DINE ON THE WHALE
Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:
of this is simply about perspective. Some pros
view the Colossus as really a 2k tournament,
having fired four bullets. For them having
invested up to $2k and fighting 22,000 entrants
they want a bigger upside. Predictably it's the
pros and semipros who have been going nuts,
while the casual players I've talked to are just
as happy to cash, and chase a half million as a
whole million. Unless, one of them wins it
probably none of them will care if the first
place doesn't make a million. Course, for future
years a one million dollar first place makes a
better sell. The WSOP says the Millionaire Maker
is the spot for that. I say if you have 22,000
people in a $565 tournament you need to find
room for another spot to give out a million
dollars for a nominal buy-in."
06/07/15] 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
"Every summer, poker players from all over the
world flock to Las Vegas for the World Series of
Poker. Luckily for the professional players,
most of these visitors have little to no chance
to actually come away with a big score because
they set themselves up to fail from the start.
To last the seven weeks at the WSOP you must
remain focused and ready to play your “A” game
the entire time.
Here are a few tips that
will greatly increase your expectation at any
tournament series without even mentioning how to
technically play poker.."
DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA
[UPDATED 08/15/15] 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.
"All poker players owe a debt of gratitude to
Jack McClelland, who has dedicated much of his
life to the game he loves.
Jack served as
tournament director of the World Series of Poker
for more than a decade (1988 through 1999). He
later ran many of the biggest and most
successful events on the World Poker Tour (2002
through 2012). Jack also served as Tournament
Director at the Bellagio for many years, until
his retirement in 2013. He’s also a devoted
poker player. "
[UPDATED 06/01/15] 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
"Hey friends! At 6:34 a.m. local time
Friday I summited the world's largest
free-standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro with
my buddies Jesse and Paul Yaginuma! I consider
it one of my biggest personal achievements and
got so much out of the journey. The idea was
proposed by Jesse and Paul over a year ago. I
initially laughed it off thinking it was an
unattainable goal. I'm really, really, really
glad I looked further into it. A big thank you
to the Yaginumas for being such cool fucking
guys with ambition and a strong desire to live
their lives to the fullest. This reiterates to
me just how essential it is that we all keep an
openmind about everything. Opening one's mind
isn't a process that happens overnight. It's a
matter of being exposed to different people,
things and places. I'll take this platform,
however small it is, to try to express that
through this documentation of my Kilimanjaro
02/15/15] David Mendez grinds online poker at a
time when it's hard to find a game. His
blog centers on his poker both live and online.
"Hey everybody, glad to be back for the second
time. Let’s talk money! Allow me to be more
specific. Let’s talk A LOT of money. Let’s talk
about the PEAK of on-line poker since black
Friday, here & now! I wanted to get the word out
sooner but the end of the year found me on a
Christmas came a bit early with a 2nd place
score in the Winning Poker Network’s (WPN)
Sunday $12,500 guarantee for over $2,000. The
next day I shipped 1st in the $1,000 rebuy/add-on
for over $400. The next day I was able to place
3rd in the $15,000 guarantee for $ 1,750. In
that same day I was able to ship 1st in the
$2,000 guaranteed 4-max for $500. It was a blast
being at the final table of two tournaments
SIMULTANEOUSLY! That was a first for me. It
didn’t stop there, though."
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
I'm sure the last few days have been a blur. To
sum up..in the early hours of Halloween morning,
you had an accident. I like to think you were
speeding through the desert after a night of
debauchery, with a beautiful woman on the back
of your motorcycle. I'm probably not far off the
mark. It didn't end well this time, buddy. On
All Saints Day, it was decided that we'd lost
you for good. In typical Tony style, you hung
around just long enough for the Vikings to lock
up a win and Dallas to get smashed by Arizona. I
hope whatever is waiting for you on the other
side is ready for the force that is Tony Dick.
If you get a spare minute, find a way to let me
know you made it. If they have Facebook in the
afterlife, your wall is a glowing tribute to how
many people loved you. Its also the least
offensive and most polite your page has been
since its inception. " [+]
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IS DAVID CLARK?|
David Clark bagged more points than any other at large qualifier on the WSOP this year. The Texan has been blogging and
winning for some time now.
"Rocky road to the Rocky Mountains.
La recently decided she wanted to add the Colorado Black Hawk
circuit stop to the schedule. I wasn’t convinced. I was enjoying
the beautiful Dallas weather, sleeping in our bed, and getting
some much needed exercise. I eventually told her she should go
by herself if she wanted to grind, but I didn’t feel like it and
I didn’t think there would be much Omaha action for me anyway.
