(UPDATED: 02/02/18) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"First, if you want to really protect the amateur you give him the penalty.  You press it into his head the importance of his relative hand strength and being able to read the board correctly.  This will be the best thing for him as he'll learn from it and maybe not repeat the mistake.

Second, let's just dismiss the idea completely of scaring the amateur away. It's so patently false, that a guy who makes the commitment to play even his first tournament is simply going to give up, because of the embarrassment of getting a penalty.  You chase away exactly zero people.  And if I'm wrong and you chase away even 1 person they are so fragile any way something else in that same tournament might have set them off." [+]


[UPDATED  04/12/18] 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.


Behind the scenes 2018 PCA" [+]


[UPDATED  03/06/18] 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. 

"Paul Magriel died yesterday.

Most poker players likely remember Paul from his disheveled appearance and quirky behavior. At times, it seemed like he was from a different planet. His nickname was ďX-22.Ē He often quacked like a duck at the poker table, usually after winning a pot. When you heard ďquack quack,Ē you knew Paul was in the room. Fittingly, his favorite Hold'em hand was pocket deuces, otherwise known as a pair of ducks.

What most people probably don't know is the fascinating story of Paul's life decades before he became a regular poker player." [+]



[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."

Bella Donkey

[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. " 




[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." [+]


4445 Veterans Blvd in Metairie, La and you can call @504-889-7350

Poker Fiction

[UPDATED:  03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all hustling on the Coast.

"Thick 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
"  [+]



We will have a huge update in the next couple of days but we want to first acknowledge some locals who earned rings this past week.   All three of these victors beat other locals to get them.   We'll give their events the respect the deserve but to tide you over here are some winners:

New Orleans own Donald Dove;

Raymond Curran of Ocean Springs;

and Terry Melancon of Breaux Bridge, LA.



Every night this week the $135 buy-in tournament has one Main Event seat added to the prize pool. Satellites start later this week but treat these small fields as you own satellite, win some money in the process and have a shot at playing for some huge money this weekend.  Every night at 7pm


Here's a look at two of our winners:  Jamar Butler and Jacque Gremillion won seats in our giveaway and played the reentry this weekend.  Todd Cowan who cashed the reentry is pictured further below in our recap of that event.  Thanks to you guys for rocking the patch.  Two more winners to play this week. 

Also, huge thanks to the Poker Room manager Chase Haydel who helped us put this promotion together.  He has been making things happen this year since taking over in NOLA.  He's put players first  and we are grateful to have him.  To be honest we are pretty lucky on the coast with all the guys running the poker rooms here and he's been an outstanding addition to the group.


This hand from Alec Torelli and Daniel Negreanu illustrate the relevance of blockers even in Hold'em.  Always great to see the gears working in Negreanu's head as he talks you through what he's thinking.  He figures out his value bet has become something else and Torelli is turned into a wet noodle of Daniel's shaping in this hand.


The Rio Pavillion room will host the WSOP ESPORTS Tournament this summer. Players in town for the WSOP can also play some video games during the festival. The partnership with UMG offers 1.9 million players in their database a good reason for going to Vegas during the WSOP. Details here.


Val Vornicu topped the field on his way to his 11th circuit ring breaking a dead-lock with Maurice Hawkins for 1st all time in rings won.  With 1340 entries, Val also earned 64k (nice bankroll boost before the WSOP). Interestingly, enough Val found himself in New Orleans chasing points for the Global Championship and took a different strategy to the final table. Laddering up.  Sometimes you ladder all the way to first.

Jonathan Hilton, who's demeanor is markedly different from VV, finished third.  We'd say nice guys don't finish first but the Chattanooga pro won a National Championship in New Orleans for a huge chunk of his earnings.  28k is a a pretty decent consolation prize. Local, Clinton Boynes of Mandeville finished second for 39k.

We were pulling hardest for friend of GCP Joe Hebert (pictured above) at the final table but he bowed out 7th for 10k. Holly Meliet of Baton Rouge won almost 7k for 9th. Cigar Joey finished 11tth for 5.7k. Nick Rodrigue of Chalmette, earned 4.8k for 13th.  Ken Christopher won 4.1k for 16th. Luis Tablas earned 3.5k for 21st.

Judy Rhodes of Houma (23rd), Jared Wiley of NOLA (25th) David Nicholosn (26th), Teddy Conner (27th), Kris Kent of Slidell (28th), JP Kolb of Youngsville, LA (29th) Heather Reese of Gulf Breeze (30th) and Kyle Barnett of Metairie (32nd) all made over 2k for thier runs.

