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DINE ON THE WHALE

 (UPDATED: 05/15/17) Wild Bill's reflections on poker, sports, and issues facing the Gulf Coast:

"So I finally tried out this App which allows you to win tokens and use those tokens for prizes. Pretty cool format. I played it for two NFL Games, Cowboys-Eagles and Saints-Falcons.

Positives: it complemented the game I was watching without getting in the way. Before the game you answer about 10 questions regarding the outcome. Quick to do. Then every change of possession it gives you about four choices on possible outcomes for the resulting drive. Had fun predicting the plays. Very easy to click through. Set it up with a couple of friends and maybe we did a little something to make it more interesting. Definitely will play again.

Negatives: Feels like you can't edit your picks. Also, some of the questions are almost misleading. I answered that I thought the Dallas running backs would get x amount of yards for the game. I assumed it was rushing yards, but the category was receiving. Once it's done it's done. I found this at the end of the football season. Wish I had more time to play with it. That said, I'm sure it'll be up during the playoff games. Maybe I'll play while at the Heater. ." [+]

LITTLE THOUGHTS

[UPDATED  01/01/17] 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.

"A 35 year old guy who I did not know raised to 525 out of his 15,000 stack at 100/200 from middle position. Everyone folded around to me and I called with 4c-3c from the big blind.
Both calling and folding are fine options. I strongly suggest that you learn to profitably call in these situation because being able to continue with a wide range of hands will make you much more difficult to play against compared to if you only play strong hands in an obvious manner. If you constantly keep your opponents guessing, they will make mistakes. If they usually know where you stand, they will play well. For those who do not know, you profit when your opponents make errors. When they play well, you do not profit.."
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NO DOUBT'N NOLAN DALLA

[UPDATED  05/09/17] 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. 

"Today marks the end of the 2016 NFL regular season. I’ll be cheering for 16 boring, low-scoring football games.
Give me a shitload of sacks. Give me a bunch of fumbles and interceptions. Give me a slew of incomplete passes. Give me plenty holding penalties. Give me missed field goals. Give me down after down of one-yard-gains and a pile of dust. Give me a heaping pile of gridiron garbage that falls UNDER the betting total. Give me games where the stars are the punters. I don’t want scoring. I want grotesque ugliness on a grand scale. For UNDER bettors, boredom is beautiful, baby. ."
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SHORR 'NUFF

[UPDATED  09/25/15] 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 his homepage:  http://shannonshorr.com/

"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 experience:" [+]

OUT OF BOUNDS SPORTS BAR AND GRILL:

3802 Veterans BLVD, Metaire, LA
504.889.7359

MENDEZ SEZ

[UPDATED  03/08/16] 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.

"Which is better? I think we all know how I feel about the matter by now. Some others and myself are still working out some details but it will be a heads up poker competition consisting of two teams, "live" & "online". If you play live poker in the local circles then I am sure you know Kenny Milam! Happy to have him as captain of the "live" team! Once the details have been agreed on Gulf Coast Poker will be holding a poll on which team will come out on top so be sure to go vote! The competition will be held over 3-4 weeks with one round of competition per week.." [+]

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. " 
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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 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." [+]

 OUT OF BOUNDS SPORTS BAR AND GRILLE

3802 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
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BREAKING!
NO MORE NOVEMBER NINE! 

WSOP, ESPN and Poker Central announce the November Nine is gone (as of this year) but live streaming is coming back.  Wild Bill will have a column about the (failed) concept of the November Nine on his blog later today.
WSOP-C HARRAHS NOLA:

OPERATION #DefendNOLA

The ring is the thing. As the WSOP-C series at Harrahs NOLA kicked off Scott Adams proved clairvoyant as local grinders did in fact #DefendNOLA.

TALLEY GOES TO 5:

Caufman Talley won 53k and his fifth Gold ring in the three flight re-entry event. He bested 945 other entrants included Pensacola's Simon Philip heads up (2nd 33k) to win one for the thumb.

