(UPDATED: 4/30/19) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"Well, now that I've seen the Avengers Endgame and that somehow in three hours they wrapped up 11 years and 20+ (?) movies at once with three acts that were essentially three movies in one--nothing is impossible. It had everything the first two episodes of Game of Thrones tried to pack in as well as multiple incredible plots, call backs, and whoa... cool moments in three short hours.

If I am as close to this satisfied when Game of Thrones is completed there never will be a greater year for long form visual sagas ever... it can't be done. In fact, the Avengers is so satisfying I'm afraid however Game of Thrones ends it'll be judged as lacking by comparison and even if Game of Thrones butchers the ending the Avengers is so good 2019 will resonate for a long time for me." [+] 



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

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

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

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


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

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



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

"As it pertains to my personal journey, it has been a bit volatile since I last posted. I’ve had some dark times that almost all stem from the rough stretch I’ve endured in my career as a tournament poker professional. I won’t bother complaining here as you most certainly don’t wanna hear it. There has been an often-present anxiety due to things not going well financially. It has also been a hit to my ego.
I think I’ve finally worked through it and at peace with it. I’ve been playing poker tournaments for near 11 years now and have experienced the swings of the business first hand. It’s really important to take a step back and gain perspective and “zoom out” as a friend told me this summer. I experienced some depression as a result of things not going well at poker table. An interesting thing happened. I would get upset about tournaments not going well. I would then get really wrapped up in my head and hard on myself FOR getting upset about tournaments not going well."

Bella Donkey

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

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

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




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

"I took a different approach towards kick starting my fitness goals in January. I didn’t join a gym or start a new exercise routine, instead I picked up a part time job working construction. Coming from a late night poker schedule this took some significant lifestyle adjustments, but that’s exactly what I was looking for. I ended up walking down this path while following a thought about changing the way I value time. A thought that came along while I was lending my friends and family an extra set of hands." [+]


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Poker Fiction

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ladies drew in closer as they neared the door.

"Asshole," one said to another.
"  [+]

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Come on down people and take a shot at the last Main Event of the 2019 circuit season in New Orleans. The Guarantee is set at $750k but we are expecting to come in well north of that number. If you want to play with some pros you can bet there will be anywhere/everywhere as New Orleans Main Event is one of the premier stops on the circuit as many pros love the area...the nightlife...and most of all the great food. Pay attention to the Facebook feed as we will try to highlight any notable pros/hands there.


 Looks like a quick search on Hendon Mob pulls up the following. Top earner in tournaments at Harrahs is local legend Walter "Wally" Chambers (pic) sitting at north of $841k. Wally won this event years ago when it was a $10k event. You should see Wally in the field and he is from Baton Rouge...Lou Esposito from New York is 2nd with $613k...Peter Feldman next with $532k...Then Corey Bierra with $438k...Circuit Grinder Jonathan Hilton with $409k...Nick Ceci 6th with $391k...Tim "TK" Miles is 7th with $382k...with the deceased Gavin Smith coming in 10th.

Next lets look at the most WSOP circuit cashed in New Orleans. This is a "Whos Who" of the circuit power hitters. Tops of the list is BJ McBrayer with 20 cashes...next we have a tie at 18 cashes with Local Baton Rouge players Ben Thomas and Dave "Diesel" Nicholson tied with Brennan Benglis. Next Jerry Monroe and Tim Martin ties at 16 cashes...we round out the top 10 with local Barron Whipple at 15...and tied at 14 are Corey "ThinkBink" Waaland and Bracelet holder Corey "Professor" Harrison (pic)


1ST place looks like it will be $47k in the $1125k event we are sitting right at 19 left with 2 local legends cashing in 20th and 21st. Michael Horchoff (pic) and Caufman Talley each take home north of $2k.

Chip Leader is Ryan Phan with 852k...Konstantinos Tsompanellis next with 493k...Austin Reilly in 3rd with 420k...Bruce Far is next at 380k...Hot as a firecracker David Jackson sitting in 5th with 350k...BJ McBrayer is adding another cash to his lead as he sits in the money with 232k






Ryan Phan takes 1st place and close to $47.8k. He takes down one of the tougher final tables of the series so far. There were several players fighting for the Casino Championship with Aaron Mcevoy ...and Lowery and Phan are all locked in a battle for the Casino Championship. Dan Lowery sits on top with 90 points. The other 2 are a min cash away.

