Nesrin Can, Judge Leo Boothe, James Burnham of Alabama and Bruce Little of Metairie. Peter Fieriozzi and BJ McBrayer just missed the final table earning slightly under 6k. Danny Doucet finished 15th.

A slew of notables, too many to list today, made the top 100 and made the money in the mammoth 1738 entry field. A prize pool over 500k smashing the 300k guarantee..

HEADS UP MATCHES TODAY:

Lots of buzz surrounding this event.  (Check out the closueps of the brackets on our FACEBOOK page).  Our favorite first round match up may be the clash of Tag Team mates from this years WSOP Steve Bierman and Ray Curran. Is there anybody hotter than these two?

 We've been meaning to mention Steve Bierman's recent run at the Global Championship (a final table just shy of the televised final six) and a deep run in the Main Event a couple of days later. That 27k in earnings have only added to the record year for Bierman (13 cashes, two WSOP bracelet event final tables and over 150k won). His opponent Ray Curran has also been on a heater this year... his first year playing tournaments. Ray has two first places (one for a circuit ring) and over 200k in winnings.

A third member of their tag team from this summer, our own Wild Bill (fresh off two cashes already at the Beau) plays his Vegas house mate Patrick Horrigan in the first round. Feels like this is going to sting for a while for whoever loses. 

We also be watching "The battle of Baton Rouge" pitting the ever smiling Rebecca Campbell vs. Walter Chambers in one corner of the bracket.  Another enticing matchup: Chris Sheffield draws Josh Palmer. Sheffield is a closer with three circuit rings and Palmer has amassed over 400k in earnings and three wins of his own.

PLEASE HEAD TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AS WE WILL BE UPDATING MORE REGULARLY FROM THE BEAU'S BALLROOM THERE DURING THE WEEK. GIVE US A LIKE TOO, IF YOU HAVEN'T YET.
 

GULFCOAST POKER CHAMPIONSHIP IS IN FULL SWING IS SOUTH MISSISSIPPI...COME ON DOWN

FULL SCHEDULE HERE: GULF COAST POKER CHAMPIONSHIP

 

WE ARE ON DAY 2 OF THE 300K GUARANTEE

EVERYONE IN $$...A BUNCH COMING BACK:

Chanthavan Adethsack    388k  Chip leader

  • Robbie Mathews     378k (Pic and Friend of GCP)
  • Chris Taylor    344k
  • Mike Groover    320k
  • James Burnham         315k
  • Erik Norberg     308k
  • Kwang Yun    300k
  • Jake Latino   285k
  • Trace Henderson    270k
  • Steven Rash    243k
  • Jerry Girior    243k
  • Curry Halifield    239k
  • Mark Holmes  231k
  • Blake Purvis   226k

 

ATLANTA'S ADAM ROSS SNAPS OFF THE CHEROKEE MAIN EVENT FOR JUST SOUTH OF $300K

"LIFE CHANGING MONEY":

GCP had some rooting interest in Adam as he comes from a Telecom Back Ground and one of the owners of this site was Adam's Sales Engineer around the time of Y2k and Sept 11 attacks. They would cross paths in the poker world several times years later ...online and in brick and mortars... and always kept in touch and hung out when we see each other. Adam is really good guy and we congratulate him on his score...He is also living proof that you can work and have a 9 to 5 career...and still be able to knock off six digit scores if you work hard and study the game...Way to go Adam!!!


BEAU RIVAGE:



We enjoyed the opportunity to speak with the man in charge of all thing Beau Rivage poker Henry Garrison recently and he shared some of the happenings at one of our favorite poker rooms on the Gulf Coast.

A sports book is operating just outside of the poker room.

Their second biggest annual poker tournament is a couple of weeks away.

Starting to feel like football season.

Poker... Sports Bets... Football...

Besides Chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows on a crisp autumn night there may not be a better combo for this time of the year. Henry told us that tournament players looking to maximize that combo will be really happy when they see the layout of the ball room. Should be quite an atomosphere.

Here's the complete schedule.

Some highlights a 300k guarantee four flight No Limit Hold'em extravaganza that starts Friday September 7th for $360 a bullet. Sunday features Big O, Monday a Heads Up tournament, Tuesday a PLO event, Wednesday the MONSTER, Friday a 8 Max Event, and the two flight Main Event starts noon on Saturday the 15th.

All Day 2 Players cash.

BEAU'S MONTHLY SCHEDULE:

Well, plenty of tournaments to whet your appetite before the big one. Go here to see the daily and monthly events still to play in August,

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 POKER IS WAR

 (UPDATED: 8/24/18) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"Had 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 will see.

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 blogs."
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THE POKER MONKEY

 [UPDATED: 08/24/18] 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!

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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 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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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 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 being watched"
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