The Lafayette, grinder and now NOLA resident, defended home turf in his triumph and beat a loaded final 27. Congrats to final tabliests: Danny Doucet for winning 18k in 4th, as well Curtis Terry and Robert Quin of Metairie (8th 6.5k and 9th 5.2k)

Also cashing, Josh Thibodaux (of Thibodaux), Miguel Thompson (Algiers, LA) Jason Schott (Benton, LA), Michael Hebert (Lafayette), Brennan Benglis, Mark Barbay (Baton Rouge), John Lauve (Baton Rouge), Chris Baudean (NOLA), Robbie Matthews (Baton Rouge), Jerry Giroir (Lafayette), Jonathan Wiseby (NOLA), Freddie Ardoin (Lacassne, LA).

Monkey Minions Kenny Milam and Dave Chocheles both cashed. Thai Cao and Barron Whipple of Houma both made the money too.  Other locals and FOCGP in the money: Peng Zheng, Sley Sanchez, Ryan Roussel, Mihail Karasoulis, Umut Meraler, Carl Guillot, Chris Sumrall, Anthony Graphia, Philip Walsh, Wayne Krantz, Seth Foster, Jeter Brock, Michel Fontento, and Craig Ostarly.
(Thanks to Paul Hebert for the photo of Caufman.)


TALK THE TALK, WALK THE WALK:

Scott Adams, not the Dilbert creator, but the creator of the #DefendNOLA hashtag did just that by winning Event 3. The local earned over 22k for first.
Scott Andrews of Dallas finished second for 14k. Mark Pergen of Houston finished third winning just over 10k.

The remainder of the final table included Ben Salpietra (4th, 7.5k Baton Rouge), Austin Peck (5th, 5.5k Allen, TX), Jason Bullock (6th, 4.3k, Baton Rouge), Ryan Pinell (7th 3.3k, Chauvin, LA) Wayne Lovell (8th, Killeen, TX), Mark Holmes (9th, Bush, LA) and the effervescent Rebecca Campbell (10th, Baton Rouge). Also in the money Randy Gordon (Metairie), Steve Bierman (NOLA), Rufus Yates (New Iberia, LA) Jeter Brock and Jaime Ramos (Bridge City, LA).

TERRY TAKES IT:

Event 1 Champ, Curtis Taylor kept the bling in New Orleans as the local player beat a who's who of local grinders to win his first ring. He earned a hair under 20k after eliminating North Carolinian Robert Browning (2nd 12k).
Easton "Baby Faced Assassin" Oremon finished third for 8.8k, along with fellow Harrahs NOLA weekly reg Joey Wideman (4th 6.5k). David Nicholson of Perkinston MS finished 5th, Christian Helmstter of Mandeville 6th, Matt Michel of Gonzales, LA 7th, and Jeter Brock 8th.

Also cashing were a calvacade of Louisiana's finest including: Bill Flippen of Kenner (Brah), Brennan Benglis of Lake Charles, Quang Ha of Gertna, Lila Crochet of Covington, Jeff Bromberger of NOLA, Chris Dupuy of Baton Rouge, Mary Roy of NOLA, Ryan Pinell, Rebecca Campbell, Danny Doucet, Derek Normand of Baton Rouge, and Jonathan Greer of Denham Springs.

COLLETTI COLLECTS SENIORS RING:

The Poplarville, MS elder bested New Orleans Paula Damico, Stephen Schorr, recent ring winner Scott Adams, Lane Leblanc, Charlie Gelvin and a slew of other seniors to take down the title. He won over 11k for first. Congrats also to Holly Meliet, Eddi Pepper, Rene McDaniel and "Spider" Henderson for cashing.
LOCALS AROUND THE WORLD:



BIERMAN WINS IN ASIA:


Steve Bierman, now has cashed in three continents, with his most recent being an outright win in the Philippines in an APT Championshipship turbo event.  Will he get the elusive Seven Crowns by winning an event on every continent?  So far, exactly zero players have accomplished this.  But, hey the Antartic research station has to have a poker game right?  Why not be the first. Great job Steve!