We would like to say Congrats to Dan "Duma" Lowery on just a stellar run this year. From what we read he went into heads up with a sizable chip lead. Dan is a father to a young son and balances home life with road playing poker on the circuit. He is well liked ...fearless competitor...and overall good guy. He also is a RunGood Team Member and representative.


We had 226 runners on day 1A and 32 bagged up at around midnight. Johnny Landreth is the CLer with 470k...Next is Chris Lane with 403k...Ron Lane with 330k...Luis Tablas from Metairie has 285k...Barth Melius (pic) with 170k...Dave Weinstein next with 143k...then Dustin Stewart(pic) sitting on 136k...Good Luck everyone!!!






Total players was 424...other cashers that didnt get the ring...Paul price from Pascagoula gets over $4400...Bruce "BruceTheCop" Little takes home north of $3500 for 6th place...Blake Barousse takes 7th in his first Final Table and notable cash in 2 years (Welcome Back Blake!!!!)...


EVENT #7 $600 PLO:

Carl Masters takes it down for his 3rd ring for north of $21k...Dylan Wilkerson takes 4th for $6900...Morty Davis (pic) takes 5th for over $5100...Derek Ridley takes 14th for $1269



Bruce Little (pictured) bagged the most after Flight B of the $250 Two Flight Event #6: No-Limit Hold'em Tournament. His 491.5k total surpasses Blake Barousse's bag from the day before. A slew of locals cashed late night but didn't bag including Debra Irvine, Mihail Karasoulis, Paul Hebert and Luther Tran. Complete round up of those twelve:

15th place: Luther Tran - $751
16th place: Paul Hebert - $629
17th place: Mihail Karasoulis - $629
18th place: Samuel Ansley - $629
19th place: Richard Eichler - $535
20th place: Justin Sharpe - $535
21st place: Johnny Wright - $535
22nd place: Keith Thibodeaux - $462
23rd place: Lane LeBlanc - $462
24th place: Kenneth Baime - $462
25th place: Donald Cin - $404
26th place: Debra Irvine - $404
27th place: James Pomranky - $404

First place will win $16.5k and a gold ring.

Here are the complete chip counts for the survivors heading to day two.


Michael Lech an Alma Arkansas pro won his fifth ring beating John Dollinger of Florida heads up. Lech won 19k and Dollinger 11k for second. Micheal Fontenot of Lafayette finished fourth for 5.8k. Thomas Faucheaux of Metairie won 4.1k for fifth.

Also cashing Gerard Melancon, Morton Davis, Angry John Durio, Kevin Eyster, Charlie Nguyen, Kenny Milam, Judge Leo Boothe, and Jared Manuel.


For the first time this week the money bubble coincided with a bag.  Only the 15 players returning today will be in the money.  Details from WSOP.com:

Entries: 146 Remaining Players (at EOD): 15
Buyin: $600 Prizepool: $75,190
Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count T S
1 Pavel Lubov 515,000 1 8
2 Dylan Wilkerson 307,000 1 5
3 Gabriel Ramos 305,000 2 7
4 Morton Davis (pic) 279,000 2 1
5 Chris Stevens 220,000 1 4
6 Jimmy Phillips 207,000 2 8
7 Roland Israelashvili 190,000 1 7
8 Henry Friedler 190,000 1 3
9 Thai Ha 187,000 2 5
10 Mike Le 150,000 2 4
11 Derek Ridley 112,000 1 2
12 Michael Cooper 79,000 2 6
13 Charlie Nguyen 60,000 1 6
14 Patrick Ruth 29,000 2 2
15 Carl Masters DNR 2 3

BJ Tullier (top pic) and Jonathan Pansano (bottom pic) both of Baton Rouge won the most recent seat giveaways.  You want to win the last $400 winner getting drawn today? 

All you got to do is like and share our post with Jonathan (pictured bottom) on facebook and twitter.  Earn an extra entry by commenting below it.  The worse the gif (keep it clean) the better.

 If you want to win you must be 21, must have a valid Total Rewards card, and must like our page and MUST be able to play the seat (if not we will award to the second name we draw). 

Oh and we will also have some gear for second and third place winners.  To earn entries to the weekly drawing do the following:


1. Like our page.

2. Find the current Social Media Contest post (Jonathan's pic on it), like it and share it. Make sure your sharing settings are on Public so we can see that you shared to give you an entry.

