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DINE ON THE WHALES

 (UPDATED: 6/1/19) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"I had a few fun hands on day one. Ari Engel was on my right. I had three bet him a few times when I picked up QQ. After the last raise I had the sense he was ready to fight back. He opened. I raised. Chris Bourgeois called from behind. Ari pushed. I repushed and Bourgeois almost beat me to the pot.  His trap with KK working perfectly. Ari had JJ.

 Flop came out in this order J... Q... A. Ari took the lead, then I did. 10 on the turn gave it back to the kings. Queen ball on the river gave me quads in one of the most exciting runouts I've ever played. Later after rebuying Ari took the same seat." [+] 

 

LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  8/22/19] 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.

"Here is a fun video I made with NYC Charity Poker Legend, Andy Frankenberger! We talked about table selection, Charity Events, the WSOP Main Event, and more! Funny enough, Andy bubbled the charity event while I snuck into the money with 1 big blind. Skill game! "" [+]

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NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  10/01/19] 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. 

"Comparatively speaking for those who know their history, we are in 2002 right now when it comes to what we once saw happen in poker. Most other forms of gambling are now dwindling as revenue shares of overall casino profits or are dead already. Thereís no future in sucker machines and idiot games, folks. Sportsbetting, even with its obvious challenges and small market share, is going to skyrocket as a manifestation of our insatiable desire to be in action and interact with the dynamism of sports through our collective consciousness. Young people, who will increasingly become the core market, are going to be betting on sports, not playing slot reels and keno. " [+]

INSIDE WATER

[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 wasnít 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 didnít help, but it was the play calling that lost the game for the Saints." [+]

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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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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. " 
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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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LINKAGE:

GULF COAST POKER AWARDS:


PokerNews broke the story: at Poker Gras, thie year Friday, November 15 we will award the first annual Gulf Coast Poker Awards in eight categorie. How did PokerNews get the story first?  We must have a leaker. To see the nominees go here

Great write up by Chad Holloway and a ton of locals deserving of the spotlight.  Go to our GCP Facebook Group to let us know who we missed.


RIVER RAT ROUNDERS GOING TO PEARL RIVER:

The Memphis Bar League River Rat Rounders (see pic above) will be sending at least two rookie's to our Rookies And Rounders event.  Under 10k in earnings you can still join them.  Want to go for free? 

We currently have two social media contests going the Rookie and Rounders post (embedded below):




Also check out the latest contest pinned atop our FACEBOOK and TWITTER where we give away a $600 POKER GRAS  Main Event Seat and a $200 Pearl River Monster Stack seat.

A.I. HALLOWEEN COSTUMES:

In search of something novel for your halloween outfit? Why just rely on A.I. to tell you to 6x pot with a draw when you can utilize it for your costume choice too.  Some of them include:  Sentient Stone, Eight Ball of Wrath, Skunk in a Moose suit, or A Poker Player in Possession of an Onion (if only it were a Poker Player Possessed by an Onion). For more choices go here.

BEATING BOTS HURTS BOTTOM LINE:

Speaking of A.I..  Crackdown on Bots hurts Party Poker?  Hopefully it's only short term.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT INTERPRETATION OF WIRE ACT TO BE INTERPRETED:

Enforcement and intrepretation of Wire Act has flipped and flopped as it pertains to online poker depending on some fairly arbitrary opinions of law enforcement. It's possible with some cases up for appeal it may be finally and definitively interpretated by the Supreme Court.
HAND OF THE WEEK:
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LOCAL TOURNAMENT NEWS:

BagWow!

The re-entry tournament that kicks off Poker Gras at Harrahs, NOLA on November 7th will feature a best bag forward format. If you bag twice you'll also win a $600 Main Event seat. Bag thrice three times and you'll win a $600 Main Event seat AND $900 cold hard cash.

*Okay... We can't guarantee it'll be cold or hard cash. It could be soft or warm or it could be hot and crinkly cash. But it definitely will be cash.

BagWow?