MONKEY'S MINIONS:

It's become an annual unveiling, and as of this week, the latest and hopefully greatest, crew of Monkey's Minions has been announced.  Ever since Will Souther's WSOP ME run that came to an end with his pocket Kings getting cracked the Poker Monkey has sent a team of worthy players to the Main Event. Will and his team of investors, have been generous enough to announce this year's first three players (all Gulf Coasters): Chris "Loose" Canan, Dave Chocheles (pictured), and  theMega Master himself Kenny Milam.

We here at GCP think highly of all three selections as they all fit the bill as both great players and great guys. Kudos for Will for providing this opportunity to so many (an honor we cherished ourselves in the past).  If you want a piece of the sweat head over to Monkey's blog (look to the right for his column for the link) and get a piece of the action. Too lazy to look right? Figures, alright here's the link.
NOLA POKER TAKES CENTER STAGE!

BOOMTOWN BABY:

If you haven't heard Boomtown New Orleans has added a bounty tournament to their schedule every Saturday night at 7 pm.  For a small $65 buy-in you get a healthy amount of chips and tournametn action, plus win $25 for every player you eliminate. We tried it out for fun Saturday, and guess what, it is A LOT of fun. Cash games were live too.  Great idea by Larry Barret and Bowntown casino.  Chris Canan (see Minions above) might have finished second there this past weekend taking a bad beat on the final hand to lose.  Don't cry for him as first might have been a co-owner of GCP.  What's any of this got to do with a no tanking image?  Nothing, but give us time we'll explain the image soon enough.

WSOP-C THIS WEEK IN NOLA:

Harrahs New Orleans will host the WSOP circuit starting Thursday of this week. The action heats up with a Re-entry event on the weekend and continues through the Main Event next week. Always a fun time and as local player Scott Adams recently remarked, "It's time to defend New Orleans."  #DefendNOLA.  Should see a lot of players up at the top of the pay out charts just in time before the World Series in Vegas starts. Time to start building some bankrolls.

NO TANKING RULE:

The WSOP listened. Sure they thought about it in silence for a long, long, long time, but they have finally acted. Oh no, they just shuffled some chips, no, they are acting. Nope, back into the think tank. Still musing. Oh wait, they finally acted. Anti-tanker rules going into effect this year!

This was overdue.   Just like the guy who tanks for 45 seconds to fold preflop, after a few years deliberation the WSOP finally acted with the right decision. Players such as Daniel Negreanu are already promising to enact the new rule every chance they get. Shore up your decision trees boys, going to have to make your meaningless decisions faster now.  Link for rule change here.
CHEROKEE WSOP CIRCUIT RESULTS:

HORCHOFF 8TH IN MAIN EVENT:


Michael Horchoff won just under 40K finishing in 8th place. A noble effort to finish the high after riding a short stack for most of three tables down to one. Jason Gooch of Vidor, TX won 83k for fifth. Dustin Nelson of Tallahassee won 110k for 4th. Josh Horton of Rainsville, AL won 146k for third.

The big winners: Daniel Pearlman of Hollywood, Fl won just under 200k for second and Vanessa Truong of Raleigh, NC won 318k for first.

ALSO CASHING:

Corey Bierra of Atlanta won 31k for ninth. Toby Boas of Gainesville, FL won 17k for 17th. Jeter Brock of Pelham, AL won 5k for 54th, Leif Force of Tallahasse one pay jump behind in 53rd won 4.7k. Corey Harrison won 3k for 105th.

OTHER WINNERS:

Cody Pack of Cartersville, GA won almost 25k for first in the final event and added a fifth ring to his growing collection.

In event #8, another collector of circuit rings David Aker won 70k and his third gold ring. He finished second behind Ron Germany in event 6 a couple of days before. This time Aker prevailed over a loaded final table that included Maurice Hawkins, Seville Hale and Dustin Nelson. Holly Meliet and John Thibodeaux both of Baton Rouge, LA also cashed in the event, along with former National Champion Jonathn Hilton.

Event #4, saw two gulf coasters make the final table. Austin Reilly of Gulf Shores, AL won 11k for fourth and Josh Lowing of Pensacola earned just under 4k for seventh.
ANTE UP AT PEARL RIVER UPDATE:
Pearl River Spring Poker Classic - Ante Up Poker Tour MAIN EVENT.