3.  Reply with a bad gif  for an extra entry(keep it PG13 please).



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Blake Barousse put 441k away for Wednesday's day two. Stan "The Man" Barre had the second biggest stack with 368k. Josh Tibodaux, Duc Nguyen, Tommy Herbert and Jack Koubi also bagged.

Nine remain out of 174 players in Flight A of the $250 buy-in. They will meet up with the remainder of Flight B which puts cards into the air at 11am.

Those that cashed but didn't bag: Cory Waayland, Prissy Giroir, Jerry Monroe, David Nicholson, and Justin Harvell.


Kinney Fitzgerald of Mont Belvieu, TX won the ring with Sean Ricks of Slidell placing second. It appears there WAS some sort of four way chop.


A talented field got whittled down to a talented final foursome in the $600 No Limit Event #4 with Luther Tran winning 8.7k for fourth, Michael Monaghan winning 16.5k for second and Curtis Terry of Metairie winning his third circuit ring. First place paid 26.7k.   Well done fellas!


The Florida pro has the big stack heading into day two of the six handed $400 No Limit Hold'em Event. Michael Fontenot is the short stack with 240k. Also bagging Michael Lech and John-Christian Templeton.


Harrahs NOLA cash reg Yucai Zhao tried out a tournament and just went ahead and won the re-entry. First place paid almost 62k and a circuit ring. This is one of Zhao's first tournaments. What a debut.

Chad Rhoten of Houston finished 2nd (38k), Dustin Stewart of Biloxi 3rd (28k), and Joel Doney of NOLA 4th (21k). Derek Normand of Baton Rouge finished 6th for almost 13k and Mihail Karasoulis won a little over 8k for 8th.

Teddy Conner finished 10th for 5.4k. Hiep Doan, Jared Ingles, John Cressend, Randy Gordon, Holly Meliet, and Wild Bill all made the final three tables.

Mary Roy, Tim Burt, Kenny Milam, Chris Hight (who grinded that day two short stack), Chris Canan, Barth Melius, Charlene Smith, Seth Foster, and Chad Tobler all finished in the top 45.

Also cashing on Day 2: David Weinstein, David Chocheles, Brian Mock, Rufus Yates, Bob Beck, Justin Donato, Kyle Shuff (Meraux, LA), David Nicholson, Yousef Saleh (Meridian, MS), and Robert Brown (Metairie).


Two big takeaways from the Seniors event. One it didn't get chopped (which tends to happen here) and two Robbie Matthews didn't win another one (which tends to happen when they don't chop). This time the Baton Rouge senior crusher Mr. Matthews finished 3rd for 4.5k.

One of our favorites, Pat McNamara finished fifth for a little over $2500. Charles Morris went out 6th for 1.9k while our bud Charlie Gelvin made the final table placing 9th. Also cashing: Eddie Pepper of Biloxi; Faith Giordano of Gretna, LA; Keith Wheeler of Chelsea, AL; Carl Guillot of Metaire; and Edward Hord of Biloxi.

$600 NO LIMIT:

13 players found a bag with Trace Henderson, Robert Elliot (Pinson, AL), and Houstonians Albert Chlouber and Boris Kasabov just missing but cashing at the end of the night.

Here are the counts for today: We see you Luther Tran, Mike Monaghan, and Curtis Terry. Good luck all.

Event #4: $600 No-Limit Hold'em End of Day 1 Report
Entries: 200 Remaining Players (at EOD): 13
Buyin: $600 Prizepool: $103,000
Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count T S
1 Glen Clementi 600,000 1 7
2 Luther Tran 587,000 2 4
3 Michael Monaghan 519,000 2 2
4 Shawn Sparks 425,000 2 3
5 Michael Perrone 412,000 2 5
6 Hieu Dang 387,000 1 8
7 Curtis Terry 247,000 2 7
8 Chris Conrad 209,000 1 9
9 Ryan Phan 202,000 2 1
10 Huy Pham 152,000 1 6
11 Dylan Wilkerson 143,000 1 5
12 Stefano Bellonci 101,000 2 8
13 Ari Engel 86,000 1 4 


Well done, Kris Kent, a tough local player who won almost 10k for second place in the EVENT #3 NL Hold'em one day tournament. Dan Lowery won his ninth ring and almost 16k for first

Chris Lane of Brandon, MS finished third for 7k. Also cashing Rufus Yates, Nancy Decuers (Covington), Frank Alpandinar, Justin Sharpe, and Matt Sheers.