Raymond Curran of Ocean Springs, Jerry Ard of Monticello, MS, Sean Sinclair of Mobile, our own Wild Bill Phillips (one of a only a couple of players who cashed multiple times in this event), and Skip Gill of Baton Rouge all made over $1500.

Also cashing: Ron Germany and Andrew Brinkley of Georgia, Trace Henderson of Laurel, MS, our Social media contest winner Todd Cowan (pictured) of Metairie, LA, Kamond Mitchell of NOLA, Shawn Calvit of Lafayette, Ian Crozier of Metairie, Steve Bierman, Chris Dupuy of Baton Rouge, Curtis Terry, Mo Moeini, Marco Lemus of Vicksburg, Corey Dukes of Slidell, Chris Baudean of NOLA, Rory Obrien of Prairieville, LA, Daniel Sheynin of NOLA, and Don Shipley of Baton Rouge.

Congrats to the winners of our Social Media seat giveaway! We are very happy for Jamar Butler, Jacque Gremillion, Todd Cowen, Simi Mittal, and Matt Bizub who will all be playing this week.  Would be great if they could turn a social media share into a ring!

Thanks to Harrahs for providing the seats for this promotion.  Looking at a potentially huge turn out for this first weekend and beyond.

For more circuit information head here now!

The Global Championship will take place after the WSOP at next year's first circuit stop in Cherokee North Carolina. To qualify the top 50 in points earned for this circuit year freeroll the 10k buy-in Event.  Here's an update on some regional notables in the hunt:

These guys are safely in: Chris Conrad, Kevin Eyster, TK Miles, Stephen Nusrallah, and Jason Gooch.

Those with MAYBE some work to do, but maybe already secured enough: Steve Bierman (36th, 180 points), Chris Carey (37th, 180 points), Woody Moore (39th, 175 points) and Jonathan Tamayo (40th, 172.5 points).

Those who should be sweating it and will probably have to cash in NOLA: Maurice Hawkins (46th, 165), Michael Cooper (48th 162.5) and Jonathan Hilton 50th (160).

Some familiar names are just outside the top 50 and will likely be in NOLA for the final stop to try and get in. They include 53rd Ari Engel, 54th Valentin Vornicu, 58th Mark Fink and 62nd Allen Kessler.

Other regional players in the top 100 include William Anderson, Russ Head, Ben Keeline, Janet Fitzgerald, John Holley, Bob Beck, Cody Stanford, and David Lee.

The next 100 is led by Danny Doucet (101, 115 points), Cory Waaland, Michael Sanders, and William "Jeter" Brock.

Good Luck to all of ya'll getting after it!


The Avengers save the world by playing No Limit Hold'em? No, we are not spoiling the Infinity War, though perhaps we are spoiling one of its sequels. Interesting plot device... a game of No Limit Hold'em to save the universe.  What player would you want to decide your fate?

Go here to see what Avenger writers chose.   Does the Avengers playing poker sound too far fetched for the big screen?  Considering Marvel has long employed a rotating poker game between it's heroes to strengthen the mesh of the shared universe, maybe not.  Perhaps it's really only a matter of time before we see Bruce Banner going all Hulk after taking a bad beat or getting slowrolled.

Banner:  "I've always want to say something like this... HULK FLUSH!"
Thor:  That's a great hand...  (looks skyward) Odin why have you forsaken me?
...Hahahaha, of course you haven't!  Alas, Banner that last Queen made me a House that is Full.
Banner:  (!)
Iron Man:  Not cool, not co...
Hulk:  Hulk Smash!


WSOP Main Event runner-up Gordon Vayo has sued Pokerstars claiming they defrauded him ~700k for a 2017 SCOOP tournament win.  In short, Vayo alledges the site encourages Americans to play in Canada and Mexico and in other countries where poker is legal, only to turn around and deny payment when they win bigon the pretenses that it's not veriable they played the tournament abroad. In essence, Vayo alledges if Stars can doubt he was where he says was they turn around and keep the money.

It is possible to play on a Virtual Private Network but Vayo denies he did this. Also, interesting Stars credited the money to Vayo's account and he continued to play on the site, but only when he tried to cash out did PokerStars claim it's possible he didn't play the tournament outside the U.S. Even worse to the day he filed suit against them PokerStars has been advertising the SCOOP with his image and touting him as a winner (without letting him keep his winnings).


Here's all the details....

You have two (err... three, errr... four) options...

Like us on FACEBOOK here. You also have to share the pinned social media WSOP-C seat giveaway post on your page.