Robert Veazy gets the coveted Ante Up magazine cover after a second chop was negotiated heads up with BJ McBrayer.  BJ wins the seat in the Ante Up tour.  The first chop divvied up the prize pool seven ways.  We had a lot of rooting interests as the field narrowed to the money. Great to see so many friends of GCP come out and support this event and get rewarded wtih deep runs.  Congrats to all the winners.

Entries: 206
Prize pool: $147,700
1. Robert Veazey, Carenco, LA, $14,899
2. B.J. McBrayer, Tuscaloosa, AL, $14,897
3. Chris Lane, Madison, MS, $14,897
4. Mike Horchoff, River Ridge, LA, $14,897
5. Richard Runyon, Lauderdale, MS, $14,897
6. Sammie Kirkwood, Greenwood, MS, $14,897
7. Robbie Matthews, Baton Rouge, LA, $14,897
8. Michael Monaghen, Jackson, MS, $5,170
9. Rodney Shows, Hattiesburg, MS, $3,693
10. Alex Dmytraczenko, New Orleans, LA, $2,806
11. Max Dove, $2,806
12. Clifford Chrisolm,$2,806
13. William Brock, $2,363
14. Prissy Giroir, $2,363
15. Jacob Corda, $2,363
16. Rebecca Campbell, $1,920
17. Curtis Barnette, $1,920
18. Craig McFall, $1,920
19. Nathan Willis, $1,477
20. Barry Schultz, $1,477
21. Thuy Djedos, $1,477
22. Joseph Laro, $1,477
23. James Davis, $1,477
24. Patrick Rhodes, $1,477
25. David Huwe, $1,477
26. Karl Boruty, $1,477
27. Joshua Palmer, $1,477
GCP BLOGGERS NEWS, LINKS AND MORE:

LANDRY BASHED HIM FIRST:

Before Doctor Dao made headlines getting his teeth smashed in by United Airways and airport "police," he spent some time playing poker.  In fact, "Digger" as he was known, got beat down in heads up play by gcp blogger Kai Landry in a Tunica main event.  Somehow, as is typical, the poker playing aspect of his past is being used as a negative.  Couple of other people in the news this past week and weirdly no mention of their poker playing in the positive pieces about them.  Who?  Patience please.

MERCIER MASHING:


Jason Mercier won just under 800k taking down the 25.5k WPT No Limit High Roller event at Seminole Hard Rock. It's been a busy twelve months for Mercier. Engaged, married, honeymooned, soon to be dad, and still crushing the live pokers. No surprise he hasn't blogged in a while. He bested "Social Justice" Justin Bonomo in heads up action after Lonnie Harwood went out third. Mercier and his new wife are also embroiled in a Open Faced Chinese poker cheating allegations (they are doing the alledging NOT the cheating) on 2 + 2 .

SERGIO AND WESTBROOK MAKE HISTORY:

Sergio finally got his Major winning the Masters, and Russell Westbrook had one of the best seasons ever as he averaged a triple double.  What's that got to do with a gulf coast poker site?  Both have played with many of our readers. Hank Sitton let us use his picture of Sergio (taken shortly before Sitton took his chips) and described the Spainard as a gentleman on and off the felt.  Russell Westbrook enjoys his poker too, and from everybody that's played with him (which is a lot of you) we hear he's also a gentleman.  Always nice to root for the good guys THAT play poker graciously and support our game.

ABSOLUTE SHOCKER:

Check your SPAM BOX!  If you played online poker pre Black Friday, you might just find one of the most surprising emails you'll ever see.  If you had a balance on Absolute Poker you apply to claim it back and it sounds like the government will pay you back.   Go here for more information.