David Jackson fresh off his win at Borgata has bagged a ton; 759k.  In fact, four of the biggest stacks are from this flight including Justin Harvell 653k and Tim Burt 562k. 

Returning to more than 300k in chips are reigning King of Poker Gras Mihail Karasoulis (pictured below), Dustin Stewart, and Derek Normand.

Seth Foster, Chris Canan, David Chocheles, and Teddy Conner are all over or near 200k.  Barth Melius, Hiep Doan, David Nicholson, and Chris Hight all found bags too.

Event #2D: $400 No-Limit Hold'em $250K GTD End of Flight 2D Report
Entries: 533 Remaining Players (at EOD): 30
Buyin: $400 Prize Pool: $175,890
Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count T S
1 David Jackson 759,000 52 2
2 Chad Rhoten 753,000 54 5
3 Justin Harvell 653,000 61 9
4 Tim Burt 562,000 54 8
5 Eric Bunch 374,000 61 8
6 Chris Chevalier 355,000 66 1
7 Mihail Karasoulis 348,000 64 4
8 Carl Masters 347,000 54 4
9 Dustin Stewart 327,000 64 5
10 Derek Normand 305,000 61 4
11 Houston Bakta 284,000 52 8
12 Robert Wesley 263,000 63 7
13 Seth Foster 257,000 62 4
14 Dennis Brand 241,000 54 3
15 David Chocheles 226,000 65 4
16 Brantley Domin 224,000 54 1
17 Chris Canan 223,000 54 2
18 Yousef Saleh 220,000 61 7
19 Teddy Conner 191,000 65 8
20 Duc Nguyen 166,000 62 7
21 Dave Ticanscu 148,000 54 9
22 Arun Balasubramanian 133,000 66 2
23 James Cooper Jr. 119,000 65 7
24 Kyle Shuff 114,000 52 3
25 Barth Melius 100,000 54 7
26 Matt Moring 81,000 64 1
27 Hiep Doan 70,000 54 6
28 Dave Nicholson 53,000 52 1
29 Chris Hight 25,000 66 7
30 Greg Urbanski DNR 63 1

All Table assignments by name and seat.

Alright, some juicy updates from some our favorite and oldest bloggers...

The Monkey Man has announced his first batch of Minions. This has become our favorite poker related project, for lack of a better word, on the Gulf Coast. We always look forward to sweating the players every summer. No spoilers here other than the fact we heartily endorse each selection. Click over on the right to find out the great news for the first four.

Jonathan Little just churns out great work in poker coaching. His video on the importance of aggresion is a good watch for all.  Nolan Dalla offers a heart-felt eulogy to a significant poker contributor.  Look left for these two.


Flight B of event two concluded with two locals, Mary Ellen Roy (pictured in an older photo) and Kenny Milam way in front of the pack.  John Cressend and Joel Doney chipped up late.  Jared Ingles as always steadily climbed and Brian Mock found a bag. Information courtesy of WSOP.com. 

Event #2B: $400 No-Limit Hold'em $250K GTD End of Flight 2B Report
Entries: 283 Remaining Players (at EOD): 15
Buyin: $400 Prize Pool: $93,390
Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count T S
1 Mary Ellen Roy 502,000 62 3
2 Kenny Milam 483,000 52 5
3 Chad Ducharme 428,000 61 1
4 Stephen Song 379,000 61 3
5 John Cressend 347,000 65 5
6 Michael Lo 339,000 63 9
7 Jared Ingles 301,000 65 6
8 Dylan Wilkerson 278,000 64 3
9 Joel Doney 229,000 52 6
10 Alva Warner 203,000 63 6
11 Michael Perrone 201,000 66 9
12 Brian Mock 159,000 65 1
13 Wild Bill Phillips 146,000 52 9
14 Rufus Yates 132,000 66 8
15 William Ivey 110,000 62 6


Nobody in flight C bagged quite as much as Kenny or Mary but William Ancar put 442k away for Sunday.  Congrats to Charlene Smith our favorite Philly transplant who is primed for a deep run with 329k (don't forget us little people when you win all the loot Charlene). David Weinstein and Justin Donato also advanced.  Complete counts below:

Event #2C: $400 No-Limit Hold'em $250K GTD End of Flight 2C Report
Entries: 215 Remaining Players (at EOD): 15
Buyin: $400 Prize Pool: $70,950
Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count T S
1 William Ancar 442,000 52 7
2 Tim Acker 330,000 62 9
3 Charlene Smith 329,000 62 2
4 Steve Buell 304,000 63 5
5 Bradley Joseph 287,000 66 6
6 Clinton Boynes 205,000 61 6
7 Michael Lech 201,000 64 9
8 Robert Beck 184,000 64 7
9 James Burke 169,000 52 4
10 David Weinstein 160,000 61 2
11 Daniel Nugent 153,000 64 2
12 Justin Donato 146,000 62 5
13 Aaron McEvoy 117,000 63 8
14 Alex Pines 110,000 63 3
15 Robert Brown 88,000 65 3


15 players in B got paid but did not last long enough to advance to Sunday. They included Corey Harrison, Daniel Lowery, Easton Oreman, Rebecca Campbell, Justin Sharpe, Christopher "Nit?" Sheffield, and David Slaughter. 9 Players from C also made a trip to the cage but did not advance including Jared LeBlanc, Gloria Jackson and Terry Moore.

Also, in A several locals just missed a Sunday restart including: Gavin Munroe, Jeff Sager, and Piyush Mittal. There is always D today to make another run at it.


Eric Wilkinson (pictured) and Martin Zentner of New Orleans made the final table of the No Limit Hold'em Ond Day Event 1. Wilkinson earned a little over 10k for third and Zentner 7.6k for fourth. Jeremy Williams of Batesville, MS finished second for 14k after losing to Aaron McEvoy of New Mexico heads up.

Also in the money, James Lejeune of Ringold, LA, Justin Brassieur of Lake Charles, LA, Judy Leblanc of New Iberia, Hiu Yeung of Metairie, Frnacis Bruce of Cut Off, LA, Miguel Thompson of Algiers, LA, Wayne Krantz of Terrytown, LA, Marco Matte of Zachary, bracelet winner Anderson Ireland, Big Phil Treaudo of New Orleans, LA, William Anderson of Chattanooga, Gerald Inman of Vestavia, AL and Chris Dupuy of Baton Rouge.


Event 2 the $400 Re-Entry with a giant guarantee on it finished the first flight last night.  Some folks cashed without bagging.  We do know that the following are playing on Sunday.  We see you Randy and Chad.

Rank First Name Last Name Chip Count T S
1 Pavel Lubov 599,000 61 5
2 Yucai Zhao 333,000 66 4
3 Holly Meliet 301,000 63 2
4 Randy Gordon 281,000 66 5
5 Ginger Wall 251,000 64 8
6 Chad Tobler 69,000 65 2
7 Charles Freeman 11,000 62 8


Jacksonville, now Chattanooga pro, Blake Whittington won his fifth circuit ring (and his second at Tunica) and nearly went wire to wire in the Main. The Day 1 chipleader fell to second in chips at the end of Day 2 and stayed near the top of the count all the way on.
The 27 year old earned over 151k for first.

Tim Burt made the final table and but his Main Event dream ended in sixth place with an almost 30k pay out. Schulyer Thornton, a former Pearl River champ finished in 8th winning over 17k. Preston McEwen of Murfreesboro TN (13th 9k), Trace Henderson of Laurel, MS (16th 7.6k), Bradley Hicks of Hoover, AL (18th 7.6k), TK Miles (20th 6.5k) and Kevin Eyster (4.1k) all made the top 30.

Also cashing Justin Harvell, Hamid Izadi, Chad Chisolm, and Jaime Kizer.


Yep, just before winning the Main, Whittington won the one day tournament and 23k. Aaron Klausman of Birmingham (4th 7.9k), Whittington's good friend Matt Higgins of Chattanooga (6th 4.5k) and Aaron Lasater (8th 2.7k) all made the final table.


We were rooting hard for Philip Walsh who won 6.1k for third in the $250 NL Hold'em Double Stack. Mike Sanders the accomplished rounder from Russellville, AR won 13.8k for first beating Cynthia Compton of Atlanta (8.5k) in heads up play. Also cashing Walker Miskelly, Jessie Bryant, David Blackmon of Lake Charles, and Frank Alpandinar.


The Tuscaloosa player who has steadily improved the last couple of years earned her first ring in the Ladies Event. A well deserved title and one we were very happy to see in the updates. Connie Rice finished third, Lisa Canez 5th, Joanne Cain 6th, and Tamika Hamilton 7th.


Robbie Matthews who booked double senior wins at the IP this year was in the thick of it in the $400 No Limit Hold'em event. He won 4.8k for fourth. Matt Higgins barely beat him to the cashier's cage winning 3.6k for 5th. Also cashing David Henderix, Robert Hankins, Maurice Hawkins and Michael Pelt.