Then direct message us your name as it appears on your total rewards card and your Harrahs Total Rewards #.


Follow us on TWITTER here. Retweet the social media WSOP seat giveaway tweet.  Then direct message us your name as it appears on your total rewards card and your Harrahs Total Rewards #.

Do both and get two entries.

Do both, get two entries and download Harrahs Total Rewards App and enter for a chance to win a seat there too.

The drawing for $365 seats takes place Sunday, May 6th in Harrahs NOLA poker room. You do not have to be present to win. Your seat will be credited to your TR account. We will contact you to see which $365 event you would like to play.

*All direct messages must be received by 11:59:59 pm Friday, May 5th.  You must be 21 to enter and must play your (non-transferable) seat at this May's circuit event. Good luck all.


The WSOP-C Main Event came down to a table full of accomplished players. Dylan Wilkerson prevailed to win just under 300k by beating Erick Lindgren heads up. Lindgren won 181k for second making him and probably at least a handful of people a little bit happier.

A couple of Gulf Coast transplants got there too.   TK Miles won 77k for 5th (aka End Boss) and Gabe Costner (pictured) tapped into the universe to mine the lucky fluctations in the quantum field with Venus rising to win 46k for 7th.

Great to see both at another big time final table.

Just behind them a who's who of circuit grinders. Jonathan Hilton (10th), Robert Hankins (12th), Chris Conrad (15th), Kyle Cartwright (16th), Rahul Deevara (19th), William Brock (20th), and Ben Keeline (23rd) all won over 10k.  Jason Gooch, John Dollinger (who earlier won a ring), and Josh Arieh banked just under 10k.

Also cashing Jeremy Eyer, Thanh Vu, Tim Burt, matt Graham, Jeff Trudeau, Robert Harwell, Justin Harvell, David Slaughter, and Joe Cheong (somebody chasing points?).

No guts(hot) no glory...


Over 1.15 Million in Guarantees and over 15k in added money for the Harrahs New Orleans WSOP-Circuit event. It all starts Thursday, May 10th with the 200k Guarantee Re-Entry event.  The four flights for that event begin at 11am on Thursday, continue 11 am and 4 pm Friday and conclude with an 11am Saturday.

On Wednesday they are guaranteeing 100k in the $365 Monster Stack Re-Entry. Thursday the high roller also boasts a 100k Guarantee on the $2200 buy-in.

The Main Event starts the 18th with a 750k guarantee. The four flights are 11am, and 4pm both on Friday and Saturday.

Complete schedule here.


Former Pearl River Re-Entry champion Matthew Higgins won another Re-entry, this time in Cherokee, earning a WSOP Circuit ring and over 100k. He only had to beat 2607 players to take the title. The Chattanooga rounder bested Narimaan Ahmadi of Alpharetta heads up. Ahmadi won 63k for second.

Harold Kizzire of Birmingham finished 17th.


Three out of fifty states now offer online poker and all three will not be able to compete against one another on WSOP.com. Players fromNew Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware will be able to battle one another legally any time they fire up their computer screen.

There is movement afoot (scroll down for our link to Louisiana bill by Danny Martiny) for the Gulf Coast to join the party. If you have a moment shoot your local representative an email to support the movement.

Dream scenario...



Jonathan Poche added to his hot run with another big score finishing second to crypto hedge fund manager Pete Walsworth at the Seminole Hard Rock. The 5k No Limit Hold'Em tournament only had 98 entrants, but when the price of admission is 5k the prize pool builds pretty quickly.

A bit of the a cooler/bad beat on the final hand. Poche flopped top two with 87 on an 874 board. He check raised Walsworth who made the call. Poche pushed on the turn when a 5 hit. Walsworth almost beat him into the pot holding 64 having flopped a pair and a gut shot that got there. Shane Lewis of Baton Rouge also made a couple of deep runs at the Seminole series.


He's still listed as a New Orleanian, he's also been a Pensacolian, but hard to know where this rambling man lives now. Regardless he won the SHRPO 1 Million GTD High Roller winning another 370k. Congrats to him and move over Keith Lehr this will move Brandon up to second all time in money won for Louisiana.

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





 (UPDATED: 05/15/17) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"Hello anyone still reading this blogÖI 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. Iím in sales and our EOM (End of Month for non salesfolks) was last Friday 5/20Öso I also had my hands tied a little during the week. The plan was to play some megas and if I didnít 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"[+]


4445 Veterans BLVD, Metaire, LA



 [UPDATED: 08/25/17] 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." [+}



 (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 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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[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"