WEINMAN WINS:

Georgia native Daniel Wienman beat Michael Mizrachi in heads of play of the WPT tournament of champions to win 381k. 2017 has been good to the pro who's successful laddered up from circuit grinding to beating the Grinder heads up a the end of one of the most talent laden fields of the year. Only former WPT winners could play and Weinman won his WPT title in January (800k+). Also, Erik Seidel who tends to go deep against great players also made the final table.
ANTE UP PEARL RIVER UPDATE:

COREY HARRISON WINS:


Corey took down a tough final table in event 12 that included GCP's Eugene Dudek, Freddie Ardoin, Baton Rouge's Rebecca Campbell and Josh Lewis as well as Larry WIlliamson of Brookhaven, MS.
Event #12 - No-Limit Hold'em Monster Stack
Buy-in: $230

1. Corey Harrison $4.322.00 Bessemer, AL
2. Freddie Ardoin $2,510.00 Lacassine, LA
3. Joshua Lewis $1,673.00 Baton Rouge, LA
4. Eugene Dudek $1,255.00 Houma, LA
5. Rebecca Campbell $1.115.00 Baton Rouge, LA
6. Bruce Mcafe $976.00 New Orleans, LA
7. Michael Sylznick $837.00 Chattanooga, TN
8. Charles Stalfort $697.00 Atlanta, GA
9. Larry Williamson $558.00 Brookhaven, MS
ANTE UP AT PEARL RIVER UPDATE:

Pearl River Spring Poker Classic kicked off last weekend with a $340 buyin $100,000 Guaranteed Event 1. 406 total entrants put the total prize pool at $117,740.00, well beyond the guarantee. The series continues throughout this week and next weekend.

1st Place $26,369.00 Matthew Higgins Rossville, GA
2nd Place $14,129.00 Robert Donald Brandon, MS
3rd Place $9,419.00 Rodney Shows Hattiesburg, MS
4th Place $8,242.00 Michael Sullivan Fulton, MS
5th Place $7,064.00 Daniel Howard Bogue Chitto, MS
6th Place $5,887.00 Michael Monaghan Yazoo City, MS
7th Place $4,710.00 Paul Hebert Pierre Part, LA
8th Place $3,352.00 Robert Parnell Florence, AL
9th Place $2,355.00 Chase Buxton Birmingham, AL
10th Place $1,766.00 Tara Snow Tuscaloosa, AL

Great to hear from many of ya'll that read the site while up there.  Was pulling for some new friends and old ones.  Great job Rodney Shows, Michael Monaghan, and Paul Hebert on the final table.  Also cashing: Don Dove, Ronnie Hope, Danny Doucet, Chris Davis, Josh Palmer, Mack Trelles and slew of other good local players.

In the deep stack event Ronnie Hope cashed again, as did Philip Walsh, Dustin Stewart and Charlie Stalfort.

Some highlights of the remaining schedule are:

Deepstack NL - 15k starting stack with 30 minute levels. Wednesday at 12pm
4 Seat Added Main Event Megas - Wednesday night at 6pm, and Thursday night at 6pm
Monster Stack - 30k starting stack with 30 minute levels. Thursday at 12pm.
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LOCALS DOING WORK, FRIENDS OF GCP WINNING:



While many players were booking a week at Pearl River, some of ya'll traveled a little further afield. Plenty of accolades to get to. First things first, big congrat so long time friend of the site Teddy Conner on his biggest score...

CONNER BEATS ALMOST 3000 PLAYERS AT SHR:

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown's Event 9 drew 2,923 entries for their $570 buy-in. The prize pool of just under 1.5 million came down to five players including New Orleans' own Teddy Conner. Teddy unfortunately lost a big flip and went out 5th winning 76k for his effort.  Think his opponent and eventual winner could have easily found a fold.  Oh well.  More big things  to come.

He wasn't the only local with a legitimate shot of winning the 212k for first. Heip Doan's (also of New Orleans) second cash of the series also was at the top winning just under 10k for 14th (more on Hiep Below). Darryll Fish also cashed.

BROCK AND BIERMAN AT IT AGAIN:

"Jeter" Brock didn't wait long to win his second WSOP-C ring. He earned a touch under 15k to go with the victory. The self described erial min casher is risking ruining his reputation and becoming a serial ring winner. We suspect he's fine with that.