Today is the last day for the Satty Insanity where free seats are added to the prize pool of single table satellites. However, Harrahs NOLA will still be giving away WSOP-C seats for the May events. Going forward there will a drawing every two hours from 10 am to 8 pm for people in cash games with a swiped Total Rewards card. This promotion is for every day but Saturdays.  You can win $400 or $250 seats just by playing.

Marc Dunn (pictured in the middle) is the second winner of our $400 social media seat giveaway. If you want to win you must be 21, must have a valid Total Rewards card, and be able to play the seat (if not we will award to the second name we draw). We are doing this weeklyish until the event May 9th. Oh and we will also have some gear for second and third place winners.  To earn entries to the weekly drawing do the following:


1. Like our page.

2. Find the current Social Media Contest post (Mark's pic on it), like it and share it. Make sure your sharing settings are on Public so we can see that you shared to give you an entry.

3.  Reply with a funny pic or joke  (keep it PG13 please).



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2. Find the Social Media Contest tweet (with Beth's pic), like it and retweet it.

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In the Event #2: $400 No-Limit Hold'em Re-entry, Daniel Lowery of Arkansas took first place for 52k. This marks Lowery's eighth circuit ring and second this season.

Edward Allen of Hoover, AL finished third for 24k, Ben Thomas of Baton Rouge fifth for 13k and Mike Monaghan of Yazoo City, MS 9th for a touch over 5k. Robbie Matthews of Baton Rouge just missed the official final table leaving in 10th spot and earning almost $4.2k. Michael Fess of Shreveport won the same in 12th.

Also cashing Chico Pho (16th), Robert Donald of Brandon MS (18th), John Gilbert of Huntsville, AL (28th), Mike Cordell (25th), David Weinstein of Baton Rouge (30th), Steve Bierman (34th), Tara Snow, Lakisha Slaughter, James Robertson, Duane Fontenot, Michael Casey, Denise Pratt, Judge Leo Boothe, Connie Rice, Danny Doucet, Blake Whittington, Hoover's Bradley Hicks and Danny Williams of Fulton, MS.


BJ McBrayer finished second in the $600 NO-Limit Hold'em (BBA) event winning 16k. In the end LA pro Sahel Khalili who made a last second trip to Tunica to chase points to qualify to the Global Championship ran too hot at the final table. He wanted 70 points for the stop and he started with a ring (#3 for him), 26k and the 50 points that goes with it.

McBrayer (pictued courtesy of Dan @holdemradio and HPT) was  stymied just short of his second ring on the circuit. Lots of points chasers littered the final results (maybe 200 as a benchmark was too low? Go here for the latest). Cody Stanford left the final table first in 9th spot with 2.3k. Connie Rice cashed again, as did Mihail Karasoulis, Steve Bierman, Aaron Lasater, and Mike Monaghan.


Jeter Brock cashed in two events. Kyle Cartwright busted 10th for a small cash in Event 5 with William Anderson among those 6 returning to play it out today. Judge Leo Boothe cashed in the $400 PLO tournament (9th) as did Josh Palmer. Good luck to Jaime Kizer who returns with 7 others today in pursuit of a ring. Will be tough sledding with Ari Engel, Blake Whittington, and Jessie Bryant in that number.


See link above for current Circuit Leaderboard but here are some local names on the outside of the top 50. Now the bottom of the group is at 180 points.

Blake Whittington 177.5, Kevin Eyster 175 (he's been busy getting bad beat at a HPT final table--more on that below), Austin Reilly 170, Aaron Lasater 160, Justin Harvell 152.5, Lakisha Slaughter 147.5, Sean Small 142.5, Steve Bierman 142.5, Chico Pho 140, Damjan Radanov 130, Mike Monaghan 127.5, Charles Johnson 112.5, Cody Stanford 110, and Curtis Terry 102.5.

Early leader for Casino Champ is Scot Wilken with 52.5 points on the stop, followed by three ring winners at 50, Jesse Jones and Donnie Phan at 47.5 points and Steve Bierman (one of four players with three cashes so far) at 45 points.

Kevin Eyster went from the chipleader 7 handed to out in a couple of hands. Eventual winner Spenser Cramer shoved A3 o/s and Kevin had him dominated with AK. The flop brought two pair for Cramer and the beginning of the exit for Eyster. Eyster earned 25k while Spenser ended up winning almost 200k for first in the Heartland Poker Tour Event in Columbus.  Picture courtesy of HPT and Dan@Holdemradio.