She wasn’t very happy about the idea of traveling without me and
decided to make a few last minute compromises that would allow
me to enjoy the Colorado state of mind while she got on the mtt
grind. Once I agreed we got all the travel arrangements sorted
quickly and packed for an early morning flight.."
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[UPDATED: 03/08/12] PLAYER N scribes a tale
of grifters, sleaze balls, and beautiful card sharks all
hustling on the Coast.
cigarette breath assaulted me as the man in the tattered Red Sox
jacket put his hand on my shoulder, "Hey boss, spare a
dollar..." it hung there not as a question but an instruction. I
couldn't sidestep it or the man. His gently tightening grip,
neither affectionate nor comforting, but oddly somehow both soft
and malevolent made the hairs on my neck stand up. The harsh
cold wind pushed at me, up the darkened street gaining speed
between the concrete buildings. It buttressed me helping the man
stop me on that corner. " [+]
I gave him a steely look, and he inhaled quickly through his
nostrils, "Sorry guy." I tried to wave him off, but his hand
didn't move. I had to look him in the eye.
Quiet, gray blue eyes surprised me, they looked like they still
had the sparkle of youth, maybe a forty years old but his
weathered face told a different story. Craggy, fractured and
leathery ridges told of many more years and hardship born of
living outdoors. Then in a flash, those eyes lost their luster
and bore into m
'DFISH" FISH CONTINUES GREAT 2015:
Fish continues his winning ways with 2 recent WPT cashes
with the latest on for a quarter million dollar score up
north in Montréal Canada. Fish finished 2nd behind Jarod
Mahoney who got his 1st 6 digit score. Fish posted a
humbling facebook post after his 2nd place finish. This was
his 3rd 6 digit score this year as he final tabled the
National Championship and shipped the Main Event
down in Florida to get in the Natty. We wanted to to say
Congrats Fish...we remember playing with him when he lived
in Casinos on the Gulf Coast pre-black Friday. We also
believe this is only the beginning and he has to be on the
list of great players without a bracelet...we are confident
he will be scratched off that list soon.
-COUSHATTA ALSO HOSTING WINTER POKER CLASSIC
For those of you who are coming to New Orleans play the Run
Good event...there is another Poker tourney running from the
9th thru the 13 at Coushatta Casino in Kinder. Its about a 2
1/2 hour drive from New Orleans and the Main Event on the
12th (Saturday) is a straight $1000 buy-in ($930 +
$70). They will cap the event as they only have so many
-AARON MASSEY OUTS DWYTE PILGRIM FOR BEING A SCAM ARTIST
You can read more about it at www.bigcockpoker.com. Aaron
was taken advantage of and proves what a nice guy he is by
Dwyte every opportunity to "try to make it right". From what
we read...offered payment plans...asked for anything to show
good faith...etc. Our big question is what was the exact
story about the IRS seizing his money and why would Dwyte
not provide some sort of proof of this. This is the kind of
story that people never fade...oh well.
NOVEMBER POKER NEWS:
Remember Milam Owns November:
Over the weekend,
Harrahs New Orleans hosted their monthly WSOP Main Event
satellite tournament. The winner of that same tournament the
last two Novembers is one man Kenny "The Mega Master" Milam.
Well, looks like Kenny gets a new nickname now. Call him Mr.
Milam won the tournament for a third year
in a row. This time he had to settle for a bundle of cash as
they finished just shy of the 10k needed for the Main Event
seat. Last year, Mr. November parlayed his seat into a near
top 200 finish. Pretty sure he'll figure out a way to get
back to Vegas and into the Main Event.
players also finished in the money: Dr. Ivan, Chris T., and
Katie Pasano. Congrats to all of you.
-November 9 Now November 3:
Tonights telecast will show the final three players battle
to down to one and crown the 2015 WSOP Champion. Out of an
abundance of caution we won't spoil that outcome for you.
But really... we are a pseudo poker news site. Do you really
think we won't mention it?
Okay, stop reading now...
Chipleader Joe McKeehen will
battle Neil Blumenfield and Josh Beckley tonight for the
bracelet. Mckeehan has so many chips they had to reinforce
the other side of the table to keep it from toppling (*Not
true). He's also been playing almost mistake free as he's
continued to chip up. It's rare for a player to enter the
final tale with the most chips and then leave with all of
them. McKeehen might be a good bet to buck the trend.