Stephen Bierman just amasses big stacks in Circuit Main Events. On the heels of a couple of other deep runs Bierman held the chip lead for a bit in Tulsa's WSOP-C Main. After a couple of bad breaks on day two he still turned his performance into another cash. For a guy not interested in chasing points he seems to be acquiring a lot of them.

HIP TO BE HIEP:



Hiep Doan, former Harrahs NOLA poker dealer, has successfully transformed himself into poker professional. Now he adds Seminole Hard Rock winner to his lengthening resume. He's amassed almost 200k since starting his journey to the other side of the felt. He's cashed in the WSOP Main Event and now has a winner's photo for a tournament that had just under 2000 entries.
Hiep won 27k for first place.

(Photos from Seminole Hard Rock)

CONGRATS TO FRANCIS NGUYEN TOO!  The Baton Rouge player made a final table in an online event for a nice score.  Well done, sir!
PEARL RIVER IS DAYS AWAY:

Looking forward to all the added seats in the satellites and the twin 100k guarantees.  We had a chance to ask tournament direcotr Paul Dutsch about this event as it draws close:

Paul, you've been a fixture in poker on the Gulf Coast for a while now. Tell us what you foresee for Pearl River resorts and the role poker may play as that casino grows:

This will be our 5th event at Pearl River Resorts, each event has been larger than the previous one. I believe the continued increase, can be attributed to the value that Pearl River places on its poker players. Where else adds 4 Seats to its Main Event Megas, has table side food service in the tournament area, guarantees the opener, guarantees the main event, and provides unbelievable hotel rates to its poker players? The overall experience is hard to beat in todays poker environment.”

Interview continues here.

HALL WINS "CATE AND MIKE PLUS HATE" GRUDGE MATCH:

After winning Cate Hall promptly left the casino without tipping the dealers.  Pretty ironic for a social justice warrior to not even think of the dealers.  She has since instructed them to give her $500 appearence fee (yeah?) to the dealers.  Acccording to most accounts (we didn't watch) Dentale ran pretty bad and criticized for playing kind of bad too.  However he was said to have the line of the night when he offered 1k to Hall if she could show him the tax returns for the 500k a year job she supposedly quit. (We heard this second hand so don't quote us on this--maybe it was some one else's one liner after the fact). 

SONNIER SO CLOSE


Derrick Sonnier won 11k finishing eighth in the WSOP-C reentry event in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sonnier of New Iberia, LA bested over 1800 players to make the final table and get some circuit points. Derrick then jumped into another tournament and finished in the money of that one (19th). Jeter Brock is currently still alive in that tournament with four players to fade.
 COUSHATTA SPRING CLASSIC POKER SERIES

HOLMES WINS MAIN, CAPTAIN RON DOMINATES SERIES:

Daniel Holmes of Lafayette won the Main Event and 16k.  Blake Barousse also made the final table.  Complete results below.

Captain Ron Hope (pictured) cashed EVERYTHING.  He started with a chop in the seniors event, proceeded to chop the first PLO tournament he'd ever played then just missed the final table after picking up a bundle of bounties in the main.

EVENT 1 250 Seniors NLH
**137 Entries, $28,000 prize pool, Paid 15 places
1st James Lloyd; Houston, Texas, $4213
T-2nd Michael Boyd, $3286
T-2nd Karl Guidry, $3286
T-2nd Shelton Tate, $3286
T-2nd “Captain” Ronnie Hope, $3286
T-2nd Alton Cain, $3286
7th Ralph Rushing, $1685
8th William Gregory $1404
9th John Maxwell, $1123
10th Chrisman Bonnell, $843
11th Douglas Justus, $562
12th Leopoldo Ramos Jr., $562
13th Daniel Stavinoha, $421
14th Jerry Stroope, $421
15th Dennis Leita, $421

Event #2 $175 NLH Mega Satellite
**70 Entries, 14 Seats awarded to the $700 Main Event

Event #3 $250 PLO w/Rebuys
**56 Entries, 59 rebuys, 45 add-ons, $32000 prize pool, 7-way chop
1st Jacob Seale, $5245
T-2nd David Sherman, $5200
T-2nd Jason Faircloth, $5200
4th Wesley Monico, $5000
5th “Captain” Ronnie Hope, $4500
6th Harold Willis, $3925
7th Alvin Cahee, $2930