We are told the feed showcased a friends and family vibe to the mostly Columbus, OH players including one player folding pocket 10s to a four big blind shove.  

Wayne Solar won the trophy and the most loot. Oddly the final three players all bagged short stacks going into day two. The final table featured 2nd place Curtis Barbay, 3rd Cory Dean Bermea, 4th Mickey Joiner, 5th Lee Thibodaux, 6th Umut Utku (Day One Chipleader), and 7th Kenny Milam.

Also made Day Two: Wayne Neyland, Ron Hope, Mike Flowers, Jacque Gremillion, Amber Douglas, and Ryan Westmoreland.

The Last Chance Event went to Bric Allen who bested Umut Utku heads up. Jason Bullock finished third.

Another near miss for Steve Bierman on the circuit. In Event One No Limit Hold'em Double Stack (Big Blind Ante) Bierman got nipped at the finish line by Micheal Ledford. Looks like Bierman might stick around Tunica as he traveled there with the intention of doing something early and if so, staying to try to earn some points to qualify for the Global championship.

Bierman added almost 13k to his bankroll and moved up to 77th in points. He needs 40 points to tie Kevin Eyster who is currently the last qualifier for the Global Championship with 175 points. Feels like players will need almost 200 points to qualify this year even with two stops left.  Seems like there are a lot of gulf coasters either just in or just out and will be hustling after those points, so should be fun to track through the New Orleans stop.

Ledford of Dickson, TN won 21k for first.  The 65 year old earned his first ring in just his third WSOP-C cash. JW Carter, Jessie Bryant, and Justin Sharpe also cashed in the 260 player field. Stay tuned for more from Tunica Tom orrow.


David Jackson of Jacksonville took down Shannon Shorr of Tuscaloosa heads up in an epic final table at Borgata's Main Event. Jackson overcame a huge chip deficit and sniffed out a bluff in the final hand to win over 300k. Shorr had to settle for a little over 170k. The well traveled TK Miles also cashed the event before heading to Cherokee where he finished in 19th in the Main. Winning a little under 20k in half a week. Speaking of Cherokee...


Also cashing deep in the Main: Lakisha Slaughter just under 20k in 15th, Josh Horton 18th 16k, and Damjan Radanov 12k in 20th.


Good thing they are on the case. Otherwise we couldn't be sure Kim Kardashian wore mirrored sunglasses at a poker tournament.  Snopes.


In the market for a poker coach? Here's a pretty good standard for things you should look for in a person you hire to help with your game. PokerNews.


Blogger Jonathan Little answers all your Big Blind Ante questions. With the WSOP around the corner and every single event Big Blind Ante if you haven't figured it out yet you better start learning.


The WSOP-C has one more stop until New Orleans and it's pretty close and starts today. Go here for the complete schedule in Tunica. WSOP.com.


It's in Harrahs Philadelphia but certainly a sign of things to come in modern casinos. Sounds... fun.

Talk about a bad beat, up 3-0 in the third the Vegas Golden Knights got hammered by a phantom penalty call (a five minute major) then watched their lead get Thanos-snapped. The sharks even took the lead in regulation 4-3 before Vegas pulled one back. However, in overtime a sharks goal eliminated the young Vegas franchise.

Would suck to root for the Saints, Auburn basketball, and Vegas hockey in 2019, huh? Has to be the worst year ever in blown major game deciding calls and it's only April.


A great promotion is getting even better... You thought adding a $400 seat to a rake free $170 sit 'n go (winner gets a $1700 Main Event seat) was generous? Now, in an effort to get their rake free $40 (one $400 seat winner) and $80 (two $400 seat winners) single table satellites bumping Chase Haydel has added a free $250 seat to both. This circuit event has numerous $250 buy-in events including a Short Deck tournament, two senior events, and a massive ring event. The deals keep getting better.


Beth Corkern is the first winner of our $400 social media seat giveaway. If you want to win you must be 21, must have a valid Total Rewards card, and be able to play the seat (if not we will award to the second name we draw). We are doing this weeklyish until the event May 9th. Oh and we will also have some gear for second and third place winners.  To earn entries to the weekly drawing do the following:


1. Like our page.

2. Find the current Social Media Contest post (Beth's pic on it), like it and share it. Make sure your sharing settings are on Public so we can see that you shared to give you an entry.