For part of the telecasts, it's felt like everybody else is
only playing for second. That said, stranger things have
-December Days to Remember at Harrahs NOLA:
Right now, Harrahs is giving away a seat with every
weekly tournament (Wednesdays and Saturadays at 11AM), to
the Run Good Cup. The $675 buy-in will have multiple day
ones and a 100k guarantee (believe action starts 12.10 and
runs to to 12.13). Many of the regs have already won seats.
Since the most you can win is one, there should be a
big incentive to make the final table and strike a deal.
Also, of note for players in town for the RunGood Cup
there is discussion of holding the WSOP Mega on 12/13 to
have a huge prize pool. And, the preceding weekend there is
16,750 freeroll for Harrahs players. Contact the poker room
for more details.
-SWAT Team Shoot Out:
Over at the
there is an excellent story about a shoot out at a
Greenville, SC home game. Great writing and great
content. Do yourself a favor and read part 1 right
AND PENSACOLA 50Ks:
TRAN WINS 12.5K FOR FIRST AT BEAU:
Tran, a Mobile, AL rounder battled through stiff competition
to win the October 50k. Robert Smith of Milton, FL won 6.75k
for second and Larry Little of Pensacola, FL won 4.5k for
third. Ken St. Pierre of LaPlace, LA won 4k for fourth.
Captain Tom Franklin and fellow local Shaun Johnston
finished 5th (3.5k) and 6th (3k). Congrats to Alex Wood and
Don Dove of New Orleans who both cashed.
-SEVILLE HALE WINS IN PENSACOLA:
Seville Hale took the top spot at the Greyhound Track in
their 50k monthly event. The Pensacola phenom won 14k.
Also in the money, finishing an impressive third, friend of
GCP Michael Kmetz who won 7k for his run.
PELTON GETS IT RIGHT: WINS ALL THE CHIPS AND POCKETS
Once upon a time Chan Pelton had to forfeit a poker title by
shopping for a souvenir by taking a large denomination chip
off the table. This time he won 42k after beating Elby
Tyson of Wesson, MS (26k) heads up. Schuyler
Thornton's attempt at the rare North Mississippi double
finished with his third place elimination (17k). Judge
Leo Boothe won almost 13k for fourth. Clay Henry of
Many, LA won 8k for sixth. Diamond Dave Chocheles
flopped a flush but his opponent turned a boat and he had to
settle for 5k and eighth place. Ronald Bown won 5k for
*All HPT pics are taken by the Holdem Radio.
Thanks Dan Ross and team.
THORNTON BACK AT FINAL TABLE WITH HPT (HEARTLAND POKER) EVENT IN VICKSBURG:
Quick shout out to the HPT Team for running a 1st class
event. $15K starting stacks in Megas rocks hard...Great job
We want to wish everyone God Luck but we have "vested
intrest" in Dave Chocheles Pictured below. Chan Pelton and
Old School Pool Player from Mid Mississippi Elby Tyson
pictured below. Elby's been know to have lots of "gamble" on
both sides the felt...Billiards and Poker.
Your Main Event TV Table for Monday looks like this
Seat 1 - Robert Williamson III - Houston, TX - 521,000 - 65
Seat 2 - Elby Tyson, Jr. - Wesson, MS - 190,000 - 24 BB
Seat 3 - Ron Brown - Sunset, LA - 104,000 - 13 BB
Seat 4 - Larry Wells - Anahuac, TX - 311,000 - 39 BB
Seat 5 - David Chocheles - New Orleans, LA - 242,000 - 30 BB
Seat 6 - Judge Leo Boothe - Ferriday, LA - 568,000 - 71 BB
Seat 7 - Chan Pelton - College Station, TX - 451,000 - 56 BB
Seat 8 - Schuyler Thornton - Corpus Christi, TX - 621,000 -
Seat 9 - Clay Henry - Many, LA - 110,000 - 14 BB
Cards go in the air Monday at Noon, the LiveStream 30
minutes after cards go in the air.
(All Pics are
taken by the Holdem Radio. Thanks Dan Ross and team).