Speaking of BagWow! we got another one of our dumb goofy videos coming as soon as next week promoting the BagWow! format at Pearl River. To whet your appetite it's got something to do with this.

What's that format? Well everything is one notch better in Pearl River this fall. The tournament has been moved to a smoke free VIP room. The guarantee has been bumped up to 150k and then the bonuses that'll be making you say BagWOW!

The event starts October 24th with a flight on Thursday, two on Friday and two more Saturday. Bag once? Good luck on day two! But... it's a best bag forward format, so might as well bag twice and get some extra chips. Then you also a earn a 1k bonus. You want to bag again, you got five flights to play, so why not. If you do, we'll give you another 3k bonus.

1k + 3k = 4k in bonuses all before you make the money on Day 2!  Again, you will win cash, but no guarantee it'll be cold or hard.

BestBet MAIN STARTS:

Here's is the complete schedule for BestBet Jacksonville's current tournament series which includes the 5k WPT Main Event that starts today:

Structure Here.

TWEET OF THE WEEK/HAND OF THE WEEK:

Joey Ingram is dominating our tweets recently but considering PostleGate has dominated poker content for two weeks, and he's kind of the authority on it... hard not to quote him.  And at this point in time, is there anything posted not be about Mike Postle? So more Postle but wait... there's a twist. It's a hand he loses. And there's dancing and taunting and more.

NEWS BITES:

LATEST ON POSTLE-ABILITIES:


When did he gain superuser status and his Impostable super powers? YouTuber Gumpnstein did the work and Joey Ingram recaps it in this video. Gumpnstein narrowed it down to the first moment of the cheating. Also, Postle's winnings and absurd win-rate get even more absurd.



If you want to hear Postle's take on the situation. He went on Mike Matasow's podcast.

OWN A PIECE OF POKER HISTORY:

For just under 12 million you can purchase the gambling den Benny Binion used to hang out at before opening the Horseshoe in Vegas. Located outside of Dallas it has three lakes and 1369 acres.

RUNGOOD BOSSIER RESULTS:

Mykel Comroe first for over 40k. Dennis Jones second. Mike Sanders and Mark Burford final table. Judge Leo Boothe, Preston McEwen, Chris Hight, Wes Gauthier, Matt Stroud, and Shawn Calvit cash. PokerNews.

WALTERS' APPEAL FAILS:

Sports bettor legend Billy Walters lost his appeal on an insider trading charge. Details here.
RON GERMANY WINS LATEST CONTEST:

The Georgia player earned his entry in the drawing by sharing our FACEBOOK post. This week we still have the Rookies and Rounders ongoing post (scroll down) AND just pinned our latest contest. 

You can win your way into the 150k, Best Bag Forward, 1k bonus for bagging twice, 4k total bonus for bagging thrice.  Earn entries by following the instructions there and on TWITTER.
GCP TOURNAMENT NEWS:

8 PLAYERS 5 SEATS:

Pearl River Resort's first satellite guaranteed 5 seats to the 150k Guaranteed Best Bag, Multi-Bag Bonus opening flight.

8 players entered last night and 5 people won seats. Wow!

The next one is Saturday at 7 pm.  All these guarantee 5 seats.  If you like overlays it's worth the drive.

More details on that 150k tournament here:



POKER GRAS SCHEDULE TWEAKS:

So, the Working Man's Special, a multi-flight multi-NIGHT tournament has been ammended. November 11th at 4pm is Flight A, November 12th at 4pm is Flight B, and November 13th at... you guessed it 4 pm is NIGHT Two.

For a $200 buy-in you'll get a nice structure and be able to make it to work the next day.

The opener a three flight Monster stack will be best bag forward. We are working on offering a bonus for anybody that bags all three flights.

Updates to the schedule will be posted here shortly.

We will start our seat giveaway promotions for Poker Gras NEXT WEEK.
MORE ON THE IMPOSTLEABLE:

It's always nice to see major media cover Poker.  Unfortunately, most of the time when they do it's covering a scandal.  Scott Van Pelt distills this scandal expertly...