3.  Reply with a funny pic or joke  (keep it PG13 please).



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Here's that link:  https://www.twitch.tv/BorgataAC

So the last stop for points chasers is Harrahs New Orleans May ninth.  You might have heard that we are giving away free seats to this event.  You might want to book mark the link at the bottom of this update as it will have everybody in contention for a seat to the global championship (pssst... some of these players may have reason to play very differently than normally).  The top 50 players (and all the casino champs and Main Event winners at each stop) qualify for the Global Championship at Cherokee in August. 

In the safe zone: at the very top is the talented and likable Hamid Izadi (pictured) of Atlanta who has cashed 21 times for almost 200k this season. Hank Sitton is in fifth place with 15 cashes for over 150k. Andrew Kelsall of Florida has 13 cashes for over 118k in the 16th spot.

In the let's see how things shake out zone:  Justin Sharper of Memphis is in 35th spot with over 96k and winnings and 195 points. Kevin Eyster of Lafayette is currently in (barely) with 175 points in the 48th spot. Austin Reilly is currently the first one out with 170 points.  Blake Whittington has 160 points in 54th. Justin Harvell of Tennessee has 152.5 points in 60th. Sean Small 137.5 points in 72nd. Lakisha Slaughter has 122.5 points in 86th spot and Charles Johnson sits 100th with 112.5 points.

Just outside the top 100 and in the got some work to do zone: Michael Monaghan, Damjan Radanov, Schulyer Thorton, Steve Bierman, Joe Hebert, Jeff Trudeau, Cody Stanford, Sley Sanchez, Curtis Terry, Steve Nusrallah, and Trace Henderson.

Already qualified via Casino Champ or Main Event win: Ben Thomas, Kyle Cartwright, Heather Alcorn, and Jake Bazely.

*Note sometimes there is a lag in the points totals. With a lot of these names recently/currently cashing in Cherokee (see below) it's possible  these rankings have already shifted drastically. Go here to keep up.

For more news that no longer qualifies as the latest, because... it's no longer recent, follow the link below...





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

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

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


4445 Veterans BLVD, Metaire, LA



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

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


[UPDATED: 5/11/19]  BEN SAXTON is writing a poker book based on the Gulf Coast scene.  Here is an archive of interviews and features of poker players from all over but with a spotlight mostly on our locals.

"Strolling through the Rios Amazon Room, ESPN commentator Norman Chad spotted a player wearing a gray horseshoe mustache, a white button-down, and an MT TRUCK SERVICE hat. Each time the man left his seat—he was deep in the 2015 WSOP Main Event—other players, dealers, floormen, and railbirds wished him well. Puzzled, Chad walked over. "Excuse me,”he said. "Everyone here knows you. Who are you?”
Kenny Milam smiled and said, “Im the best-known unknown player in the country.”"




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

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

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


 (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.."


 [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."


 (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. "


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

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

A day before the Saints played the Falcons on December 7th, the NFL’s Arthur Blank-led compensation committee finally rewarded Roger Goodell with a $200M contract extension.

Goodell’s contract came after months of bad blood and threats of litigation from Jerry Jones, who had obstructed the formalities. Blank eventually won this power struggle between two of the NFL’s most influential owners, and delivered Goodell his new contract.."

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

"From his poker blind, the Bat watched Kai magnificently wade through that minefield of Q10 loving princesses and get to heads up action. Heads up action in a ladies tournament… creepy smile, creepy wink, creepy nudge (somebody needs to design that emoticon). There the Bat hears some of the exiled ladies talking. One of them a brutish looking tight end for an Canadian Football League team tells the others, if Kai wins he’s not getting out of the parking lot with the pendant.

This got the Bat picking his nose, actually, the Bat was already knuckle deep, this got the Bat thinking, about poor Kai getting jumped in the parking lot. So taking stock of the future mob, the Bat envisioned the scene if he won:

Kai exits the elevator, with the Ted Nugent muzak fading away as he walks into the IP garage, a car skids out in the distance, but this floor of the garage is empty except for Kai’s car (a vintage Aston Matin) parked by itself overlooking the beauty of the bay of biloxi. As Kai, walks sipping from his shaken not stirred victory martini, the lone light above his car flickers rapidly and turns off, turning the garage to shadow. Dripping water echoes loudly and Kai can’t help but shake the idea he’s being watched"