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Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:
wise I have cashed in a few event s since I last blogged. I will
highlight them in this blog but keep in mind that they were
months ago so my comments will be based off what I remember of
the situations…etc. Back in July/August of 2014 I played the
Coushatta event and went deep in the preliminary event. I made
it down to 2 tables left with about 16-17 players…only person I
knew to be a good player left was Dave “Diesel” Nicholson…I was
working my 25-30 bigs looking for a good spot. I get it in
against a short stack my A-K vs his A-Q…he hits a Queen…I am now
down to 12-13 bigs. Very next hand…I look down at QQ…the UTG
player on my right with about 30 bigs raised 4-5x the BB….I
rip…big stack Asian Kid OTB goes deep in the tank…He’s
posturing…I think to myself, “Oh great…hes got KKs or AAs and he
is trying to get the UTG guy to stick his all in as well”…He
finnnallly rips as well…UTG players says…”I don’t think I can
fold these” and calls and shows KK…Asian kid AA…I picked up a
little over $2k."[+]
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THE POKER MONKEY
Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker
circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:
for my poker...I have played about 4 cash sessions over at IP
since I last posted. It's been a lot of ups and downs. And the
players have mostly been good guys who are nice to play
with...mixed in with the occasional annoying player, and the
mentally unstable once or twice, which was a real adventure. I
knew as I was sitting there that I could write a very long blog
post about each cash session, but somehow, as a couple days go
by, they just don't seem that newsworthy."
MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY|
11/11/14) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker
players in the world. Why wouldn't you read his blog?
"I'm back home in Florida, relaxing for most of November before
heading back out for more tournaments in December. Now that the
NBA season is underway, I'm taking advantage of the time off to
watch some hoops, including following how my Miami Heat are
going to do without LeBron James this year.
I actually just took a trip up to Charlotte, North Carolina to
watch the Heat play the Hornets a few days ago. A friend of mine
has courtside tickets and invited me to come up because he knows
how big of a Heat fan I am. I've wanted to sit courtside for a
Heat game for quite some time so was really excited to
experience it for the first time. We sat right next to the
Hornets bench, so hearing the interaction between the players
and the coaches was pretty awesome. It was one of the most fun
things I've ever done and I can't wait to do it again.."[+]
Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an intriguing
approach to the game:
"One of my poker buddies is missing. Yes, I happen to know his
name (first and last), from which city he hails, and even his
college football allegiance. I won't call his name here for his
own privacy. I know he reads this blog from time to time and
maybe he'll comment and let me (us?) know what's going on.
I've talked to several of our mutual poker acquaintances and
they don't know what happened to him either. They all know the
same thing I know.........we haven't seen him for quite a while
and he was one of the regulars at my home casino.
buddy's disappearance got me to thinking.........we poker
players really don't know a whole lot about each other in
general. I know a lot of poker players by their first name only.
No idea what their last name is, where they live, or anything
about their lives. I call them my "poker buddies" but that's not
quite true. I never see any of these guys anywhere other than a
poker room. Some of them I play against on a regular basis.
Several times a week. But I don't really know them. And,
conversely, they don't really know me either.."
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 06/07/15] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and
lives in Mobile brings his
football perspective on to GCP.NET.
"Sean Payton and Mickey
Loomis are on the warpath.
It has been quite a spectacle
In the three days since Free Agency
commenced, the Saints have operated at a dizzying, furious pace.
First the blockbuster: Graham and a 4th for Unger and a 1st.
Then in quick succession: Grubbs for a 5th. Browner. Spiller.
Stills for a 3rd and Ellerbe. Keenan Lewis's future as a Saint
hanging in the balance.
There were also the recent
departures of Pierre Thomas, Curtis Lofton, and Corey White; the
restructures/paycuts for Bunkley, Colston, and Hawthorne; the
re-signing of Ramon Humber; and, of course, the contract
extension for Mark Ingram. "
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10/21/14] THE POKER BAT is an online player from Northern
Louisiana who is trying out blogging to help him with his game.
Bat will delve into hand scenarios and discuss issues facing
today's online player.
"From his poker blind, the Bat watched Kai magnificently wade
through that minefield of Q10 loving princesses and get to heads
up action. Heads up action in a ladies tournament… creepy smile,
creepy wink, creepy nudge (somebody needs to design that
emoticon). There the Bat hears some of the exiled ladies
talking. One of them a brutish looking tight end for an Canadian
Football League team tells the others, if Kai wins he’s not
getting out of the parking lot with the pendant.
This got the Bat picking his nose, actually, the Bat was already
knuckle deep, this got the Bat thinking, about poor Kai getting
jumped in the parking lot. So taking stock of the future mob,
the Bat envisioned the scene if he won:
Kai exits the elevator, with the Ted Nugent muzak fading away as
he walks into the IP garage, a car skids out in the distance,
but this floor of the garage is empty except for Kai’s car (a
vintage Aston Matin) parked by itself overlooking the beauty of
the bay of biloxi. As Kai, walks sipping from his shaken not
stirred victory martini, the lone light above his car flickers
rapidly and turns off, turning the garage to shadow. Dripping
water echoes loudly and Kai can’t help but shake the idea he’s
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