NEWS AND LINKAGE:

RC DALE WINS HIS WAY TO ROOKIES AND ROUNDERS:

Congrats to Mobile's RC Dale who won a promotion we ran with All In Entertainment to earn a seat to Pearl River's Rookie and Rounders tournament October 27th.  We'll see you there, RC! 

Btw, head over to our FACEBOOK page if you too want to win a Rookies seat.  We have a still running promotion for that.  Also this afternoon we will announce our latest winner AND start yet another free seat giveaway.  Plenty of chances to win your way into our tournaments at Pearl River featuring TWO $150k Guarantees!  Schedule here.

FORMER GCP BLOGGER RUNNING GOOD:

Last time Matt Stroud played in Bossier City he won the RunGood main event for 47k. He returned as a bounty in another RunGood tournament at the Horseshoe and promptly got the biggest chunk of the chop. Unfortunately, after the agreement they played it out for the ring and Timothy Gilliam prevailed. Stroud pocketed 4k in the $135 buy-in. Gilliam, Christopher Shaw, and Brandon Gilliam each made almost 3k. Ben Mintz, Michelle Wolkomir, Mary Fowler, Sean Hardy and Dennis Baker all cashed.

IVEY LEGAL TWIST IN EDGE SORTING:

Poker News has the story on Phil Ivey's ongoing battle with Borgata. Now appealing the 2016 verdict, his lawyers brought up a case maybe they should have cited in their first trial. Go here.

FANDUEL, POKERSTARS NOW ONE AND THE SAME:

More on the megrer that Joins Poker Stars/Full Tilt/Sky Bet with Paddy Power/Betfair. Also means Fox Bet will join FanDuel in the US. Irish Times has more.

DRAYMOND GREEN GETS CLOCKED CLEANED BY HO:

Golden State Warrior Draymond Green tried to run a bluff on Maria Ho. How'd that work out?
IMPOSTLEABLE?

HANDS OF THE WEEK:

This has been the conversation of the week on Twitter, our private GCP Facebook Group and messageboards everywhere. Mike Postle, often seen in his Ole Miss hat on the Stones stream and with a connection to Tunica poker, has been accused of cheating. Many think he possibly hacked the RFID or somehow received signals about the hands as they played out. Doug Polk wraps it up pretty well with some hand analysis.



TWEET OF THE WEEK:

Want some persuasive evidence...


CAN ANYBODY BE TRUSTED?

You want to still believe in Heros? Let's watch a great poker player make a great river decision on a live stream without staring at his crotch, playing with his hat, and not winning at an impostleable rate? Garrett Adelstein is your man... 

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

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 POKER IS WAR/p>

(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."
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THE POKER MONKEY

 [UPDATED: 08/20/19] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"Been formulating ideas in my head to write about over the past month or two. Had an "interesting" day of poker at the Beau a few weeks back that had me inspired to put pen to paper, as it were. Sometimes, especially in poker, you see things that simply deserve to be shared with someone...ANYONE!
One thing I know that I never did...or rather HAVEN'T done yet...is share the cool details of my trip to Scotland and London that preceded my trip out to Vegas for this year's eventual disappointing WSOP event. I have to confess...I find myself, the older I get...getting more and more private and unwilling to share personal details that in the past I was always fairly eager to share.!" 
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POKER FACES IN THE CROWD

[UPDATED: 8/1/19]  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.

"Since the twentieth century the basic rules of chemistry have been written down. But like chess or poker, you can quickly grasp the rules but spend a lifetime learning to play the game. We model materials like solvers are used in poker ó we simulate the physical system with certain approximations to ascertain what the optimal behavior of a material might be. We compare with experiments ó like seeing how the poker simulation works in a live poker setting. We draw conclusions and seek better strategies to make better materials." [+]


PO
KER GRAS:

NOVEMBER 7 - 17

HARRAHS NEW ORLEANS

VLOG CORY PANSANO

[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." [+]

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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