Event #4 $700 NLH Main Event w/ $100 Bounties
**148 Entries, $75000 prize pool PLUS $14800 in Bounties, paid 15 places
1ST Daniel Holmes, $16882
2nd Hector Hernandez, $11255
3rd Mohamed Kasswran, $9004
4th Douglas Freiss, $6753
5th Kinney Fitzgerald, $6003
6th Tiffany Gerron, $5253
7th Joseph Golias, $4502
8th James Beetz, $3752
9th Blake Barousse, $3001
10th Victor De Los Santos, $2251
11th Luiz Desa, $1501
12th “Captain” Ronnie Hope, $1501
13th Clinton Morgan, $1126
14th Edgar Rodas, $1126
15th Freddie Ardoin, $1126
*Payouts do not include Bounties won

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 (UPDATED: 05/15/16) Gene D's outlook on the local and national poker scene:

"Hello anyone still reading this blog…I 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. I’m in sales and our EOM (End of Month for non salesfolks) was last Friday 5/20…so I also had my hands tied a little during the week. The plan was to play some megas and if I didn’t 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"[+]

THE POKER MONKEY

 [UPDATED: 05/09/17] Poker Monkey shares his insights on the tournament poker circuit, life in general, and the battle to make it happen:

"Sept 16th. That's three and a half months. The period of time since I've last posted here. Very un-Monkeylike of me, I know. I actually wrote half a blog post in October...but never got back to it to finish it, and now, its just totally out of date. So this seems like an excellent time to put up one more post for what some, has been a very traumatic year.

The Chinese calendar called 2016 The Year of The Monkey. And for me, personally...it was an exceptionally positive year. Bought a house. Paid off a car. Played very little poker. Staked some players, some successful, some not. Took lots of vacations with my girls. Went to a lot of Bama games, and even a Seahawks game. Had lots of family come and visit us, with more still on the way. And as I sit here in my hotel at the Marriot Marquis Atlanta...where the Alabama football team happens to be staying...I look out over the city from our 24th floor room, cold and dreary outside...and contemplate what today may hold, and what 2017 may provide us as well.."
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JASON MERCIER SHOWS NO MERCY

 (UPDATED 11/11/15) Florida's Jason Mericer is one of the best poker players in the world.  Why wouldn't you read his blog? 

"I'm back home in Florida, relaxing for most of November before heading back out for more tournaments in December. Now that the NBA season is underway, I'm taking advantage of the time off to watch some hoops, including following how my Miami Heat are going to do without LeBron James this year.

I actually just took a trip up to Charlotte, North Carolina to watch the Heat play the Hornets a few days ago. A friend of mine has courtside tickets and invited me to come up because he knows how big of a Heat fan I am. I've wanted to sit courtside for a Heat game for quite some time so was really excited to experience it for the first time. We sat right next to the Hornets bench, so hearing the interaction between the players and the coaches was pretty awesome. It was one of the most fun things I've ever done and I can't wait to do it again.."
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RIVER POKER

 [UPDATED: 10/06/16] Davy Murrah dispenses poker insight with an  intriguing approach to  the game: 

"Disclaimer: My home casino is the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. I play there more than all other venues combined.

Like a lot of you, I have played in quite a few tournament series in numerous locations including WSOP and WPT events but I want to take this opportunity to applaud the Beau Rivage for the excellence of their tournament series and for the courteous and professional way that these tournament series are run.

The Gulf Coast Poker Championship started last week. I arrived early on Friday for the start of their opening "Monster Stack" event. I was greeted by the tournament director, several officials of the tournament, a couple of dealers and, of course, numerous players. I was also welcomed by several of the Beau poker room staff, including the director of poker operations. I received numerous handshakes and even several hugs."
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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 12/16/15] ReidG ...who was raised in New Orleans and lives in Mobile brings his poker Saints football perspective on to GCP.NET.

"Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis are on the warpath.

It has been quite a spectacle to witness.

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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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 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"
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